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On the May 15, , edition of NBC's Meet the Press, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defended his earlier characterization. Newt Gingrich is seen to be full of them. 24 May was brought up on Meet The Press by host David Gregory on May "You gave a. A pro-Romney group is savaging Newt Gingrich with TV ads and mailers to .. In an interview on “Meet the Press” on May 15, , host David.
Its operations in China, with its one-child policy and record of coerced abortions, has made the UNFPA a political hot potato. The policy was revoked by President Clinton inrestored by President Bush inand revoked once again by President Obama in On his campaign website, Gingrich vows to reauthorize the policy if elected president.
In fact, she said as speaker he once boasted from the floor of the House that he had completely eliminated UNFPA funding from a spending bill.
All of that is consistent with the way other consulting firms do business in Washington. Accurate Claims But elsewhere, the ad stands the fact-checking test fairly well. It quotes the conservative magazine National Review as saying of Gingrich: But as speaker, he supported those exemptions to the Hyde amendment that prohibits federal funds being used for all other abortions.
The House voted to 28 in favor of the punishment. For more, see our Dec. One claims that Gingrich has flip-flopped on 11 issues. He did reverse his position on five, partially changed position on two more, and committed a flip-flop-flip — changing and changing back again — on one more.
Partial Flip Gingrich has been consistently anti-abortion, but he has changed his mind about federal funding in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment to the mother.
He was OK with federal funding for such exceptions inbut now he is against any federal dollars being used for abortion.
He is, to be clear, still in favor of allowing abortions to be legal for those exceptions as are many politicians and voters who are otherwise against abortion. All but one state adheres to that federal standard, according to the Guttmacher Institutewhose research and data on the issue has been cited by both parties. There are people in your Republican conference and Republican presidential candidates who believe that there should be no federal funding at all, even in the cases of rape or incest.
Do you agree with that? First of all, I think you—you should have funding in the case of rape or incest or life of the mother, which—which is the first step. Gingrich then went on to speak favorably about a proposal by Rep. Ernest Istook, to allow states to refuse to fund abortions even in those cases, should they so choose.
But he stopped short of urging states to deny funding. Now Gingrich has changed his position. A spokesman for Gingrich, R. Des Moines Register, Nov. But Gingrich has switched his position on federal funding. He now thinks the government should not ask taxpayers to pay for any abortions, Hammond said.
John Kerry debating what to do about global warming. Gingrich advocated a market-based approach with incentives, while Kerry called for government regulation. But at the debate with Kerry, when asked about Republican skeptics, he said: The vast majority of the National Academy of Science says it is, a minority says it is not. Science is not actually voted on. Science is a function of truth. In the ad, Gingrich says: Many people use the terms interchangeably, but the environmental groups National Wildlife Federation and Greenpeace both say climate change is a broader term for changes in rainfall, cloud formation and temperature.
He has not favored plans pushed by Democrats, but several times he has supported some form of capping carbon emissions. Flip Gingrich offered different views of what he thought the United States should do as the White House debated military action in Libya.
He has said that he changed his position as events occurred. The president of the United States has to be held accountable. Now, the idea that -- and what I said is factually true. Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps.
One out of every six Americans is on food stamps. We see two points to investigate. And second, is it fair to blame Obama for today's high use of food stamps? For the most recent month with available data -- February -- roughly February marked the third consecutive month that the number of recipients topped 44 million. The 44 million accounts for about 14 percent of Americans -- slightly less than one out of every seven, rather than one out of six, as Gingrich said.
But, you know, Newt has always wanted to run for president, so I'm actually glad he's doing it. And he seems to be trying to cast himself as a good-natured flamethrower, and he was very good at kind of fending off those questions. But he can never resist going a few steps over the top. Right during your interview, you asked him if this comment on food stamps is racially tinged.
And he doubles down and says, "Well, do we want the U. And so Newt 's always unplugged. But you've got the most unsettled Republican fieldI think, sincewhen Wendell Willkie snuck in. You know, usually it's either a front-runner or a structured choice -- Rockefeller against Goldwateror Ford against Reagan. This time it's wide openand you saw it on that poll where the numbers are just scattered all over the place.
That gives anybody a chance. This is what it looked like.
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The question was, he was the anti- Obama. And underneath that, he would answer no. And yet this issue of Obama 's values, are they in sync with what Americans want, how Americans define themselves, and whether Obama loves America? I didn't hear the former speaker dial back a lot of his views that Obama 's still outside the mainstream. No, and I thought your questions on that were really fair, David. I mean, all politicians -- and we know this, covering them -- are contradictions.
All humans are contradictions.
This human, this politician is especially contradictory. And one of the big contradictions you see when you spend time with Speaker Gingrichif you've looked at him over the last couple years, is he is a very thoughtful, history-minded individual. He can, he can expound very thoughtfully and carefully on the currents of history. And at the same time, I think, like his old nemesis President Clintonin some ways, he really wants to be liked, and he has a tendency to dive into the currents of extremism very quickly, I think, and often to his detriment, when he feels there's a, there's an advantage to be gained.
