On the Fox News Channel’s Tuesday night coverage of the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to Newt Gingrich’s disappointing showing by saying the former House speaker was now staying in the race to “settle some scores.”
On Laura Ingraham’s Thursday program, Gingrich shot back at Krauthammer and pointed out that he has been dissing the Gingrich campaign since last summer.
“This is the same Charles Krauthammer who said all through June I should drop out,” Gingrich said. “My reaction is, so what? I mean, the Washington establishment doesn’t have a clue. They’ve never run a campaign. They’re not out here. They’re not responsive to the American people. They just sit on television and pontificate.”
The former House speaker cited Proverbs 29:18 and used the verse as justification for his continuing campaign, which he proclaims to be about ideas.
“I’m out here because I believe Proverbs is right: Without vision, the people perish,” he said.
“I’m offering out a whole range of issues, from brain science to paying off the national debt to creating American energy programs so no American president ever again bows to a Saudi king to rethinking Social Security so young people can have a personal Social Security savings account,” added Gingrich. “You know, I think it’s important to have a Republican Party committed to big ideas. And unfortunately, I think much of this campaign has been driven by super PACs committed to negative tiny ideas and I don’t think that’s the way to govern the country or solve our problems.”