Pawlenty: Newt Gingrich as a potential nominee for president? Really? I mean, really?

posted at 5:35 pm on January 23, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In keeping with the themes Mitt Romney has revived on the campaign trail, Romney supporter and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty today lambasted Newt Gingrich for his record as Speaker of the House and for his work for Freddie Mac.

On a conference call with reporters, Pawlenty said it’s time for Republicans to do some digging inside themselves.

“For Republicans and conservatives all across this country, a question is going to have to be as they consider Newt Gingrich as a potential nominee for president: Really? I mean, really?” Pawlenty said, according to a transcript of the call. “This is somebody who has had so many incredibly unfortunate and questionable activities while he was speaker, post-speaker, that he is not somebody that I think can carry the banner for the Republican Party and the conservative movement forward as the nominee or as a future president.”

Pawlenty said it was splitting hairs to say Gingrich wasn’t a lobbyist for the GSE.

“If you’re going to be president of the United States, people have to understand your full record,” he said, according to a transcript of the call. “They have to see it in user-friendly and transparent ways. Newt Gingrich has represented hundreds of clients and interest groups in Washington D.C. since he left the speakership. We have very little insight and transparency as to what exactly he did for many of those clients — in many cases, for huge sums of money. To say that he wasn’t a lobbyist is an incredible hair-splitting. He’s been an advocate to the Congress trying to push influence in Washington D.C. In the case of Freddie Mac, he was lobbying Republican members or advocating with Republican members against Republican interests on one of the most difficult and unfortunate behaviors by the federal government in modern history, and that is their activities in the housing market.”

Pawlenty also implicitly pled with Floridians to factor Gingrich’s housing history into their votes by reminding reporters that the Sunshine State was particularly clouded by the collapse of the housing market.

“If you go down to Florida where the primary is going to occur shortly, one of the most devastating blows to the Florida economy in recent years, of course, has been the housing market,” Pawlenty said. “And one of the principal culprits in the demise of the housing market was the role of Congress and their government-sponsored entities of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and their role in the housing market. And now you have a candidate for the president of the United States, Newt Gingrich, who was paid $1.7 million by Freddie Mac, and we don’t have insight or transparency as to what he actually did, what positions he took, what advice that he gave. His influence-peddling with respect to Freddie Mac to Congress, that needs to be revealed.”

Newt Gingrich has already said he’d be amenable to the release of his contract with Freddie Mac, so Pawlenty’s comments, like Romney’s, are likely to be defused by that.

But, for all that Pawlenty gets right here, I can’t help but think this: Newt Gingrich was in the presidential race long before Tim Pawlenty dropped out. Maybe Pawlenty should have considered before now the space his exit would clear for the likes of Gingrich to fill. It also reminds me to appreciate the candidates we have left. For all their flaws, they’ve gutted out a difficult primary race — and proved that, at the very least, they want to be president enough to run for the office. That’s really no small matter. Would you want to run for president?


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The War Planner on January 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

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whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

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Limerick on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Really, just really? I’m quite sure a full 40% of the morons that voted for Obama didn’t understand and weren’t aware of his full record. And there still hasn’t been any transparency about his past as of today, yet he’s still president. So Tim,you were saying…

JAM on January 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Don’t inconvenience yourself by telling truths to the beggar. Once a loser, always a loser. Besides, Pawlenty is a quitter. His game plan is scripted by the GOP Establishment and Romney. I can’t wait to see the GOP Establishment pee their pants when the Newt gets the nomination. It’s all in God’s hands. Men only muddy the waters.

timberline on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Newt Gingrich has already said he’d be amenable to the release of his contract with Freddie Mac, so Pawlenty’s comments, like Romney’s, are likely to be defused by that.

Yes, because the comments about Romney not releasing his taxes were defused by him saying he would release them. Right? Sadly, no. If Gingrich just pretends that he’s going to have them released, that doesn’t cut it.

Seixon on January 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

No But this is Romney’s new argument!! and Newt just took it away from him into debates so really it’s Back in Romney’s Face.

