Interview with Newt Gingrich

The GOP presidential candidate on his Super Tuesday prospects.
2:44 | 03/04/12

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Former house speaker Newt Gingrich joins us now good morning mr. speaker. Good -- stability George glad to have you back five wins in a row now for Mitt Romney. In the last state contest you've done no better than third in your well back in the delegate race. So even if you win your home state of Georgia on on Tuesday night how can you put together a viable path of the nomination. Well I think first of all the big ideas matter twice in this process have been the front runner in national polling. I think we have a chance C -- backed by having ideas like having a national energy strategy that gets us back to two dollars and fifty cents a gallon. Making sure that we are independent Middle East so that. No American president ever again bows to a Saudi king. And I think people are responding to big solutions -- ideas the biggest state a Super Tuesday and delegates is Georgia. I think I'll win Georgia by a much much bigger margin -- Romney won Michigan. We're gonna -- -- were competing in Tennessee and Ohio and Oklahoma number other states will pick up delegates in a number of places. Then I think the following week we're gonna win Alabama and Mississippi and we're going to be very competitive in Kansas this is gonna go on for a good while governor Romney. And we -- outspent all the rest of us by multiples. Is a front runner without any question but I -- I think he's not a very convincing front runner and he's a long way from having closed out this race. Speaking to go blow blow in Tennessee yesterday estate co chair switch sides state senator -- Campillo hearsay what he said right here. He -- -- like -- and I think he's a great leader but I don't think it's his time. And I think he won't do what is necessary to win this election I think Rick Santorum. Is the best chance we can get to have a conservative. President from conservatives think you need one person running against Mitt Romney. Well oddly enough -- the time he was doing that we were winning a conservative caucus vote in Tennessee. And -- two days earlier we won the national business council survey. Beating both Romney and Santorum so there are differences of opinion. I think that there's a huge difference between sent harmony Santorum has been historically. A labor union senator from Pennsylvania he voted against national right to work he voted for. Davis bacon which cost state local governments billions of dollars and favor of unions. And he voted for every single minimum wage increase that the unions asked for so I think does have some pretty big policy differences there. And -- when you get out of the industrial. States I think he gets harder for -- to put together a majority so we'll see how it. I just because you know there's really no way for you to get enough delegates before the convention so this is he says could be a long fight of its going to be successful. For you when we see this happen the past 1952 for the Democrats 1976. For the Republicans 1980 for the Democrats it means that party loses. In the -- in the general election are you worried that this kind of long fight is gonna put your nominee at risk. Now. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Four years ago I believe the was that -- Obama and Hillary Clinton went all the way to late June before their race ended. And yet that seemed to actually be more advantageous to then Senator Obama and Senator McCain having gotten the nomination early. So I think it ought to present which -- you're talking about and how it evolves. What happens but we're up against an incumbent president the thing people have to ask themselves is. Who do you think. Could stand up to Barack Obama and October and win the debates is are certainly not -- -- the Romney strategy about spending isn't gonna work against Obama. The fact is Obama is gonna have more money. He's going to be more negative. And if we don't have somebody who can win the debates in October. We have a very hard time winning the election and I think. That's an area were almost everybody thinks that I've had a better ability to communicate our values. And to define President Obama in ways that would make it very hard for him to get reelected. You mention your promise of two dollars and fifty dollars a gallon gas if -- elected President Obama seem to have you in my when he called that a phony election year promise. And many of our viewers want to know if you can back it up we had a question. From Tony times on FaceBook how can you -- he will bring the price of gas down when President Bush said in world markets. -- -- that happens in Middle East that despite the price of oil in -- -- to drill for all our oil is not supplies in the place price right now it is world events. Your response. Sure if -- the F suggests on had to go to new about Oregon. Look at the thirty minute speech in which I outlined exactly how to do this but I point out that when I was speaker of gas was a dollar thirteen -- gallon. When Barack Obama was sworn in. Gas was a dollar 89 a gallon. We've seen an explosion of opportunity and natural gas through drilling. The result is the price of natural gas has dropped from eight dollars a thousand cubic feet under three dollars -- 1000 cubic feet. I don't understand why the president doesn't recognized as he himself admitted in his speech in New Hampshire this week. That on natural gas terms we've had an explosion of new discoveries we're gonna create 600000 new jobs in this decade that's the president's number. And it all came from drilling. And it has lowered the price dramatically from eight dollars to three dollars if you applied that same principle. To oil you'd actually lower the price of gasoline below 250. I would be very cautious at 250 going to be down -- dollar twenty range so I think that historic example