FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
In politics, timing is everything - and Newt Gingrich might have it. Just as the former U.S. House speaker surges in the polls, he's also nabbing some key endorsements.
For starters, the influential New Hampshire Union Leader editorial board is backing Gingrich. They say he's improved Washington before and in this race, he has the best shot of doing it again.
This conservative stamp of approval could go a long way in helping Gingrich, especially at a time when many conservatives are taking aim at his views on immigration. Meanwhile, another influential conservative, Sarah Palin, could throw her support behind Gingrich as well. One report suggests aides to Palin say Gingrich is the most likely to score her endorsement.
And it's not just conservatives who have nice things to say about Newt Gingrich.
Former president Bill Clinton praises him in an interview with the website Newsmax. Clinton calls Gingrich "articulate" and says he tries to think of a "conservative version of an idea that will solve a legitimate problem."
Clinton suggests that Gingrich's approach will make independent voters take a hard look at him.
All of this has got to be keeping Mitt Romney up at night. However it's yet to be seen if Gingrich will peak in the polls only to fade away like other Republican candidates before him have done, but so far he seems to have some momentum the others lacked.
As for Gingrich, he may have his eyes set on another opponent, the one in the White House. As the nominee, Gingrich says he would challenge Obama to Lincoln-Douglas style debates. And he says Obama can use a teleprompter.
Here’s my question to you: Will Bill Clinton's praise help Newt Gingrich win the nomination?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Katty in Oregon:
The only reason Bill Clinton is doing this is because the Democrats are scared to death of Romney and hope to sway the election.
Richard in Oak Harbor, Washington:
Bill Clinton mentioned Newt Gingrich's "thoughtful positions" such as calling for regime change in Iran before choosing a military option and considering immigration issues in a non-partisan practical and humane way. Bill Clinton's interview is far short of a political endorsement but it is moderately observant and diplomatic. He must have gotten that from Hillary.
Bonnie in New Jersey:
I wouldn't think so. Maybe in the general election, but the people who vote in the Republican primaries hate Bill Clinton.
Jan in Washington:
It is doubtful. I think it is Newt’s hate-mongering that will help him since that seems to be the tone of the Republican Party these days.
Dave in Portland, Oregon:
Hopefully, yes. Can you think of a clearer choice for voters - and a better outcome for Democrats - than Mr. Nasty vs Mr. Nice. President Clinton, the cagey old "Aw shucks" silver fox of countless campaigns, knows exactly what he's doing.
Tom in New York:
It won't hurt. No one is so Republican they don't remember surpluses during the Clinton years.
Curtis in Philadelphia:
Who knows, Jack, but it does prove one thing: politics makes for strange bedfellows and both of these men, Clinton and Gingrich, know a thing or two about bedfellows.
Does such praise mean that the pot is calling the kettle black? The fact that either one would pat the back of the other goes to show that there truly is no difference in the current two parties. And that neither party will end the deficit spending, the wars, or the Federal Reserve or deem it necessary to follow the rule of law.
Ron Paul in 2012...
Jack, birds of a feather stick together...very smart hound dogs. However, Bill's praise tells me he's slipping.
You know very well that praise from Pres clinton will not make any difference in a Rep Nomination. I'll prefer you asking about the candidate's positions.
Will Bill Clinton's praise help Newt Gingrich win the nomination?
Seriously Jack, Clinton's praise of Gingrich amounts to this 'sure let's have Newt be the GOP nominee, it will make Obama's re-election a cake walk'
Bubba can be so cleaver sometimes.
Gingrich doesn't need Clinton or any other Democrat to help him win. HE will do it on his own. His ability to FACTUALLY out debate anyone, yes, even the annointed one now in the White House, this alone will show most unbiased observers that Newt is the man for the season, and for the presidency.
I don't know, Is that the secret signal to the vote counters?
Are you serious? Doug, Pepperell, MA.
The right can't stand Bill Clinton, and the left can't stand Newt Gingrich. I don't see who this endorsement influences, honestly. Maybe some in the middle who respect them both.
No, it is a positive statement that GOP members will turn negative as they do not like the messenger.
For the sake of our nations sanity...... let's hope NOT.
Hardly. I wonder if the White House has decided they would rather run against Newt? That would certainly explain early attacks on Romney. The only downside is that in a down economy, Newt could win.
The last thing the country needs is that egomaniac in the White House.
