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And I think they should be worried because we intend to change the establishment, not get along with it. On the other hand, everything they just said and that you read was said about Ronald Reagan in In '79, Reagan was 30 points behind Carter. One of his Republican opponents described the Reagan economic growth plan as, "voodoo economics. It created 16 million new jobs. We came back and used the same model when I was speaker, it created another 11 million new jobs.
So I'm happy to be in the tradition of Ronald Reagan as the outsider who scares the Republican establishment and frankly after the mess they've made of things maybe they should be shaken up pretty badly. And one of the things the Florida voters get to decide is do you want the establishment's candidate, Governor Romney, or do you want somebody who stands for a conservative, populist approach that would profoundly change Washington.
And that's Newt Gingrich. Speaker, you were outspoken this week about your views of questions about your personal life. On this program in the past you've said that they were fair questions.
We've had those conversations. Let me ask you more generally, if, if voters are going to consider your family values vs. Sure, of course they should, and they should judge who I am. And I think the people of South Carolina did just that and they did it by a huge margin. And they repudiated the effort to go back and drag up things, particularly at the very opening of the national debate.
Last night on stage Callista and I were together, we have a wonderful marriage. My two daughters and their husbands were there, they're tremendous supporters. My two grandchildren were there, my chief debate coaches. Everybody who's watched us knows I'm a year-old grandfather. I've done things in my life that I regret. I've had to go to God for forgiveness and reconciliation, but I have a great relationship with my wife, a great relationship with my children, a great relationship with my grandchildren.
And at 68, I think I'm the person best prepared to know how to get this country back on the right track. And I'm the person who's tough enough to take every single hit and keep coming and I'll do the same thing as president and we will get America back on track with the help of the American people.
I always ask them to be with me, not for me, because this is going to be a very, very difficult job. Let me end with this, Mr. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida whose nomination is highly sought after, he says he's going to stay neutral in the race, has called on all of the candidates to have a very positive tone and think about the independent voter as we move forward in the general election. I want to play something you said about President Obama last night and ask if you think you're consistent with that admonition.
The founding fathers of America are the source from which we draw our understanding of America. He draws his from Saul Alinsky, radical left-wingers and people who don't like the classical America.
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Can you win independent voters in a general election campaign with that message? Ronald Reagan did it by a landslide in What I said last night is the truth. Nobody in the elite media wants to cover it. Nobody's ever gone back and looked at what Saul Alinsky stands for.
Nobody ever asks what neighborhood organizer meant. He wasn't organizing Boys and Girls Clubs. He was teaching political radicalism. It explains his entire administration. He is who he is. It's--you know, it's not that he's a bad human being, my impression is that he has a good family, that he really loves his children and his wife, that he's a very pleasant person in some ways. But the objective fact is he believes in a very radical vision of America's future that is fundamentally different from probably 80 percent of this country.
And nobody in the elite media has ever wanted to dig into it, ever wanted--why would he veto the Keystone pipeline? Why would he kill jobs in America? Because it fits the model of Alinsky radicalism. Speaker, before I let you go, there's news this morning. Governor Romney is saying on another network that he will release his tax returns on Tuesday from and an estimate for I think that's a very good thing he's doing and I commend him for it and I think it's exactly the right thing to do.
And as far as I'm concerned, that particular issue's now set to side and we can go on and talk about other bigger and more important things. Speaker, good luck on the campaign trail. Happy to be back, David. Here, a top supporter of Governor Romney. Let me pick up on the news here. The governor made a decision to release his tax records.
Should he go back further than that? Will he go back further than that? Now listen, I think what people want to see is get a look into how Governor Romney has made his money, how much he's made and look at his tax returns. I think that's perfectly appropriate and I think you'll get a good view of that both in the most--two most recent years, in and And I think he's done a good job by making the decision this morning to put them out and I'm happy he's doing it. It made for a pretty bad week.
You had advised him earlier in the week to do it sooner. I want to show something from the debate this week when he sort of justified why it was he didn't want to release more and release more sooner than when he planned to last April. This is what he said. I want to make sure that I beat President Obama and every time we release things drip by drip, the Democrats go out with another array of attacks.
