ABC Hits Obama and Wright with a Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday to discuss his new book about Pearl Harbor called "Days of Infamy."
Not surprisingly, Barbara Walters asked Gingrich for his opinions about the current presidential race, and likely got some answers a tad different than what she expected.
For instance, when Walters asked Gingrich to "Look ahead to next November, who wins, Republicans or Democrats," the former Speaker responded (video available here, picture courtesy ABC):
I think at the rate things are going, probably Democrats, but not necessarily by a big margin. I think McCain has a, McCain may be the one Republican who could win the election this year.
Walters responded, seemingly displeased, "Hmmm." As she moved to "Who's going to be the Democrat candidate," Gingrich gave an extraordinarily candid answer:
I don't think that's clear right now. I think that if Rev. Wright continues to talk that the burden that Sen. Obama carries gets bigger and bigger. And, I think that the Democrats have not resolved yet how they're going to deal with Michigan and with Florida. And Michigan has a regular primary on August 5. They could actually have the presidential primary over on August 5. So, I don't know how they're going to have a convention and not have the fourth biggest state in the country, Florida, be represented.
Walters pressed: "So, even though Barack Obama has the numerical advantage at this point, you think it could still be Hillary Clinton?"
Well, I think the challenge that they've got is Obama tended to win caucus states with very small turnouts. Sen. Clinton has won the primaries with very big turnouts. She actually has more votes than he does. It's not the current popular wisdom, but she has won more votes than Sen. Obama has, and if you include Florida and Michigan, her margin gets to be quite substantial.
Is that what Walters wanted to hear? You watch the video and you decide.