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June 5th, 2013
11:37 PM ET

Newt Gingrich on Obama's appointment of Susan Rice: "Means that there is no centrism, there's no reaching out, there's no bipartisanship"

On Wednesday evening, Piers Morgan stayed in-season, tossing a little extra charcoal on "The Grill" by welcoming one of his favorite verbal sparring partners, Newt Gingrich.

A regular on the program, but new to the segment, the former House Speaker offered his reaction to Barack Obama appointing the embattled Susan Rice as his national security adviser:

"I don't know that Susan Rice lied," said Gingrich, referring to her heavily scrutinized media messaging following the September 11 attacks in Libya. "I think she may have been misinformed by the White House and the State Department, and she may have accurately reported what she thought was the truth. What I do know is, what she said to the American people about Benghazi was false, completely, clearly unequivocally false."

In the mind of the one-time Republican presidential candidate, the selection of Rice is an indication of Obama thinking personally, rather than politically:

"What the president has said is – and this is his prerogative – he would rather have one of his close friends, who he believes in, as his national Security Adviser," said Gingrich to the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "If that means that there is no centrism, there's no reaching out, there's no bipartisanship, that's his prerogative. The cost of it will be that no one on the Republican House and no one among the Republican senators in the Senate are going to believe the National Security Adviser...and that's a problem."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Newt Gingrich explains his objections to Obama's reshaping of his national security team.
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  1. Rich Ressel

    Newt Gingrich is the Ben franklin of our generation. He had the strongest resume to lead this nation. His views, though conservative, were committed to the best interests of our nation. He has long since transcended "Chicago style" politics. Unfortunately Obama bin Biden have not.

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    Newt Gingrich is the Ben franklin of our generation! Really? All modern politicians r owned by special interest and r paid to flap their mouths 'with their flabby bodies and muscular jaws, professional politiicians that only talk but do nothing else. None of them seem like my founding fathers, Mr Franklin god bless u.newt get a real job !!!!
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    I have to agree with Rich.
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