Newt Won’t Talk About Tiffany’s Bill

May 18th, 2011 at 11:39 am | 13 Comments |

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Huffington Post reports:

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declined to offer an explanation when asked about a questionable Tiffany & Co. bill during an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record” on Tuesday night.

“My answer to you is, I’m not commenting on stuff like that,” said the former House Speaker when the issue was raised by network host Greta Van Susteren. “I’m perfectly happy to talk about what we need to do for America and what we need to do help Americans. But I frankly don’t want to play the gotcha games in Washington and I’m just not going to participate.”

After being pressed on his reluctance to address the issue, Gingrich said, “Part of running for president is that everything you ever did, every person you ever knew, name it — sooner or later somebody somewhere is going to run across it. You know, and it will show up. I just decided, if it doesn’t relate to a better future for America, if it doesn’t relate to helping the American people, if it doesn’t relate to solving our problems, from here on out, my answer is going to be I’m not commenting on it and then people can decide if you want to play Trivial Pursuit — that’s fine. …

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  • LFC

    Oh dear god. Are the political pinheads going to try to turn this into a John Edwards haircut moment? Who f***ing cares?

    If/when Newt files his financial disclosures to run for President and it turns out he’s a horrible money manager, we have something to talk about since that type of irresponsibility would bode poorly for the manager of the country. In the meantime, let’s assume he can afford what he buys and leave it alone.

    There are much more important things to talk about when it comes to Newt as a candidate.

  • Chris Balsz

    Except for four years the President can take a lot of arbitrary, unilateral decisions. So before giving you that kind of power, the public wants to get inside your head a bit.

    For instance, when President Obama went to India, rumors came out that he was paying 9 figures a day for security and transport and lodging. That caused some controversy. Some people, like Charles Krauthammer, insisted that whatever the US spends to impress foriegn nations with our largesse and economic clout, is worth it in the long run.

    Do you agree, Newt Gingrich? Are you a lavish gift-giver?

    • Watusie

      Leave it to Chris Balsz to resurrect one of the right’s proven lies without acknowledging that he knows it was complete bullshit fabricated to rile up the base.

      • LFC

        Watusie, don’t you see how scrupulously honest Chris was?

        For instance, when President Obama went to India, rumors came out that he was paying 9 figures a day for security and transport and lodging. That caused some controversy.

        Of course he completely failed to mention that the “rumors” that “came out” were totally fabricated by the right’s current favorite bubblehead, or that the “controversy” was manufactured by the right-wing noise machine.

        In other words, Chris is obviously a student of Faux News.

        • Chris Balsz

          I thought saying “rumors” was enough. If you want to edit it, “Almost-certainly-wildly-exaggerated claims were made by a media source in India, for reasons unknown, repeated by Obama critics for their own purposes” as a lead-in for the Krauthammer quote extolling luxurious travel by Presidents, which was the point of the anecdote.

    • booch221

      Just don’t quote Newt. If you do, you will be lying!

      Or as Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin character said: ‘I just hope the lamestream media won’t twist my words by repeatin’ em verbatim’.

  • booch221

    Newt’s Tiffany bill is driven by how passionately he felt about this country…

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