‘I Will Endure the Challenges’: Gingrich Speaks on Israel, Dodges Media

Jun 13, 2011 1:51am

ABC News' Alex Stone Reports: Newt Gingrich spent much of Sunday evening seemingly trying to get away from an army of cameras and reporters attempting to get him to say a word. He had no media handlers to keep reporters back as he was mobbed walking through the Beverly Hilton before and after his 40 minute speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition. He repeatedly told us to “Cover the speech.”  At one point the media had him cornered in a hotel elevator. He stood staring at us silently despite us asking him questions. His assistant ordered reporters to not board the elevator and shut the elevator doors. 

After the speech, Gingrich got into a black SUV and sped away (very fast through the valet area of the Beverly Hilton).  Getting into the SUV he was asked by a fan for an autograph and said “no” and shut the door. He was off to the airport for a red-eye flight to New Hampshire.

During his speech, Gingrich spent most of his time on the topic of relations with Israel. It had been billed by his new team as a “major foreign policy speech.” Gingrich outlined nine points he will make in respect to relations with Israel if he becomes President. The crowd gave him a standing ovation when he proclaimed on his first day as President he will move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Gingrich spent about 30 seconds talking about his campaign and giving insight into the recent shake up.  He said, “As someone who has been in public life for nearly 40 years, I know full well the rigors of campaigning for public office.  In fact, I’ve had some recent reminders. If I could paraphrase Faulker’s Nobel Prize speech:  I will endure the challenges. I will carry the message of American renewal to every part of this great land, no matter what it takes. And with the help of every American who wants to change Washington, we will prevail.”

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