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Gingrich: I was wrong to endorse Scozzafava
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Posted on 02/01/2010 1:07:31 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Gingrich: I was wrong to endorse Scozzafava By Eric Zimmermann - 02/01/10 03:42 PM ET

Newt Gingrich says he regrets endorsing Dede Scozzafava in the hotly contested primary for the NY-23 congressional district in November.

Scozzafava was criticized by many national Republicans for being too liberal. She eventually dropped out of the race and endorsed Democrat Bill Owens, who eeked out a victory.

"She turned out to be a huge disappointment, and she turned out not to be frankly a loyal Republican," Gingrich told an interviewer in New Hampshire this weekend.

The former speaker added that conservatives who criticized his endorsement at the time "had the better of that argument."

Gingrich said he didn't realize how "radical" Scozzafava was when he endorsed her. Conservatives lambasted her for supporting gay marriage and card check, among other liberal positions.

"She had some positions that were far more radical than I realized at the time, and I think in retrospect it was probably a mistake," he said.

Listen to Gingrich's comments below. [H/t GOP 12]


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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No kidding........
1 posted on 02/01/2010 1:07:31 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
"Regrets, I've had a few..."


2 posted on 02/01/2010 1:08:26 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Too little and way too late. Go away Newt. We have other candidates for 2012.


3 posted on 02/01/2010 1:09:07 PM PST by MissesBush
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To: Sub-Driver
I think in retrospect it was probably a mistake.

He didn't actually admit it was a mistake!

4 posted on 02/01/2010 1:09:16 PM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Sub-Driver

5 posted on 02/01/2010 1:09:39 PM PST by Carling (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa


6 posted on 02/01/2010 1:09:51 PM PST by frogjerk
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To: MissesBush

Why can’t this guy just go away?!


7 posted on 02/01/2010 1:10:30 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

I remember back when I liked him..

Go to the light Mr. Newt..go to the light.


8 posted on 02/01/2010 1:11:42 PM PST by Armedanddangerous (Montani Semper Liberi)
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To: Sub-Driver

He also need to apologize for his Global Warming debate with John Fraud Kerry.


9 posted on 02/01/2010 1:11:45 PM PST by frogjerk
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To: Sub-Driver
Go back to teaching college, Newt. Maybe you can pick up your next younger wife that way.
10 posted on 02/01/2010 1:11:54 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Gingrich said he didn't realize how "radical" Scozzafava was when he endorsed her.

Why the heck not?

What was the endorsement based on?

11 posted on 02/01/2010 1:12:10 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: USNBandit

Why does Sean Hannity have him on so often.


12 posted on 02/01/2010 1:12:41 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Sub-Driver
re: Gingrich said he didn't realize how “radical” Scozzafava was when he endorsed her.

If he was so dense that he didn't notice how radical Scozzafava was, his judgment is certainly very defective. How can we trust him now? Which of course is the entire purpose of his bogus apology. He only wants to get back into the limelight again and possibly into the White House. How stupid does he think we are?

13 posted on 02/01/2010 1:12:50 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: Sub-Driver

“She had some positions that were far more radical than I realized at the time, and I think in retrospect it was probably a mistake,” he said.

Deja Vu .. all over again.

Is he talking about Hillary, Nancy, or his first wife?


14 posted on 02/01/2010 1:13:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why won’t he just go away?


15 posted on 02/01/2010 1:13:27 PM PST by Calm_Cool_and_Elected
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To: Sub-Driver
. . . turned out not to be frankly a loyal Republican.

Turned out?!!!! What did Newt know, and when did he get his first clue?

16 posted on 02/01/2010 1:14:22 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Sub-Driver

Shut up and go away, Newt.


17 posted on 02/01/2010 1:15:49 PM PST by TADSLOS (Presidential charisma without repect for liberty is a dangerous trait.)
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To: Sub-Driver

More. I want MORE groveling.


18 posted on 02/01/2010 1:15:53 PM PST by pogo101
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To: Sub-Driver

Gingrich seems to be backtracking on many subjects today. I wonder why?


19 posted on 02/01/2010 1:16:19 PM PST by marmar ((Although, I may look different then you....my blood still runs..RED, WHITE, & BLUE. RETIRED USAF))
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To: Sub-Driver

You just noticed, Newt? You sent out messengers on ponies to discover the truth, hunting high and low all over the district, and they only just reported back to you now?

That’s funny, thousands of us knew what she stood for even back when you endorsed her and helped the RNCC defeat the Conservative candidate.


20 posted on 02/01/2010 1:16:28 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver
Gingrich said he didn't realize how "radical" Scozzafava was when he endorsed her.

Well this alone should disqualify you from being the Republican nominee for President because there are a lot of radicals that are trying to be "wolves in sheep's clothing." By the way, Newt do you recognize this "radical" who is sitting on the couch with you? How is that climate change partnership working out for you?


21 posted on 02/01/2010 1:16:50 PM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: tennmountainman
Why does Sean Hannity have him on so often.

So Sean doesn't have to do all the talking, all the time.

22 posted on 02/01/2010 1:17:33 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Sub-Driver
Too late Butt-Breath!!

Now go talk to Sean, he's about the only one listenting to you these days.

23 posted on 02/01/2010 1:17:47 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: marmar

The wind direction has changed.


24 posted on 02/01/2010 1:17:52 PM PST by xp38
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To: Sub-Driver

No more Bushes...No more Newts
Enough already...go away


25 posted on 02/01/2010 1:18:26 PM PST by flash2368
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To: Izzy Dunne
Newt was “in the political loop” and didn't know about this woman what a little guy like me knew way out in Hawaii. That alone is enough to tell you something is wrong with the Newt. He needs to be Newtered.
26 posted on 02/01/2010 1:19:15 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: Sub-Driver
The former speaker added that conservatives who criticized his endorsement at the time "had the better of that argument."