Helene Cooperon some of the issues that you're covering right now -- the Medicare fightthe issue of health care and how the president's going to defend it -- I mean, here you have Newt Gingrich basically supporting the individual mandate. Which is what President Obama did in his healthcare plan, which Mitt Romney did. And also saying about Medicare that he doesn't support what Paul Ryan 's doing to refashion the program.
I thought that was really interesting. I was very surprised to hear what he said about the individual, individual mandate. I think we saw today, this morning, a much more in control Newt Gingrich. I mean, his -- the, the biggest issue for Gingrich has always been -- there's no doubt that he's one of the smartest guys out there in politics. But his tendency to wild hyperbole and this discipline issue that you guys talked about during the interview just now.
We saw a much more disciplined Newt Gingrich just now, a, a few minutes ago, but I -- and II was very surprised to hear what he said about, about health care and the individual mandate. But I'm going to be -- it'll be interesting to see whether, moving forward in the campaignhe can keep that discipline. One of the most interesting things today that I saw in your Newt Gingrich interview was that a very busy green roomin which a bunch of people were walking around and chatting, stopped and watched it.
It was a silent green room. That tells you something. People will stop and listen to him. He is a compelling character. Gingrich is one of the best explainers of generally conservative views and philosophical starting points that there is out there, so that's going to be interesting.
I found him very nondefensive today, good-natured Can he get past the personal baggage, the affairs, the marriages? Is, is this an electability problem? One of the things, however, I was thinking as I watched him was, you know, to young peopleto and year-old voters, it just occurred to me, he's new.
To all of us, he's been around for a long time. He left the speakership inwe all covered it. To somebody who's 18 or 22, this is a new figure. They may find him quite compelling. The personal stuff, I don't know. Well, but, Mark Halperinwhat he's saying is, "It's fair to ask about the personal stuff, but I don't think it's really going to matter to people because I'm in a good marriage now and, you know, I, I've said that I've made mistakes.
Well, there's something to that. And, and unlike his previous passes, this -- even though his current wife has never been through a campaign with him She's involved in a lot of his activities now.
There are no perfect candidates in this race, and, and the flaws that are easy to isolate with Newt Gingrich I think are, are in some ways, if he, if he stays as disciplined as he's been, are more manageable within the base of the Republican Party than some of the other flaws some of these other candidates have. Let's talk about Mike Huckabeehis announcement last night on Fox News. He, he drew it out till the very end, as an entertainer, and then this is what he said.
The past few weeks, the external signs and signals and answers to many of the obstacles point strongly toward running.
And when I'm with people encouraging me to run, it's easy to feel the strength of their partnership and commitment to help me to the finish line. But only when I was alone, in quiet and reflective moments, did I have, not only clarity, but an inexplicable inner peace, a peace that exceeds human understanding.
All the factors say, "Go! So a lot of flash in that announcement that he's not doing anything. So who occupies that space in the fieldE. Well, you know, I think Mike Huckabee occupies two bits of space. First of all, I think he is one of the most likable people in national politics. If you spent time with him in the last campaignhe's just a very warm, easygoing guy. There's a likability space that I think people underestimate.
You know, Tim PawlentyI think, could occupy that kind of space, except he's become a really much more hard-line figure in order to get the conservative vote. And then there is the Christian conservative vote, which is very -- was very solid for him in Iowaalmost helped him win in South Carolina. And this is your question.
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- Meet the Press transcript for May 15, 2011
Iowa and South Carolinathen, who, who picks up that rope, in effect, that he would have been pulling? Those, those are two huge geographical holes he left. I'd add to E. He's not a Wall Street Republicanhe's more of a populist Republican.
So Huckabeeyou know, the way he went out I think was, was, was, was partly he wanted attention, he wanted people to think one more time he's the national front -runner. Of all the unprecedented things we're seeing this cycle, we've never had someone -- the national front -runner, the Iowa front- runner, the South Carolina front-runner just walking away from the thing. I think there's a lot of unpredictability now added as people try to figure out, "How can we take a little bit, at least, away?
They don't have one now. And of course, then the surprising thing, right after he's done announcing at the end of the show -- he interviews Mario Lopez during the show, and then right after he says "I'm not running," then you see this video pop up from the Donald. I think he'd be a terrific president. But a lot of people are very happy that he will not be running, especially other candidates. So, Mikeenjoyed the show. Your ratings are terrific.
You're making a lot of money. You're building a beautiful house in Florida. Helenewhat does that mean? What just happened there? I think you were seeing -- the second that Mike Huckabee -- I found out that he wasn't running, not because I was sitting in front of the TV because it was a Saturday night, but my BlackBerry exploded with e-mails and statements from every other candidate running to try to scoop up his voters.
