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September 13th, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Has former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gone too far?: Join the Live Chat

Has former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gone too far? Comments he made this past weekend about President Obama have some of his fellow conservatives crying foul. Among other things, Gingrich accused Obama of having a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” agenda and worldview.

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  1. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    In a flat tax the 47% who pay nothing will pay their fair share.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It's nothing wrong with being rich just help a person down on his fortune once in a while.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Donna Hartleb

    When is everyone going to see the bigotry the Republicans represent? I thought Newt went away along time ago but suddenly he has resurfaced. It is all about money and the republicans are making the money by disrepecting our president. Extremists love adverse remarks about the president. I love my president and his family.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Fatoumata

    Mr Gingrich is totally wrong, this is the only reason why Africans like me will never vote for a Rep.
    They don't respect other races and religions.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    Well, the Paris Hilton fan club is going to be very upset with Paul Begalla.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Emily

    This looks like it's going to be fun!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. AR Falvo

    Those who have riches are not productive!!!They ship jobs over seas! Get real!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    We should have a flay tax; everyone pays the same percentage.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Gene – San Diego, "Gingrich is just playing to the same crowd as many others, such as those in the Tea Party: the ones who are making the most noise at the moment."

    Let's not forget the noisy "crowd" the Democrats are playing to.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. carla

    yeah don't make the rich pay taxes make the poor people pay taxes......duh

    September 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Eric Walker, Miami FL

    Why should Rangle quit? If Sen Ensign of Nevada can pay off his former cheif of staff and he turn evidence into the FBI and do 20/20 interviews about being paid off, what does that say about the Hill? Was Tom Daley convicted? Ted Stevens?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Play nice guys!"

    September 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. Sharon Hastings

    What I really don't like is that so much of the attacks on the President are directed at his person–that is who he is as a person, his beliefs, his religion, his origins, and on and on. This instead of what he is doing as a President. It seems these folks are finding it very difficult to define this man. So much focus on Obama the man, so little focus on what they would do differently.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Jake

    will the Senate agree?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. carla

    remember the boston tea party...they threw the tea overboard into the water off the ships.....to all the republicans it could be a set up wait for the primaries and see will it be a democrat or the people whom drink tea.....

    September 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Gene - San Diego

    Gingrich is just playing to the same crowd as many others, such as those in the Tea Party: the ones who are making the most noise at the moment. He has indeed gone too far. Let's hope that the election will not be stolen by this "grinch" or any other extremist faction!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  17. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Catherine-'Anderson mentioned that Newt Gringrich behaves socially awkward like someone with Asperager's but they are honest and rational. Newt is just embracing nonsense to disparage the President'

    I actually thought that statement was kind of offensive. People with Asperger's act way better than Gingrich does! He is off in his own little definition that psychology has not came up with a name for yet

    September 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Raymond Boney

    Shaking my head. Keep your head up President Obama.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "I can't believe Clinton endorsed this crook."

    Come on, are you really that surprised?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  20. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone.

    Maybe I need to read Dreams of My Father and Newt Gingrinch's article. But I have to wonder how it is he knows all the President's thoughts and motivations and why he is better at explaining them than the President himself. David Frum makes a good pt every racial and ethnic group is infused into American govt and society.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Emily

    I hope that Mike Castle wins...

    September 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Seriously Jake? Rangel a 'hero'? He's a tax cheat.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  23. carla

    why do woman running for political seat look like palin all of a sudden....

    September 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Betty

    I don't know how Gingrich has the guts to say anything negative about the President of the United States with his personal issues. I remember when he divorced his wife when she was dying of cancer in the hospital. What a creep.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Republicans should support whomever has the best chance of winning unless they are willing to take a chance and lose to Democrats.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Georgia Crowder

    It's another effort to stir up the crazies. Can anyone remember how terrible it was when Mr. Gingrich was Speaker of the House? Remember their efforts to hold the government hostage until they got their way? They earned their way out of office. I hope it happens again Please Democrats & reasonable Independents.....please vote in November.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Rebekah

    It just seems to me that Newt Gingrich is trying to divert everyone's attention from talking about how the deficit has gone down 8%. . .It's working. Let's keep in mind that Newt is a man who spent an entire year talking about a President's affair with an intern, grabbed the attention of the country for a year, and meanwhile, Osama Bin Laden was decalring war on the United States. At least 70% of Americans had never heard of osama Bin laden prior to 9/11.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  28. John

    Newt is pathetic, he is clearly delusional about Obama and sad as a former leader of this country. He is a sad figure to be kind. Your guest Alex is a racist and his commentary is also pathetic. Guess who he works for, none other than the Mitt, a huge toad.

