Advertisement

Guests: Newt Gingrich; Sens. Conrad & Johnson

By Fox News Sunday, Fox News Sunday - April 8, 2012

You're logged in as Account

Special Guests: Newt Gingrich, Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. Ron Johnson

Watch the latest video at FoxNews.com

The following is a rush transcript of the April 8, 2012 edition of "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BRIT HUME, HOST: I'm Brit Hume, in for Chris Wallace. Newt Gingrich fights to keep his run for the White House alive.adsonar_placementId=1502157;adsonar_pid=150758;adsonar_ps=-1;adsonar_zw=198;adsonar_zh=170;adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com';

We'll talk with the candidate about why he's staying in the race and what he hopes to accomplish at the GOP convention.

Newt Gingrich -- only on "Fox News Sunday."

And then the president and Mitt Romney begin the battle of the budget.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It is thinly- veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history.

MITT ROMNEY, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The president came here yesterday and railed against arguments no one is making.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HUME: We'll try to separate fact from fiction with the Democratic chairman of Senate Budget Committee, Kent Conrad, and a key Republican member, Senator Ron Johnson.

Plus, President Obama goes after the Supreme Court. We'll ask our Sunday panel if the president was right on the law and the politics.

And our power player of the week -- the daughter of a president tells who was the real political fighter in the family.

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

(MUSIC)

HUME: Hello again. And happy Easter from Fox News in Washington.

And there is some news -- Pope Benedict celebrated Easter mass this morning in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Tens of thousands of faithful attended the service where the Pope delivered his traditional Easter address.

And now, 2012 presidential politics. With the next primary is more than two weeks away, the candidates are reassessing where to go from here.

Joining us, Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Speaker, happy Easter. Welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

NEWT GINGRICH, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Good to be with you.

HUME: Let's talk about you a little bit and where you see yourself going here. You seemed reconciled to the likelihood, if not the inevitability, of Mitt Romney as your party's nominee.

GINGRICH: Well, I think you have to be realistic, given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won. He is far and away, the most likely Republican nominee. And if he does get to 1,144 delegates, I'll support him. I'll do everything I can this fall to help him defeat Obama.

The primary goal of the entire Republican Party has to be, to defeat Barack Obama. That makes this maybe the most important election of our lifetime.

HUME: Now, you have indicated that one of the reasons you are staying in the race is to influence the platform. What do you hope to do with the platform?

GINGRICH: I think platforms matter in the long run in the evolution of the party. And the party is more than just a presidential candidate. It's Senate candidates, House candidates, state legislators.

When I go around the country, the number of people who walk up to me and say, they use to listen to GOPAC tapes. Now the Senate minority leader --

HUME: GOPAC.

GINGRICH: GOPAC was an organization I helped build.

HUME: Right.

GINGRICH: And we sent out training tapes. This was 25 years go.

And people walked up and say, you know, I'm now the Senate majority leader. I'm now the speaker of the House. You have this long term evolution --

HUME: In states?

GINGRICH: In states. You have this long term evolution of the party and we're not an Etch-a-Sketch party. It was an unfortunate comment by Romney's communications director. We are a broadly conservative party. We don't have to be severely conservative, as Romney said in CPAC.

We also need something else that is really hard to do in American politics. We need a new generation of breakthroughs. This country is in trouble. The industrial world is in trouble. You look at -- Spain has 21 percent or 22 percent unemployment. The Greeks may suffer a one-third decline of the standard of living. There are huge problems around the world.

HUME: What are the key elements you will see in this platform?

GINGRICH: One is an American independence energy policy, that really is aimed at making sure no future president never bows to a Saudi king and making sure that we bring several million jobs home by producing probably 4 million barrels a day more oil here at the United States.

Second would be a personal Social Security savings account. Back in 1993, the last time we tried to fix Social Security, if we had adoption a Chilean model, where people have a personal account, there would be $16 trillion in savings by today. That's how much the build up would have been just based on what's happening in Chile, which is not a theory. It's actually happening.

We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real and it's not just the Catholic Church.

HUME: How do you phrase that? How do you express that in the platform?  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

continued...

< 1 2 3 4 5> adsonar_placementId=1493988; adsonar_pid=1373767; adsonar_ps=-1; adsonar_zw=612; adsonar_zh=240; adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com'; FNS Transcripts

April 08, 2012

Gingrich: Romney 'most likely' will be Republican nominee; Sens. Conrad, Johnson talk budget battle

April 01, 2012

Rick Santorum on pressure to quit GOP race; Dean, Barbour preview general election

March 25, 2012

David Plouffe talks energy, elections; Rep. Paul Ryan defends GOP budget plan

March 18, 2012

Mitt Romney talks Afghanistan, Iran, 2012 race; George Clooney brings attention to war-torn Sudan ADVERTISEMENT Follow Fox News Sunday

Follow us on Twitter to get exclusive updates and announcements from the show!

