Can Gingrich resurrect his presidential campaign?
Republican candidate on 'Fox News Sunday'
- Duration 13:14
- Date Feb 19, 2012
Republican candidate on 'Fox News Sunday'
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Hello again from Fox News in Washington.
The Republican candidates -- campaigning nonstop.
With two upcoming primaries in Michigan and Arizona.
And then a week later ten contests on super to his debt.
Newt Gingrich has been up and down twice already Kenny come back a third time mr.
speaker welcome back to FOX News Sunday that.
Let's start with a roller coaster ride that is the Gingrich campaign.
Just three weeks ago after your win in South Carolina right you were leading just three weeks ago leading the real clear politics average.
Of national polls at 31%.
Now you're a distant third all the way back at fourteen and a half percent.
How I would like you to put on your political analyst -- -- used to Wear here at Fox News one.
Of twenty million dollars of -- negative ads and it's not complicated look at Florida outspent five to one many idiots factually false.
As -- Wall Street Journal national review others have reported.
No idea -- to it back up again as you Platt twice in the front runner.
Both times over big ideas.
Developing positive solutions the first time I was ahead by fifteen to 21 points and national polls -- bought a single and yet.
So we're back doing what I think I do best which is focusing on things like an energy policy two dollar and fifty cent a gallon gasoline.
Big breakthrough ideas and we'll see what happens over the next three or four weeks.
Get to some of the policy in a moment last month you urged Rick Santorum to drop out so that you -- out.
A one on one race against Mitt Romney let's take -- The longer the conservatives are split the more likely it is only enough with the nominee who I think it is a moderate as you have a very very hard time beating.
If you feel that it is so important for the Republicans to put up a true conservative to run against Barack Obama by that same reasoning.
Why shouldn't you drop out and give a clear path to Rick Santorum.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I've been through.
Then Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain wants then Rick Perry then Herman -- a second time.
And now we have central.
And we're just going to keep moving forward gathering delegates.
We're looking for very much to Super Tuesday we had a great weekend with Herman -- endorsing me.
Campaigning in Georgia I will be back campaigning will be and Oklahoma Arizona.
Washington Idaho California this week.
Carrying out the biggest division me and the other end and Santorum who in many ways we're with a conservative wing in this race.
It is the scale of the ideas the boldness of the ideas I'm much more prepared to talk about fundamental change whether it's -- a personal Social Security savings account for young Americans or it is.
Zero capital gains tax or it is the kind of energy policy that would lead back to two dollar for decent young -- And I think and that's and so much more prepared to break out of the Washington establishment model.
So what's your plight now do you go after Santorum to try to win back the evangelicals.
In the Tea Party years.
Or do you go after Romney figuring if he can drive him out of the right is that you couldn't take on Santorum later.
I don't well -- -- my in my model one that got into the front -- twice frankly is to talk positively to all Americans.
And to try to suggest that.
Having somebody you know that there are there are set of numbers from -- is teaching these numbers yesterday.
So one dollar sign on his way that was his number on it but it -- his point is 113 is -- now we paid for government guest and speaker.
Four point two is -- percent unemployment rate when I left the speakership for was a number of years you balance the federal budget the -- time in your lifetime.
Two out of three it was the number of people who want to worker went to school on welfare reform.
If they thought that scale of change and you applied to today.
Then my goal is to -- the American people this is the level of leadership we need and the only person race is actually done things in the scale.
And I think for -- to get back on the right track is a very heavy lift.
And is more than just beating Obama it's also changing the congress changing the laws and some very fundamentally rethinking what we're doing.
You were listening to some of the states and obviously you know this -- big ideas was also political strategy.
What does it mean to Britain to Mitt Romney if he were to lose his home state and an important swing state of mission.
Well I'd I'd be very curious what their rationales of me here's a guy who's been running for six years put in forty million -- money last time.
Has outspent all the rest of us I think by.
Three or afford -- one in terms of his campaign and probably by ten or fifteen to one in terms of his super.
And he can't carry his own and he hasn't had to gotten majority anywhere except a very tiny majority in -- If he can't carry his home state I think the rationale for why is there -- Romney candidacy he's not a candidate of ideas he's not a candidate of ideology.
-- he was the candidate because he was the inevitable winner.
There's no place -- -- in -- for example he's basically tied with Ron Paul.
In Iowa turned out after the recount he was tied with -- centrum centrum slightly.
Even in Florida where he's 120 million dollars he couldn't get 50% so so you kind of interrupted -- -- you were saying if -- -- as if it.
Is -- my only point is there's a whole rationale which is now built on.
His ability to win and he hasn't been able to win if he loses his home state.
And I assume that there for the kitchen sink admitted Santorum -- the Romney style.
If they lose their home consumption I don't see what what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race.
Are you saying that he'd be fatally -- I think he's I think I think he's already damaged by the negative in his campaign and the fact that he keeps driving -- -- mean.
The studies indicate clearly what I did well turn out enough including north Florida where he's done well turnout has gone down.
And I think for general election that's not a very good sign.
By that same reasoning.
The next week's Super Tuesday Georgia your home state.
Do you have to when George I think yeah I think you'd have a very if any of the three of us lose -- home state and Santorum loses Pennsylvania.
Romney loses Michigan I was Georgia you know I think a very very badly weakened candidacy for anyone of Richmond.
-- I was home campaigning.
The last few days precisely -- -- all my friends back home.
Georgia really matters you cannot take this -- are you willing to say that if you lost to -- your drop out.
