Newt Gingrich: Boehner Faced Conservative Wing Prepared to Cause Chaos

The former speaker of the House on John Boehner's shocking announcement this week.
3:11 | 09/27/15

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Now, for more on speaker John Boehner's surprise resignation and the 2016 impact, let's bring in former house speaker newt Gingrich. Thank you for joining us this morning. You were with John Boehner the day before he resigned, tell us about that, and did you have any idea this would happen? Well, we were very honored and sat with Debbie, his wife, during the pope's speech where do they come from? They come from sharia, they come from the Koran, they come from life works and examples of Muhammad. They come the writings of the scholars, you know, and if you go back and you look -- what I would like is for somebody to show me an improved islamic text that opposes sharia. Let me see it. If you can show me I will begin to alter my thinking on that. But right now, when you have something that's against the rights of women, against the both John and I faced a hard-core group, a minority of the party who were prepared to cause chaos. I never get to -- we had a smaller majority. I would never get to 218. Chaos in the house. In Boehner case, they wanted to vacate the chair. John knew, in that kind of fight, everyone who fought for him would face a primary fight back home. The primary poll that came out today, 62% of the republicans in this country are mad at Boehner and Mcconnell. That means, if you become a Boehner loyalist back home -- you're going to have a fight. He thought I'm not putting my friends through this kind of fight. He was seen as an insider for making compromises with president Obama. It's circular. As you just pointed out in the last poll, 52% of vote now goes to three outsiders. And I think that's a signal that reinforces everybody who's an outsider in the country, gives them more energy and more drive to do this. And I think also you have people like Boehner looking at this reality and realizing this isn't a moment that Boehner can manage. This is a different world with different requirements. Kevin Mccarthy is going to face very large challenges. He needs to approach it -- he's a majority leader who will probably become speaker. He's got a big challenge. Very quickly, what does this do to the 2016 race? And the chances for a republican president? I think we're going to win the presidency. I think it's going to be an outsider. The three people you listed is going to be one of them. I think any one of the three can win. Okay, thanks very much, Mr. Speaker, we appreciate you coming in.

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