Gingrich: I'm Not Surprised Aides Left Campaign

Friday, 24 Jun 2011 07:58 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he was not surprised that 18 aides abandoned his campaign because they had a basic difference in strategy. Gingrich also told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he is going to talk about “very big ideas.”
 
“Well, I wasn’t surprised because we had a basic difference about strategy,” Gingrich said. “I think we’re in a different environment like 1980 and 1994. And I think we need a very positive solutions-oriented campaign and one that goes directly to all Americans and is very different from the traditional political campaign.

“I think — I think part of it is just that the route I’m taking is a hard route — it’s a route that says we’re going to talk about very big ideas,” he said. “But I’m comforted if you go back and look in 1980, Ronald Reagan lost 13 of his senior people on the day of the New Hampshire primary and shortly thereafter his new campaign manager Bill Casey dismissed another 100 people. John McCain went through something like this in the summer of 2007.

“We had a fundamental disagreement about the approach to the American people and how you should structure the campaign and what you should focus on,” Gingrich said. “And I — as you know I have a new book out called “A Nation Like no Other.” It talks about American exceptionalism. Something you talked about a lot. I happen to think that’s integral to the 2012 election. The consultants all thought it was a fluff, that it was irrelevant. That’s a pretty big difference.”

O’Reilly noted that the media has reported Gingrich does not have a chance.

“Well, the Washington talking heads who in the summer of 2007 told us that Rudy Giuliani was the front-runner and Hillary Clinton was virtually nominated, the same people, by the way, who in 1980 in January said that either Howard Baker, John Conley or George H.W. Bush, any one of the three was more likely than Ronald Reagan to be the nominee,” Gingrich said.

 “In 1994, Bill, I lived through this before. In 1994, the two smartest analysts in Washington, D.C., two weeks before the election, said the ceiling for the House Republicans was 26 seats — we won 54. Now, when they’re off by 100 percent, I don’t spend a lot of time paying attention to them,” he said.

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