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September 8th, 2013
02:55 PM ET

Newt Gingrich’s wild animal adventures

With "Crossfire" returning to CNN this Monday, September 9, CNN is taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.

In this video, Newt Gingrich opens up about one of his passions aside from politics and history – his love of animals and the outdoors.

Gingrich and his wife, Callista, have traveled all over the world to see different animals. He says one of the most amazing experiences was seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda. “We’re looking at a family of mountain gorillas, and not 10 feet from us a mother gorilla is laying on her back with a baby gorilla on her tummy, and they kiss,” he describes. ”It doesn’t get any better than that.”

He also describes an encounter with lemurs, captured in the photo below, which he posted to his Instagram account. “If you offer them bananas they’ll come,” says Gingrich. “I have this one picture of one sitting on my hat, and several others are on my shoulders and they’re all just waiting for the next banana.”

"Crossfire" returns to CNN on Monday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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  1. Helma Hintz

    Why hate hearing the truth

    September 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  2. Mike

    This show won't be as good without Tucker Carlson, Paul Begala, and James Carville. Also, a 22 minute show is not long enough to discuss an issue in depth. It should be at minimum 1 hour long, and debaters should not be allowed to change subject.

    What I often see is debater A makes an argument. Debater B destroys that position. Debater A changes the subject.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  3. Vicki

    This group is seriously cringe-worthy. SE Cupp? Her qualifications? Gingrich? His history? Pairing a 'babe' with an old guy is so Mexican game show/Regis and Kelly. Clearly its an attempt to appeal to different groups, which has wound up appealing to none. They all look uncomfortable. I give it a matter of months.

    September 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  4. Peter Wexler

    It is frightful to say, yet the truth is that Newt Gingrich sounds more and more reasonable, every day.

    September 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Helma Hintz

      Stephanie Cutter...get rid of this phony woman tomorrow...she smiled too much, nodded all the time and interfered with the guest when speaking..She is not experienced in such matter..she might have impressed Obama but not us working women.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  5. Elizabeth

    Should you be feeding wild animals?

    September 9, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
  6. Lee LE FORT

    Van Jones? You've got to be kidding! An admitted radical and Communist sympathizer! CNN must be desperate to hire him.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • Helma Hintz

      Van Jones...a communist on CNN ???

      September 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  7. Barb

    Four idiots, Crossfire won't be around long.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:21 am | Reply
  8. Janice Rensch

    I used to love CNN and they have steadily declined. Stories not news! Constant arguments rather than talks and NOW they have this unsavory person, Newt on. I am finished watching your show.

    September 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • spikehouck

      Have to agree, what has happened to cnn. This guy is a travesty. You have got to be kidding me.

      September 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply

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