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January 14th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Gingrich: Obama should learn from Christie

On tonight's Crossfire, Newt Gingrich and guest host Sally Kohn sparred over Chris Christie given his State of the State address today with guests Donna Brazile and Fmr. Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD).

Gingrich said that President Obama could learn from Gov. Christie and spend the entire hour of his State of the Union address apologizing for the Obamacare website, Benghazi, and the IRS targeting conservatives.

Crossfire: Is Christie taking enough responsibility?
Newt Gingrich and Sally Kohn debate whether Chris Christie is taking enough responsibility.

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  1. guest


    GOP needs to just admit that they could not care a bit less about the American people, and admit that everything they stand for is making rich people richer, which in turn makes themselves richer. They need to admit that almost all of their legislation since the Reagan administration is nothing more than avenues for inside trading. They need to take responsibility, stop pressuring the criminal rulings against them to be overturned due to newly made up criteria, and need to apologize and remove themselves from government.

    Once the gOP admits these horrible things, and does the correct thing in taking responsibility, then they can start talking about what other people need to admit.

    January 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • Policy party

      I think that we all might benefit from some examples considering you don't provide any. The wealth gap has grown a great deal during the last five years, but that's been with a democrat president and a divided congress. Entitlement spending hasn't exactly been reduced over that time span–wouldn't that point to the conclusion that it is democrat policies that benefit the wealthy and penalize the poor?

      January 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • John

      I tell this to liberals all the time: Before you ever criticize and hold Republicans accountable for the problems that we face in America, just always remember our President is a Democrat. If anything, I'd assume a responsible President of the United States would assume responsibility for his or her actions, good or bad. But, this President has backed away from the standard, and tried to keep his mistakes as quiet as possible. I don't really understand why you think the way you do, but perhaps you are just a bit annoyed a Republican governor can do something the President of the United States cannot. Why don't the Democrats live up to the level of responsibility you talk about? All you got to do is start walking the talk.

      January 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Reply
      • Norm

        My friend made $5,907 in one day selling BENGHAZI AN*L CREME to GOP legislators. Your apply it to your Sphincter every four hours and it cures ITCHY EYE. Then you can see more clearly and will be able to recognize the damage that Republican office holders are doing to the country. Treatment is fully covered by the Affordable Care Act.

        January 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm |
      • Policy party

        I can tell that you have quite a bit of faith in the logic underpinning your arguments there. Fifth-grade reasoning really explains the policies we saw coming out of the Pelosi Congress and out of the Obama White House. If you don't have anything of value to contribute, perhaps your time is best spent doing something to develop something of value. In the mean time, please leave substantive debate to people capable of fixing the vexing problems our country must address.

        January 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm |
      • Lubricant issuer

        Please add some extra lubricant to the tool.

        January 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm |
  2. Obvious Answer

    Why won't people on the left admit the tacit justification for the Christie inquisition? What I find interesting right off the bat is that the media has suddenly found its investigative skills. We hear questions harkening back to Nixon: what did he know and when. But, I challenge that the very premise underlying all of these attacks is, "imagine what Christie would do were he to have the power of the federal government." This is fundamentally dishonest inquiry considering the complete lack of follow through when it came to the Obama administration's scandals (IRS targeting of political opponents, DoJ wire tapping, broadened NSA snooping). I don't care if members of the media believe that those incidents were abuses of power, but they owe the American public the obligation of approaching those stories with the same passion and enthusiasm that they now dedicate to finding out the truth behind traffic congestion.

    January 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • Kurt

      The comparison doesn't work.

      Look, the media tried to find some juicy bits with the obama scandals. So did Daryl Issa and others in the house. But the problem is they couldn't find any red meat. Issa keeps talking about the scandals he's investigating but he can't find anything juicy. The same holds for the media. And that red meat is what the consumer wants to see.

      Issa has more access then the media does... and he's found virtually NO "gotchas" that have interested the american people. The media asks 20 New Jersey politicians some questions... and all this stuff about Christie (with substantiated evidence) comes out.

      Now maybe you're right. Maybe there is some evil agenda that Obama has working behind the scenes that hasn't been dug out yet. But the reason we aren't hearing about it if that's true is that hes been EXTREMELY good at hiding it. Because Issa and his committee are looking, you can be sure of that.

