Skip to comments.Another Newt Gingrich 'comeback' on the horizon
Posted on 02/16/2012 5:42:36 AM PST by Marguerite
This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," February 15, 2012.
GINGRICH: .... we're going to have to pick up all those delegates in late May, just before the California primary, when we hope to pick up more delegates out here.
That still means that on super-Tuesday, we're looking at Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, we're looking at Ohio. It means the week after super- Tuesday, we're looking at Alabama and Mississippi.
Now, we have hopes that we're going to keep picking up delegates everywhere and continue. This race is going on for a long time, I think.
What will it look like by the time we get to the convention, I think we're going to have a lot of delegates. And our job is to focus on what's practical, not to worry about what isn't. We're not going to affect the state of Texas's decision. So we have to go ahead, I think, and focus on what we can do.
And what we can do is work -- I'll be in Georgia Friday and Saturday. We're going to be in Oklahoma on Monday. We're going to be campaigning in Tennessee. We're going to be campaigning in Ohio. These are states that are real, they're immediate, they're now. Then we want to come back and pick up Alabama and Mississippi. We're going to have a pretty good number of delegates, I think, by the middle of March.
I'll be in Michigan campaigning next week. We have every reason to believe we're going to be competing there effectively. And we're going to have a number of surrogates also competing in Michigan.
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VAN SUSTEREN: Well, you mentioned the negative ads. And I don’t know if you were watching Sean Hannity’s show a little — a few minutes ago. They did text voting on it. And it actually was — they said — they asked which candidate was running the most negative ads, and Governor Romney did win that contest, one he probably didn’t want to win, at 57 percent.
So I think that, you know, people — although, you know, they may say that he runs the most negative ads, but they still vote for them because negative ads are very effective.
GINGRICH: Well, they’re not — they’re not actually voting for him. I think, for example, in Maine, which is a New England state he ought to be doing good in, he got 39 percent. I think you’re going to find in his home state of Michigan, as you pointed out, Santorum’s now ahead of him.
People are looking for a positive leader who has a positive solution on jobs, a positive solution on gasoline and energy, and frankly, somebody who’s going to stand up to the Obama administration’s war against Christianity and is going to draw a line in the sand and say, We’re prepared to fight to defend religious freedom in America against a radical secular administration.
So I think you have — you have three or four different things coming together here, where people want positive, issue-orientated leadership. They don’t just want somebody with a deep pocket of Wall Street money running negative ads.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, you mentioned gasoline. Since the end of 2011, the price of gasoline has gone up 8 percent. And the rise of gasoline prices doesn’t hurt the rich. They can pay it. But it really does — it really does pinch the middle class and the — and people who don’t make — who are even below the middle class line. And it can put a thumb on the economy.
If you are President of the United States tonight, what would you be doing about gas policy? And when would those prices come down?
GINGRICH: Well, gasoline was a $1.13 a gallon when I was speaker. It was $1.89 when Obama was sworn in. It is in California above $4 today in some places.
The fact is, one, I’d sign the Keystone pipeline immediately to start Canadian oil moving south into the United States. Two, I’d open up offshore development both off, for example, the Gulf of Mexico, but also in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska.
Three, I would open up federal lands. The one great breakthrough has been North Dakota, and the reason is it’s on private land, and the liberals have not been able to stop it. If we allowed federal land to be developed, we would have a shocking amount of energy. We would, in fact, rapidly become independent of the Middle East. No American president would ever again bow to a Saudi king. And we’d get — we’d get gasoline prices back down to $2 or $2.50
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, one last quick question. We only have a minute left, the accommodation that the president suggested to try to cure this problem, this rift he’s having with the Catholic church on contraception and the health care bill. I assume that you side with the Catholic church on this. IO don’t — I mean, that’s my assumption. But is there any way to sort of reconcile this, to work this out between the two?
GINGRICH: ... there’s a very straight question here. Does the government of the United States have the right to overrule a religious organization on how it deals with its religious circumstances? Can the government of the United States dictate, whether it’s an Episcopal church, a Baptist church, a Jewish synagogue, a Catholic church, a Greek Orthodox church — does the government have the right to dictate to churches?
Those of us who believe in America believe we were founded by people who were fleeing religious persecution to come to America. We think what Barack Obama’s doing is the most secular anti-religious bigotry that we’ve ever seen in a president. And I think it’s not bridgeable. He’s got to back down totally and concede that no government can come between man and God.
