Newt Gingrich on bringing a hose to a mud fight

Don’t look for a subdued Newt Gingrich in tonight’s debate on CNN.

Not long ago, during an interview with Gingrich, Neal Boortz on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB noted that he was “a bit flat” in Monday’s debate with Mitt Romney and the other GOP presidential candidates in Tampa. The former U.S. House speaker didn’t disagree.

Listen to the exchange, which also covered Fannie Mae and Ronald Reagan, by clicking here.

Said Gingrich:

”I think it was flat, in the sense that I was trying to stay very controlled, and [Romney] had a brand new debate coach …who had taught him that if you say five things in a row that are untrue, and get all of them in in 60 seconds, he probably won’t be able to answer them. And I was trying to think through how to cut through all that stuff. I think you’ll see me be my normal self tonight.

“But .. I don’t want to get down into a fight where you’re so much in the mud that the whole country is turned off. I’m trying to find a way to – in a sense – wash the mud off and let people see who Romney really is, in a way that doesn’t disgust them. I think they’re goal is to make it disgusting.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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48 comments Add your comment

Tad Jackson

January 26th, 2012
1:11 pm

Just tell the debate audience that every time my opponents lie about something I’ve done or said I’ll burp real loud. They can keep talking … lying … but I’m going to burp real loud. Or stick my finger up my nose.

This is what this phony mess has come to. Authentic people with authentic leadership skills needed to run for the finest job in the world. Is anyone out there?

Road Scholar

January 26th, 2012
1:18 pm

He was off since they did not allow applause and the cheap instant gratification that Gingrich thrives on!

D man

January 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

Im looking forward to the debate tonight. I love the way Newt addressed the first question in the SC CNN debate about his former wife being on one of the other networks trashing him. I bet they don’t try something like that again. Hopefully we will get to the meat of the tax plans tonight. I don’t know how really rich people like Romney and a buffet don’t pay much on taxes. According to Obama, I’m a rich person because my income is above the $250k a year range. That is a combined income with my wife. But I always pay about 50% taxes every year when you factor in purchase taxes, property taxes, taxes on food and gas, taxes on EVERYTHING because there aren’t any good write offs any longer. The tax system is broken and taxing me more is not the answer…


January 26th, 2012
1:34 pm

Hey Jim, I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to prop up in front of the tube and watch these two pit bulls attack each other! Folks get your popcorn ready, because tonight is going to be pure entertainment for those of us on the left.

Miss Priss!

January 26th, 2012
1:38 pm

Lord, have mercy! When is some enterprising debate moderator going to ignore the 800 pound elephant in the room and ask Romney to take as long as he needs to detail what Mormons believe in. Just perform a little bit of reading … and be amused and horrified at the same time.

Miss Priss knows you can’t be a little bit pregnant … and Miss Priss don’t think you can be a little bit Mormon. Somebody ask him. C’mon. Be brave … and be prepared to rethink your vote.

Ga Values...Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

January 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

A vote for Newt = A vote for OBAMA

Florida Republican Presidential Primary FL Chamber of Commerce Romney 33, Gingrich 33, Santorum 10, Paul 6 Tie

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination Gallup Tracking Gingrich 31, Romney 28, Santorum 12, Paul 12, Perry Gingrich +3

Minnesota Republican Presidential Caucus PPP (D) Gingrich 36, Romney 18, Santorum 17, Paul 13 Gingrich +18

General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Reports Obama 46, Romney 43 Obama +3

General Election: Gingrich vs. Obama Rasmussen Reports Obama 48, Gingrich 41 Obama +7

The Snark

January 26th, 2012
2:06 pm

“Romney had a brand new debate coach …who had taught him that if you say five things in a row that are untrue, and get all of them in in 60 seconds, he probably won’t be able to answer them.”

Sounds to me like Romney’s debate coach must have been … Gingrich.


January 26th, 2012
2:09 pm

Whats funny is old newt down in Florida pandering the Latino vote, this is the same man who sat back and watch Georgians run hispanic out of Georgia, the man has no shame.

Ryan Shakur

January 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

Whuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut? LOL :)

Romney's Debate Coach

January 26th, 2012
2:14 pm

Actually coaching Romney is easy for me. I just told him to do what he always does..On any issue, see which way the wind is blowing that day and take that position. When the wind changes, you change, too. So far he is doing it exactly as I taught him.

Gingrich's Debate Coach

January 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

My job is pretty easy too. I just told Newt to bring a carry on and leave his baggage at home.

Gingrich's Debate Coach

January 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

And I told him to smile a lot, but that is so hard for him

Obama's Debate Coach

January 26th, 2012
2:16 pm

My job is easiest of all, I just tell the President:

“Read the teleprompter , you idiot!”

Nancy Pelosi's hairdresser

January 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

Hey, what can I do ? the woman is just ugly.