So I think that's what you just saw here. But I also think Donald Trump is hilarious. Don't you want this guy to stick around? The whole Republican presidential contest is about promoting books It's an extraordinary moment. Let me get a break in here. I want to come back and talk about the rest of the field. I apologize for my cold. More from our roundtable right after this break. We're back with our roundtable. Matt Baiwe're talking about the rest of the Republican field. And isn't it interesting?
Here you have Mike Huckabee"Don't have the fire in the belly. Yeah, well, you know, I think you look at this, it's a little bit likeright? They look at this race. They see a president who has very high likability ratings. It's a tough race to run. They don't -- they can't get a sense of the field.
They don't know how competitive it's going to be And you know, four years later might be a better run. So some of these folks are making a lot of moneylike Huckabeeand they don't really want to give that up. And some of them are looking forward and thinking maybe this isn't the right race to make.
Part of Republican, I think Part of Republican frustration on the ground is that Republicans on the ground, conservatives on the ground, think, "We can take this thing. And Bill McInturff made a point about this unsettled field. It was part of our midweek Press Pass conversation that you can see in its entirety on our Web site. We'll play a portion of it. As a Republican, I don't think the Republican Party has yet a candidate on the field that this country says, "Oh, I could see that person as the next president.
That's the person I'm rallying around. We have a long way to go to kind of fill that blank. And, and, and you know, that's to the president's advantage right now. And Mark Halperinyou did the odds for the Republican candidates in Time magazine this week. We'll put it up on the screen. So with Huckabee gone, you still have Huntsman and Daniels out there.
How does that affect those odds?
Look it, we keep saying it, but it's true, but bears repeating. This is so unsettled right now. We don't know what Trump is going to do and what kind of a candidate he'll be. We don't know what Daniels is going to do. We really haven't seen if Huntsman is the real deal or not. Sarah Palin still looms out there as a potential candidate, and then a wild card like a Chris Christie or somebody getting in.
I think right now it's Mitt Romney 's to lose, but, but he's doing his best to try to lose it. Well, let's talk about Mitt RomneyE. So health care is the big battle. He fought for universal health caregot it in Massachusetts.
And now he's, you know, was advised to run hard away from it. And he gives a speech this week, and he does it in a PowerPoint presentation. This is the new Mitt Romney. He's not wearing a tie.
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Apparently he's never going to wear a tie for the rest of his life. But he talks specifically about the individual mandate which was at the core of his healthcare plan, and this is what he said. I also recognize that a lot of pundits around the nation are saying that I should just stand up and say this whole thing was a mistake, that it was just a bone-headed idea, and I should just admit it. It was a mistake and walk away from it.
And I presume that a lot of folks would conclude that if I did that, that would be good for me politically. But there's only one problem with that, it wouldn't be honest. I, in fact, did what I believed was right for the people of my state. Is that going to work? There's a big liability for conservative voters. I -- this pundit, to quote Mr. Romneythinks he'd be better off to really buy the whole thing he did because it was an extraordinary achievement. What he tried to do is go halfway on one side and halfway on the other side and say, "Well, the mandate was right when I did it in Massachusettsbut Barack Obama was wrong to use the very same idea at a national level.
And I think one of the problems that Republicans have is that this primary electorate, had -- the one that gave us Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnellis so conservative compared to primary electorates in the past, that all these candidates really have to reshape themselves in order to appeal to this and it makes them all look smaller.
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This is, this is tough, Helene. In -- because you're going to have the president out there saying, "Gosh, I agree with Mitt Romney. The White House was thrilled with Romney's speech and was sending -- all pointing out saying this is the most powerful, you know, advocate that we could possibly have out there defending Obama 's healthcare legislation.
But what I thought was really interesting, and this is the case, I thought one of the things that somebody at the White House pointed out to me was with Hillary Clinton in and with John McCainthey both had this issue of having to untangle themselves from something that their base really, really hated. With Hillary Clintonit was the case of the war in Iraq. With John McCainit was immigration.
And McCain managed to get beyond that and win the primarybut this was a big issue for his base. And this is the problem for Mitt Romney right now is that he, this is -- the whole tea party was basically founded off of, you know, their opposition to the individual mandate.
And this is -- that's going to be a huge problem for him. Matt Bailet me ask you about President Obama. Slight bump because of the bin Laden operation, still a lot of vulnerability because of the economy.
Here's what we see this morning on re- election of the president, 30 percent definitely for, 29 percent consider, 38 percent definitely will not vote for. He's being dragged down some here, Mattby high gas prices, principally. And obviously the bump from the bin Laden killing isn't going to last till Election Day. It's going to help enhance his credentials as a commander and chief. Obviously, he's tied to the economy. We've all talked about it. A factor some within his controlsome without, that will affect him.
But here's the thing, here's the underpinning for President Obama that I think makes them hopeful and makes Republicans a little wary, which is this likability factor that has been very constant, and even in very difficult economic conditions, has remained pretty resilient.
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Not everybody likes his policies, not everybody thinks he's, he's doing a good job on the economy all the time, or on other issues. But people wish this president well. They still have a good regard, a good feeling for him.