I wouldn't think so, maybe the general election, but the people who vote in the Reublican primaries hate Bill. Although Romney has been leading consistently I think the tea partiers will get whichever nut job super conserative elected to run again Obama.
No, Newt Gingrich has a recurring illness,called "Foot in mouth disease", and no amount of praise can cure that.
People still like Mr. Clinton a great deal, and if his comments have a positive impact for Newt's campaign, then I guess that can't be helped. However, I don't believe any endorsement, no matter who it is from, is going to change the fact that Gingrich is a mean spirited old codger who would increase the divide in our country with more right wing extremism.
Jack-You have got to be kidding. There is nothing that will help Newt win the nomination. He is just a war mongering money wasting clown. He might sound confident in the debates but if you take a real look at his answers it is just empty words devoid of any hope for improving the lives of average citizens. Take his answer on the patriot act for example. He said we need to expand it to stop future attacks on America. Can he name one attack that been stopped by the billions of dollars spent so far? No he can't. It is just another one his lies and I for one am tired of being lied to by useless politicians.
Huntington Beach, CA
Although Clinton's praise might help Gingrich in the short term I think what Clinton is attempting to do is keep the person who has the best chance of beating Obama out of the Whitehouse. Clinton has no love for any republican he just doesn't want the one that might actually beat Obama stepping up to the plate. By praising Gingrich he hopes it boosts him into the lead as the primary candidate and Obama can easily beat Gingrich where he would have a lot harder time beating Romney. If Clintons lips are moving you can bet it is for the benefit of the democrats and not the republicans.
I doubt it, Jack. The Republican base will think he's not "right" enough for them if a Democratic gives him praise.
The Democrats want Newt Gingrich to get the Republican nomination and it is a setup because they want President Obama to win. President Obama will beat Newt Gingrich anytime. I am officially voting for President Obama and if I were working for his political party helping him to get in office for a second term I want Newt Gingrich to get it just so that I and the Democratic party will crush the Republicans. No offense Republicans but I have never been a fan and I hope that Newt gets it so that President Obama will crush him like a bug.
HA!!! That and the picture of him with Nancy Pelosi.
I cringe at the thought of Newt Gringrich winning the Republican Presidential nomination. To be fair, I also cringe at the thought of Bachman, Romney, Cain, or Perry winning the nomination. I just would like for the GOP to make up their mind(s) about who they are going to back.
Well it won't help Obama and that's good.
I'd still like to see Hillary be President, what can "WE" do to make that happen?
Gingrich is very knowledgeable on all subjects and I agree with him on most
but he also comes up 'every so often with an off-the-wall'er" if you know what 'i' mean?
=like it comes back and hits him in the face=
But then I'd vote for anyone that really "KNEW" gov before I'd vote for Obama and I'm a democrat.
I can say Clintons positive responces to Ginrich will certainly help him but more in the presidential election than in the republician primaries, then Ginrich would get democrat votes and independant ones also.
It all boils down to what "WE" can do to turn this (stalemate) around and "WE" can't elect enough people to make those changes!
There's nothing to this, Jack. Newt Gingrich is only the latest Republican Andy Warhol candidate and his 15 minutes countdown clock back to oblivion has already started.
It is doubtful. I think it is Newts hate mongering that will help him since that seems to be the tone of the Republican party these days. Which is sad....very sad.
When it comes right down to it, Clinton is die hard Dem, and he will be supporting Obama, in spite of the fact he knows it is not the best choice for America.
It won't hurt. No one is so Republican they don't remember surpluses during the Clinton years. And as it has always historically gone, Clinton's Democratic administration reduced the Republican climbing Deficit.
Now the Republicans are claiming that the deficit is a big concern. When Bush was charging two wars and giving away billions to Big Pharma, Olympia Snowe was a lone Republican dissenting voice crying in the wilderness. How do they have the cheek to call Romney a flip-flopper?
Why not? Clinton and Gingrich were the perfect pair to get the country moving in the right direction. When Clinton began his second administration, he needed the support of the Republicans and he and Gingrich took the lead in turning the economy around from a deficit to a surplus at the end of their terms..... THAT IS WHAT I CALL LEADERSHIP.... GINGRICH GETS MY VOTE!!!
President Clinton's praise of Gingrich is accurate and deserving as Gingrich is the only obvious adult among the other Republican candidates, however, I doubt that Clinton's praise will overshadow /overcome Newts tremendous baggage that he brings.