      Christie's stuff... well it's not hidden. Ask a question and it all came pouring out. It's not a matter of the effort of the media... it's a case where a heavy investigation of Obama found little and a light investigation of Christie found lots.

      January 20, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
  3. drake mallard

    the same Newt Gingrich (who has been married three times, wanted to talk divorce terms with his first wife in her surgical recovery bed so he could move on to the second wife, and hunted Bill Clinton for infidelity while cheating on his second wife with his mistress who'd become his third wife) who is now concerned with, protecting marriage.

    January 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  4. charley

    So the next scandal fox news makes up, Obama needs to admit he did it.

    January 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  5. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Who would take advice from Newt? Besides, President Obama is a gentleman while Christie is an uncouth bully.

    January 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  6. Richeard Gear

    Gingrich is a loser and glued person to the party of losers. He should know that he was having extramarital affairs with his concubine while he was married. Can we trust this goof?

    January 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  7. mickey doyle


    January 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  8. Dan5404

    I believe the president would be open to advice from someone with political credibility. That leaves Gingrich out!

    January 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  9. steve

    What could he learn from Christe? Chrisie to this day claims he knew nothing till he read it in the paper or seen the bridge closings on the news. He fired the person who did not gave the orders. Christie gave the orders. If avoiding responsibility is what the President should take away from Christie then I believe Gingrich is off the mark. By the way thanks for shutting down the government Newt.

    January 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Smitty

      So the biggest LIAR OF THE YEAR gets to play I didn't know, but Christie cant. If he knew or not he should of. Same as Obammy NSA, IRS, Fast & Furious etc, etc, they both need to be removed from office.

      January 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  10. Smitty

    Don't you people get tired of making excuses for Bammys ineptness??? Its clear to all he has no idea whats right for America.

    January 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  11. ProtectAmericanJobs

    This is important, but the more important issue is: Can any of our leaders actually help America and the American People bounce back from all the stupid, traitorous, nonsense and damage done to the Real American Economy over the last several decades?

    Our economic problems didn't happen overnight. It's been happening over the past 25 years, but the economy was kept going by middle class Americans tapping into the equity on their homes until they were completely tapped out.

    It's all happened because, for the last few decades, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down prices and wages.

    That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.

    Unfortunately most of our politicians are a frigging joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great American and his march accomplished great things, but now it may be time for a new more all-inclusive march on Washington.

    I obviously feel very strongly about what our leaders have allowed to happen to our country and the American people.

    I think that it actually borders on being traitorous.

    I care about my employees and our company as do many other employers in this country.

    It's important that we get our message out there, because when you write to the GOP, DNC, The White House, governors, senators and congressmen you just get generic responses for the most part and they just keep on with the same old same old.

    We need a voice.

    I'm Angry and Frustrated with Both Parties – As are most American Citizens right now!

    The American People need our leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself and that They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

    The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    January 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Joseph Lowery

      I agree with you except for your suggestion that members of Congress fail to represent the people that put them in office. Republican congressional members are serving two separate support groups. Congressional members of the Tea Party are representing the desires of voters who are anti-taxation, homophobic, xenophobic, intolerant Christian, racist and willingly misinformed. Congressional Republicans are also representing the interests of large donors through Super PACs as allowed by the conservative Supreme Court in ruling for Citizens United.

      We may not like what conservative members of Congress are doing but I painfully concede that they are acting exactly how their supporters, the Ignorant and the Rich, wish them to act. If Liberals want Congress to act otherwise, they have to find a way to out vote the conservatives.

      January 17, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
  12. Bubba

    I think Mr. Gingrich is a little bitter over two term President Obama not returning his calls, emails, and texts.
    The fact that President Obama is the American PRESIDENT, and Ginrich is a two bit hack serving his wealthy masters on a biased tv show, may have something to do with this.
    Newt's influence over the American people ended with the coming of the new Milenium, leaving only a few frightened, greedy, ill manered, pathetic losers (aka "American Conservatives") to still follow this "has been", who is realy more of a "never was'.
    Newt had the opportunity to lead the Conservatives, but lacked the guts, becoming a follower instead.

    January 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  13. Sarah

    Come one people lets be realistic and fair as much i like obama we have to realize that christy proved that he is a man of his word not like president he speaks with actions not with excuses. Obama has really disappointed me as a democrat he has not been the leader that I wish he could been. Christy cant be judge until proven guilty and so far his hands have been clean of bridge scandal.

