Richard Burr: Newt Gingrich won’t be the GOP nominee in 2012

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:59 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) bluntly predicted that Newt Gingrich would fail to secure the Republican nomination in 2012, after the former House speaker declared he was exploring a presidential bid.

Burr was first elected to the House in 1994 on the coattails of the Gingrich-led Republican takeover of Congress. He served there for 10 years before winning election to the Senate in 2004.

“When you look at Newt, you see a person that’s bubbling over with ideas but not necessarily one who has the discipline to see those ideas carried through to finality,” Burr said, according to Roll Call. “Gingrich certainly brings excitement. I don’t see the former Speaker coming out of a primary contest as our nominee, but I wish him well.”

Gingrich’s presidential ambitions are complicated by the ethics cloud that ended his reign in Congress. He resigned in 1999 after having an affair with a staffer — who later became his wife — while he served as the public face for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

In a Gallup poll last month, Gingrich had the support of 9 percent of Republicans and Republican-leading independents for the 2012 nomination, behind former Govs. Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.

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  • grindermonkey

    My God, it’s got to be Sarah. No wait, Obama, a newt in his own right, is the de facto Republican candidate.

  • Anonymous

    How many Carbon Credits do you have to buy when these ass-clowns speak?

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention that Newt is a big hypocrite. He told one of his wives that he wanted a divorce while she was in the hospital fighting cancer. Then during the Clintin impeachmet crap, he was having an affair with a staffer.

    Class act, that Newtie!

  • samhoustonTX

    Prediction: As soon as Newt realizes his quest to be the nominee has failed, he will complete his quest to replace his wife.

  • Anonymous

    Please explain. It appears you have no clue how our government works. If you did, you would be amazed at what Obama actually has done during the last 2 years. (I said 2 years!) Do I wish more had gotten done? Yes.

    But Obama is more of a political master than most folks realize. Besides, the repubs will put up someone who can’t get elected. Yipee!

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see. Newt would get 9%, Huckabee now thinks he’d be losing a good paying job at fox, Romney
    wouldn’t get to first base with the TPer’s and his health care thingy would bite him in the ass, Ron Paul will
    only get TP support (30%), palin will only run if no one else does, Trump has to wait until his new show
    is thru filming before making a decision, i.e., he ain’t running, Christie would have to commit suicide (please),
    jeb won’t run because he’s another bush, palenty is a wimp and a nut-bag like Bachmann, etc., etc.
    Looks like the repugs will have to draft someone at the convention. Short straw wins.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT’S his name ?

    “Sen. DIck Burn” ?

    Oh, wait . . . .

  • Anonymous

    He is now “on” his third wife, and he says that (his version of) God has forgiven him for all those adulteries over the years (Wife No. 2 was one of his floozies while he was married to Wife No. 1; Wife No. 3 was one of his floozies while he was married to Wife No. 2).

    … yeah, time for him to dump this one and git himself a NEW one.

  • Robert

    Who else could so masterfully have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory!

  • Anonymous

    At this point, only someone with a falsely over-inflated ego like Newt would even think he has a chance to win the nomination, much less the election. The only thing more astounding are the idiots who would contribute financially to his campaign.

  • grindermonkey

    Alright go ahead and do some explaining for your political master. Why don’t you start with his pathetic cabinet of corporate con artists and his savagery in Afghanistan both products of the Republican party. My explanations are readily available to you and anyone who is interested on my Disqus profile. Click on the grindermonkey’s nose to access it. I’m an upriver democrat myself where the air is clear and water is fresh and expect a lot more from this president and his supporters than funny hats, whistles and “Yippees” -get your spelling right. And keep in mind that Raw Story illiterati protocol has strict prohibitions on the use of the exclamation mark. Get in line.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF5YAP2SXOCDQSX2ROFE3EGYGM Jeff

    The absolute worst thing the Republicans can do in 2012 is to win the election. They will send up someone who they can afford to loose because if they win they will have to listen to the Tea Party which they do not want. As long as Obama is in power they can always blame Democrats and keep the party united. When the Republicans have a President that President will be at war with his own party because the Tea Party will refuse to give an inch and you need to do that when your party is in power.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    It’s pretty bad when you’re even to sleeeeezy for repuggs!

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    “Gingrich certainly brings excitement.”

    (He’s crazy nuts.)

    ” I don’t see the former Speaker coming out of a primary contest as our nominee, but I wish him well.”

    (Let’s hope he takes up parachuting, bungee jumping, hang-gliding, or exploring Siberia and we do wish him well.)

  • Anonymous

    Sounds great to me Gingrich for Pres. Cheney for V.P. Palin Secetary of State, Romney Sec. OF DEF. and Huckabee as Head of the F.B.I. Now thats a group you could be proud of.

    Back up players: DeLay, Rove, And Ole Scooter