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Barney Frank: Obama Would Easily Defeat Gingrich

Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 02:56 PM

By Gary Cohen

Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., sees President Barack Obama easily winning another term in office if matched up against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the 2012 election, The Hill reports.

Frank says Obama would have no problem winning reelection but would not say if the president would surpass his 2008 victory totals.

barney franks obama gingrichGingrich capturing the GOP presidential nomination, "would be the best thing to happen to the Democrats since Barry Goldwater," Frank recently said.

Frank told The Hill Gingrich could carry most of the southern states but predicted Obama's electoral count would be "in the 300s" against the Republican from Georgia.

In 2008, Obama racked up 365 electoral votes and opponent, Sen. John McCain had 173. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson won 486 electoral votes and Goldwater had just 52

The Hill points out earlier this fall, Frank said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would be more of a challenge for Obama next November, with Frank seeing Texas Governor Rick Perry as a weaker candidate.

Frank and Gingrich are not exactly close friends. The former House Speaker had previously said Frank should be put behind bars for the role he played in the financial crisis in 2008.

Frank has recently said Gingrich is a "lobbyist and liar" after it was brought out that Gingrich earned $1.6 million in fees from Freddie Mac.

Gingrich has frequently said he did no lobbying for the mortgage giant.

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