March 15th, 2013
10:04 AM ET

Portman's marriage reversal gets mixed reaction

Hours after Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced he reversed his position on same-sex marriage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he won't second guess Portman but he's not entirely embracing the Ohio senator's change of heart, either.

Portman told CNN's Dana Bash that after his 21-year-old son came out two years ago, he came to the conclusion that same-sex marriage "is something that we should allow people to do."

May 3rd, 2012
09:40 PM ET

CNN prime time: Ted Turner's losses, Obama/Cain 'sing-off'


Ted Turner opens up

He might seem like the guy who has everything, but Ted Turner is no stranger to loss.


Gingrich: The VP bench is deep

Romney's search for a running mate is well under way, and names are flying as the guessing game heats up.


Better singer: Cain or Obama?

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is judging President Obama, but this time it has nothing to do with politics

April 25th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

Overheard on What brought down Gingrich's campaign? What's next?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination next week, his spokesman said Wednesday. Gingrich will likely move to back Mitt Romney and support GOP members of Congress. Armed with knowledge, many readers of all stripes began to deconstruct Gingrich's campaign and its legacy.

Gingrich to end White House bid, spokesman says

Did Gingrich doom himself?

Kamalarani: "His message of churches under attack, of being a moral man, his views on immigration, and how to fix the economy did not resonate with the American voters. But like all narcissists and egomaniacs, who take credit for your hard work and blame any failures on your incompetence, Gingrich will fault everyone and everything around him for his failure. That is everyone but himself. I am so glad we are seeing the back of this ridiculous man ... "

Some are sad to see him go.

RedToppolino: "This was Newt's last opportunity as he'll be too old eight years from now. I have mixed emotions regarding the termination of his campaign as he is by far the best equipped individual in America to beat Obama and to run this country. Unfortunately, Newt has character flaws that have been picked up on by the ultra-liberal media. However, his flaws are nothing compared to those of Obama. At least Newt is a heterosexual Christian with a verifiable history and legally eligible to serve as president."

There are many who would still prefer different candidates. FULL POST

Sources: Gingrich to end campaign next week
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks at the 2012 New York Republican State Dinner on April 19 in New York City.
April 25th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

Sources: Gingrich to end campaign next week

Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and formally express his support for Mitt Romney next week, two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN.

While details are still being worked out, Gingrich is likely to hold his final campaign event Tuesday in Washington, DC, where he will make the announcement surrounded by his family and supporters.

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April 11th, 2012
09:49 PM ET

CNN prime time: Zimmerman 'troubled,' Cooper does damage control


Zimmerman 'troubled' by charge

The Trayvon Martin case takes a turn as the man who admitted to shooting him is charged.


Gingrich: No one asked me to drop out

"It's now a two-person race," says Newt Gingrich following Santorum's withdrawal from the field.


Cooper on 'RidicuList' for giggle fit

CNN's Anderson Cooper puts himself on the "RidicuList" for another on-air giggle fit.

March 22nd, 2012
09:51 PM ET

CNN prime time: Houston autopsy results, Gingrich fires at De Niro


NAACP president: This is a national issue

Benjamin Jealous talks about why the Trayvon Martin case transcends the scene of the crime.


Houston cause of death determined

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and HLN's Dr. Drew explain the coroner's findings regarding Whitney Houston's death.


Gingrich: De Niro joke 'wrong'

GOP candidate Newt Gingrich responds to Robert De Niro's controversial "white first lady" joke.

March 7th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

Overheard on Will GOP voters accept Romney? Does it matter?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Mitt Romney came out ahead on Super Tuesday, but plenty of Republicans voted for Rick Santorum instead, and Georgia went for Newt Gingrich by a decisive margin. The morning after, readers are exploring two questions. First, why haven't GOP voters fully embraced Romney? Second, does this apparent conflict actually mean anything in the long run?

Analysis: In key Romney win, some warning signs remain

One reader offered this theory:

chadpv: "Republicans' main focus is who can beat Obama in November. That's what is driving votes. But Republicans are not confident that Romney (or any candidate in the run) can beat Obama; they just think if someone can squeeze a win, it will be Romney. That is why he cannot really 'seal the deal' as fast as most Republican primaries. That is also why the field is very weak, Anyone who has wide appeal with the Republicans will wait four more years when there is not an incumbent running and their chances are better to win."

Doucher: "And this is one of many problems with the two-party system; they want to beat each other more than they want to give us a good candidate."

Another person said Romney doesn't need to worry too much.

GoPSULions: "The ultra conservatives that are not now voting for Romney will vote for whoever wins the nomination rather than vote for Obama. So this is why Romney is not concerned about their votes in the primaries. He is focused on staying more to the middle so he can potentially win the swing states and voters that are not locked to voting straight party lines."

