Gingrich Unloads on FOX News in Private Meeting

By Scott Conroy - April 12, 2012

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“The sense of being shocked that somebody I’d talk to and worked with for 10 or 11 years would say some of the things they said, if you go back and look at the transcripts for June, it was amazing to me,” he said. “They all said, ‘He’s dead.’ This is part of why I laugh at them now. I say, ‘Is this going to be like the fourth cycle where I’m gone?’ ”

The former speaker also took a direct shot at the political party whose presidential nomination he continues to seek, calling the GOP “a party that’s inarticulate.”

“The Republican Party is a managerial party that doesn’t like to fight, doesn’t like to read books,” he said. “This is why the Tea Party was so horrifying. Tea Partiers were actually learning about the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to talk about the Federalist Papers. It was weird. They could be golfing.”

Despite having won only two states and continuing to trail Romney by a substantial margin in the unofficial delegate count, Gingrich vowed once again to take his campaign to the Republican National Convention this summer.

He said that his candidacy has helped compel Romney to “accommodate reality” on issues that are important to conservatives.

“I’m prepared to go all the way to Tampa, and I’m prepared to make the case for a Republican platform that is dramatically more conservative than the Etch A Sketch comments that Romney’s communications director made,” he said.

Gingrich has singled out Delaware as his best chance of notching a victory among the five states holding primaries on April 24.

Several of the Tea Party activists in the room had already endorsed him or said that they were planning to do so.

“That’s why if you will help me carry Delaware, it will be that big a jolt, because it breaks up their narrative so decisively, and it actually says, ‘Oh gosh, people actually get to make a decision, not just the power structure,’ ” Gingrich said. “And so I’d be very grateful if any of you feel comfortable endorsing me in public, doing it on Facebook, doing it on Twitter -- I mean whatever techniques you want to use -- issuing a press release. I think we have a real shot to pull this off.”

Earlier on Wednesday, he spoke to a crowd of about 150 people at the Newark Senior Center in northern Delaware, where he did not mention Romney’s name until prompted by reporters in a brief scrum following the event.

“We’re working very hard to talk to people here and get as many votes as we can,” he said. “My experience in history is it’s not over until it’s over and that currently it’s very clear that Romney does not today have a majority of the delegates.”

Gingrich said that Rick Santorum’s exit from the race on Tuesday had given him hope of doing “much better” in places like Delaware, North Carolina, and Louisiana -- a state that already held its primary but is still in the midst of its delegate-awarding process.

“I just had 15 people say ‘thank you’ for staying in,” Gingrich said. “We had 3,500 people send money to online after 2 o’clock yesterday saying, ‘Please stay in.’ ” 

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Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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