Gingrich Clarifies Clarification of His Own Comments
WASHINGTON—Former Speaker of the House and Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich released a statement seeking to clarify early comments he made that people didn’t like.
The statement from Gingrich read: “I am completely opposed to the stuff that I said earlier that you didn’t like.” Said Gingrich “I don’t like it either, in fact I support me saying the stuff you want me to say and will stand by saying it until you no longer like it any more or become bored with it. I have always been firmly committed to saying things you want to hear. I believe that politicians should listen to Americans and say the things they like to hear. Unless you do not like what I just said, which in that case I am opposed to that too.”
This is not the not the first time the Former Speaker has had to clarify his statements. There is a well-known example in 1995 of Mr. Gingrich clarifying that the thing he didn’t like, that you liked, he actually did in fact like all along.
Herb Gotterson, spokesman for Gingrich said today that “the Former Speaker’s comments were taken completely out of context, and were never meant to be heard in a setting where context, grammar and basic understanding of the English language could convey a logical and independent thought that people could possibly disagree with.”
Congressman Mike Henessey of Vermont attacked Gringich’s clarification as pure pandering. Stating that he has been saying the things people like longer than Gingrich. He further added that he also didn’t like what the Fmr. Speaker said and likes to say things you like to hear.
Gotterson later added that the Former Speaker is committed to running a campaign firmly dedicated to saying things people like about issues that people like, as long as they like them, until they don’t.
By William Celloutte