 @FoxNewsSunday

Fox News Sunday is on Facebook! Coming Up on FNS: April 8, 2012

We’ll talk to presidential candidate Newt Gingrich about his plan to take his campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention.

The Senate remains deadlocked over passing a budget plan of their own.  We’ll find out where things stand with two members of the Budget Committee, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND).

ADVERTISEMENT Wallace Watch

April 08, 2012

FNS Panel Plus: April 8, 2012

Watch the 'FOX News Sunday' panel, Steve Hayes, Mara Liasson, Byron York and David Drucker, as they discuss Rick Santorum's candidacy,

On This Day: April 8, 1789This week on Fox News Sunday: (4/8/12)Morning Booking Call Connect With FNS FacebookTwitterEmailFree PodcastBlogHulu On This Day

April 08, 2012

On This Day: April 8, 1789

The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting. Seven days earlier, the first U.S. House of Representatives elected Pennsylvania Representative Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg as its first

FNS Poll Take Our Poll(survey software) Home Video Politics U.S. Opinion Entertainment SciTech Health Travel Lifestyle World Sports Weather Facebook Twitter YouTube RSS Newsletters try { bottomInit(); } catch (e) {}

Connect with Fox News Sunday

Follow foxnewssunday

try { window.foxshows.footerbar.init("socialbar-shows-gnr","foxnewssunday"); } catch(err) { } try { var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-3128154-2"); pageTracker._setDomainName(".foxnews.com"); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {} $.ad.pre(); setPageVideo(); // video //= 0) {query += 'url' + i + '=' + encodeURIComponent(links[i].href) + '&';}}document.write('');})();//]]> var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-3128154-2']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageLoadTime']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();

The following is a rush transcript of the April 8, 2012 edition of "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BRIT HUME, HOST: I'm Brit Hume, in for Chris Wallace. Newt Gingrich fights to keep his run for the White House alive.

We'll talk with the candidate about why he's staying in the race and what he hopes to accomplish at the GOP convention.

Newt Gingrich -- only on "Fox News Sunday."

And then the president and Mitt Romney begin the battle of the budget.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It is thinly- veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history.

MITT ROMNEY, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The president came here yesterday and railed against arguments no one is making.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HUME: We'll try to separate fact from fiction with the Democratic chairman of Senate Budget Committee, Kent Conrad, and a key Republican member, Senator Ron Johnson.

Plus, President Obama goes after the Supreme Court. We'll ask our Sunday panel if the president was right on the law and the politics.

And our power player of the week -- the daughter of a president tells who was the real political fighter in the family.

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

(MUSIC)

HUME: Hello again. And happy Easter from Fox News in Washington.

And there is some news -- Pope Benedict celebrated Easter mass this morning in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Tens of thousands of faithful attended the service where the Pope delivered his traditional Easter address.

And now, 2012 presidential politics. With the next primary is more than two weeks away, the candidates are reassessing where to go from here.

Joining us, Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Speaker, happy Easter. Welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

NEWT GINGRICH, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Good to be with you.

HUME: Let's talk about you a little bit and where you see yourself going here. You seemed reconciled to the likelihood, if not the inevitability, of Mitt Romney as your party's nominee.

GINGRICH: Well, I think you have to be realistic, given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won. He is far and away, the most likely Republican nominee. And if he does get to 1,144 delegates, I'll support him. I'll do everything I can this fall to help him defeat Obama.

The primary goal of the entire Republican Party has to be, to defeat Barack Obama. That makes this maybe the most important election of our lifetime.

HUME: Now, you have indicated that one of the reasons you are staying in the race is to influence the platform. What do you hope to do with the platform?

GINGRICH: I think platforms matter in the long run in the evolution of the party. And the party is more than just a presidential candidate. It's Senate candidates, House candidates, state legislators.

When I go around the country, the number of people who walk up to me and say, they use to listen to GOPAC tapes. Now the Senate minority leader --

HUME: GOPAC.

GINGRICH: GOPAC was an organization I helped build.

HUME: Right.

GINGRICH: And we sent out training tapes. This was 25 years go.

And people walked up and say, you know, I'm now the Senate majority leader. I'm now the speaker of the House. You have this long term evolution --

HUME: In states?

GINGRICH: In states. You have this long term evolution of the party and we're not an Etch-a-Sketch party. It was an unfortunate comment by Romney's communications director. We are a broadly conservative party. We don't have to be severely conservative, as Romney said in CPAC.

We also need something else that is really hard to do in American politics. We need a new generation of breakthroughs. This country is in trouble. The industrial world is in trouble. You look at -- Spain has 21 percent or 22 percent unemployment. The Greeks may suffer a one-third decline of the standard of living. There are huge problems around the world.

HUME: What are the key elements you will see in this platform?

GINGRICH: One is an American independence energy policy, that really is aimed at making sure no future president never bows to a Saudi king and making sure that we bring several million jobs home by producing probably 4 million barrels a day more oil here at the United States.

