Newt Gingrich Pt. 1

  • Aired:  11/13/12
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The former presidential candidate explores historical fiction, George Washington's leadership and America's future moon base. (4:39)

>> Stephen: WE'RE BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

PLEASE WELCOME NEWT GINGRICH!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

WELL, I'M WANTED TO HAVE YOU ON FOR YEARS, THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME TONIGHT.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: WHAT AN HONOR.

ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEN ON EARTH!

>> YOU?

>> Stephen: YES!

>> I WANTED TO BE HERE WITH YOU.

BUT I UNDERSTAND I'M A DAY LATE.

>> Stephen: AND A DOLLAR SHORT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS SHORT BUT A DAY LATE.

BUT I WAS HOPING THAT HAM ROVE WOULD BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT HAPPENED LAST TUESDAY.

>> Stephen: MY CAMPAIGN ADVISOR FOR MY SUPER PAC, HAM ROVE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WELL, I DON'T KNOW WHETHER YOU'VE HEARD THE WHOLE STORY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY HE WAS

EATEN BY DOGS.

(LAUGHTER) I LEFT HIM AT THE FLOOR WHERE THE DOGS COULD GET AT HIM AND THE DOGS ATE HIM.

IT WAS TRAGIC.

BUT UNAVOIDABLE.

>> YOU CAN IMAGINE WHEN I LEARN HOW OLD DEEPLY SADDENED I WAS AT NOT HAVING HIS WISDOM.

>> WELL, YOU CAN HAVE KARL ROVE WISDOM.

IT SEEMS TO BE JUST AS GOOD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YOU KNOW, RECENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, WE'RE HONORED TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

SERVED IN CONGRESS FOR 20 YEARS, ALSO BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF "GETTYSBURG" "PEARL HARBOR" AND

NOW "VICTORY AT YOUR TOWN." A NOVEL ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON.

ARE YOU RETREATING INTO FICTION BECAUSE REALITY ISN'T THAT GOOD FOR REPUBLICANS RIGHT NOW?

(LAUGHTER) WHY WRITE FICTION ABOUT OUR HISTORY.

>> BECAUSE IT ALLOWS PEOPLE WHO THINK OF HISTORY AS DULL --.

>> Stephen: YES, ME.

(LAUGHTER)

>> -- TO REALIZE HISTORY IS ABOUT PEOPLE.

IT'S ABOUT THE WAY PEOPLE MAKE DECISIONS WITH CHALLENGES THEY FACE, THE TENSIONS THEY LIVE THROUGH.

>> Stephen: BUT YOU WROTE THIS BOOK -- THIS BOOK JUST CAME OUT.

YOU MUST HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS WHILE YOU WERE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU PHONING IN THE CAMPAIGN OR PHONING IN THE BOOK.

WHICH IS THE TWO?

YOU CAN'T DO TWO THINGS THAT WELL.

>> WELL, I DIDN'T.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: OH, THAT'S RIGHT, YOU'RE NOT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

WELL SAID.

NOW, WHY WASHINGTON FOR YOU.

WHAT IS COMPELLING ABOUT THIS GUY?

I MEAN, EVERYBODY'S INTO LINCOLN RIGHT NOW.

YOU'VE GOT SPIELBERG'S LINCOLN, YOU'VE GOOD DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN LINCOLN, O'RILEY WROTE ABOUT

KILLING LINCOLN.

WHY IS WASHINGTON YOUR LINCOLN?

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, LINCOLN'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND WELL WORTH STUDYING BUT THE COUNTRY REST ON

WASHINGTON'S SHOULDERS.

THE NATURE OF OUR INSTITUTIONS, THE CORE OF OUR GOVERNING CULTURE.

LITERALLY THE WINNING OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.

AND THIS IS GUY WHO PEOPLE TRUSTED SO DEEPLY THAT YOU LITERALLY COULD ARGUE THEY BUILT

AMERICA AROUND HIS CHARACTER AND HIS REPUTATION.

>> WHY DIDN'T HE GO FOR KING?

HE COULD HAVE BEEN, RIGHT?

HE COULD HAVE BEEN KING IF HE WANTED TO.

>> THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT.

WHEN HIS OFFICERS CAME TO HIM AFTER THEY WON THE WAR AND SAID THIS IS OUR CHANCE, WHY DON'T WE

MARCH ON CONGRESS?

WASHINGTON CAME TO SEE THEM IN A SCHOOL ROOM AND HE TOOK OUT HIS GLASSES AND PUT THEM ON TO

REMIND THEM HE'D GROWN OLD IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY AND HE READ THEM A BRIEF LETTER THAT

SAID "WE DID NOT REBEL AGAINST GEORGE III FOR ME TO BECOME GEORGE I.

AND IF I WERE TO DO THAT I WOULD BETRAY EVERY SINGLE THING WE FOUGHT FOR.

AND I THINK BOOKS LIKE THIS HELP CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHAT

IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN AND THIS IS WHY WE'RE THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY, YOU CAN

COME FROM ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET AND YOU CAN LEARN TO BE AN AMERICAN.

NO OTHER COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD THAT CAPACITY.

>> Stephen: OR YOU COULD COME FROM OUR 51st STATE, THE MOON BASE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I JUST WANT TO SAY AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE, HOPEFULLY BY THE TIME MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE

ELIGIBLE, WE WILL BE BACK ON THE MOON, YOU'LL BROADCAST FROM THERE, IT WILL BE NO MORE

STRANGE THAN IT IS BROADCASTING FROM HERE, BUT IT WILL BE EXCITING AND YOU'LL LIKE IT.

>> Stephen: WELL, THANK YOU FOR REASSURING ME.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK, COME BACK AND TALK ABOUT

THE CAMPAIGN A BIT, OKAY?

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH SPEAKER GOING RIFF.

STICK AROUND.

(CHEERS AND A

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