Newt Gingrich is fine with staying out of the spotlight at the GOP National Convention, saying he’s “very comfortable” in a non-speaking role at the event next month.
“I personally am very comfortable not giving a speech because I think frankly, there is a whole new generation of candidates out there and people who represent the future,” the former House speaker and presidential candidate said, according to MSNBC
. “But we haven’t talked about that yet.”
He made the remarks following an event for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Gingrich also said it was good to see former President Clinton secure the keynote spot at the Democratic Convention.
“I think that will be a terrific opportunity for those of us who served with President Clinton to point out that Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton,” Gingrich said, according to MSNBC.
Gingrich was asked by reporters about Romney’s overseas trip, specifcally about his remarks in Jerusalem about Palestinian culture.
“I think that the whole issue of how do you encourage an economy based on trust and faith, how do you encourage the rule of law when you have Hamas and Hezbollah and Fatah and I think there is a legitimate question to say maybe these are antithetical to being prosperous. I find it fascinating that nobody wants to ask the question, why is Hong Kong prosperous? Why is Singapore prosperous? Why is Israel prosperous? Why can't we apply this same prosperity to Gaza? Why can't we apply this same prosperity to the West Bank?” Gingrich said, according to MSNBC.
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