    January 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  14. bobo

    Benghazi..... "The committee determined the attack was “preventable” and the administration failed to respond to “ample” warnings that security was deteriorating before Sept. 11, 2012."

    January 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • steve

      Everything is preventable. Every traffic accident, 911, Wall Street financial mortgage scam it"s all preventable. It doesn't mean that there is a conspiracy.

      January 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Reply
      • Smitty

        Now that is truly the lamest excuse Ive heard for the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR WINNER!!!!

        January 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
  15. Robert Toews

    Please send Gingrich back to FOX news where he belongs. He doesn't answer questions. He just Obama-bashes and spouts the Republican Party line. He is too biased for a fair network like CNN>

    January 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  16. sammy750

    Obama need not get so low as Christie has. Gingrich is a non intelligent jerk.

    January 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Smitty

      Dude, he has gone so low, IRS, NSA, cmon open your eyes!!!

      January 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  17. REGinAZ

    Gingrich should learn that he has lost all credibility. It isn’t ever okay to lie but what some want to ignore is that the right has and continually does lie about most everything.  So lets really "cut through the bull" and recognize that the right spends a whole lot of money to constantly spread their propaganda, their deceptions, and regrettably they have actually had impact in past elections – like with the Tea Party in 2010, with the Swift-boat in 2004 and with the "conservative Christian" in 2000, as just some examples.   Besides the politicians themselves, with their arrogantly offered fabrications, the Koch brothers, Adelson, Cheney, Rove, Norquist and others have constantly used "the money"s" resources to recruit, intimidate, coerce and control "puppet" politicians, assuring unity behind "the money's" interests, without any concern or conscience for the truth.  Bush-Cheney habitually lied while in office, always aggressively pushing their private agenda to benefit "the money", their strong supporters and masters, even to falsely justifying a war that cost the country and the people greatly.  

    Politicians always constantly embellish, exaggerate and "puff their wares" and sometimes they just go too far but the Republican / Tea Party has literally become cocky confident in the power of their supporters and have taken deception to a never before seen level, where they simply take the people for granted as being “pawns” to be conned, used and abused. Some want to fault Obama and then just ignore the abuse on the right – again swayed by the lies that feed their biases, prejudices, emotions and misplaced loyalties – yet the reality is that the unequaled propaganda machine on the right always aggressively swings into action with the full intent of conning the people and manipulating public opinion – and not for the majority’s best interests.

    January 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • iab

      Your entire statement is right on the money. Americans need to realize they are manipulated daily by the 1% that control mass media. It is the GOP/TP, Koch Bros. ppl like Issa, McConnell others who divide our country. Brainwash the less informed, low information ppl. who receive assistance, food stamps, welfare etc. They even receive unemployment checks, SS, Medicare. They are so in denial they support those who use them for their own monetary gain, et. money , power, control.

      Research High Frequency Trading how, who, when, what, the profits, no tax or fees. Focus on the real robbers of the people. IT IS NOT THE POOR WORKING/MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WHO RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT AND ASSISTANCE IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, HAVE FOOD SHELTER, AND CLOTHING. Folks, please deal/acknowledge REAL issues that affect the 98%. It is OK to criticize, have an opinion but WHAT POSITIVE SOLUTIONS do you have or suggest. We need solutions not dialogue that just goes back and forward. WE NEED SOLUTIONS that will help ALL AMERICANS regardless of color of skin, religion, culture, sexual preference, national origin, etc. . LETS DO IT MY FELLOW AMERICANS.