Yep! We were told time and again how Rick Perry was going to roar back into contention and whaddayaknow.. it happened!!
I hope Newt isn’t counting on Texas; Texas primary has been successfully derailed by Democrat lawsuits over redistricting.
This is disingenuous. The only device that is propelling Newt Gingrich is Sheldon Adelson’s dollars. Adelson, an avowed fiscal conservative and social liberal, is intent upon derailing Santorum because he does not share Santorum’s social conservative philosophy. Adelson is much more comfortable with Gingrich, and in a recent Wall Street Journal article was reported to have had a “warm” meeting with Mittens. Adelson wouldn’t mind seeing Romney as the nominee. So again the liberals are trying mightily to purchase the most socially liberal candidate they can find. It’s spoiler politics all over again with voters who are beginning to surge for Santorum (precisely because he is socially conservative) as the targeted enemy. Adelson has a net worth of $21 billion. BILLION. What is it about big money American Jews always ending up as bleeding heart liberals despising conservative principles? The irony here is Adelson actually supports conservatives in the Israeli government, and even owns a newspaper there.
Newt has a 63% unfavorable rating. Comeback? nope
“This is disingenuous. The only device that is propelling Newt Gingrich is Sheldon Adelsons dollars.”
>>Newt has a 63% unfavorable rating.
LOL.. Obama doesn’t even have that.
Unfortunately, when someone spends millions trashing their opponent, it’s very hard for that opponent to make a comeback. Looks like Santorum will be the next beneficiary of Romney’s millions hurled at him. I know that’s how the game is played, but this isn’t supposed to be a “the one with the most money wins” type of contest. Wish they would just stick to the issues.
I like Gingrich, I really do. I think he would make a great President.
We need ONE anti-Romney conservative in the primary fight, not half a dozen, or they will spilt our votes and Romney will win the primary.
I hope Gingrich steps down and out and support Santorum at this time.
If the roles were reveresed, I would say the same thing about Santorum.
The more GOP candidates cut each other up, the HIGHER the Obamabastard’s ratings go!!!
F..k the “electability” invented by the lamestream media to influence the people’s choice. I don’t read polls. You (plural) are letting yourselves played like dummies by the gazillions of so-called polls the liberals shove down your throats.
There is ONLY one which counts - the ballot.
Adelson’s pulling the plug was just a rumor. The WSJ article yesterday said he is mulling over an additional $10 million to Gingrich in light of the very recent Santorum surge. Adelson doesn’t like Santorum and doesn’t like the voters who are beginning to support Santorum as the most socially conservative candidate actually in the running.
Santorum is NOT presidential material. Period.
What gives you the almighty ..to tell us who to support..
That should tell you something. Newt has tanked.
Santorum has got a pass as long as he was flying under the radar.
Now that he’s in the limelight, all his flaws are out, for all people to see. He’s a bigot, who thinks the government should intervene even in people’s bedrooms and “educate” them how to live their lives. As Congressman, he was a big spender and a big supporter of the welfare nanny state.
His rambling speech is without vision, and his sectarian views will be used by Obama’s goons to trash him to nothingness. He has zero chances to win in November.
Pull that wool off your eyes, and try to think by yourself, not by what the polls “tell” you.
I say if he hasn’t won another primary by the end of the month Newt will drop out and endorse Santorum. At this point I think he’d rather stop Romney above all other priorities.
I didn’t mention “electability”. I mentioned “unfavorable” ratings
Newt is polling last in most states, even Ron Paul is beating him.
I think you need to look in a mirror when you sport around here calling others dummies.
Perhaps you can pull a Newt win out of your behind, because nobody else can see it.
Or maybe you could stand on your head and convince yourself he is in 1st place. ROTFL!
Still a long way to go.
Personally, Santorum just doesn’t have any appeal to me. I mean, I would take him over Romney any day of the week, but that shouldn’t be enough.
Newt articulates the conservative message better than anyone else running at the moment. One reason is that it comes from within, not externally like Romney. I think Newt can get the momentum back once the debates kick back in, especially now that the pressure cooker crosshairs will be off him.
Santorum almost seems agitated when talking, like he’s perpetually annoyed at something.