Chitown2424 on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Remember when Mittens paid off this loser’s campaign debt?… good times… good times.

tetriskid on January 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Sad. He sold his soul to Romney, and quickly, at that.

beatcanvas on January 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Money talks; B*llShyte walks.

GrannyDee on January 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Sarah had better pace herself. Now is not the time to make this election about her. Now we’re going to have to endure a week of the Palin-Christie “rookie” cage match.

Rational Thought on January 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

She’s just cheerleading , just as the rinos wanted…

the_nile on January 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Be careful what you wish for… heh. My money’s on the broad.

PS to Pawlenty: Hike up your little boy pants, wipe your nose and go home. You left the party early. No use complaining that they served cake later on. Bah. Could you imagine this dud dealing with Obama? Glad he’s gone.

kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Main reason Newt’s surging:

Newt: Obama is a socialist

Mitt: Obama is a nice guy

darwin on January 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Calm down, calm down! The dems will provide plenty of witnesses and hard copy of Newt’s “lobbying and unethical behavior” in the near future—but not before he brings down the Republican party. Go Newt, go!

Oracleforhire on January 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I’m sure its’ been said above, but who cares a whit what this loser says, he couldn’t even survive Minni Me!

The race has gone from the seven dwarfs and a Newt to the three stooges and a Newt!

Go Newt!

ConcealedKerry on January 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

“For Republicans and conservatives all across this country, a question is going to have to be as they consider Newt Gingrich as a potential nominee for president: Really? I mean, really?” Pawlenty said, according to a transcript of the call. “This is somebody who has had so many incredibly unfortunate and questionable activities while he was speaker, post-speaker, that he is not somebody that I think can carry the banner for the Republican Party and the conservative movement forward as the nominee or as a future president.”

Pawlenty said it was splitting hairs to say Gingrich wasn’t a lobbyist for the GSE.

“If you’re going to be president of the United States, people have to understand your full record,” he said, according to a transcript of the call. “They have to see it in user-friendly and transparent ways. Newt Gingrich has represented hundreds of clients and interest groups in Washington D.C. since he left the speakership. We have very little insight and transparency as to what exactly he did for many of those clients — in many cases, for huge sums of money. To say that he wasn’t a lobbyist is an incredible hair-splitting. He’s been an advocate to the Congress trying to push influence in Washington D.C. In the case of Freddie Mac, he was lobbying Republican members or advocating with Republican members against Republican interests on one of the most difficult and unfortunate behaviors by the federal government in modern history, and that is their activities in the housing market.”

Thank you Tim Pawlenty. Of course, since you are not a bomb thrower, the Newtbots will dismiss you. I mean, have you taken on Juan Williams lately?

What really gets me is that Newt wants us to base our support on him for his time as Speaker, over 20 years ago, BUT wants us to forget and forgive his amoral behavior then. And I am suppose to believe new Newt’s so called switch to a moral life BUT I am at the same time suppose to forget about his turn to the left on almost every major issue since he left office. It boggles the mind.

fight like a girl on January 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

“I’m a Newt Gingrich Republican”

No, I tried and tried, and I just can’t say it. The man is an unmitigated disaster.

Swerve22 on January 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

For whoever is the nominee (this isn’t over yet, folks), try this:

“I voted against Barack Obama”.

Easier, isn’t it?

kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Calm down, calm down! The dems will provide plenty of witnesses and hard copy of Newt’s “lobbying and unethical behavior” in the near future—but not before he brings down the Crony establishment Republican party. Go Newt, go!

Oracleforhire on January 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

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Limerick on January 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

How do you do that I haven’t figured it out yet.

ConcealedKerry on January 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

“It used to be pious baloney now its’ just desperate baloney”, NEWT!
LMAO

ConcealedKerry on January 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I personally prefer Santorum. But dammit, at least Newt FIGHTS BACK!!!!! I was so tired of Bush letting the left take all their shots at him without a word. 0dumbo gets a pass with the LSM, and he’s just so sissified I can’t take it! Mittens is too namby-pamby. Republicans need to stand up and fight back! Take off the mittens and put on the boxing gloves! Newt’s popular because he doesn’t take any crap off the media. About damn time.

