One of Newt Gingrich’s high-profile former colleagues warned other GOP White House hopefuls against misjudging the former House speaker’s election prospects.
Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he knew Gingrich well and had positive reviews of his political prowess.
“The thing I remember about Newt, we came to Congress together at the same time, '78, and when Newt showed up, he said, ‘We can become the majority. We can take back the House of Representatives,’” Cheney said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”
He continued, “We hadn't had the House since the 1940s. And initially, none of us believed it, but he was persistent. And he was tenacious. He kept it up and kept it up and kept it up. And finally by '94, he's the newly elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a Republican majority.”
Cheney said the success Gingrich enjoyed as a political player should serve as a warning to his fellow candidates.
“I wouldn't underestimate him,” Cheney said.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Dick Cheney: Don't Underestimate Gingrich