January 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

“the man has no shame”

and that would be different from all the other candidates how?

Mr. Holmes

January 26th, 2012
2:30 pm

This is what this phony mess has come to. Authentic people with authentic leadership skills needed to run for the finest job in the world. Is anyone out there?

Yes, and in a fortunate turn for all of us, he’s already got the job.


January 26th, 2012
2:42 pm

The mud Newtie is throwing smells like it came from a corner of a pig pen.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

January 26th, 2012
2:55 pm

I just found that Slick Mitts dad was born in Mexico… ( does that make him a Mexican ) …….We are going to need to see a birth certificate. ……… Now I understand why ” real conservatives” don’t like him.


January 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

Newt, like anyone else, is not an effective communicator when he tries to be someone else. So we will see the “bad” Newt tonight. Should be entertaining.


January 26th, 2012
3:23 pm

He’s a cheesy slimebag and always has been……But for some reason, people kept voting for him until he finally got run out of Congress by other Congressmen who couldn’t even tolerate him. I’m just afraid he’ll fool enough people to somehow get himself elected! Anathema for our country…..

Ben The Independent

January 26th, 2012
3:32 pm

Insiders and Washngton & NYC elites are in a panic as their Harvard boy has a real contest to face.
The more Insiders and Elite bash Newt, the stronger he gets with the ordinary conservative voters. To Ann Coulter I would say; keep bashing Newt and he will win the nomination. Actually, it’s rather funny.

Auntie Christ

January 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

D man says: “But I always pay about 50% taxes every year …” Math is not your strong suit is it? “The tax system is broken and taxing me more is not the answer…” Well, I don’t want them taxing me more, either, so I guess that leaves school teachers, hotel maids, hospital orderlies and other slackers to pay for roads, schools, fire and police, to name but a few.

Miss Priss, you’re right about our learning more about mormon beliefs, we would be amused and horrified that people believe something like that. Me, I stick with the ole time religion, where big fish eat people, then regurgitate them when god tells them to; men build big boats then herd 1000’s of animals onto it, managing somehow to keep lions and wolves from eating the sheep and wildebeast; god pretends to be a burning bush–he’s shy I guess–to talk to Moses, and of course 13 year old virgins giving birth. Don’t believe any of that other nonsense you hear from other religions, only ours makes sense.


January 26th, 2012
4:17 pm

Auntie Christ, you’re purty funny, girl! And Miss Priss, while you’re learning more about Mormon beliefs, you ought to learn more about the Newtster’s new-found religion, Catholicism. That one dubs a man infallible (the Pope) and worships him…… sort of like that Smith guy with the Mormons, best I can tell….. Heck, what say we just leave religion out of our government, and government out of our religion? Come to think of it, I believe that’s what our country was founded on – religious freedom.

Somewhere over there

January 26th, 2012
4:28 pm

Newty is not gonna win any more primaries. After Florida, he’s done.


January 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

It is a tribute to the man’s salemanship that he has remained on or near the national stage for over 30 years. NG is living proof that publicity of any stripe is good. The fickle public won’t remember why they know you, just that they do.



January 26th, 2012
5:23 pm

NG ought to recognize falsehood when faced with it. Here’s and excerpt from the Subcommittee report that reprimanded him back in 97:
“On December 13, 1996, the Subcommittee issued an SAV charg- ing Mr. Gingrich with three counts of violations of House Rules. Two counts concerned the failure to seek legal advice in regard to the 501(c)(3) projects, and one count concerned providing the Com- mittee with information which he knew or should have known was inaccurate.”


January 26th, 2012
5:27 pm

link to report of Subcommittee


January 26th, 2012
6:02 pm

If Nut and neal discussed it, it must be true and relevant………..somewhere.


January 26th, 2012
6:13 pm

newt’s a lying lizard, but he is funny…there’s plenty of evidence, yet his power base of the intellectually challenged with play dough minds are incapable of forming an indivudual thought . Makes his whole campaign even more funny to watch.

Gramma Po-leece

January 26th, 2012
6:18 pm

they’re/their–para 5 or penultimate sentence of article. Thank you for this piece. Interesting race.


January 26th, 2012
6:23 pm

newt pouncing on mitt saying people are not that stupid and he (mitt) not that clever…..yet repubs value wealth accumulation as sign of success….who is clever there, and how stupid are you to pull some of the tricks the newster has pulled in the past? with apology to jim carrey, the republican election seems to have boiled down to “worser and worsest”


January 26th, 2012
6:49 pm

Mitt keeps us in our place where we belong. He’ll gladlly bet you on that. I can live with that. I wouldn’t mind an extra wife or two either.


