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October 14th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

Newt Gingrich: GOP 'in a bloody fight'

CNN's Crossfire host and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks on the state of the Republican party.

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  1. Dale F. McCarty

    Just a thought, I looked up the term dirty politics in the encyclopedia and there was no definition, just two pictures, one of Newt Gingrich and one of Carl Rove. Can someone explain that to me?

    October 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  2. B. Ligon

    I read somewhere that we need to defang the tea party, and their cheerleaders. Well said, but the same goes for the rest of the GOPs, which are a disgrace. Can't they see how people feel about them? They keep saying that they're speaking on behalf of American people. What a joke!

    October 16, 2013 at 2:26 am | Reply
    • bisusinha

      Well said.

      October 16, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • steve

      Totally agree. It's time for the Dems if they'll step up and lead the nation on social and ervonomic equality. The GOP has set our nation on a suicide course. The answer is not GDP growth or population growth and greater wealth concentration! Sadly, Obama has fumbled what the silent majority really wants!

      January 7, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • bisusinha

        I like to see CNN (My favorite Television News Channel get back to its value. They must dump DAMN NEWT from any show, discussion and interview. He is good at being one the most immoral guy in the US.

        January 7, 2014 at 11:55 am |
      • Dean Orff

        Steve - Pres. Obama has not 'fumbled what the silent majority wants" , as you say. The problem is some of the so-called "silent majority" voted Both for Obama for Pres. AND Republican for Congress. Some were fooled by their local media. Many local newspapers and TV stations falsely sold some Repub. congressmen as "moderate", and covered up their "tea party" voting records on bills in Congress - instead of honestly informing the people.
        .........And some Obama voters just didn't pay attention and Assumed their congressman was not voting with the radical right-wing so-called "tea party" (which stands for the opposite of what the original Real Tea Party of 1773 stood for against the British monarchy).
        .....Major story that Never made the Headlines: RedMap. Americans voted 50-49% for Democrats for Congress (i.e. House of Representatives) in 2012, but Republicans remained the majority because of what Republican state governors call their "RedMap" strategy (Google it). Even though 'RedMap' is unconstitutional yet Approved by Republican-appointed judges, which is outrageous - Nevertheless, if Every Obama voter in 2012 had voted for a Democrat for Congress, we would have a Democratic majority in Both the Senate And the House of Reps. - and we'd have a Raise in the Minimum Wage, Action to Create More Jobs, Immigration Reform, the End of Tax Deductions for Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas......and other common-sense action that puts average families first instead of Wall Street first.

        January 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Yuck

    Republicans can try too put democrats down,but they won't succeed because everything is game in the political world,and I definetly believe in a God that sees everything and knows everyone's mind and heart.rememember (those that lead will have too explain),and right now the republicans are having a tough time doing it...tick tock time is golden..

    October 16, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
  4. Mary

    Republicans are the party of betrayal and self righteousness. They betrayed Valerie Plame. They betray women and gays.They betrayed the American family and its children by lying about WMD in Iraq. They want Health Care and tax cuts for the rich ONLY. They want the middle class to work 2-3 jobs with nothing to show for it but the middle class must pay for Republican Health Care and Republican tax cuts. They also want the middle class to reproduce as much as possible so their children will be slaves to the same....never having anything for themselves but always paying for tax cuts and health care for their master Republicans. Republicans don't give a damn how many American babies die for lack of Health Care as long as not a penny is taken from tax cuts for the rich. They can't stand to be honestly criticized, no matter who suffers or dies.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • bisusinha

      Good comments.

      October 16, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
  5. Jerry Carver

    Having Gingrich on every night CNN is beginning to sound like Fox News.

    October 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • bisusinha

      Well I don't blame them. Fox News is all but President Obama bashing news media, making millions of dollars by hiring disgraceful, dishonest, immoral guys like O'Rielly, Hannity, Sarah Palin et. el. I don't see Newt to be any different than these guys. He is even better qualified than these guys. Newt is ultimate morally corrupted person.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  6. jjtime

    The Tea Party and its weak knee Republican spineless have figured a way to take over the Presidency and the congress and bring both the government and the country to a screeching halt, which is what they have always advocated with their constant opposition to any programs for the masses such as Social Security, Medicare, etc.
    It has not been all that long since they had their shops set up on pay day outside the coal mines to strip workers of their hard earned minute earnings and deprive them of a meaningful life and they intend to restore that tyranny as best they can.

