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GOP's Fred Grandy: Gingrich Knows the World Best

Monday, 02 Jan 2012 12:09 PM

Former Iowa U.S. Rep Fred Grandy, who starred on TV's "Love Boat," weighed in Monday to talk about his support of Newt Gingrich in the Iowa caucuses.

Grandy, known to many as "Gopher" on "Love Boat," served in Congress with Gingrich during the early 1990s. He told CNN that he believes Gingrich has the management skills and background to be a great president.

"Well, because I think he's the perfect guy for the job in this time, and one of the reasons I'm supporting Newt is because he — and this is taking nothing away from most of the other candidates — but I think Newt really understands how dangerous the world is, both at home and abroad, particularly with emerging threats in the Middle East, new problems coming out of Europe, China and Russia," Grandy said.

"My experience having worked on national security issues and counterintelligence issues is that Newt is superior to the other candidates. The other ones are good. Some are better than others, but I really feel Newt is say man whose time has come for this particular election cycle. So I'm staying with him for as long as he's in the race."

CNN host Kyra Phillips pointed out that Grandy has a Washington think tank that focuses on national security issues.

"Well, I think part of it is the contrast with the present administration," Grandy said. "This is an administration that accommodated and bowed down to countries like Iran, now the growing Islamism movement, Egypt, Libya. The speaker was one person who stood up and said, no, we shouldn't go this way. This is an emerging hostile hegemony. I think we need a president who understands that.

"This is taking nothing away from Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney who I think are coming around to this conclusion, but I believe the speaker has led on this. I think we need a man right now with a very strong world view. Someone who understands what is happening in China, what is happening in Russia, Europe, and the Middle East."




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Former Iowa U.S. Rep Fred Grandy, who starred on TV's Love Boat, weighed in Monday to talk about his support of Newt Gingrich in the Iowa caucuses. Grandy, known to many as Gopher on Love Boat, served in Congress with Gingrich during the early 1990s. He told CNN that...
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