January 26th, 2012
6:56 pm

“Oh the web we weave when we attempt to deceive” …Check out the debate tonight at 8:00 PM.
This is going to be the big one. Newt is now going to put a state on the moon???…A filibuster speech to take the heat off of himself. We want to hear about jobs and the economy….

hiram bronson granbury

January 26th, 2012
7:09 pm

It’s all Karl Rove’s fault. He enlisted the little snake handling preachers to incite their flocks over earth shattering issues like gay marriage – it backfired – it spawned the tea party.


January 26th, 2012
7:33 pm

Does AZ Gov. Jan Brewer have to take prescription pain meds? Just wondered. Every time she appears on TV, she seems a little whacked out. I don’t mean to be critical, but…. sorry to get off topic.


January 26th, 2012
8:10 pm

Who’s Boortz?

Newt's Latest Mistress

January 26th, 2012
9:07 pm

I just tell ol’ Newtie that even if his poll numbers go down, that won’t stop me going down on him also. And I’m so happy that Calista is onboard with open marriages so even if she’s the First Lady, I can still be the First Mistress!

Ol' Timer

January 26th, 2012
9:16 pm

Richard Land, a big Southern Baptist Convention honcho, said “Southern Baptists were a little queasey about Newt’s casino haul” — speaking of the $10 million haul from casino kingpins, Mr. and Mrs. Adelson of Las Vegas.

Mr. Land, it not just Southern Baptists — Newt has made a lot of us heathrens sick to our stomachs, too.


January 26th, 2012
9:20 pm

@D man I love the way Newt addressed the first question in the SC CNN debate about his former wife being on one of the other networks trashing him. I bet they don’t try something like that again.

Well don’t bet your life on it. It might not come up in the these Repub debates but there are reporters out there just waiting to corner Newt about his wives. They won’t be weak reporters that will be intimated. I can’t wait to see the sweat pop out on his forehead.after Newt tries one of his intimation tactics and one of the reporters fires back at him by saying that’s a nice try at a dodge Newt now answer the question.


January 26th, 2012
9:22 pm

I knew it would be Ho’s not hose.Newt can’t leave the baggage behind,people won’t let him.Keep judging you righteous hypocrites.


January 26th, 2012
9:43 pm

Scuuuuze me, double – hasn’t the righteous hypocrite Newtster been busy judging Romney and fellow Republicans? And how about his judging the sitting President, slinging mud on everybody in sight?

Just because Newt can speak intelligently does not make what he says any less dishonest. If he had any decency, he would not be doing what he’s doing to the Republican primary, turning it into a mud bath, like Jim describes.


January 26th, 2012
10:34 pm

Pigsty would be more appropriate for all you mud slinging pugs.Newt included.


January 27th, 2012
12:27 am

These debates only prove one thing—-who is the biggest B/S(er). They don’t have to make sense. They don’t have to be the truth. They don’t have to be for the good of the country-just as long as they appeal to the small group listening. I know an elected official who can talk to anybody, but as far as the job she was elected to do–you can explain things 100 different ways and she never understands or either chooses to ignore the Role and Responsibilities of the job. I want a “thinker” for a president-not a BS(er)

Attack Dog

January 27th, 2012
5:29 am

Newt doesn’t need a hose. He has a shovel and a bucket. The next time you hear a Dixiecrat say that Liberals throw mud, show them where the Dixiecrat politicians have already throw it at each other.

Attack Dog

January 27th, 2012
5:40 am

Anyone who complains about Nancy Pelosi’s facial appearance, has not see the film clip of Jan Brewer after her meeting at the White House. You know, the one who claimed that her meeting with Obama was cordial, before she decided to write a book. You know, the one who wagged her finger in the President’s face, but said she felt “threatened.” The look on the President’s face was, “Gov. Brewer, you look worse now than the last time a saw you,” or “Security, get Gov. Brewer a breath mint.” Mko.


January 27th, 2012
6:26 am

Bringing a hose to a mud fight. Reminds me of the line in the “Untouchables when Sean Connery says to a Capone thug, “just like a “wop” to bring a knife to a gun fight”. and Gingrich has more than a hose, Sheldon Edelson has kicked in $10,000,000 to Gingrich for TV advertising.
The Presidency is for sale. What a difference since John Tyler was president in 1792 he has 2 grandchildren still living. President Tyler became a “poppa” in his seventies. Which,of course, Gingrich could duplicate with one more wife. He could make history.

George Hills

January 27th, 2012
8:47 am

Mr. Gingrich says he will keep on with bringing in human waves of Mexican & communist Chinese immigrants. These Mickey Mouse debates are worried about the wrong thing.

mehlman rings twice

January 27th, 2012
9:04 am

Obama’s Debate Coach @ January 26th, 2012 2:16 pm

“My job is easiest of all, I just tell the President:
“Read the teleprompter , you idiot!””

I noticed that you had to use the word “President” in your post. His previous debate coaching must have worked.