Former Speaker Gingrich to Donald Trump: Don't Go There on Bill Clinton and Women

On Powerhouse Politics Podcast, Gingrich talks about Trump's debate performance

"I thought what he did last time in not bringing it up was to his advantage," he said.

Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House and an informal adviser to the Trump campaign, is himself a veteran of the debate stage. He said that while he thought Trump won the debate, he should do more preparing.

“At a tactical level, he’s not nearly as good as a debater," he said. "It wouldn’t take much for him to be 20 or 30 or 40 percent better than he is now.”

Still, he says, let Trump be Trump. “He’s an amateur, and he’s a businessman. He’s never going to match up with a Yale lawyer who’s spent her entire lifetime trying to be glib.”

“You know, she’s got to win on the grounds that he doesn’t have the temperament to be president. And she’s got to win by scoring points off 20-year-old conversations with a woman who has a very dubious past, by the way,” said Gingrich. “I mean Machado is being glorified by the left as the perfect victim. And this is why you’ll see a temporary drop in Trump’s polls because for four days he’s been piled on by the media. Just go look at the coverage but I don’t think in fact that strategically she won that debate. And I think if anything she’s in trouble in the long run because she can’t answer any of the big questions."