Gingrich: Wright May Be Deliberately Trying to Hurt Obama

By Nitya

Apr 29, 2008 7:58am

ABC News’ Nitya Venkataraman Reports: In a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., suggested that controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright is angry with parishioner Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and may be deliberately trying to hurt his presidential bid.

Saying that Wright "went out of his way to weaken Obama" during Monday’s address at the National Press Club, Gingrich told Barbara Walters "I think Reverend Wright has a greater interest in his self-importance."

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Gingrich described Obama former pastor as "hard-line anti-American", and said "if Rev. Wright continues to talk that the burden that Sen. Obama carries becomes bigger and bigger. "

Gingrich described Obama’s challenges as "two-fold", citing "left-wing relationships" calling the Illinois senator "disingenuous" about them.

Gingrich also referenced complications in the path to the Democratic nomination via Michigan and Florida. (Both states were stripped of convention delegates for holding their primaries too early in the 2008 process.)

"I don’t see how they’re going to have a convention and not have the fourth biggest state in the country represented," Gingrich told Walters.

Gingrich said "at the rate things are going" come November the winner might "not necessarily" be a Democrat.

"McCain could be the one Republican who could win the election this year," Gingrich said in a live interview with Barbara Walters.

Gingrich pushed back on notions of his own re-entry into the presidential candidate pool,

"That’s an alternative history we’ll have to come back and talk about some day," Gingrich said.

Gingrich appeared on Good Morning America to promote his new book "Days of Infamy", the former House Speaker’s second historical novel about Pearl Harbor.  Gingrich said he wrote the book to "draw more Americans into the Pacific" for a new look at the region and learn "the very tough lessons of history" embedded there.

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