As former Speaker Newt Gingrich continues his increasingly long-shot presidential campaign, focusing heavily on the state of Delaware, he’s begun opening up and speaking more candidly about the state of the Republican Party and other topics.
At a private meeting with more than a dozen Tea Party group leaders in Delaware, Gingrich griped about Fox News Channel’s coverage of the Republican race, complaining that the network was in the bag for Mitt Romney from the very start.
“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich is quoted by RealClearPolitics as saying. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.”
In the meeting, Gingrich also calls the Republican Party “a party that’s inarticulate.”
“The Republican Party is a managerial party that doesn’t like to fight, doesn’t like to read books,” he said. “This is why the Tea Party was so horrifying. Tea Partiers were actually learning about the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to talk about the Federalist Papers. It was weird. They could be golfing.”
Gingrich also stressed that he still plans to continue his fight all the way to the Tampa convention, noting to the media that over 3,500 donors had contributed on his website in the hours following the announcement that Rick Santorum was suspending his presidential campaign.
“That’s why if you will help me carry Delaware, it will be that big a jolt, because it breaks up their narrative so decisively,” he said. “I think we have a real shot to pull this off.”
Gingrich’s comments about Fox News came shortly after his recent appearance on Sean Hannity’s program in which he cut off the host at the start of the interview and joked that he needed to get “All the Way to Tampa” tattooed on his forehead.
Several times during the interview Hannity referred to the campaign in the past tense, which seemed to irk Gingrich.