Sasha List on January 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

No matter how badly you abuse a dog, if you throw raw meat in his pen, he’ll still run to it.

Adjoran on January 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Please don’t mention Seamus.

saspepper on January 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

What really gets me is that Newt wants us to base our support on him for his time as Speaker, over 20 years ago, BUT wants us to forget and forgive his amoral behavior then. And I am suppose to believe new Newt’s so called switch to a moral life BUT I am at the same time suppose to forget about his turn to the left on almost every major issue since he left office. It boggles the mind.

fight like a girl on January 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

yeah, he wants you to accept him with his flaws and qualities, as in take the bad with the bad, oups, I mean with the good :-), Dr Jekyll with Mr Hyde :-)…come on, now, it’s not like he’s asking for too much…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

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whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

..wow! Wa-a-a-a-y cool! I use Ultraedit for programming so the paradigm is different. But this is definitely worth a look. Thanks a ton for the tip!

By the way, we software geeks are required to use the word paradigm at least twice per day. That and other words like cache, buffer overwrite, virtual memory, heap, stack, and others that I have forgotten for the moment.

The War Planner on January 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Did you hear?

Reagan was head of a UNION! AND a democrat!

Maybe we better re-think the whole Reagan Revolution thing!

Oh! The SHAME!!!!

golfmann on January 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

The first guy to drop out is lecturing the guy who is winning?

Really? REALLY????

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Tina Korbe will use any excuse to attack Newt in favor of a fellow moralist-in-the-unmarried-bedrooms-of-others, Santorum.

Random on January 23, 2012 at 6:56 PM

“I’m a Newt Gingrich Republican”
No, I tried and tried, and I just can’t say it. The man is an unmitigated disaster.
Swerve22 on January 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

For whoever is the nominee (this isn’t over yet, folks), try this:
“I voted against Barack Obama”.
Easier, isn’t it?
kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Although I believe most folks hereabouts look forward to voting against Obama, that pleasure would be tempered by the fact – if Newt were the nominee – that it would be futile pyrrhic victory, at the very best.

whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

As NRO pointed out this morning, Romney should just stroll onstage tonight at the debate and punch Brian Williams in the face. Nomination won.

Shows what crap Newt is peddling.

matthew8787 on January 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Wow. Somebody doesn’t want to be on a short-list for Veep…

shannon76 on January 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Newt is a bomb-throwing, red meat-slinging, media-bashing hero!

But most people prefer their bombs defused, their meat cooked, and the unabashed media won’t do anything but try to destroy Gingrich, anyway, so his puffer-adder attacks against them won’t change their behavior.

Except to make him look petty and thin-skinned to the genral populace, ultimately, for arguing with MSM functionaries when he should be rising above their snark and inspiring the nation.

He loved FDR and Teddy Roosevelt, but now claims to be a “Reaganite”.

The media will roast him with his own fatuous and specious inconsistencies and Newt will end up a shrunken figure and a national embarrassment.

Studiously unvetted by his self-blinkered partisans, Honorary Colonel Gingrich is heading for a cliff and saying “I transcend the usual laws of political gravity!”

Bet against it.

profitsbeard on January 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

borntoraisehogs on January 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Get over it. We’re not looking to vote for the Pope here. We want someone who won’t bow to the Sheik of Saudi Arabia or pussyfoot up to Iran begging to get his toy plane back. We need someone to kick butt and take names. Mitt(I am a businessman who created 120,000 jobs) Romney is too wimpy to do that. Besides, we don’t know what color chameleon Romney will show up in when he shows up tonight at the debate.

timberline on January 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

REALLY?? PAWLENTY!!!! REALLY????

pamiam on January 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I respect T-Paw not trying to become someone he wasn’t just to carve a money niche.

At least he didn’t sell out.

freshface on January 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Romney bought him…paid off his campaign debts and now Pawlenty is earning his money shilling for Romney when he criticized him previously.

sharrukin on January 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Brave Sir TPaw ran away
Bravely ran away away.
When danger reared it’s ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave Sir TPaw turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
Bravely taking to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat.
Bravest of the braaaave, Sir TPaw!

james23 on January 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

“…Newt Gingrich as a potential nominee for president: Really? I mean, really?”

