Gingrich predicts victory in Alabama, Mississippi
Republican presidential candidate on 'Fox News Sunday'
- Duration 13:54
- Date Mar 11, 2012
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And hello again from Fox News and Washington.
While the political world waits to see how Alabama and Mississippi play out on Tuesday.
We have some results from Saturn -- In Kansas Rick Santorum easily won the caucuses -- 51%.
That Romney had 21% what Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul rounding out the failed.
In Wyoming Romney finished first with 44% followed by Santorum a 27.
Paul was third and Gingrich last.
Including the results from three US territories Saturday where Romney did very well here is the latest delegate count.
-- -- with 454.
Santorum has 217.
Gingrich is third and Paul last it takes 11144.
Delegates to clinch the nomination.
Joining us now from Birmingham Alabama the man looking -- -- strong showing in the south Tuesday Newt Gingrich and mrs.
speaker welcome back to Fox News on them.
Going to be that -- you.
The polls show a surprising -- close -- Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi question are you gonna win the -- I think -- -- both were campaigning very aggressively in both states.
As as almost everywhere -- you start.
A little bit behind because of Romney's money in the length of time he's advertising.
And then as you campaign you catch up putting pretty rapidly.
And I think we're probably pulling ahead in both states right now we have great organizations in both states.
And in particular in Alabama where a senate majority of their Jabrel Wagner's just put together a great state -- organization but.
-- be campaigning today both enough.
Birmingham and in Mississippi.
And then will be campaigning in tomorrow morning in Biloxi and then back here in the of the Birmingham and so we're not taking anything for granted these next two days.
-- let's talk some now mr.
speaker you have won two of the 25 contests.
States that have voted so far.
The Romney camp point -- you must now take more than 70% of the outstanding delegates.
To clinch the nomination.
You set on Friday even if you were to lose one or both Alabama and Mississippi you're gonna stay in this all the way to the convention.
But doesn't it get awfully hard and and and doesn't become impossible to get to 1144.
If you don't -- balls -- By now the Romney camp has been trying to sell since last June.
That I should get out of the race an of the Romney's inevitable but the fact is.
Romney's probably the weakest Republican front runners since Leonard wood in nineteen wanting.
And would ultimately lost on the six -- in the -- ballot.
Romney has a challenge he wins a state for example.
Cause he wins Ohio -- it's 38% of the vote.
Places where nobody else can compete because of money.
Guam for example he does fine.
But overall yeah you'd you'd report victory -- 40% of the vote he loses Kansas outright.
The most he's gonna get in Mississippi and Alabama is probably the third and he's more likely to get 25 or 28%.
Yes he's a front runner he's not a very strong front runner but almost all conservatives are opposed to him.
Which is the base of the party.
And I think -- as likely to see after the last primary in June.
Where is likely to see a sixty day conversation about what's gonna happen as -- -- you Romney dominating and in that context I think the vote that I got we're remembering that I was.
In first place.
Both in December and again in in mid January in terms of the Gallup poll -- -- so I think there's a space for.
A visionary conservative with big solutions like.
A national American energy policy leading to 250 gallon gasoline or -- personal Social Security savings account for young Americans.
Or replacing the current 130 year old civil service system.
With a brand new management model these are big ideas they take awhile to sink in but we had a lot of states who have come in second we have a lot of states were gathering delegates and I feel pretty good about represented people.
Then -- a president I have -- 175000.
Of them under 250 dollars I think I owe them something about representing their views and their desires for a positive kind of conservatism.
But we're gonna get to some of those big ideas especially energy in a moment I just wanna ask you -- about exactly your point which is that.
That Romney is winning but not -- with a majority is winning with a plurality.
-- put out a a new web video this week going after.
Rick Santorum let's take a look at.
I teamed up -- Joseph Lieberman -- Barbara Boxer and I -- -- protected notes and even working with Hillary Clinton.
You know politics is a team sport folks.
Now I understand that you think that you would make a better president than Rick Santorum -- -- -- bigger ideas and better solutions.
But given the fact that you're both conservatives and you say that that Romney is a moderate.
At some point does it make sense to get out of the race and give -- Santorum a one on one shot at Mitt Romney who is you point out is not winning.
By very impressive margins and a lot of these things.
While you just that you did that video though makes the point of why haven't gotten out.
When I was speaker of the house who -- an -- was said to four consecutive balanced -- When -- was in leadership.
There and apple one point seven trillion dollar deficit.
The very big differences I think just to put the label conservative.
And assume that covers everything.
Is very misleading.
I went to work to change Washington express and subways and this we use -- own language you people -- you themselves.
This is somebody who on a number of occasions.
Had Washington change -- he admits that he says it's a team sport.
They had to go along to get along I don't believe that I'm not I'm not running in order to go along to get along and frankly.
The leadership team the -- -- -- suffered a disastrous loss in 2006.
Because the country didn't want bigger deficits more earmarks the bridge to nowhere and those -- so I think there's a principled differences not just the label.
-- what are you trying to accomplish how do you think the system works and are you in the business to change Washington decisively but he just in the business to be part of a team.
Let's talk energy and 215.
-- dollar guys -- do dollars and fifty cents a gallon gasoline.
Which has become the centerpiece of your campaign.
Do you believe you could get us back to that mr.
Within two years and maybe faster when doing George W.
Bush signed an executive order.
Opening up offshore -- drilling at the presidential still required congressional action.
The price of -- per barrel drop nine dollars that day I think the market moves and anticipatory basis.
I would sign the Keystone Pipeline immediately.
We believe that could be go with a year of expedited procedures that 700000.
Barrels a day going to Houston.
