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Newt Gingrich: I Almost Bought 'Grand Theft Auto V,' Staff Disadvised

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By Morgan Chilson   |   Monday, 02 Dec 2013 06:13 PM

Newt Gingrich is a digital guru, doing all of his reading on an iPad and pushing his tech limits to use Google Glass — but his staff talked him out of buying "Grand Theft Auto V."

In an interview with AdWeek about his digital lifestyle, Gingrich, the co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” and former Speaker of the House, shared his devotion to his iPad, admitting that he got rid of his desktop computer and has a laptop at home that he’s probably not going to use.

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“There are enough applications on the iPad that allow me to write and edit about as well as I could on a laptop,” he told AdWeek.

Despite his digital commitment, Gingrich said he doesn’t play computer games, although he toyed with the idea of buying the latest “Grand Theft Auto.”

“I almost bought Grand Theft Auto V, but my staff talked me out of it. I thought, anything that sold a billion dollars’ worth in three days, you should at least have some notion of what it was like,” he said. “But some of the younger staff explained, ‘This is probably not you.’”

He does use Twitter and Facebook, but doesn’t mess with Instagram. His @newtgingrich Twitter account has almost 1.5 million followers.

Gingrich told AdWeek that he and Callista use Google Glass mostly for video purposes because “we’re not that clever yet” to do some of the more out-of-the-ordinary things.

“I’m not sure that it’s going to catch on since it’s a little weird, but one of our theories is that you want to constantly push yourself to try something new and different,” he said.

New and different doesn’t extend to TV, though, where Gingrich said he watches mostly old movies and sports. But he is using Duolingo and Rosetta Stone apps on his iPad to learn Spanish. His wife’s favorite is a McDonald’s app that shows where the nearest Big Mac can be found, he said.

“We’re both McDonald’s fanatics,” he told AdWeek. It’s a love that gets him a lot of attention online.



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