On ABC’s “This Week,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich said that he feels Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination for president. Gingrich unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012.
The below excerpt comes from The Washington Post:
RADDATZ: Could he be the nominee?
RADDATZ: You think — you have to know he could be the nominee?
GINGRICH: Absolutely. I don’t think he — I think he also could be the president.
RADDATZ: How does he do it?
GINGRICH: Well, first of all, if you’re ahead everywhere and you — and your lead is increasing, as it is in Iowa…
RADDATZ: Among the Republicans.
GINGRICH: Among Republicans, which started with the nominee. First, you have to become the nominee. I think you might be surprised…
So, when Gingrich was asked if Trump could be the Republican presidential nominee, he replied “Absolutely,” and, “I think he also could be the president.”
Newt Gingrich also claimed that Vice President Biden wouldn’t cut into Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) votes if he decided to run in the race for the White House.
Gingrich claimed that unlike Sanders, Biden is firmly part of the Democratic establishment, Gingrich said on the same program, and he isn’t likely to tap into the frustration that many feel with political insiders.
“I think it’s very hard to win the presidency,” said Gingrich, according to The Hill magazine. “And the thing that characterizes both the Sanders campaign and the [Donald] Trump campaign and the [Ben] Carson campaign is authenticity.”