Newt Gingrich calls Romney’s gifts comment “nuts,” “insulting and profoundly wrong”

Mitt Romney has received plenty of liberal criticism following his loss to President Barack Obama, but most recently, he has suffered some friendly fire.

First New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and now former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have skewered Romney for his remarks that President Obama won the election because he gave more “gifts.”

On Sunday, during a roundtable discussion on ABC‘s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Gingrich called Romney’s gifts concept “nuts.”

“I mean — I mean, first of all, it’s insulting,” he said. “This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, ‘The customers have really been unruly.’ I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”

Gingrich also laid it on Romney on Thursday of this week with an Overheard with Evan Smith interview on KLRU-TV, the PBS station in Austin, Texas. Gingrich said he was disappointed with Romney’s analysis of why he lost the election, calling it “insulting and profoundly wrong.” When pressed for further details, Gingrich explained that elections are not just about buying votes.

“It reduces us to economic entities who have no passion, no idealism, no dreams, no philosophy,” he said. “And if it had been that simple, my question would have been, ‘Why didn’t you outbid him?’”

He said Super PACs could have donated money for gifts instead of TV ads. Gingrich then joked about how the Republicans could have gone about their gift distribution, comparing them to Indians with gift-giving ceremonies.

“He could have gone town by town and said, ‘Come here and let me give you gifts. Here are Republican gifts,’” Gingrich said dryly. “They could have an elephant coming in with gifts on it.”

While Gingrich has a point with his comments — elections aren’t bought — one has to remember that he’s the guy who thinks it’s a great idea to colonize the moon and started a website called “Pets with Newt.” And suddenly, Romney’s “gifts” comments don’t sound too far-fetched.

Comments

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  1. Wes Brummer says:

    Let’s fact it. The only folks who voted for Romney were older Caucasian. And a lot of us baby boomers have become anti-youth. We were the generation who protested Vietnam and pushed for a greener world. Now look at us. Now we are voting for the status quo. We have no problem with the dwindling middle class. Or corporation pushing political agendas. Or the fact that 40 per cent of us are poor. Most of the other minorities voted for Obama. Because (surprise) his platform is closer to their interests. Common sense tells me it will be more like that over time. It’s pretty bad when Ike or even Dole would be considered a RINO (Republican in name only) today. If the GOP looked into what has been successful in the past, then (maybe) they will start looking for a moderate champion.

    1. JayTee says:

      You sound like a typical Democrat. Are you sure you didn’t vote for Obamanation? Of course Obama’s platform is closer to the minorities’ . . . because he’s promised to give them more of our (and our descendents’) dollars. Green Grinch is just being himself, shooting his mouth off and trying to sound like a sophisticated scholar. He’s a sad symptom of why the Republicans REALLY lost: They didn’t coordinate, communicate, or support each other, or solid ideas. It’s a dog-eat-dog proposition, and politics as usual, unfortunately.

  2. Jerry says:

    Kelley, your last paragraph seems inappropiate and mean spirited and out of context to your article. Here was good coverage of Mr Gingrich (who has nothing to gain politically off of this)stating basicly that the President brought a better message to the American people and that Mr Romney’s remark disrepects not only the Presidents integrity of this election but also the American people. Seems like a genuine effort to be a gracious person who was on the side of the losing party. But the last part of the article, you make a subjective statement regarding your opinion (whether it is correct or incorrect) that puts the (otherwise) correct and respectful statement by Newt into the same category of illegitimacy. Please remember that a professional journalist as yourself who has been in the business as long as you have must remain unbiased when reporting for the continued reputation of reporting with integrity.

  3. John Weimer says:

    Everyone knows Romney is right.

  4. john hoosier says:

    Romney is absolutely correct in that he was defeated by minorities and lazy people who always have their hand out for free food,housing,and disability cheats.The Obamaphone did not hurt either!

  5. Steve says:

    Of course he would think it was all about the money.

