Newt Gingrich to Brody File: Republican politicians 'don't rely enough on actually knowing things'

Newt Gingrich to Brody File: Republican politicians 'don't rely enough on actually knowing things'

11-15-2011
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Newt Gingrich is a serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination. The Brody File is releasing more clips of my interview with Newt Gingrich done in Iowa late last month.

Watch my story that aired nationwide this morning on "The 700 Club." The interview transcriptions are below.

David Brody: It seems like you're the realist up there, someone who is going to just say what needs to be said.

Newt Gingrich: Well, maybe I'm a realistic idealist. Nobody in Washington would tell you what I'm describing is realistic... None of this is new. I participated with Reagan and I participated as speaker of the House. I've got a pretty good sense of how real this is and how this could be done.

One of the Republican weaknesses is that we rely too much on consultants and too much on talking points, and we don't rely enough on actually knowing things. If you're going to lead the country and change history, you better know a heck of a lot before you start because there's not much time for learning on the job. As Obama has proven -- youth and inexperience are interesting, but they can also be a disaster.

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