If people knew how bad former President Clinton was for America (he spurred trade with China to help Walmart, which has killed millions of America jobs in retail and manufacturing offering low paying retail jobs in return), then this "endorsement" would be the kiss of death. Hopefully, Gingrich has the sense to look that gift horse in the mouth and see it for what it's worth – nothing.
Clinton endorsing Gingrich? What has this world come to? Bill supporting the guy who thought up "Contract with America" and was against everything Clinton proposed? Is this Clinton's way of "getting Obama back"? Apparently Clinton will join Palin in the don't mind what I'm saying, just do it.
That may just what Clinton wants for the Democrats. Does it really matter one way or the other. The Republicans to this point do not have a shinning star as a hope to regain the white house. Maybe it is time to have a three party system. We have had just the two major parties with all the power for more than a hundred years and in all the years combined little has been done except wars with blank checks to support them.
The only reason Clinton is doing this is because the dems are scared to death of Romney and hope to sway the election.
Bill Clinton mentioned Newt Gingrich's "thoughtful positions" such as calling for Regime change in Iran before choosing a military option and considering immigration issues in a non-partisan practical and humane way. Bill Clinton's interview is far short of a political endorsement but it is moderately observant and diplomatic. He must have gotten that from Hillary.
The Democratic Party's 'let's help Republicans nominate the biggest fool' strategy is working. Good work Bill.
Hopefully, yes. Can you think of a clearer choice for voters ... and a better outcome for Democrats, than Mr. Nasty vs Mr. Nice. President Clinton, the cagey old "Aw shucks" silver fox of countless campaigns, knows exactly what he's doing.
It sure won't hurt Newt like it did Hillary. Newt has been the most consistent in the debates but his past may catch up to him in the long run. But then again this is America, the land of the free and the home of greed.
It wont help him now it will in the general if he is the candidate, the parties selection process brings about the bantering and selling of your soul to the party elitist who are so off of where the majority of people in the USA think and live, this is both parties. Did Clinton do this for a reason? Mr. Gingrich is an easier target especially if it gets nasty Mr. Gingrich is a good target to beat on and it wont hurt that they went negative on Gingrich who is not a good victim when it comes to this type of negative attacks.
No. Absolutely No. He is too loose on Immigration. Americans are not that stupid. He wants to grab Hispanic vote.
Most likely not Jack but a closer look is necessary. Clinton's remark praising Gingrich is an ambush. The White House obviously feels Obama stands a better chance for reelection against Gingrich than Romney so they put "Slick Willy" up to it during a meeting with him at his Harlem office recently. But back to your question - I think a Romney/Gingrich ticket would offer Obama real problems with Romney;s business background and Gingrich's political smarts. They'd be quite a team.
Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona
No doubt Newt is articulate and very bright and experienced. I want to know HOW a Conservative man can be married three times? I want him to explain why campaigning events need to be scheduled around this current wife's hair appointments? If Newt can get this wife under control and keep her ther I'd consider voting for him.
Who knows Jack, but it does prove one thing: politics makes for strange bedfellows and both of these men, Clinton and Gingrich, know a thing or two about bedfellows.
Having Bill Clinton's praise is like getting the kiss of death for a conservative. In today's world of politics it is take no prisoners. If you show signs of willingness to cooperate with the other side that is a sign of weakness in the republican party.
Possibly, but Knewt (spelled that way on purpose) will step in his own Stuff anyway.
"It could, but I don't think so at this stage. If a Republican is going to sit (on a Brand-New seat) in the whithouse, I only see two possibilities and he is neither. That's why Williams wife shoulf run again, but this time as a Republican!!"
I think Clinton's endorsement would be more likely to help Newt win the general election than the Republican nomination. Bill Clinton is still anethema to most Republicans so I see his comments as a negative for Gingrich in the primaries. Also, Newt is the second most sane and rational (behind Huntsman) of the eight contenders so that pretty much dooms him with the tea party and the rest of the wacky right; with or without Sarah' blessing. He may still have a shot at the nomination but I'm betting the "Just Say No" party can't resist the allure of a Bachman – Santorum ticket.-
I think regardless of what he has said about Newt Bill Clinton does not believe the Republican way is the right way for America to be heading and he will let it be known. In no uncertain terms.
Bill Clinton's praise will help Newt Gingrich.
