Carville on Newt: ‘An awesome political achievement’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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On CNN, Democratic strategist James Carville praised Gingrich for being something of a comeback kid.

Politics and ideology aside, the CNN political analyst and 1992 Bill Clinton campaign manager declared Saturday’s South Carolina primary victory by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a remarkable feat.

“You know, I may not have many nice things to say about Newt Gingrich later tonight, but let me say this,” Carville said. “He is kind of a friend of mine. He did my class at Tulane.  This is an awesome political achievement. I mean, this guy comes in, does poorly in Iowa, does poorly in New Hampshire. He is way behind, has two debates, wins the thing — it looks like — by more than a little bit.”

Carville still had doubts about Gingrich’s long-term chances to secure the GOP presidential nomination, but said the South Carolina win was remarkable.

“He is just a political professional,” Carville continued. “You have to say there was some gumption here. There was some courage. There is an achievement here tonight. I don’t think there’s any chance he’ll end up being the nominee, unfortunately. But for one minute, just let me salute Newt Gingrich with a magnificent political achievement for pulling this off tonight.”

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