That's because they were Conservatives, and you aren't one Newt.

27 posted on 02/01/2010 1:19:34 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Sub-Driver
Gingrich said he didn't realize how "radical" Scozzafava was when he endorsed her.

but when he found out, he still insisted on her...

"... I think in retrospect it was probably a mistake," he said.

it was probably a mistake? in retrospect? oh please...

28 posted on 02/01/2010 1:19:47 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: tennmountainman

If it were not for Hannity, both Newt and Dick Morris would be selling pencils to tourist in front of the White House.


29 posted on 02/01/2010 1:20:04 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: USNBandit
"Why can’t this guy just go away?!"

Who knows? Sin cursed Earth? But he won't. And if he did there are a million of 'em to take his place. They won't go away. If you want to be rid of them you have to go away. That's the practical solution.


30 posted on 02/01/2010 1:20:20 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Sub-Driver

Keep thinking Newt and maybe someday your ego will finally let you admit 94 was strictly a grassroots movement and not your achievement

When that happens you may really be on the road to reality

Until then you are still a hack politician


31 posted on 02/01/2010 1:20:58 PM PST by uncbob
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To: xp38
Yep, he is sucking like a Hoover on steroids, isn't he?
32 posted on 02/01/2010 1:21:30 PM PST by marmar ((Although, I may look different then you....my blood still runs..RED, WHITE, & BLUE. RETIRED USAF))
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To: TexasCajun
If it were not for Hannity, both Newt and Dick Morris would be selling pencils to tourist in front of the White House.

Now, now, Dickie Morris does have marketable skills - he could be cleaning toenails in a nail salon.

33 posted on 02/01/2010 1:21:45 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow, that’s quite a delay in cognitive process.

Tell Newt a joke and he’ll laugh...in 6 months.


34 posted on 02/01/2010 1:22:08 PM PST by lurk
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To: Sub-Driver

Sarah, are you paying attention here?


35 posted on 02/01/2010 1:23:42 PM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: Sub-Driver
She was not a loyal Republican and Newt you are not a principled conservative. You can both piss off.
36 posted on 02/01/2010 1:24:04 PM PST by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Sub-Driver
"She had some positions that were far more radical than I realized at the time,..."

This is why he needs to just vanish from the political scene. So many saw what he missed but his voice is the one we heard

37 posted on 02/01/2010 1:24:35 PM PST by fml
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To: Sub-Driver
Hey Newt. Here's one just for you...



38 posted on 02/01/2010 1:24:39 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not gonna matter, Newt. Your day is past.


39 posted on 02/01/2010 1:26:46 PM PST by nina0113
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To: Sub-Driver

“....probably a mistake.”

Just can’t make it all the way and come out and say you were just wrong, can you, Newt? RINO is as RINO does.


40 posted on 02/01/2010 1:27:15 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: tennmountainman

Hannity likes to kiss-up to the RINOs. I haven’t figured out why.


41 posted on 02/01/2010 1:28:01 PM PST by JenB987 (under God's Spirit she flourishes)
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To: tennmountainman
Why does Sean Hannity have him on so often.

Hannity has become something of a broken record that drives you nuts with repetition. I have no idea why he feels compelled to bring on the same guests over, and over, and over, and over, and over again.

Sean is hard for me to listen to on a good day, but when he brings on Newt or Dick Morris, I nearly snap the dial off, turning it.

42 posted on 02/01/2010 1:28:48 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver

And Hitlery and Pelousi, and global warming, and the list goes on.


43 posted on 02/01/2010 1:28:51 PM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: tennmountainman
Why does Sean Hannity have him on so often.

Why does Sean Hannity call anybody who visits his program a "great American?" (Including tax cheat Charlie Rangel)

Sean's not exactly a deep thinker.


44 posted on 02/01/2010 1:29:50 PM PST by whd23
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To: Sub-Driver
....frankly....

Drink!

45 posted on 02/01/2010 1:32:17 PM PST by TankerKC (John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt should have used LifeLock.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Gingrich said he didn't realize how "radical" Scozzafava was when he endorsed her.
Plain and simple...I ain't buying it!
And even if you didn't know how radical she was you damn well should have!
46 posted on 02/01/2010 1:35:10 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: pogo101

What about self flogging? That would be good as would him rendering his garments, wearing a hairshirt or shaving his head.
All in all, Newt should just leave the GOP and become a Llama rancher.


47 posted on 02/01/2010 1:35:10 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: marmar

Gingrich seems to be backtracking on many subjects today. I wonder why?
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He’s running for Prez 2012 and is smart enough to realize that while the RINOs like McLame will back him, the Tea Party conservatives in the party see right through him.

He thought we were all going to worship him like Hannity does. Hannity never confronted him over the things he’s said about Tea Party people or about endorsing Scuzzyass. So he thought we were all going to be like that.

He’s now realized. TOO LATE NEWT, you don’t stand an ice cube’s chance in hell.


48 posted on 02/01/2010 1:35:20 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discover" Sarah Palin)
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To: Sub-Driver

You just figure it was a mistake because you didn’t get AWAY with it NEWT! You were HAPPY to sell out the American people in order to get in good with some of the republican higher ups charged with picking the 2012 presidential nominee! Now you’ve backed up a bit...only because you got CALLED on it!


49 posted on 02/01/2010 1:37:06 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: BubbaBasher
He didn't actually admit it was a mistake

And his only regret is that she lost. Like a criminal regrets being caught.

50 posted on 02/01/2010 1:38:14 PM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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