May 27, 2012

Gingrich On What It Takes To Become President: “Raise A Lot Of Money”

Today on Meet the Press, David Gregory spoke to Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), seen as many as a likely contender for the presidency in the not so distant future, and Newt Gingrich. Asked what advice he would give O’Malley on becoming president, Gingrich was quite blunt:

GREGORY: Newt Gingrich, what advice do you give Gov. O’Malley about being president

GINGRICH: Raise a lot of money.


GREGORY: That’s what it takes.

Watch it:

Gingrich watched his lead in the polls disappear as Mitt Romney’s campaign outspent him on campaign ads in every primary state. A recent estimate found that Romney and his Super PAC spent about $200,000 per delegate — or $30 per vote — to wrap up the Republican nomination this year.

Gingrich later notes that all American presidential contests have been “tough and brutal” in some way. But the billions needed to even compete in this day and age is unprecedented.

  • Pduncan2000

    AMerican Politics is outdated and unehtical

  • Jdianewilson

    We have to get the money out of politics. It’s destroying our country. The amount of money needed to be competitive in politics at all levels is obscene!

    • R

      If speech = $, then i can go to the grocery store and pump and just talk my bill for payment.

  • Funny,Mitt dose NOT have the Republican Nomination yet,and yet we all say he dose,I would rather vote for the black guy and what is really funny is I’ve been a Republican all my life..

    • I’m not a Republican and never have been but I will vote for conservatives from that party and for Romney too. The Republicans will take us all over the same debt cliff as the Democrats are driving us toward, but it will take the Republicans longer to get us to the same destination.

      That longer travel time should be enough for Republicans and Democrats party members to wake up and kick these private organizations to the curb.

      If we fail to oust the Progressives it will mean another four years of Obama executive order and Tzar rule.

  • Sad, but true,not a lot is going to change until we get money out of politics,Lobbyists should be illegal,so should speculators,which were hung in many countries years ago.

    • Gtarmike

      And therein lies the problem, Capitalism being the best lousy form of gov’t we have thus far created; and it’s main deficiency is that those with money will eventually seek to control national policy for their own interests rather than the greater good. The “nation builders” that started this country sought to develop a strong economic model in order to create a strong country, and saw that as being necessary to conduct business, enforce contracts and advance our status in the global marketplace. They saw patriotism as the only way to keep the ball rolling. What happened? GREED happened. ARROGANCE happened. Our electoral system is now so cynical, so manipulative, so dysfunctional, it approaches insanity.. Fanning the flames of emotional issues like abortion, gay rights and religious fundamentalism keeps “the masses’ diverted from focusing on the shafting they’re getting from Wall St, Big Insurance, Pharma, Food, Energy and so on. Somebody explain the Medicare Prescription Drug deal (that requires the US gov’t, the largest purchaser of prescription drugs in the history of the universe, to buy drugs from Big Pharma at full list price and prevents, by law, bargaining for a better price) in any way other than a complete sellout of the people by their elected representatives. Can’t do it. So if you can’t figure out what’s behind the hollering for “less government” and “less regulation”, you should look into a brain transplant. Not that your insurance company, if you’re lucky enough to have a policy, would pay for it.

      • CatKinNY

        “If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.” Thomas Jefferson, as usual, hit the nail on the head. The money now controls what we think through the media. It’s no accident that that the explosion of distracting crap on TV and the consolidation of media into a few behemoths have coincided with the decline of the national IQ, the shrinking of the nations horizons and the concentration of virtually all wealth in the hands of the few. It’s been bread and circuses for a while, here in the new Rome, and now they are about to take away the bread. The proles may have the last laugh though, seeing as how many of them are armed to the teeth, and they ARE the military. The rich made a serious miscalculation by checking out of that particular institution a few generations back. They will be shocked to find out how ineffective their private security forces are against a platoon of real soldiers, armed with all the toys they’ve lobbied so hard to get the government to keep buying.

  • We have always had a “managed democracy” generally run by a moneyed elite. That was by Constitutional design because the Founders tended to believe that you could never really let the “people” actually run government. That was before the Industrial Revolution that changed the dynamics of power but not the role of money. The rich oppressing the poor took on a more subtle look. Then the extreme experiments of communism and fascism were tried. Now we know we need both capitalism and socialism to truly survive. We have to make a system now that is truly democratic but does everything it can to encourage a controlled capitalism that does not only favor the few. We absolutely must never return to aristocratic models. How we construct that is yet to be seen.

    • CatKinNY

      We are a South American style Banana Republic already, Alan; that’s an aristocracy minus the noblesse oblige.

  • When I converse with Occupy Wall Streeters I ask them what they are for or what they are against. The one answer they give which I agree with is “decouple money from elections”.

    I followed the Florida Republican Presidential Primary and I was shocked when I read that Mitt Romney had bought most of the television and radio air time in the weeks just prior to that states’ primary election. Even if Gingrich or Santorum had the money to purchase air time there was no air time available — no matter the price. The only people who can run a successful campaign are those with enough wealth to back their own campaign or those with connections to those who have the money to back campaigns. The politicians have become products that are prepackaged, focus grouped and sold to us in slick Madison Avenue style ads.

    I disagree with the Supreme Courts’ decision that money is free speech. I take the opposing view that money is suppressingf free speech.

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