Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended his description of Donald Trump as a "pirate,"
saying it describes the presumptive nominee's appeal for having "done things that are big and bold and different."
In an interview Sunday on CBS News' "Face The Nation,"
Gingrich also said he's not disappointed in being passed over for Trump's running mate after a "very methodical" vetting process.
"I feel very close to Donald and his family, and I am confident I will have plenty of opportunity to try to help plan things and move things forward… I would certainly serve in the cabinet, preferably in a position he and I would work out."
Gingrich said American voters are embracing Trump's non-establishment background.
"Pirates are folks who are outside of the regular order who get things done, who are colorful – just watch 'Pirates of the Caribbean,'" he said. "He is a guy who has consistently done things that are big and bold and different."
"Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt would have loved the term and lived it out," he added.
Gingrich allowed Trump's weakness has been that ""he doesn't know the regular traditional Republicans as well as he should have."
Indiana Gov. "Mike Pence will be a big help with this," Gingrich said. "He needed somebody to be an ambassador to traditional Republicans who have been around and suddenly startled by this new guy who has, in effect, taken over their party."
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