The logic makes sense to me.
Presidential capability is more important than character.
In the short term it will help. Will it have any staying power? Probably not.
3 months ago Michele Backmann was the GOP's rising star.
2 Months ago. Rick Perry was the darling of the GOP.
1 month ago Herman Cain surged into the lead.
Last week Newt Gingrich became the Savior of the GOP.
Who will it be next week?
Most people agree that Gingrich is a bright guy with a lot of practical experience in government and governing. In the last several years of big talk and grand standing, it would be refreshing to have leadership who could for once "walk the talk". Our current president is bright as recognized by Steve Jobs, but he apparently never learned "leadership in a Democracy 101" at Harvard. And, we all have learned a hard lesson in picking our leaders. Shame on us.
I think Clinton's comments about Gingrich are honest, just as I think he had a twinkle in his eye when he said it. Clinton's comments may just be the additive needed to boost the Newt into winning the conservative vote, but further splintering the GOP vote at large. All things considered, this might be the bulldozer that clears the way for an Obama victory.
The Clinton's don't do anything without a self serving political purpose. Bill Clinton met with the Obama administration before putting his endorsement on Gingrich. They feel Obama can beat Gingrich. They certainly don't want Cain or Romney. I would love to see a Gingrich/Obama debate, no holds barred. Obama would be "shellacked."
Being a conservative (moral values) Christian there is no way I would vote for Newt Gingrich. No mater who praises him. My Christian values demand moral honesty not greedy politics. I will be looking forward to voting for President Obama come November 2012.
Let's hope Newt does not win the Republican nomination. We need two strong political parties and Newt is just another Republican loser who happens to be the "taste of the month." Earlier, Newt was so bad as Speaker that his Republican buddies ousted him. His behavior towards his first two wives shows total lack of decent behavior and character. His first re-election crew bailed out when he made terrible political decisions. He suffers from continual foot-in-mouth disease and his relationship with other world leaders would be an emarasment to this country. The only reasonable Republican candidate is Jon Huntsman and he is too sane and intelligent for the nut cases running the Republican party to support. We need another four years of President Obama and, maybe after that, sanity will return to Republican world, they will kick out the Tea Party and then they will recognize in Huntsman the winner that he is. Obama in 2012. Huntsman in 2016.
I think Bill's praise was tongue-in-cheek in answer to the interviewers question. Newt is the most coherent of the litter, but has the most moral and ethical baggage. If elected, given his infidelity between wives, he would be known as President Pimp.
No, he might have a shot at the GOP nomination, but he cannot win the general election. He has far too much political baggage to win, and the evangelicals will not vote for him because of his sorded oersonal life.
Of course the Democrats want Gingrich to win the nomination. With the dirt they can throw at Newt, Obama will be a shoe-in. The media loves the Liberals and will devastate a Republican candidate that has the baggage Gingrich has, and way too many people in this country who will vote can't see the forest for the trees – and it doesn't matter that Gingrich will try to return our country back after Obama has done his best to destroy it. Look at what happened to Herman Cain.
Since when is Bill Clinton's endorsement sought after in the Republican Party?
Newt has proved he is a shill and will say anything for money. He reminds me of the old joke about a man who asks a woman if she would with him for a million dollars. She says yes. Then he asks her, how about a hundred dollars?
Appalled, she says no and asks what do you take me for? The man replies that I have established what you are, we are just negotiating the price. That is Newt Gingrich in a nut shell.
Let's hope so because if he is the nomination once all that has been forgotten or unknown about his character comes forward he will be easy to beat. Another John McCain with personal baggage, yuck!
Jack, if it helps for Bill to give Newt a boost it will only last for about a week , as everyone has to have their chance at riding the rollercoster to the top , and of course the ever present plunge afterwards
Jack you know darn well Newt Gingrich, the only place he will b going is to the retiremnt home. Now if that close to the White House thre you go
I think Bill Clinton"s endorsement is the kiss of death.
I sure hope so. Clinton is a Jedi master and that, my friend, was a Jedi mind trick. Having Newt as the Republican representative is the gift of all gifts. Thanks Bill for fomenting the seeds of a GOP loss. To give Gingrich a leg up, only to be destroyed in the General election.
Bill Clinton and Newt G., have a lot in common.. I think Bill is still sore over Hillary losing to Obama in 2008! Bill and Newt are two adulterers who were both impeached for ethics violations in the 90's.. I know Bill is having some Monica L. flashbacks.. MR. BILL CLINTON THE JERK!!