    John

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Adrienne

    The Republicans have decided to put this ridiculous info out there to put doubt into the minds of American voters. It's a tactic they've used successfully over and over again. No matter how preposterous the allegation is, the negativity sticks. It's so sad and is destroying the political process.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Jake

    Why do Democrats want Castle to win? That funny! If Castle dont win, wont the Democrat win? So the logic is funny! Unless......

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If Rangel wins again, Harlem voters need to have their heads examined. I can't believe Clinton endorsed this crook.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Alessia

    It's time for Charlie to retire!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    Are you surprised that Pres. Obama has not moved his agenda more to the middle in his presidency yet?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Tim

    As a Kenyan, I am offended by the underlying tone in Newt Gingrich's comment.As though Obama having ties to Kenya were something wrong?!?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Jake

    I love politics! It makes me feel close to God!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  36. rick Atlanta

    its Just another form of Bigotry that has driven into HIGH gear since we have a President of Color. what does that say about the GOP feeding into it on a Daily bases?... But the News and the DNC wont call it for what it is:[

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Rangel is obviously a crook. He should be replaced.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  38. carla

    charlie no when to quit

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Susan Koch

    irish? abandonment by alcoholic father?
    tinfoil hat crowd?
    If our pundits here could show a little respect for all the people of America, that would make Newt look really out of line!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Brenda Wiggins

    Must we be 'put in our place' in 2010? The former speaker of the house has offending me and likely the majority of BLACK people who have some roots on the African continent. Questioning the legitimacy of President Obama as an American with a deep love for this country will not get this man elected to the presidency. He just lost an audience that reaches far beyond the Black community. I cannot imagine that he would win the party's nomination with a loose mouth that should be washed out with old fashion lye soap.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Mike

    Alex certainly doesn't understand what it is to be an African American the way he talks about Obama's book. If you are a black person in America, you are born with an identity crisis. You don't have any culture or language or roots of any kind to draw back to, like all of your friends of other ethnic groups. All of that was stripped away centuries ago and can never be gotten back. You are forever an outsider in your own country.

    Most black people have nothing to trace back to but dust and faded memory. Obama is one of the lucky people who has an identity to find. To twist his own painful struggle to find some kind of identity into such a distorted political game is sick and absolutely disgraceful. Alex might be playing that game a lot better than Newt was, but he's still playing a sick game.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Joe, "Unfortunately mr Gingrich has said anything or done anything relevant for quite sometime so it seems he's taking the low road to relevancy"

    That is why I think the discussion of this comment is a waste of time.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Jake

    Rangel is a great Democrat and a hero! Stop the lies!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. June

    Definitely agree with Jake...Is Gingrich on another planet? My goodness. enough already!
    Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing..Why are we abusing it so much...demeaning the President of our country. There is no respect!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Nancy in Oregon

    Mike, though you didn't ask me, I come from the place where grown-up humans give other humans 'a chance'....at least they refrain from name calling, inflaming, and baiting. I know people who have some of each in their makeup-some liberal aspects, some conservative aspects.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. carla

    why is newt allowed to disrespect the president..as bad as bush was no one denied him being american...who do these people think they are

    September 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Eric Walker, Miami FL

    Could someone tell me the last bill passed by a majority held Republican congress that benifited the middle class in the last 10 years?
    Please, Please
    I can think of many bills that made banks, credit card companies and the rich richer.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. mamie james

    Anderson i think Gingrich is absolutely fueling birther beliefs. His accusations against president obama are baseless

    September 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Joe

    Unfortunately mr Gingrich has said anything or done anything relevant for quite sometime so it seems he's taking the low road to relevancy

    September 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Di

    If there was more to complain about maybe there would be fewer personal attacks. When you can’t win an argument based on logic use the personal.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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