Second would be a personal Social Security savings account. Back in 1993, the last time we tried to fix Social Security, if we had adoption a Chilean model, where people have a personal account, there would be $16 trillion in savings by today. That's how much the build up would have been just based on what's happening in Chile, which is not a theory. It's actually happening.

We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real and it's not just the Catholic Church.

HUME: How do you phrase that? How do you express that in the platform?  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

continued...

< 1 2 3 4 5> adsonar_placementId=1493988; adsonar_pid=1373767; adsonar_ps=-1; adsonar_zw=612; adsonar_zh=240; adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com'; FNS Transcripts

April 08, 2012

Gingrich: Romney 'most likely' will be Republican nominee; Sens. Conrad, Johnson talk budget battle

April 01, 2012

Rick Santorum on pressure to quit GOP race; Dean, Barbour preview general election

March 25, 2012

David Plouffe talks energy, elections; Rep. Paul Ryan defends GOP budget plan

March 18, 2012

Mitt Romney talks Afghanistan, Iran, 2012 race; George Clooney brings attention to war-torn Sudan ADVERTISEMENT Follow Fox News Sunday

Follow us on Twitter to get exclusive updates and announcements from the show!

 @FoxNewsSunday

Fox News Sunday is on Facebook! Coming Up on FNS: April 8, 2012

We’ll talk to presidential candidate Newt Gingrich about his plan to take his campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention.

The Senate remains deadlocked over passing a budget plan of their own.  We’ll find out where things stand with two members of the Budget Committee, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND).

ADVERTISEMENT Wallace Watch

April 08, 2012

FNS Panel Plus: April 8, 2012

Watch the 'FOX News Sunday' panel, Steve Hayes, Mara Liasson, Byron York and David Drucker, as they discuss Rick Santorum's candidacy,

On This Day: April 8, 1789This week on Fox News Sunday: (4/8/12)Morning Booking Call Connect With FNS FacebookTwitterEmailFree PodcastBlogHulu On This Day

April 08, 2012

On This Day: April 8, 1789

The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting. Seven days earlier, the first U.S. House of Representatives elected Pennsylvania Representative Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg as its first

FNS Poll Take Our Poll(survey software) Home Video Politics U.S. Opinion Entertainment SciTech Health Travel Lifestyle World Sports Weather Facebook Twitter YouTube RSS Newsletters try { bottomInit(); } catch (e) {}

Connect with Fox News Sunday

Follow foxnewssunday

try { window.foxshows.footerbar.init("socialbar-shows-gnr","foxnewssunday"); } catch(err) { } try { var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-3128154-2"); pageTracker._setDomainName(".foxnews.com"); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {} $.ad.pre(); setPageVideo(); // video //= 0) {query += 'url' + i + '=' + encodeURIComponent(links[i].href) + '&';}}document.write('');})();//]]> var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-3128154-2']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageLoadTime']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();

We'll talk with the candidate about why he's staying in the race and what he hopes to accomplish at the GOP convention.

Newt Gingrich -- only on "Fox News Sunday."

And then the president and Mitt Romney begin the battle of the budget.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It is thinly- veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history.

MITT ROMNEY, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The president came here yesterday and railed against arguments no one is making.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HUME: We'll try to separate fact from fiction with the Democratic chairman of Senate Budget Committee, Kent Conrad, and a key Republican member, Senator Ron Johnson.

Plus, President Obama goes after the Supreme Court. We'll ask our Sunday panel if the president was right on the law and the politics.

And our power player of the week -- the daughter of a president tells who was the real political fighter in the family.

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

(MUSIC)

HUME: Hello again. And happy Easter from Fox News in Washington.

And there is some news -- Pope Benedict celebrated Easter mass this morning in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Tens of thousands of faithful attended the service where the Pope delivered his traditional Easter address.

And now, 2012 presidential politics. With the next primary is more than two weeks away, the candidates are reassessing where to go from here.

Joining us, Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Speaker, happy Easter. Welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

NEWT GINGRICH, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Good to be with you.

HUME: Let's talk about you a little bit and where you see yourself going here. You seemed reconciled to the likelihood, if not the inevitability, of Mitt Romney as your party's nominee.

GINGRICH: Well, I think you have to be realistic, given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won. He is far and away, the most likely Republican nominee. And if he does get to 1,144 delegates, I'll support him. I'll do everything I can this fall to help him defeat Obama.

The primary goal of the entire Republican Party has to be, to defeat Barack Obama. That makes this maybe the most important election of our lifetime.

HUME: Now, you have indicated that one of the reasons you are staying in the race is to influence the platform. What do you hope to do with the platform?

GINGRICH: I think platforms matter in the long run in the evolution of the party. And the party is more than just a presidential candidate. It's Senate candidates, House candidates, state legislators.

When I go around the country, the number of people who walk up to me and say, they use to listen to GOPAC tapes. Now the Senate minority leader --

HUME: GOPAC.

Read Full Article »

Latest On Twitter

Follow Real Clear Politics

Real Clear Politics Video

More RCP Video Highlights »