Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is being blasted by the White House and even some Republicans over comments he made over the weekend suggesting that President Obama has a world view shaped by the “Kenyan, anti-colonial” views of his father, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
On Monday, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said he was baffled by the remarks, while GOP figures suggested that the comments are so incendiary that they could cost the GOP votes in the November midterms as well as hurt Gingrich’s own chances for president in 2012.
Gingrich made his comments after reading a Forbes magazine piece by Dinesh D’Souza, which makes the same argument.
“This crushes the hopes of those who thought Gingrich could bring ideas instead of smears to what the GOP was offering,” said Hari Sevugan, press secretary of the Democratic National Committee, about the most recent comments.
Former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card told MSNBC Monday that the comments could hurt Republicans up for election in November. “I don’t think the statements that Newt Gingrich made are helpful, no,” he said, when pressed.
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