    October 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  7. taytye

    Newt you do such a great job acting like you are surprised by all this. You bought in to the new world order long ago. You and your co-conspirators are almost ready to give the coup de ta to democracy and the American way of life. Congratulations! You did it by rallying the very people you will destroy.

    October 15, 2013 at 6:13 am | Reply
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty Wall Street masters are hard at work. They will NOT watch their stocks get demolished by the radical extremists in the House.

    October 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  9. Dale F. McCarty

    Let Newt respond to this young man's observations.

    Health care in Denmark

    The following is paraphrased form an Article by Christopher Rosenmeier in the September third, 2009 Denver Post.

    I'm a U.S. citizen, but I've spent most of my adult life in Denmark. The Danish health care system is the nightmare of any anti-government free market believer: a tax-funded state-run universal health care system.

    Denmark provides "free" health care to all residents, funded through taxes. There is an optional private health care sector, but it is tiny compared with the vastly larger public system that is used by most of the population. Users pay for a few procedures, such as fertility treatments (from the third attempt onwards) and non-essential cosmetic surgery, as well as most of their own dental care and a portion of prescription medication. Apothecaries are privately owned, but doctors" visits and hospitalization, including tests, treatment, follow-up care,
    and some medication, are fully covered.

    The Danish health care system is not cheap. According to OECD's Health Data 2009, Denmark's health cost per person, public and private, was $3,512. But in the U. S. the cost is more than double that at $7,290! In addition, Danish health care covers everybody 100 percent of the population, while in the U. S. fewer than 80 percent of citizens are covered, and often only partially.

    So basically the U.S. system costs more than twice as much and still leaves nearly a quarter of the population in the lurch if they need any medical care.

    In fact, the U.S. could get universal coverage and still save about 1 trillion dollars per year on health care!

    So what makes Danish health care so cheap? It's not because it's of poorer quality. According to international surveys, more than 90 percent of Danes are totally satisfied with their health care, and it uses the most advanced methods available anywhere. And per capita there are more hospital beds and doctors than in the U.S.

    It's mainly cheaper because it's a lot simpler to manage. There are no medical insurance companies or lawyers operating for profit, or financial background checks. There are no uninsured, so there is no paperwork if you get sick or injured.

    Some proof of identity-citizenship or residence status is all you need. And Danes are still free to pick their own family doctors, as long as they choose one within their own geographical area, and they have a choice of hospitals and in certain cases can even opt for treatment abroad.

    Of course Denmark's universal health care means a higher overall tax bill and that healthy people are paying for the treatment of sick people through their taxes. But because the system is simpler and less profit-oriented, it ends up being cheaper for everybody.

    U.S. health care is the most expensive system on earth and incredibly wasteful. Of course I'm not advocating the wholesale adoption of the Danish or Scandinavian welfare system. Those countries have a radically different social model, but Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries clearly prove that a government run system can provide its population with superior care without being inefficient, bloated, or costly.

    Stronger state regulations ensure that the money pouring through the system ends up where it's supposed to, with doctors and health care providers.

    The pharmaceutical industry still gets its fair share since medication is still bought on the free market. This rewards innovation.

    In the U.S., health care financing is siphoned off by lawyers, administrators, and insurance companies; the cost of lobbying lawmakers and advertising is astronomical.

    The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that does not support universal health care for its citizens. A greater degree of government involvement in health care might be un-American, but when the American system has abjectly failed, a refusal to look abroad for better models is simply self-defeating.

    NOTE: Christopher Rosenmeier is a scholar of modern Chinese literature. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge.

    October 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • bisusinha

      This is an incredible article. It narrates reality exclusively. I wish we dumb Americans read this and understand what God Damn GOP is doing to us.

      October 15, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Garm

      "Of course Denmark's universal health care means a higher overall tax bill "

      Well, no. I don't think he quite understans the level of US overspending here. An American pays more in tax for government healthcare than a Dane. Denmarks universal healthcare, in comparison to the US system, means a LOWER tax bill.