      January 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  18. JJ

    Obama is the most radical, destructive and worst President in history. He is arrogant, a pot head, lazy (maybe works 10am to 4pm) incompetent, lawless, apathetic, a fraud, never had a real job, aloof and a COMMUNIST. Obama and the Democrat party are continuing to destroy the great US economy. In almost five years they have; deficit spent $7.2 trillion (most of any Pres.) with nothing to show for it, increased national debt to $17.2 trillion and counting, real unemployment rate of 15%, no job growth, 8.5 million lost jobs, 92 million not working, black/hispanic unemployment over 20%, they hate oil/coal industries, fossil fuels, military, private sector, success, constitution, right to bear arms, over 2,260 soldiers killed in Iraq/Afgn since Obama became Pres., one in five people in poverty (highest ever), created disastrous Obamacare that has increased rates, cancelled insurance, lost doctors, is largest tax increase in history, destroy jobs and the economy and now costs $3 trillion, wasted billions of taxpayer funds on scam clean energy deals like Solyndra and Ener1 to campaign donors, foreign policy of cowardice and appeasement that has allowed at least two terrorist attacks, Benghazi and Boston, supported worst Sec. of State in history, Hillary Clinton, who is responsible for the murder of Libyan ambassador and three staffers in Benghazi, supports worst AG in history, Eric Holder, who is responsible for killing a border agent and the AP scandal, 48 million on food stamps and increased business killing govt regulation/employment more than any other Pres. Obama should be IMPEACHED.

    January 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • bobo

      YES! Impeach Obama!!!

      January 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • GOP;s Hoga Maari

      You are such a pathetic ignorant uneducated moron.

      January 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  19. jboh

    Hey Newt the Snoot, go play w/new honey on the side. You have zero credibility non anything. Fleece some more TEA for their$.

    January 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  20. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorites...........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!!

    Is THAT what Obama should learn Newt???

    January 15, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
  21. Kurt

    Using government resources for personal gain is not the same thing as regular political moves. The comparison for Christie is Blagojevich... not Obama.

    Blagojevich used government resources in order to pad his own wallet. Christie used government resources to punsish his political opposition. In both cases they were using the government for their personal interests rather then to do the will of the people of their state.

    This isn't about if a policy worked or not. It isn't about if the government lied when talking about an incident. It's about using the government for personal gain.

    And the IRS thing would count... except more liberal groups were targeted then conservative ones.

    January 15, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
  22. Vince

    Yawn. Get over it Newt.

    January 15, 2014 at 8:47 am | Reply
  23. Lori

    OH shut up NEWT, You left your wife when she was dying- to marry another woman. YOU should learn a few things about human nature and kindness. Dont judge OBAMA when you clearly have issues of your own that you have never taken responsibility for.

    January 15, 2014 at 5:23 am | Reply
  24. Blake

    My issue with this segment, is the fact that the IRS and Benghazi scandals (known to Gingrich as IRSghaziobamacare while arguing his points flipping from one to the other) aren't really scandals and certainly weren't intentional or spiteful in nature (as the Democrat panelists did point out). The scandal with Benghazi was about how Obama and friends "covered up" the attack, refused to call it a terrorist attack and intentionally lied to the American people through Rice that it was about a video.

    Everyone now knows that Obama Admin said it was an act of terror in the Rose Garden that day, we all knew it was an terrorist attack of some type from day one, the Rice talking points repeated on talk shows leading up to Obama's UN speech came from the CIA, and the survivors were interviewed AFTER the said UN speech who then said the video wasn't the cause. What was the Admin and the military guilty really guilty of? Not having prepared properly for such an event in Benghazi worrying about other targets more, overlooking Lybia and the unfortunate decision by the Ambassidor to get rid of his security detail. IRS is even less of a scandal, with both progressives and tea party groups being targets, delayed etc. due to IRS agents actually doing their jobs. Just today the FBI denied to press charges over the issue failing to find any political cherry picking going on by said IRS agents that clearly broke the law.

    The difference between these non scandals and the Bridge scandal, is that there is direct and obvious written evidence that there was a spiteful revenge plot behind the bridge closures. Issa after a year of investigations has not found one email, note, etc. linking Obama or his Adminstration to the IRS, Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals. There's hardly any to no evidence that they were true scandals to begin with. Is the Pres to admit scandal where there is none? Does that mean the Gov. should just come out and admit that he knew/directed the Bridge closures even if he didn't? No.

    January 15, 2014 at 1:13 am | Reply
  25. jam8canpops

    This adulterer needs to shut up.He is the last person to give advice to anyone.This man is a moral cripple.

    January 15, 2014 at 12:51 am | Reply
  26. Jack

    And Mr. Gingrich, you should take a lesson from Mr. Christy too! When you were asked about your 2 previous marriage and subsequent divorces, your response was and I quote "Both parties made mistakes! That a weasel way out! What you say is I take total and complete responsibility for my actions and I was wrong and accept it. You let the other party speak for themselves. You didn't, You are a weasel, period!

    January 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Reply

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