Some Republicans have complained about presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s past chumminess with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, but it’s unlikely they will be chummy anymore. The former GOP House speaker blasted the former Democratic House speaker Wednesday for saying she knows something that will keep him from becoming president, Politico
“She lives in a San Francisco environment of strange fantasies and strange understandings of reality. I have no idea what’s in Nancy Pelosi’s head. If she knows something, spit it out. Tell us what it is. I have no idea what she’s talking about,” Gingrich said on NBC’s “Today” show.
Pelosi issued her warning Tuesday. “He’s not going to be president of the United States. That’s not going to happen. Let me just make my prediction and stand by it,” she told CNN.
“There is something I know,” Pelosi said without elaborating. “The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that’s their prerogative. I don’t even think that’s going to happen.”
Pelosi made a similar threat in December. “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” she told Talking Points at the time. “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year, a thousand pages of his stuff.”
But a Pelosi spokesperson later pulled back from those comments, saying Pelosi was alluding to ethics documents already in the public record. And the spokesperson said the same thing Wednesday.
Gingrich, meanwhile, had some choice words for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. “On the one hand, he has a lot of good rhetoric,” Gingrich said. “Yet last night he seemed to set up a year of divisiveness, of getting nothing done. I thought it was a sad decline from the hope and optimism he ran on in 2008.”
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