Newt Gingrich: Transcript of ABC/Yahoo News Exclusive Interview


JAKE TAPPER: Okay, one last question, and then the lightning round. Mark C. via Yahoo asks, "Should the children of illegal aliens be allowed to attend public schools?"

NEWT GINGRICH: Yes. Just p-- d-- if you have people in your community who are-- not getting any education, you're asking for a level of social destruction that's unbelievable. Now, I think frankly we should have as a goal eliminating the notion of people being in America w-- outside the law. And there are steps you can take so that everybody's within the law. And we need to find ways to do that.

JAKE TAPPER: Okay, here comes the lightning round. The worst job you ever had?


NEWT GINGRICH: --the worst job I ever had-- probably was-- being a pinsetter, quite exciting, 'cause they would decide to see if they could bowl while you were setting the pins.

JAKE TAPPER: This is in Germany?

NEWT GINGRICH: In Germany. I was-- I was a kid, my dad was in the army. We were stationed in Stuttgart.

JAKE TAPPER: That sounds pretty miserable.

NEWT GINGRICH: Well, it was exciting. (LAUGH)

JAKE TAPPER: No, the Germany part sounds fine, it's pinsetting sounds miserable.


JAKE TAPPER: TV guilty pleasure?

NEWT GINGRICH: I li-- I watch any old movie. If it moves, I'll watch it.

JAKE TAPPER: Favorite junk food?

NEWT GINGRICH: Favorite junk food, almost any ice cream.

JAKE TAPPER: Favorite travlor-- flavor?

NEWT GINGRICH: Probably cherry. Black--


NEWT GINGRICH: Black cherry.

JAKE TAPPER: Black cherry. The happiest you've ever been, other than-- not including any wedding days or-- or birth of your children days. The happiest day.

NEWT GINGRICH: Either-- looking for dinosaurs with Jack Horner in Montana, or being with my wife Callista on the Serengeti Plain, taking pictures of animals.

JAKE TAPPER: Who would play you in the movie?

NEWT GINGRICH: Who would play me in the movie? I have no--

JAKE TAPPER: In the movie of you.

NEWT GINGRICH: I have no idea.

JAKE TAPPER: You have-- you have-- n-- there's no favorite actor you have--

NEWT GINGRICH: I have nobody-- I mean, I-- look, obviously you'd like Harrison Ford, but get serious, right? (LAUGH)

JAKE TAPPER: Well wa-- Santorum picked-- picked Jim Cazaviel (PH), or what--

NEWT GINGRICH: Yeah, he's a great guy. The guy who played Christ in--



JAKE TAPPER: Sh-- sh-- shooting high. Okay--

NEWT GINGRICH: But I've seen-- I've seen Harrison Ford as the president, he plays the president the way I wish the president were por--

JAKE TAPPER: I'm gonna take Harrison Ford as your answer. What is your personal theme song?

NEWT GINGRICH: I-- well, I don't have a personal theme song. I-- I mean, I use-- Dancing Queen from ABBA for-- for my telephone if that counts.

JAKE TAPPER: That counts. Where does that come from? You're just a big ABBA fan?

NEWT GINGRICH: It come-- but-- it actually comes from-- from-- Mamma Mia.

JAKE TAPPER: No, I know. But what-- what-- why?

NEWT GINGRICH: 'Cause I love-- I think the scene in the movie has as much energy and as much enthusiasm and happiness as I've ever seen in a scene. I love it--

JAKE TAPPER: All right.


JAKE TAPPER: First thing you'd do in the Oval Office?

NEWT GINGRICH: The first thing I'd do in the office, probably say a prayer.

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