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January 11th, 2012
05:48 PM ET

Newt Gingrich compares Super PACs to praying mantises

Tonight Newt Gingrich sits down with Piers Morgan for the hour at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, South Carolina. As Piers pointed out the most predatory animal on Earth, a praying mantis, Gingrich noted "you can think of that as a Super PAC." Gingrich hopes one day Super PACs can be eliminated because they have "no responsibilities. They have no connection to any kind of pattern of reasonable politics."

He notes that he made every effort to stay positive but failed. "We have to match - in some way, we have to have effective advertising that matches their advertising." Tune in at 9pm ET/PT to hear more on how Gingrich plans to win South Carolina and even what animal he would like to be.

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  1. Greg

    The location was moved to Roper Mtn. Science Center due to the heavy rain.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. David Chambless

    Newt, I'm not opposed to you but you seem like a petulant kid not ready for prime time .You're a great local politician but your bonafides as a historian for a third tier southern college is not cutting it on the national stage. Time to man up.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tmrrw

    Terrific interview with Newt. Piers at his best.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fitz

      That interview was horrible! What's your favorite animal? Really?? Are you serious? I learned nothing about Newt's views. What a pathetic waste of time. Come on CNN, you gotta do better than this.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ven C Duru (VC )

    Mr. Newt, I feel so bad watching you melt slowly like a sheet of ice under the sun. Your party kind of deserted you and no American seems to be ready for your daily REAGAN-ISM LECTURES, Worse still, it is too late to cry when the head is already off. You blew your opportunity with Romney while trying to abide by your( Dady Reagan} GOP so called 11th COMMANDMENT. You left your camp wide loose and open and Romney decimated you- My question is " When are you gonna call it quit"-– because you / your campaign are very boring?

    January 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JamesB

    Ven vudu (or whatever), If someone as brilliant as Newt is boring, what in the world does that say for someone like you.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Piers – why do you cuddle your guests. I do better in my livingroom than you. Newt just said "Some of the negative ads were true" and you never asked: OK WHICH ONES ARE TRUE! That's what Amercans want to know. You can't read between the lines – not impromtu – can't veer from your list of questions. Barbara Walters would have picked up on that instantly and steer the interview towards the truth. Newt is an ill mannered man having temper tantrums at the American's expense. Romney has moved on – he's talking about the differences between himself and Obama. Newt is stuck on Romney. He doesn't get the votes because he's given us nothing to VOTE FOR! We're suppose to be voting on his hatred for Romney. Keep it up Newt – Lower Romney's % and bring Paul up or better yet choice. He's a fighter that's has ammunition to fight with...not a little boy crying wolf like Newt.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. nemo

    Dear Piers,

    January 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Kat VanKerck

    I have to voice as a long fan of CNN how sad I find it that you have hailed Piers Morgan as a great interviewer. He consistently cuts people of mid-sentence to pose the same formatted tired questions; the "if you had to sum it up" / the best moment of your life/ the blablabla greatest whatever" that may be a good one for Beyonce and likes, but with some more heavyweights it just is painful to watch. If he has Hollywood celebrities on, he's sitting there fawning over them like some adolescent and with serious people, he lacks the depth to engage. With someone as great as Fareed Zakaria as an interviewer, I would leave Piers to interview cute Hollywood actresses, and give yourself back a serious news channel status by avoiding trying to put Piers Morgan up there as a news journalist. It is offensive to the audience.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Wake up

    Bye bye Newt.
    President Obama made the worst mistakes he asked the Republicans to help him after Bush distorted American economy looking for the WMD that the Israile intelengce found. What have the Republicans done so far? They have gridlock every move of president Obama and stoped America from moving forward. This is very unamerican and wicked and Newt thinks he is Godly ? Please gives us a break!
    Please love America it's all we have.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. vicky

    Good interview, however deceptive on Newt's part. Newt's motto is "do as I say and not as I do". He made Clinton a lame duck President and yet, he was doing the same. He gives himself credit for balancing the budget and yet, it was Bill Gates who created thousands of jobs, which stimulated the economy and lowered unemployment and Gates has never been given credit for it. Newt is a cruel, corrupt terrorist – perhaps his horrifying childhood experiences corrupted his mind. He has no respect for humanity. He f...... his sick wife for the love of his Country. Obviously, the professor still has a lot to learn. It's respect for humanity that makes a Country and Libya is proof of it. His own Republican party does not want him back.

    January 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nedu

    Desperation is the answer! Newt is boring and simply doesn't get it, rather looks like a huge standing sand-bag. His era in politics is been over for a long time, thanks to American sound judgement. He should stop invoking RONALD REAGAN every moment of his irresponsible rhetorics. About time!

    January 12, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Devildog

    Gingrich said, in defense of the Bush administrations going to war with Iraq, that all the intelligence agencies in the world believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. First of all, how would he know. All he knows is what the Bush administration said. Second, there has been ample evidence presented that the few intelligence sources Bush relied on expressed doubts about WMD's in Iraq. Bush just cherry picked the evidence he wanted and killed over 100,000 Americans and Iraqi civilians in an illegal war. The conspiracy Bush was involved in regarding going to war without justification makes him a murderer.

    January 12, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      It's all about money (oil). Read up on it.

      January 12, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. BloodisDukeBlue

    Good interview.... NEWT is the best choice right now to help heal this nation! Wake Up America! Some of you obviously need to spend more time researching, and less time watching talk shows!! This is OUR future at stake!

    January 12, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Joan

    Why is it OK for Mitt Romney's PACs to run ruthless, vicious attacks on others especially on Gingrich and yet it is not OK for the other candidates to run ads about him? Seems pretty hypocritical. He can dish it out but he can't take it. Trying to protect one candidate while destroying others seems kind of non democratic. Romney may be the inevitable candidate but that doesn't mean he should be treated differently. This Republican primary has been a real eye opener.

    January 12, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. steve

    40K muscles in an elephants trunk, not 105K. How many other items has Newt exaggerated?

    January 12, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. rose macaskie.

    Piers Morgan you talked about the Obama, Beohner, stalemate, have you seen how good their body language is when Boehner is not remembering to act distant. I am not sure that the stalemate has not served both of them in an effort to keep the American economy going, they have been able to mask their not doing anything, to reduce costs or increase taxes, by acting the stalemate in order to stave off too much austerity, austerity that would send the economy into a downward spiral. I would rather they had staved of too much austerity and had taxed the very rich a lot but you cant have everything and it looks as if holding out is reaping its reward, the American economy looks as if it is on the upward slope, they have waited for the right time to start austerity instead of beign to scared of debt to look after the economy and coutry. I only wish there had been an Obama and Boehner team in Europe to outwit the rich and the left there too, not that the left seems to have had any weight with which to make a nuiscance of themselves in Europe, sadly. rose macaskie madrid.

    January 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse | Reply

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