For Newt Gingrich, no lie is too big to tell.
Hahaha, meet Newt Gingrich, political outsider
Speaking Tuesday on "Fox and Friends," Gingrich said his years of experience in the private sector don't mesh with the notion that he is a creature of Washington.
“I may have the best of both worlds, because while I served in Congress and was Speaker of the House, I did take the last 12 years off to run four small businesses, write books and make speeches,” he said. “So they can look at that and say, 'He understands the private sector.'
“I specialized in healthcare and national security; those are both huge issues for the country,” Gingrich continued. “I think that a lot of the combined experience, with the outsider’s viewpoint ... allows me to approach things like Washington that are probably very, very different from most traditional politicians, but at the same time with a lot more knowledge than someone who has never served in Washington.”
Sure, because when people think of private sector experience, they generally think of people like Newt Gingrich who are paid to write books and make speeches and think about health care and national security. And as for being an outsider, well:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said during a Nov. 9 debate that he earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac as a “historian” who warned that the mortgage company’s business model was “insane.”
Former Freddie Mac officials familiar with the consulting work Gingrich was hired to perform for the company in 2006 tell a different story. They say the former House speaker was asked to build bridges to Capitol Hill Republicans and develop an argument on behalf of the company’s public-private structure that would resonate with conservatives seeking to dismantle it.
If Gingrich concluded that the company’s business model was at risk and that the housing market was a “bubble,” as he said during the debate, he didn’t share those concerns with Richard Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive officer at the time, a person familiar with the company’s internal discussions said.
In other words, for Newt Gingrich, there is no lie too big to tell.