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Alinsky T-Paw

Fallon on January 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Who’s afraid of Tim Pawlenty?

JonBGood on January 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

“I’m a Newt Gingrich Republican”
No, I tried and tried, and I just can’t say it. The man is an unmitigated disaster.
Swerve22 on January 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

For whoever is the nominee (this isn’t over yet, folks), try this:
“I voted against Barack Obama”.
Easier, isn’t it?
kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Although I believe most folks hereabouts look forward to voting against Obama, that pleasure would be tempered by the fact – if Newt were the nominee – that it would be futile pyrrhic victory, at the very best.

whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Only if you are part of the scorched earth group. None of these candidates would drive us off the cliff quicker than Obama. Depends on how quick you want to get there and whether you think a slower pace will give the country to time to find a GOOD candidate, although do keep in mind that most good people wouldn’t put themselves through this BS.

kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

WTH is that quacking sound coming from Minnesota?

Why, it’s Little Timmy Pawlenty.

Mom let him come back to the playground for awhile. Wunnerful, wunnerful! Now, place nice, Timmy. And pull your pants up – your RINOcrack is showing again.

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Tim Pawlenty, the guy with a 42% approval rating as Governor?

Tim Pawlenty, the guy who left the race because Michele Bachmann was mean to him?

LOL!

Desperation Romney!

JonBGood on January 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

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whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

..wow! Wa-a-a-a-y cool! I use Ultraedit for programming so the paradigm is different. But this is definitely worth a look. Thanks a ton for the tip!
By the way, we software geeks are required to use the word paradigm at least twice per day. That and other words like cache, buffer overwrite, virtual memory, heap, stack, and others that I have forgotten for the moment.
The War Planner on January 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Buddy, can you par-a-digm? Anyhoo, you can give it a trial whirl for something like 2 weeks. Small program, easy on system resources.

whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

WTH is that quacking sound coming from Minnesota?

Why, it’s Little Timmy Pawlenty.

Mom let him come back to the playground for awhile. Wunnerful, wunnerful! Now, place nice, Timmy. And pull your pants up – your RINOcrack is showing again.

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

You’re the best!

JonBGood on January 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Still laughing! ;-)

JonBGood on January 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Take off the mittens out Mittens and put on the boxing gloves! gloves on Newt! Newt’s popular because he doesn’t take any crap off the media. About damn time.

Sasha List on January 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

FIFY

Gladtobehere on January 23, 2012 at 7:32 PM

None of these candidates would drive us off the cliff quicker than Obama.
kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

My point is more that Newt would never make it to the “driver’s seat” to begin with, he would be the “last futile gesture” candidate if he were the nominee.

whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

When did Newt become conservative? Not until he triangulated and only because says so. We are doomed. Newt is a fantasy for people who cannot deal with reality.aloysiusmiller on January 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I see you’ve toned it down from calling us evil incarnate. Thanks.

Night Owl on January 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

As NRO pointed out this morning, Romney should just stroll onstage tonight at the debate and punch Brian Williams in the face. Nomination won.

Shows what crap Newt is peddling.

matthew8787 on January 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Brian Williams could kick Mitt’s butt all the way to Alaska and back. Newt, on the other hand, is fully able to whip Brian Williams with a tongue lashing.

Gladtobehere on January 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

“I voted against Barack Obama”.
Easier, isn’t it?
kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Repeat to self regularly til November.

talkingpoints on January 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Tim who?

Dante on January 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

From the man who couldn’t utter “Obamneycare.” Which would have been the zinger of the campaign up to that point. I thought in hockey they teach you to finish your checks? Gingrich is helluva lot more of a poltical Scott Stevens than Pawlenty ever could have been. Isn’t Romney done paying off your campaign debt T-Paw? Take a seat on the bench time for the showers.

And to think I supported Pawlenty. His record as a red dot in a blue state is awesome. But alas it was not to be his future was as a stooge for Obamney. Pathetic.

Theworldisnotenough on January 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Tim who?