Knowledge to do in the chaos in this race and -- -- -- -- anything but it that -- but it's.
But I'm certainly -- to -- that I think it is extraordinarily important carrier home state.
And has all sorts of underlying.
-- -- -- -- -- You know you're -- with the chaos of the rest some top Republicans are now saying yeah them and we got to make a player -- -- Romney loses his home state.
Day believes that they're gonna native Poland new candidate into this -- they've even talked about the possibility of former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
How would you feel about eight late entry in March getting into this -- It's happened before me and and remember in 1964 the establishment got so terrified of Goldwater.
They recruited Bill Scranton -- the governments have been the last minute.
I'm Jeb Bush for it was a great guy and he would be -- terrific candidate.
And a lot of good candidates -- you view you have to -- grounds of their very competent people who vote publisher.
Can they get on the ballot in enough states well that time they could get on about California's.
New Jersey Montana was gonna take a Tennessee and I think Texas -- -- Texas is going to be -- right.
I have no problem anybody who wants runs and where and I do agree with with consent -- said.
In response like content and I have temperaments of sisters and if he's right.
Anybody who feels they they -- -- -- -- complex.
But but as you and our tournament before the show this is really hard.
This and there's no give -- nobody is gonna show up become Superman.
Super -- So they just have to understand -- -- entering the arena and is a very challenging very hard working arena.
Let's talk about policies and let's start with taxes you propose an optional 15%.
Flat tax with continuing deductions for.
Mortgage interest and charitable contributions you would eliminate taxes on the State's capital gains dividends and cut the corporate tax of twelve and a half percent.
Here's the problem tax experts say that would reduce federal revenue by a third almost one point three trillion dollars and 25 -- in question.
Don't you -- your tax plan blow a hole in the deficit.
Well first first -- -- it was not revenue neutral because in fact it's a tax cut and you can't get -- decide which it and second I don't.
An -- say upfront I'm the only person you've interviewed the director was involved in balance and budget four times except for bill.
So I think I'd say this was on the floor -- an interview of Bill Clinton while Ottawa that was a great interview but but but essentially all of -- negotiated this.
And we have four consecutive years of bounced budget them into north.
The number one goal has to be to create dramatic economic growth.
You get back to 4% unemployment you shrink that estimate the number two thing was nobody counts in my tax plan.
I have a program to unleash American oil and gas to produce and and yes -- by the guy who developed North Dakota is.
That there -- sixteen to eighteen trillion dollars.
In potential royalties the federal government over the next generation if you in fact open up federal land and offshore.
He started -- in what we get out of becoming.
My goal is to be so independent and energy production.
The no American president ever again -- to a Saudi king.
If you have that level American production 500 billion dollars -- more in domestic energy production.
The royalties that phases -- substantial part of plugging that hole spoke out -- and lets you.
Bring me right to what I wanted to talk about you are pushing this idea of drill here drill now and you were talking.
About returning to two dollars and fifty cents a gallon -- -- Again the experts cite all -- if he were to do that in your Internet unleashed all -- domestic production they would cut production to keep.
International prices off there's always the possibility of a oil spike you know upheaval in the Middle East.
They say even if it's the right thing to do.
Or drill here drill now you can't guarantee two dollar -- a gallon.
I can't guarantee an -- can guarantee that under the Obama plan is going to be less American production higher prices he we already have the highest price on average in history.
This president is anti American energy.
He has consistently opposed to it his -- his US attorney and -- the North Dakota filed a lawsuit over eight migratory birds.
That's how much -- opposed to the oil industry.
I think that is the kind of Nutting is these guys are engaged and -- what I can guarantee you is the Obama program is higher prices.
More dependency in the Middle East more vulnerability to Saudi Arabia and Iraq -- Exactly the wrong direction now can we get to 250 can we get to two dollars it was a dollar or thirteen when I was speaker.
Was a dollar 89 when Obama was sworn him.
Mean 250s not some inconceivable number except in the Washington establishment which always explains -- why whatever you wanna do -- good for the American people can't be done.
All right you used to do this for eleven used to play an analyst on TV yup got to not have -- Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson and his wife have contributed.
Eleven million dollars so far to the super -- that supports -- He's reportedly.
Now prepared to and that contribute another ten million -- -- campaign is he keeping.
Newt Gingrich afloat.
I certainly helping balance off Romney sixteen billionaires.
He's helping balance off from his Wall Street money.
But the reasons Richard -- shot -- Alison is desperately worried.
-- Iranian nuclear weapon and he -- yes -- worried about the survival of Israel.
And I am the strongest candidate on foreign policy and the strongest candidate national -- -- very open relationship.
And -- I mean I'm very happy to say.
I think we should be worried about the Iranian nuclear weapon I think we should do everything we -- to ensure that Israel survives finally your wife Callista is taking a more public.
You can see here here now treatment he's speaking out it at at various appearances talking among other things about your golf game and the fact that she says that you get in and out of golf.
Traps sand traps more often than anybody -- ever -- which may be a political metaphor.
According to according to one report the campaign hopes that she will soften your image through.
Well I think I think that's true I think it's also is that she's she's very attractive which is very Smart she's -- -- -- a speech in American socialism it's in remarkable speech.
And she's enjoying it and she took her a lot of get into the rhythm of being.
You know out there on our own but she's really have a -- time she have a great talked yesterday in Atlanta and I'm very proud -- How is your golf -- Really bad cut cut -- -- and I that would just got back getting worse right exactly right.
Thank you so much as they -- for coming in always a pleasure to talk with the you'll see on the campaign -- -- --