Coburn: I would not support Gingrich for president

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 14:49 EDT
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is set to take steps this week towards exploring a possible presidential run, but he hasn’t convinced conservative Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to support him.

In an interview with C-SPAN Wednesday, Coburn was clear that the former speaker wouldn’t be getting his vote in the Republican presidential primary.

“He is undoubtedly the smartest man I’ve ever met,” he said. “The question to me is, does he have the capability to lead the country? And having served under him in the House, he is probably not one that I would choose to support in a presidential primary.”

“We need somebody that’s soft and wide-eyed open and is stable and learned and is going to consistently bring us together rather than alienate us,” Coburn added.

“We need somebody whose eye is critical, but is not harsh in their manner.”

Coburn declined to say if there was anyone in the Republican Party that he would support in the presidential primary.

In August, Coburn cited the Georgia Republican’s character as a reason for not supporting him.

“He’s the last person I’d vote for for president of the United States,” he told the Tulsa World. “His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president.”

Coburn added that Gingrich, who has been married three times and divorced twice, “doesn’t know anything about commitment to marriage.”

The former speaker is expected to announce a presidential exploratory committee Thursday.

Fox News had employed Gingrich as a paid contributor, but suspended him and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) Wednesday.

This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast March 2, 2011.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • Dolmance

    That grifter slob isn’t running for President. It’s all part of his sleazy campaign to appear relevant and keep the idiots in the press writing stories about his every lame utterance.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Let hiim try!! An irrelavent loser (Gingrich) running against an irrelevent loser (Palin) will be a DEAD heat. And Palin, the hot runner according to their sick pundits, is a dead loser in the Nationals.

  • RottenJohnny

    Well now, there’s the pot calling the kettle black, as if either one should run for prez, or even be in politics for that matter.

  • SouthernYankee

    Well let’s hope he goes to another college where a student will question him again about commitments. Question I would ask: Is it true while you were calling for impeachment of President Clinton you were downstair jumping your aide’s bones? Was it true that this same aide went with you to pick up your child at school and while waiting she game you a blow job? There is that family values in motion again. Good enough for me and my party but not the democratics. HAHAHAHAHA

  • Anonymous

    Endorsements among thieves.

  • Anonymous

    Coburn won’t support Gingrich? I don’t think there’s a supporter made small enough to handle Gingrich’s package.