From Canada they're number of steps like that -- sign opening up the of the golf -- of Louisiana and Texas but 400000 barrels a day.
The folks down in Louisiana believe that start turning around very fast once they knew it was coming so there are steps you can take.
-- would dramatically lower the prices of gasoline.
250 gallon is not irrational it was a dollar 89 when Obama was sworn -- was a dollar thirteen when I was speaker.
So that you can imagine circumstances do you have below 250.
The key thing is the direction I would take the country.
Is towards developing our energy resources.
To be independent of the Middle East so that no American president -- -- -- -- was Saudi king.
The direction the president is taking the country is greater dependency and much more expensive gasoline.
May be ultimately as high as nine or ten dollars a gallon.
Which is what his secretary of energy doctor -- says he wants it to be he has said publicly he wants us to pay European levels.
And that'd be nine or ten dollars and -- gallon.
But this is -- gas experts make two points first what you pointed out the fact that gasoline was a dollar 89 a gallon when.
President Obama took office they say that's a bit misleading.
Because it was the depths of the recession so understandably gas prices have gone down the fact is that just six months before it was four dollars and eleven cents under President Bush.
The other point they make is even death.
You what do began a big onslaught of domestic drilling that it would take three to five years about to result in in more production.
Here domestically which isn't a site we shouldn't start doing -- but it did that it wouldn't indicate there wouldn't cause gas prices to go down sharply.
In the two year time -- you're talking about.
Well first -- -- question I'm part of what the futures market does and whether it starts to anticipate production.
Secondly I have I led the effort called drill here drill now pay less we got a 1600000.
Signatures back in -- no wait.
When as you point out -- -- prices are up to four dollars if we had started then.
We'd be inside the window you're now describing them -- amazing example of natural gas.
Natural gas production is gone up 11% since 2008.
The price has crashed from seven dollars and 97.
Cents a unit down to under three dollars.
-- absent from 2008 to today.
If you had exactly the same pattern in oil they had a natural gas you'd be paying a dollar thirteen gallon not I didn't project that I'm not saying you'll get there.
That is literally the direct parallel to what's happened.
In the United States with natural gas in the last four years.
-- -- pivot to another subject mr.
speaker there's been a terrible incident which IA some you know about this morning.
Where US service man apparently walked off his base in southern Afghanistan.
Started firing at civilians.
And according to as some reports killed as many as sixteen.
Your reaction -- -- Well we clearly.
Have to investigate it guys see that they the NATO command has already commented on -- we have to indicate clearly and convince the people of Afghanistan.
The justice will be done and that what you know we are not going to tolerate that kind of thing and we -- and also there.
I think have a grave difficulty in reaching out to those families and they should be.
Compensated for the tragic loss I think.
When those kind of things happen what makes us different from the Taliban or al-Qaeda they target killing civilians we work very hard not to have things that this happened.
And we have to live up to our standards and our values.
You know it brings up a bigger question now that I want to discuss that view about our future and Afghanistan after.
Burning of the Koran is our so called Afghan partners targeted and killed.
Six US servicemen and you reacted very sharply that -- -- watch.
This is a real problem.
And there's some probably have to do is say -- out.
Good actually got to live your own miserable life.
I want to ask you about that are you saying.
That we should pull out of Afghanistan.
Now and what about the argument that we need to be there longer because we need.
To get the Afghan the government and the military and the police to stand -- so they can stand up to and defend us against the Taliban and al-Qaeda -- -- -- Well first -- -- -- right directly related to President Karzai.
I think he -- -- as much as we at times have to be concerned about there are impact on the Afghan people he owes the American people an apology.
-- some of those killings were by Afghan soldiers.
Now it's got to be a two way street.
And I think that this idea that we have to tolerate and tolerate and tolerate while things are done to us is wrong I think it sends the wrong signal.
And I think we have to reconsider what's going on.
I I I reached a conclusion.
Frankly about the entire region.
That is much more pessimistic than Washington's official position.
When you look at Pakistan and you realize that they had been hiding Ben laden for at least seven years in a military city within a mile -- National Defense University.
And their reaction wasn't to find the people who have been hiding him it was to find people who helped the Americans.
There's something profoundly wrong with the way we're approaching the whole region.
And I think it's gonna get substantially worse not better and I think -- we -- risking the lives of young men and women in -- mission that -- frankly not be -- Well that that's what I wanna pick up on that final point because you didn't just say Karzai needs stated to apologize use that.
That there are some problems where you just have to say you're gonna have to lead your own miserable life.
Are you saying that the US needs to just.
You know we fought.
And brave -- and -- all good intent.
For more than ten years -- a time to just site.
I think it's very likely that we have lost.
Tragically lost the lives and suffered injuries to a considerable number of young Americans on a mission that we're gonna discovers not doable.
And -- know what point do you reason -- -- not doable I mean you're not gonna get.
And Afghanistan Pakistan frankly we watch what's happening in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Look at the things that are going on around the region and then ask yourself.
Is this in fact -- harder deeper problem that is not going to be susceptible to military force at least -- military forces killed we're prepared to do.
And if that is true this is part of why I decided to make energy independence a major theme of my campaign.
We need to decide that the United States is gonna have to back off from that region.
Not take primary responsibility for the flow of oil from the Persian gulf and says the Chinese and the Indians in the Europeans you have a problem.
There's not necessarily America's problem.
And I think you're gonna have to recognize that that this is a region is going to be very hard to deal with in the near future.
Speaker Gingrich thank you thank you so much for joining us today safe travels on the campaign treasurer and we'll see how things turn out on Tuesday.
Thanks for --