Gingrich in Hot Water Over Ad With Pelosi
Republican presidential candidate Newt Ginrgrich has taken to calling his appearance in a 2008 ad “the dumbest single thing I’ve done,” reports Bloomberg
The ad in question featured Gingrich and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sitting side by side on a couch calling for action to address climate change. Now, Gingirch’s opponents in the race for the Republican nomination have jumped on the ad, questioning Gingrich’s commitment to “core conservative values.”
Wednesday Texas Representative Ron Paul released a web-video that accused Gingrich of “serial hypocrisy,” and featured a clip from the Gingrich-Pelosi ad.
The climage change ad is not the only bipartisan issue Gingrich has engaged in. Gingrich has also been in gatherings with Democrat Hillary Clinton highlighting education and health care.
“It was a political mistake,” Rick Tyler, a former Gingrich spokesman, said he told his boss at the time. Gingrich “wanted to do the ad and felt it was more important to be proactive on issues than it was to be reactive to political expediency.”
Gingrich did express some reservations about the advertising spot with Pelosi, reports Bloomberg.
“We rejected the initial script because it stated positions that we just didn’t believe were true,” said Tyler. “They wanted Newt to basically talk about global warming, which we would not do. At the time, ‘climate change’ was seen as a safe thing to say.”
R.C. Hammond, Gingrich’s spokesman, said yesterday the candidate has acknowledged that participating in the ad “was stupid,” and that it didn’t accomplish his objective.