Dante on January 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

You know, I once saw a guy named Tiny Tim on a stage with Newt and Mitt who got beat up really badly by Michelle Bachmann. Is this the same guy? I heard he left the country because Bachmann threatened to inject him with Guardisil.

Gladtobehere on January 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Main reason Newt’s surging:

Newt: Obama is a socialist

Mitt: Obama is a nice guy

darwin on January 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Yessir! Correct.

congma on January 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Bore-a-plenty: you came in like 15th at the Ames Straw Poll. We’re just not that into you.

Branch Rickey on January 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

No, I would not want to be President. Sadly, I have major concerns about the psychology of anyone who does want to be as badly as three of the remaining candidates. The only one of the four remaining who cares more about the U.S. than his own potential promotion is Ron Paul, and his foreign policy fruitcakery and jihadi denialism virtually disqualifies him from office. This country cannot afford “hold your nose” candidates when we have to rely on them to reverse the socialist/fascist juggernaut that has been foisted upon us by a profoundly ignorant and foolish electorate. The end is nigh.

SteveThomas on January 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Romney bought him…paid off his campaign debts and now Pawlenty is earning his money shilling for Romney when he criticized him previously.

sharrukin on January 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Well… there’s at least one job Mitt can claim he created.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

None of these candidates would drive us off the cliff quicker than Obama.
kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM

My point is more that Newt would never make it to the “driver’s seat” to begin with, he would be the “last futile gesture” candidate if he were the nominee.

whatcat on January 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Fair enough. I personally don’t buy into the “unelectable” argument because anything can happen.

kim roy on January 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Sorry for going off topic but I have been watching fox for the last few hours. Britt Hume, who I used to really respect, was in full meltdown (as much as a man of his stature allows) over newt and I just saw coulter on O’reilly and she was as unhinged as I have ever seen her defending Romney. Anyone else see this?

FLconservative on January 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Why are you so surprised Pawlenty After all, this country has already elected Carter, Clinton and Obama . . . we’ve long ago trashed our values and good sense.

rplat on January 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Sorry for going off topic but I have been watching fox for the last few hours. Britt Hume, who I used to really respect, was in full meltdown (as much as a man of his stature allows) over newt and I just saw coulter on O’reilly and she was as unhinged as I have ever seen her defending Romney. Anyone else see this?

FLconservative on January 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Yes, I saw it and was totally disgusted! I used to respect Ann, but she was literally foaming at the mouth while badmouthing Newt, and salivating with unabashed love of Romney. And every local conservative talk show host in the Milwaukee area is singing the same tune. Blech! I’ll not “settle” again!

Sasha List on January 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Newt = Goldwater = Losing 45 States

CaliforniaRefugee on January 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM

If ludefish spine doesn’t like it, he should have had the testicular fortitude necessary to stay in the race.

Judge Dredd on January 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

This is comedy, right? *Pawlenty* goofing on someone else for not being a worthy candidate? I’ve forgotten – how far into the race did Pawlenty last again?

Midas on January 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Vote Cthulhu for President, why settle for the lesser of two evils?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

We can’t really nominate Cthulhu. As much as I love the tentacled guy, he’s a narcissistic egomaniac with reactionary, anti-life platform who was born outside the USA. Wait, is he Obama?..

Archivarix on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Anybody who even uses the term “underwater” in the context that the market value of your house has fallen below what you owe and thus government should do something to inflate price or reduce your debt , is a liar or a fool.

borntoraisehogs on January 24, 2012 at 1:42 AM

“Really? I mean, really?”

Yeah, really T-Paw? You feckless Establishment lap dog! Romney? Really? RomneyCare, flip-flopper, the-democrats-made-me-do-it Romney?

Up yours, loser! And take that POS Willard with you!

I hope Florida kicks Willard’s butt!!!

insidiator on January 24, 2012 at 8:02 AM

“If you’re going to be president of the United States, people have to understand your full record,”

Why? No one seemed to care much about the full record of the current occupant of that office.

Oh, right, we’re only allowed to vet republicans, and only ones NOT named Romney.

runawayyyy on January 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

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