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September 13th, 2013
07:23 AM ET

Gingrich: Putin is a dictator and a thug

(CNN) – Americans shouldn't let Vladimir Putin's opinions get under their skin because the Russian president is a one-time KGB officer whose primary interest is nationalism, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday.

"While we have to deal with him as the president of Russia, we don't have to respect his views. We don't have to respect his opinions," said Gingrich, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire."

"And frankly, we should laugh at him when he tries to lecture America about exceptionalism, because he ain't exceptional. He's just one more in a long tradition of dictators and thugs."

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. al

    Then Putin is in good company with Obama.....the same heart.

    September 19, 2013 at 10:01 am | Reply
  2. Penny Markowitz

    Gingrich belongs on FOX not CNN..... Constructive criticism is fine, but I do not like disrespect and that is what I hear coming from Gingrich towards President Obama. I guarantee that Obama knows the constitution inside out as he was a senior lecturer (professor) and taught constitutional law. I don't except it when Gingrich says "Who does he think he is?" when referring to Obama on any subject. He is our President and that's who he not only thinks he is, but he is indeed. There are other ways of addressing an issue you might have with the President other than with disrespect for the office.

    September 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  3. Antonino

    I am against dictatorships of any form and monarchies, but it is a fact that that thug and dictator Putin has had more beneficial results on his country while he has been power more than our congress has than in more than a decade. lets overlook the fact that he is power hungry and look at what other countries around the world have done to better the life of its citizens. the most important thing that a country needs to do is to keep its citizens with the best laws and policies so they can achieve a good standard of living. I'm not saying that the goverment is responsible for providing for the people, but to just create a level field in which those who want to pursue a better life can work themselves to do so.

    September 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  4. Pattianne

    Yes, the Republicans are saying that Obama is being played. Why not?? He has not shown any true leadership in 5 years so why give him a pass now. They are told not to criticize him for anything or at anytime. Did the Democrats follow that rule when George W. Bush was President? Absolutely not! There seems to be a double standard.

    September 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  5. ge

    just what i want to watch republicans and democrats arguing with each other and all screaming at the same time-whats with the face making every time some body gives a point of view .just like that kid ben ferguson ,after 9 11 he had to decide whether to join the military or go to mcdonalds.he was for the invasion of iraq as long as it was some body else in harms way

    September 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  6. emskadittle

    so he says this while we are negotiating a settlement with the Syrians and the Russians? I guess its true that the republicans are against anything Obama does

    September 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  7. PtBarnumBoy

    The Newster ought to know.

    September 13, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply

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