Matt Lewis
Here's some video of yesterday:

You can listen to my full interview with Speaker Gingrich here.

Rob Bluey has video of his interview with the Speaker, pictures and a recap.   Capt. Ed has audio here

Following are the quotes from our interview that I found most interesting:

On whether or not he will run for office:
As a middle-class person, I can't compete with Governor Romney who can write a personal check for a hundred million dollars.  But if there is a big enough citizen movement that wants to have somebody who could debate Senator Clinton next year and somebody who could outline and articulate our values, then I think we'd be compelled to run ... The goal would be by October 21 to have made a definitive ...
He compared his style to the current GOP candidates by saying:
... Some of (the other GOP candidates) thought that they would announce on Letterman or Leno or something like that ... I would probably announce on CSPAN.  And I'd probably do it with an hour long speech.
On how to beat Hillary Clinton, he told me that for Hillary, at least:
I don't think the Swift Boat Veterans model works.
On his recent comments that Republicans should participate in debates hosted by Hispanic and African-American groups, including the PBS debate hosted by Tavis Smiley last night ...
I wouldn't do any multi-candidate debate, because they are stupid.  But I'd be happy to be on Tavis's show -- I've done it before.
Newt on Sarkosy:
I think he's the best European change-agent since Margaret Thatcher.
On our current system:
Katrina was a disaster.  The border is uncontrolled. An Interstate Highway bridge falls in Minnesota... the President means well ...
On the SCHIP:
"The SCHIP is credit card politics ... Why would you tax somebody who earns 35 thousand dollars a year to transfer the money at family that earns 85 thousand dollars?  ... This is a vote for a tax increase.
On his Speakership:
The Lewinsky scandal, ironically, was bad both for the president and for the Republican Congress.  It took all the intellectual, policy-oriented, interesting things  out of the system, and for a year we wallowed in trash, frankly ...
Special thanks to Speaker Gingrich and American Solutions Media Coordinator Dan Kotman for allowing me to interview him.

Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis is conservative writer and blogger based in Alexandria, VA.

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