  6. AL MILLER says:

    EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO CUT ROMNEY ABOUT. WELL THEY HAD A LOT OF CHOICES BUT THEY PICKED ROMNEY. IF NEWT WAS SO GOOD OF A CANDIDATE THEY WOULD HAVE PICKED HIM. WHEN YOU PICK A CANDIDATE , STAY WITH HIM OF HER AND GET 100% BEHIND EITHER OF THEM. THE PARTY DIDN’T DO THAT. IF PROVES ONE THING THOUGH. MORE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY LIKE LIARS THEN REAL THRU CHRISTIANS. I THINK WE SHOULD CLEAN HOUSE IN WASHINGTON AND START OVER. NO MORE CAREER PEOPLE. IN AND OUT IN 2 TERMS PERIOD. ONE IF THEY ARE NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED. THE REPUBLICANS WILL NEVER WIN AGAIN UNTIL THEY PROVE THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF LIARS. MATTER OF FACT THEY ARE ALL LIARS. WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. CONGRESS IS IN TI FOR THEMSELVES. THEY ARE ALL LAWYERS WHO COULDN’T MAKE IT AS LAWYERS. NO LAWYER SHOULD BE IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY EXCLUDE THEMSELVES IN EVERYTHING THEY PASS FOR WE THE PEOPLE.

  7. Kelsonus says:

    I agree with Mr Newt on a couple of points here:
    “the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”
    And saying it is “insulting”

    However just because it’s insulting doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
    And all politics is about the arena of ideas, we haven’t overcome the paychecks with our ideas yet

    Obviously Mr Newt would be disappointed in the American people for voting this way
    I just hope when the reality hits him it won’t deter him…

  8. Lloyd Olson says:

    This country nearly never elects business people, we elect thoes who never ran a 7-11 and are 16 trillion in debt to prove it, on the way to 50 trillion. Will default day come before we hit 50 trillion ???
    as there is nothing to stop reaching that level. If the front page of every news paper in the US listed the cost of our debt every day, we would have a different congress and president.
    70% of who voted for Obama after he say’s, ( we won’t deport you ) These are the gifts Romney was talking about, is Newt so blank he doesn’t know that ?? We didn’t have to cost the public 50 billion to loan money to Auto companies, just don’t tell them. Someone like Romney can’t tell this to the public. Who would you say is at fault for a ignorant public ???? Perhaps the public ???

  9. Rosanne Fisher says:

    I would like to know what Newt G. think’s the reason Romney lost?? I do believe it was because of all the free stuff that people are getting while they don’t have a job or for the most part people want food stamps, free health care, you can get a free phone if your poor and have no job. There are so many goodies for people ever since this Obama became president…you can’t tell me or anybody that this is not true…The woman are the worst they want their birth controll free and free abortion… We have a lier in office now, a deceitful lier who I hope gets impeached!! These people believe his malarkey, well they will see for themselves…this is what they wanted and they are not going to have one thing when he’s done…Right now this country is falling apart and all because of the lier and voter’s fraud, I know that happened and nobody is doing anything about it. Everybody I speak to is totally beside themselves and very very afraid for our children, you see the people who want free stuff only care about the present and themselves…they don’t give a crap what happens to their kids or this country!

    1. kenneth says:

      John Hoosier i dont want any of your money or anything from you or JayTee either. I have my own money and your ancestors or any other European colonists’ took what was very hard earned money from a people not native to this continent.Im not grouping everyone in this but im tired of some of our people being portayed as lazy and who did we learn it from? In most cases members of our race werent allowed to read or to write or to go to a proper school so how could we discern documents? Even if we were “given” forty acres and a mule we would have probably been deceived out of that too. Liar? Who else but George W. Bush- the biggest liar of all;W.M.D’S-NON-EXISTENT, IT WAS ALL A BIG LIE. Rosanne Fisher dont lecture me on presidential liars. President Obama didnt start a war on lie did he?.

  10. Meghan says:

    This is oh sooooooooooooooo true.

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