Is there something in the tax returns that will hurt Governor Romney? I don't believe so, no. And I think, listen, at the end of the day, you know, David, even in a, even in a standard tax return, adversaries like the Obama White House will try to pick it apart and make something bad about the success that Governor Romney's had in his life.
So I'm sure that's what he was concerned about. But listen, I made my position really clear both publicly and to Governor Romney that I think he should release the returns. And so, you know, now it's time to move on. I think what the American people are going to see is someone who's been extraordinarily successful in his life and I don't think the American people want a failure as president.
I think they like somebody who's succeeded in whatever they've tried to do. And I think that's what you're going to see with Governor Romney. What is the meaning of last night? Listen, it's clearly disappointing. I--you know, I'm not going to say that last night was somehow good news for the Romney campaign.
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Listen, we had a bad week as a campaign and a bad result last night. So, you pick yourself up, you dust yourself off and you get to Florida and you fight. And I still believe that Governor Romney's going to win in Florida on the 31st and that he's going to return to Florida in August as the Republican nominee.
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There's a couple of big issues connecting to conservatives in the party, the grass roots of the party, and what Speaker Gingrich says, which is this anger in the party. I want to show something that you discussed with Oprah Winfrey on her program as a liability for Governor Romney and have you talk about it a little bit more.
Videotape, last Sunday GOV. I have a real sense that Governor Romney has a real depth of knowledge and experience and understanding about government and business, but he doesn't really communicate it all that well.
I think people have a hard time connecting at times wit him. And so his challenge is going to be how to connect with people, how to make them feel what I do believe he feels inside. Which is he wants to do great things for the country.
What do you attribute that lack of connection to? Listen, he's a very reserved guy. And I think everybody comes with a different personality. I'm obviously not reserved, he's very reserved. Everyone can have success in politics with different personalities and every candidate, David, has liabilities. I mean, you know, the fact of the matter is the president's liability is he's got a lousy record for the last three years that he's not going to be able to defend or run on, so he's going to have to attack Mitt Romney.
The speaker, and I heard his comments just now, a strategic adviser, that is the oldest Washington dodge in the book. That's because he didn't want to register as a lobbyist.
You're talking about when he worked for Freddie Mac. First, he said he was a historian, now he's a strategic adviser. I mean, let's be serious. It's the oldest dodge in the book. He was using his influence that he obtained in public office to try to help them.
He can call it whatever he wants to call it, but that's what it is. So every candidate will have liabilities. And what I was saying to Oprah in that interview was it's the challenge for Governor Romney.
And as campaigns evolve, people meet those challenges. And I believe Mitt Romney will meet that challenge and he will connect. So you come back, though, to connection with conservatives.
What, in your judgment, is Mitt Romney's greatest contribution to the conservative cause? Well, listen, this is a guy who has shown that the American free enterprise system can work and can work to create jobs across America. You look at places like Staples and Sports Authority, everybody who goes to work at those places today has Mitt Romney to thank for it. And he's going to know how to do that as president, to get government out of the way, to be able to let the private sector create those jobs that we so desperately need and haven't had in the Obama administration.
That's his greatest contribution to the conservative movement, to show that the American free enterprise system, which is under attack by the Obama administration, does work for people--for real people, middle class people. Because let me tell you, the people going to work at Sports Authority and Staples today, David, those aren't the elite. Those are middle class Americans who are using those jobs to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads and send their kids to college.
Let the president attack that. When, when I moderated the debate in, in New Hampshire, I asked the candidates on the stage why shouldn't Mitt Romney be the nominee? What's disqualifying about his record?
So now I ask you as a member of the establishment, right Well, listen, the fact of the matter is from my perspective, not as a member of the establishment, David, but as a governor, I know that we don't need another legislator in the Oval Office. We've had one for the last three years who doesn't have the first idea of how to use executive authority or how to bring Congress together. We've had the worst years of Congress in my lifetime because this president refuses to get in the room, roll up his sleeves and get the hard work done.