      October 17, 2013 at 4:16 am | Reply
      • Dale F. McCarty

        I am not an economist nor do I work in the health care field but when I read that in the United States between 25,000 and 40,000 people per year die due to be being non-insured or underinsured I think there must be a better way. While you may denigrate Denmark's socialistic government I read recently of a poll conducted by CNN and that poll found Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden are the world's happiest countries, according to the survey of 156 countries. The United States came in at 17th. We speak of American exceptionalism and it is true. We are the only industrialized nation that does not provide medical services for everyone. I think a major problem with our country is that wealthy special interest groups control much of our policy through the use of lobbyist's dollars. I absolutely believe that 20% of the federal budget goes to pork projects, another word for buying votes with tax money. When republicans talk of entitlements they refer to W.I.C. funds and similar programs for the indigent in our society. When I think of entitlements my thoughts turn to the farm aid bill, tax breaks for large corporations, the proposed bridge to no where, the Johnstown Pennsylvania airport, etc.,etc. We need term limits for congress and a federal usury law. I could go on but I think you get my drift.

        October 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  10. Ram Riva

    Who's running the GOP.....where is the GOP headed......how far right is the GOP eventually end up.....what is the GOP's agenda......(besides blocking everything the President does).....these are some of the questions that the GOP is having a whale of a time explaining to the American people since they cannot explain it even to their own base.....one is thing is circunt....besides the comment in parenthesis.....they're extremely confused....they still don't seem to acknowledge the last Presidential election results......they're in constant denial....the most important question is...."will the US electorate do something about it....."

    October 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      The defacto laedership of the Republican Party is in the hands of Rush "Over the Cliff" Limbaugh & Sean "Insanity" Hannity!

      October 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • LR

      That's okay, the progressive liberal Democrats are in denial too and still blame Bush for everything!

      October 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • bisusinha

        Do you have any evidence showing any thing that Bush & Co did that is good for America except the GOP patrons. Don't you see how entire world is looking at us? Even Chinese are openly saying to De-Americanize the World. Are you not ashamed of being looked down upon. Are you not proud of being a Citizen of Land of Washington and Lincoln?

        October 15, 2013 at 11:19 am |
      • Dean Orff

        Look at the condition George W. Bush left this country in. Worst economic crisis since the 1930s Great Depression. 10% unemployment resulting from it. A budget deficit of $1.4 Trillion Dollars - almost Five Times Higher than the previous record set by his Dad. Pres. Obama's got it down to Half that amount: $645 Billion dollars. - the largest Deficit Reduction in U.S. history.
        Bush Doubled the National Debt from $5.8 Trillion to $11.6 Trillion. Now that the budget deficit's gone way down, the national debt increase is slowing down to almost nothing in the past year. We can't cut the debt until we start creating Budget Surpluses - $645 Billion to go.
        Bush gave us a Huge Mountain of Debt to climb over, and an economy in Ruins. The experts knew as soon as Obama took over that he had No Prayer of reducing the National Debt - even if he got elected for 8 years. But if we enacted a Nickel tax on every $100 of Wall Street trades, - which Republicans say 'No Way' to - we actually Would start Reducing the National Debt within 5 years, maybe even before Obama leaves office.

        October 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Dale F. McCarty

      Ram Riva, you are absolutely correct. The attitude is to hell with running the country, we must at all costs make President Obama look bad. I think, at least I hope, history will show the United States turned the corner away from rampant capitalism. All during the 1950s the top I.R.S. tax bracket exceeded 91% for earnings over $400,000. In 2011 that rate was, I believe, about 34% on earnings over a lesser amount, about $380,000

      October 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  11. Dean Orff

    I would Pay Van Jones to introduce Newt Gingrich like this: "And now, the man who is more responsible than anyone else on earth for turning Washington D.C. into the cesspool of corruption and bad blood that it is today - my friend, Newt Gingrich ! "......and that's why I can't watch Crossfire when Gingrich is on. He's the father of the unholy mess we have on our hands right now.

    October 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      Yes, you are right!

      I am Independent tending toward conservative, but I will do everything possible to get rid of the tea party scum, Newt and his gang of thugs!

      October 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Reply
      • bisusinha

        Please, please don't turn Today's Conservative GOP. America has seen enough of Conservatism of GOP (GOP= GREEDY OPPORTUNIST/OBSTRUCTIONIST PEOPLE). I used to be a Conservative Republican not GOP, but looking at the Greed of the now Republicans I am not supporting any of the GOP views. I feel like to see what liberalism is.

        October 15, 2013 at 11:27 am |

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