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Newt Gingrich on Republican Party and legislative agenda

Newt Gingrich joins Washington Post Live on Tuesday, Jan. 24. (Video: The Washington Post)

Newt Gingrich served as speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999 after Republicans secured one of the largest midterm wins ever by a political party. Gingrich shares his analysis of the GOP’s new House majority, competing factions, legislative priorities and calls to investigate the Biden administration.


“Focusing on the gun is to misunderstand what the core problem is. The core problem is a combination of mental illness, drug addiction and the fact that we keep putting violent people back on the street.” – Newt Gingrich (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Why would Biden say, ‘No negotiation of any kind on the debt ceiling,’ other than as a negotiating ploy? But if he really means that as a policy, he is going to force a crisis because he can’t get a clean debt ceiling out of the House. I don’t think it’s possible.” – Newt Gingrich (Video: Washington Post Live)
“McCarthy was always going to be weaker than Pelosi because Pelosi ran a dictatorship… Speaker McCarthy, as long as he has support of the Republican conference will be able to be a fully competent speaker in the traditional, pre-dictatorship model.” – Newt Gingrich (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The person most likely to take [Joe Biden] on is Donald J. Trump… When president Trump is disciplined and focused, he is one of the most formidable politicians in American history. When he’s undisciplined and says things that are frankly goofy, he undermines himself.” – Newt Gingrich (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I don’t think Biden is nearly as senile as he pretends. I think part of that is a gimmick on his part to get us to think that he doesn’t quite know what he’s doing, while he wins the presidency, runs over his opponents, passes trillions of dollars in spending and protects his son while his son deals with the Chinese and the Russians and the Ukrainians.” – Newt Gingrich (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We should hold George Santos to the same level of honesty as Joe Biden… Give me a list of the 700 or 800 times Joe Biden has lied, now let’s look at the number of times Santos has lied. If Biden agrees to resign, then we’ll talk to Santos.” – Newt Gingrich (Video: Washington Post Live)
“As a Republican, I get a little tired of the news media siding with whatever left-wing kook comes along, including the current president.” – Newt Gingrich (Video: Washington Post Live)

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House (R-Ga.)