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November 7th, 2012
08:10 AM ET

Former House Speaker Gingrich: ‘I was wrong’ on presidential election predictions

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House (R-GA), joins CNN this morning to discuss the defeat of the Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the race to the White House.

“I was wrong,” Gingrich admits. “We [Republican analysts] all thought we understood the historical pattern with this level of unemployment, with this level of gasoline prices, what would happen. First of all, the president [had] a very, very effective campaign; second, the president was looking at a very different set of things than what we were looking at. And I think Republicans need to take a very serious look at what happened and why did it happen and why were we not more competitive at the presidential level.”

Gingrich adds that despite his victory, going forward President Obama will need to work with House Republicans in his second term.

“John Boehner and the House Republicans do control the House of Representatives, which is first in the Constitution... The question for the President’s going to be, is he going to really sit down and listen? Does he really want to try to work together?” Gingrich says. “And that’s also true for the House Republicans."

“Under our constitutional system, to get it to work, there will have to be an immense mutual effort by both parties,” Gingrich adds.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Barack Obama • Mitt Romney
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mary Brooks

    You left out the part where Newt (Constitutional scholar that he is) states that "....in our Constitution, the House comes first..". News flash, Newt. In our Constitution, "We the PEOPLE", comes FIRST!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Horace Grant

    Time for Newt to fade away!

    November 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. adilson gomes dos santos

    I Love Sir: Obama city – Mario Campos. estate – Minas Gerais. Brasil.

    November 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sistasister

    Please stop thinking about winnings, control. We want change, not a fight. America is suffering. I have voted democrat and repeblican. It not about party. Please stop. This is about our lives, our future

    November 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. John Kafka

    Nice to see that Mr. Gingrich can leave the crazy at home occasionally.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Renee

    Do you hear us GOP?!? You became a party even my grandmother wouldn't recognize. You tell women we don't have the good sense to be in charge of our own health, You refused to lay your cards on the table concerning Mr. Romney's tax/personal wealth, You stood behind politicians who were archaic, irrelevant and just plain stupid without reserve. You picked Mitt and Paul (hello?!?). You tried to ride into 2013 on a horse called IGNORANCE, even if you had to trample American rights to do it. Well, last night we tol you "NO!" and we meant it!!

    November 7, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Michele Gesell

    Well, you have that part right, Newt. For me, I changed my mind about voting for Romney because of his ever changing positions. The positions he had during the primary debates were not the same positions he carried through the campaign. I have, also, turned away from the Republican Party due to the radical extremism of the past few years. The "smug arrogance". Reagan was not arrogant. Trying to impeach Pres. Clinton on the tax payers dime over a marital ( not country) issue was the beginning. Now, the Republican Party is filled with conspiracy theory " kooks"! Front and center being Donald Trump and Michele Bachman. GOP needs to clean house and catch up with the rest of us!

    November 7, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rich Ledson

      I could not agree more....term limits and campaign finance reform should be high on our list!!! I am sick and tired of the two year campaigns!!

      November 7, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Delmar Stone

    Mr. Gingrich has been wrong about so many things why do people even give him the time of day?

    November 7, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse | Reply

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