Newt Gingrich Denies Lobbying

  • Aired:  11/30/11
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Newt Gingrich denies the liberal media's charges that he raked in cash by lobbying his former colleagues and future fellow lobbyists. (4:18)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[CROWD CHANTING STEPHEN]

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

FOLKS, THE 2012 ELECTION IS

BARRELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AND

WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF ROAD

BECAUSE THE IOWA CAUCUS IS JUST

OVER A MONTH AWAY, AND MY MAN

NEWT GINGRICH IS LEADING IN BOTH

LOCAL AND NATIONAL POLLS.

THAT MEANS MITT ROMNEY HAS VERY

LITTLE TIME LEFT TO EXECUTE HIS

PROVEN STRATEGY OF SAYING AND

DOING NOTHING WHILE THE GUY

AHEAD OF HIM IN THE POLLS

DESTROYS HIMSELF IN SOME

SPECTACULAR AND UNFORSEEN

MANNER.

LET'S SAY, BY GAY MARRYING A

BURNING AMERICAN FLAG.

I DON'T KNOW.

SOMETHING GOOD.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WILL THIS UNFORESEEN DISASTER

HAPPEN TO GINGRICH?

THE LIBERAL MEDIA IS DOING THEIR

BEST -- ACCUSING HIM OF SHADY

LOBBYING DEALS.

>> AS NEWT GINGRICH RISES IN THE

POLLS THERE'S GROWING SCRUTINY

INTO HIS WORK AFTER HE LEFT

CONGRESS.

THE TIMES REPORTS THAT THROUGH

HIS HEALTH CARE CONSULTANCY THE

FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER MADE

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HELPING

COMPANIES PROMOTE THEIR SERVICES

WHILE GAINING ACCESS TO

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

>> STEPHEN: THAT IS AN

OUTRAGEOUS ACCUSATION THAT A

-- YES, BOO.

HOW DARE YOU ACCUSE OF A

CONGRESSMAN WITH NO DISCERNIBLE

SKILLS OF RAINING IN CASH BY

RAKING IN CASH AND FUTURE FELLOW

LOBBYISTS.

WE KNOW THIS ISN'T TRUE BECAUSE

AS NEWT'S AIDES HAVE POINTED

OUT, HE IS NOT A REGISTERED

LOBBYIST.

IF HE IS NOT REGISTERED, ERGO

HE'S NOT A LOBBYIST.

THE SAME REASON THAT I HAVE NOT

REGISTERED MY AUDI A-8, SO

LEGALLY IT'S NOT A CAR.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHICH IS WHY I CAN DRIVE IT ON

THE SIDEWALK.

[ LAUGHTER ]

TODAY, NEWT CATEGORICALLY DENIED

THESE SCURRILOUS ACCUSATIONS.

>> I DID NO LOBBYING OF ANY

KIND, PERIOD.

FOR A PRACTICAL REASON.

LET ME BE REALLY DIRECT, OKAY?

I WAS CHARGING $60,000 A SPEECH.

AND THE NUMBERS OF SPEECHES WAS

GOING UP, NOT DOWN.

NORMALLY CELEBRITIES SELL FEWER

SPEECHES.

WE WERE SELLING MORE.

>> STEPHEN: OKAY?

HE DOESN'T NEED TO LOBBY--HE'S A

CELEBRITY.

HE'S BIGGER THAN

BRANGELINA AND TOMKAT PUT

TOGETHER -- OR AT LEAST HIS HEAD

IS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

$60K A SPEECH.

AS HIS ATTORNEY EXPLAINS:

NONE OF MR. GINGRICH'S CLIENTS

PAID HIM TO ADOPT A POSITION

THAT HE DID NOT ALREADY HAVE.

>> STEPHEN: YES, COMPANIES

FREQUENTLY PAY CELEBRITIES LIKE

US TO CONTINUE TO BELIEVE WHAT

WE ALREADY BELIEVE.

FOR INSTANCE, IT HAS BEEN MY

LONG-HELD POSITION THAT IF

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ALL-OUT

REFRESHMENT BUD LIGHT LIME

OFFERS UP THE JUST-RIGHT TASTE

YOU LOVE WITH A SPLASH OF 100%

NATURAL LIME FLAVOR.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THAT'S JUST WHO I AM.

I GREW UP FEELING STRONGLY THAT

BUD LIGHT LIME IS PERFECT FOR

CHILLING AT THE POOL, IN THE

BACKYARD, OR PRETTY MUCH

ANYWHERE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I'M NOT BEING PAID TO SAY THAT.

I RECEIVE MONEY FROM THE GOOD

FOLKS AT BUD LIGHT LIME BECAUSE

I HAPPEN TO ALREADY THINK THAT

BUD LIGHT LIME IS THE OFFICIAL

BEER OF NATURAL GOOD TIMES.

[ LAUGHTER ]sAND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE T

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

OKAY.

THAT'S ENOUGH GOOD TIMES FOR

NOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]

OF COURSE --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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