sitting all around us. Is what's happening with natural gas right now. This president and his secretary of anti energy doctor issue. Have as a goal getting us to pay European level prices of eight or nine dollars doctor -- was clear about that before it became secretary he wants us to get to be. A European level price structure of eight or nine dollars a gallon. He said this week. In -- testify in the house he has no intention of trying to lower the price of oil but the price of gasoline. The American people on the other hand would much rather pay to fifty and be independent of Saudi Arabia. Then be where we guarded. And I'm gonna ask -- -- -- about secretary -- just a moment but also Rush Limbaugh created quite a stir this week with his attack on the Georgetown student Sandra flock who testified. In support of president Obama's policy -- insurance plan should provide coverage for contraception with Joseph -- -- what rush that right here. Who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex what does that make -- -- regular slot right. Mr. prostitute she wants to be paid to have sex. The Democrats -- President Obama called the student under pressure mr. Limbaugh did get apologize. Yesterday I -- you disagree with the framing on that -- you believe this is an issue of religious liberty. The Democrats have called this part of a war on women do you worry that Rush Limbaugh. Helped reinforce that democratic message. Now I worry that the elite media is so desperate to not describe this accurately. -- You -- cardinal George has indicated the cardinals Chicago. That the president's policy which by the way. George includes sterilization. And abortion pills must just be clear about this. President's policy according to cardinal George would lead the Catholic Church to get up every Catholic university and every Catholic hospital. I'm kind of amazed that there are more voices. In the elite media in favor of religious liberty in America. And suggesting that first saw the show lady can buy contraception at all she wants is no place in America that's difficult -- contraception. The question is should a religiously affiliated institution not just Catholic. But for example the Christian university -- of the Ohio Christian university which is Protestant but his right to life finds -- sterilization. And abortion provisions of obamacare. Totally unacceptable. Now is that something people don't look at -- say this is a religious liberty issue. Are we just gonna have the government from here on out define for us. But what rights we have and they say to -- so it's -- to be religious for one hour on Sunday but let's not take answers to the rest of the week. I think this is a very profound question about freedom do you think rush was right to apologize. I think he was right to apologize but it but -- -- apologies for second. I think the president was totally wrong as commander in chief. To apologize to religious fanatics while our young men are being killed in Afghanistan. And I think it was a disaster of an apology let me now head of the UN commissioner to Afghanistan. But -- his -- -- the UN commissioner Afghanistan in -- saying since the president has admitted the United States is guilty. These people should be tried. Now I think that is a disastrous position for what you know before the president apologize the commanding general on the ground John Allen apologize he did he said. In order to save lives. I think I think at some point somebody has also stand up and say. These car hands were defaced by the radical Islamist prisoners. Now I haven't heard a single. Muslim cleric say that it was wrong to deface them they were being used to past communications back and forth. The other is a point -- have to draw a line in in and -- start telling the truth even if it's painful. And the truth is this issue much like the Danish cartoons several years ago is being used by our enemies. And I think we don't have the nerve to stand up to them and describe it for what it is. And I think this is a huge problem for us because it puts us in a position again and again and again. Of apologizing which is something this president has done all around the world and I think it's wrong I think America in fact. Has been trying to help the people of Afghanistan. And if they don't believe that I don't think we need to be there having them try to kill us. -- mr. -- on the issue of Iran the president meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tomorrow even quite critical. Of the president's approach he -- an interview to Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic mr. Goldberg will be on the show later in the program -- laid -- his worst most clear statement on Iran yet I believe. He said the president I think that the Israeli government recognizes that is -- United States I don't bluff. Both the arriving any Israeli governments recognize it would -- -- he says it is unacceptable for Ron Kevin nuclear weapon we mean what we say. The president seemed to put some teeth behind this idea that all options are on the table -- a nuclear weapon Iran from getting -- nuclear weapon. I think that's a good step in the right direction remember he just -- intelligence agencies report once again. As they did back in 2007 when they were totally wrong. That the Iranians are nowhere near getting a new weapon the question -- the president is if the Israeli prime minister decides that he cannot afford to take the risk. -- waiting to see whether or not the intelligence agencies are right. And he decides that for the survival of Israel he has to do something to take out the weapons systems. Will the president facts supporting or the president try to stop I think that's the core question. There's I think the Israelis are likely to move much much earlier than an American president would amnesty to thank you for taking time to join us this morning. Thank you.

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