We don't need another legislator in the Oval Office who does not know how to use executive authority. We need an executive, someone who both in private sector and as a governor understands how to bring people together and use executive power.
The speaker simple doesn't have that experience. You've been more pointed, though. He's never run anything. You've been more pointed when you talk about in favor of Governor Romney. You say he will never embarrass you.
Do you think Newt Gingrich will embarrass the party? I think Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party over time. Whether he'll do it again in the future, I don't know. But Governor Romney never has. You say he's embarrassed the party. How and where do you worry he might do it again that makes him unelectable?
Well, listen, David, we all know the record. I mean, he was run out of the speakership by his own party. This is a guy who's had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment for the party. You remember these times, you were here. So the fact of the matter is, I don't need to regale the country with that entire list again except to say this.
I'm not saying he will do it again in the future, but sometimes past is prologue. Well, so, is this an issue that Governor Romney now makes more strongly?
Is character an issue in this campaign? I'm not talking about character. I'm talking about how you conducted yourself in office and what that record indicates. I'm not talking about the speaker's character. I take him at his word that he's a changed person.
And I'm not attacking him on that, on that basic. I'm saying this is a guy who's never run anything, and never having run anything, I don't think on the job training should be the presidency of the United States. I've great respect for what he's done for our party.
He's done some great things for our party over the years, and for our country. But the fact of the matter is, I don't believe his record stacks up to Governor Romney's record in that regard. What about this electability question? I mean, you heard what, what, what I challenged Speaker Gingrich with, which is there is this view in the party that if Gingrich keeps on going and if he consolidates support among conservatives, this is the best news for President Obama possible.
Is that your view? Well, my view is the worst news possible for President Obama is a Romney candidacy because Governor Romney will show with the executive experience he has, with the record he created in Massachusetts, and with the values he's articulating, has been articulating as a candidate for the last number of years, the best contrast we can have to President Obama.
But do you think that a candidate, a nominee Gingrich could also beat President Obama? You don't sound as convincing, though. Certainly not about Romney, whom you support. What, I answered, I answered your question. But you think he could? I want to ask you something that I don't think has come up in this race so far, and that is whether you would consider being on the Romney ticket as, as a VP. You've answered this a bunch of different times, but I want to ask it a slightly different way.
You, you have said that you didn't feel that you were ready to be president right now. Would you be ready to be vice president? Would you have to be ready to be president if you were going to accept a slot on the ticket? Hey, listen, everybody's misunderstood what I meant about saying being ready for president.
I meant that, you know, being ready to leave the job that I had and being ready to run for president of the United States with all that entails.
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I didn't want to do, didn't feel ready to do it, and I think you have to be absolutely committed and ready to do that. Now as for the vice presidency, let me say again, I want to be governor of New Jersey. I ran to be governor of New Jersey.
I absolutely believe that come November I'm going to be governor of New Jersey and not in any other office. The fact of the matter is, if Governor Romney, who's going to be our nominee, picked up the phone and called me to talk about this, I love my country enough and I love my party enough to listen, but in the end, David, if you were a betting guy--and I know you are, I know you are, David.
If you're a betting guy, you should bet Chris Christie being the governor of New Jersey in November Avik Roysenior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Campaign for the party nomination[ edit ] Mitt Romney was one of many competing for the role of Republican nominee for president.
The poll is traditionally considered an important barometer of the sentiments of conservative activists. Orange indicates counties won by Romney. Initially, Romney was declared the winner of the Iowa Republican caucusessurpassing rival candidate Rick Santorum by eight votes. Several polls showed Romney having a slight lead over Gingrich in South Carolina. His effective tax rate for was It was also disclosed that Romney had investments in the Cayman Islands and previously had a Swiss bank account until it was closed in Less than 33, Republicans took part in the Nevada caucuses, which proportionally awards 28 Republican delegates.
Romney won 14 delegates, whereas Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum were awarded 6, 5, and 3 delegates respectively. Romney won the Michigan primary narrowly, and won the Arizona primary by a wide margin.