Funny how Republicans are supposed to convey the protectors of "Family" values, Ethics and Morality now find it feasible to endorse Gingrich? It is like requesting that "Charles Manson" is a model citizen in prison and we should do all we can to release him back to the community. Desperate and pitiful!
Well Jack, Bill Clinton was the best Republican the Democrats ever ran for President (Remember his dismantling of welfare and NAFTA?). Let's just call him a "Republicrat."
Lincoln-Douglas debates were multi-hour long monologues. One night only Stephen Douglas in one town for three hours. Another night it would be Lincoln's turn for three long hours with no Douglas. Gingrich is counting on his audience knowing no history. Some historian Newt believes he should be. Cynical :-(
It will definitely help Obama. I think that is Clinton's purpose.
Likely not. While Clinton remains revered and applauded throughout the country, nothing it going to help newts chance for election given his apathetic approach to politics. One doesn't have to look much further than the way he lazily drags his feet on the debate stage to see that his passion for politics is very much a function of his mood that day.
O boy Jack I hope so. I'm glad to see who my generation will come to know as the "Great Negotiator" BIll Clinton coming to this country's side when needed most. Looking back, both these men praise the patterns of political history that helped balance the budget in the 90's, keep us out of costly wars in Eastern Europe, and make attempts at peace in the Middle East. This is bi-partisan, this is cooperation, this is American Democracy.
To sum up the lot running for the Presidency it seems they are after only three things,
your sons and
got any daughters? Are they hot !
Well, Clinton did call Obama's campaign a fairy tale when his wife was battling for the nomination.
Apart from President Clinton's and Speaker Gingrich's personal issues, the only problem I ever had with the Speaker was his Contract for America, which I thought was too far to the right. That said, an endorsement from President Clinton wouldn't be the "kiss of death" in my book.
Bill Clinton would love Gingrich getting the Republican nomination for two reasons. 1st, President
Obama would win the White House. Second, Pres Clinton could sit back and laugh as everyday of the next year would be Gingrich's scandal of the day. Revenge is best served cold.
I sure hope so. Much better to run against a moron like Newtie than a Momon like Romney.
Former President Clinton is a genuine intellectual and a masterful politician. His praise will mean nothing because the current attitude of Republicans is know-nothing, anti-intellectual and historically myopic. Only in this cliimate could a fatheaded gasbag like Mr. Gingrich be considered an intellectual. He is articulate but I doubt that he has actually every thought a position through. He never thinks. He merely attitudinizes. He is also not a very good politician: he has managed to sour almost everything he has ever touched. As a Canadian i am horrified that he can be considered a good presidential candidate of our powerful, volatile neighbour. God knows what he would do in a crisis given his bad temper and thin skin.
John in Victoria BC
Newt is sly. Haven't you seen him in the debates just waiting patiently for the right time to lay his ideas and plans out. He doesn't need any help from slick Willy. We all love Bill, but you have to wonder what he's up to when he's promoting Newt. The Democrats aren't that displeased with Pres. Obama yet.
Bill Clinton was just being kind to Newt Gingrich. If Gingrich took over the Republicn nomination, he would be such an iresponsible individual. Please we need young thinkers, not old men!
Jack, Gingrich says Obama can use a teleprompter at their debate, will one of debate subjects be "How to be faithful to your wife.".... Just curious!
Nobody's praise can help newts history of handing his wife divorce papers while she lay bedridden with cancer all the while he's carrying on a relationship with his secretary. It's another good joke though Cafferty.
No, No, and No....
I guess character no longer matters for someone who wants to be President of the United States.
Bill Clinton's endorsement would be the Trojan horse, irrespective the endorsee, at least among republican voters.
Do you really think that was praise? Bill Clinton is a smart politician, easier to beat Newt and his baggage. Romney is a bit tougher but Newt has way too much baggage, so if Clinton praises it makes it a bit easier for nomination and easier to defeat in 2012.
Au contraire, Jack. Given the current climate of gridlock between political parties, Clinton's "endorsement" of Gingrich is more likely to cost him votes rather than provide for more.
clintons more loyal to democratic party than country.he knows its easier to beat obama with romney that is why he gives gingrich the nod..just more low class politicks by another sellout who got rich after went into government
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