Of course, several other readers disagreed. FULL POST

Overheard on Could moon colonization play role in mankind's future?
A NASA photograph released this month shows the moon and the international space station.
January 30th, 2012
07:20 PM ET

Overheard on Could moon colonization play role in mankind's future?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

You might have noticed some slight changes to our comments system on today. (Blogs aren't affected.) That's because we just made some much-needed tweaks under the hood. Thanks for bearing with us as we get this new system working.

Imagine a colony on the moon. Two stories Monday revisited the idea, as mentioned by Newt Gingrich during Thursday's GOP debate in Florida. Many of our readers seem to be in favor of eventually doing this, regardless of their feelings about the candidate. But there was a bit of skepticism in the air.

A moon colony is a waste of money

David Frum's opinion piece blasting Gingrich's idea for a moon colony got a fairly heated response from our readers.

SteveOBoston: "Mr. Frum, while I understand your argument, with all due respect you would not be typing an article on the internet had there never been NASA. Science for pragmatic purposes exists to be sure, but science for the sake of the research itself can often have greater affect on humanity. In science, you cannot begin with the answer and work your way back to the question. You'd like to know what value the research has. It's impossible to answer that without knowing what we'll find."

Some said Frum was being shortsighted.

ndk415: "This is the type of article that future generations will dig up and giggle at, since the benefits, discoveries, and advancements (that weren't so apparent today) from what was learned by having humans live on another world will seem so obvious then."

Some readers were opposed to colonization, saying we do not have the resources at this time. FULL POST

Overheard on Feisty Florida debate chock full of memorable moments
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney sparred during Thursday night's Florida GOP debate.
January 27th, 2012
03:06 PM ET

Overheard on Feisty Florida debate chock full of memorable moments

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Quite a debate was had on Thursday night ahead of the Florida GOP primary. Candidates sparred over a variety of issues, and the conversation was spirited both on stage and in our comments section.

On Romney's apparent air of dominance: Romney beats Gingrich at his own game

We saw our readers giving more praise for Mitt Romney after this debate than we have seen after other such events.

Phange: "Romney very clearly did what needed to be done yesterday. Not only did he make Newt look disheveled and decisively off-kilter, he presented himself as pragmatic and intellectual. With this being the last debate before the Florida primary, I think it's highly unlikely that Newt can recover in time to win the state."

sdpianomom: "One of my favorite moments; Romney praises his wife for her strength in battling cancer and MS. Then there's Gingrich, standing next to him, who cheated on his wives while they were battling those very same diseases."

Not everyone was buying what Romney was saying. FULL POST

Overheard on Romney's debating, Romney's taxes
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich at Monday night's GOP presidential debate in Florida.
January 24th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Overheard on Romney's debating, Romney's taxes

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

On Monday, people were talking about Newt Gingrich. On Tuesday, two of the most talked-about topics on have been Mitt Romney and Mitt Romney. His debating and his taxes, that is. Here's a look at these different angles on the GOP presidential candidate.

Romney does some damage

Debate coach and commentator Todd Graham took a look at Monday night's Florida GOP presidential debate and said Romney had some successes. He also gave props to candidate Ron Paul for doing well that evening. One commenter said Romney and Paul did a good job of stopping Gingrich, but some disagreed.

Maiaw: "Romney and Paul caught Newt in a bind last night. Romney said that Newt was a failed leader and had to resign in disgrace as speaker. Newt countered and said that he 'voluntarily stepped down'. Paul rebutted Newt's claim and said that is not what happened because Paul was there during the investigation and it was a 'mess being under Newt's leadership! In a previous debate, (Rick) Santorum stated the same thing since he was there; Newt did not 'voluntarily step down.' Newt just stood there all quiet after that exchange with Paul. Not a Paul fan, but that was a good exchange from him."

ljburgher: "Anyone who is not prepared will look bad during any debate. Dont just pin that on Newt. Romney has been flopping all over the place, especially on his taxes when questioned. He looks and sounds horrible."

Some readers said Romney came off badly. FULL POST

Overheard on Gingrich on offense, Romney on defense, some readers say
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clap hands during CNN's January 19 debate in Charleston, South Carolina.
January 23rd, 2012
02:47 PM ET

Overheard on Gingrich on offense, Romney on defense, some readers say

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Newt Gingrich is coming off a big win in South Carolina and Mitt Romney is hoping to do better in Florida. Looking at reader comments about Florida, we saw many posts alluding to Gingrich taking the offensive role in campaign strategy. Some readers also said Romney has been put on the defensive, citing the South Carolina debates as big influences.

Romney hopes to gain momentum in Florida

One reader said Gingrich is looking more and more like the natural GOP choice.

TGrade1: "Recent polls show Gingrich leading in Florida. I'm not surprised that Mr. Gingrich is leading in Florida. South Carolina has opened the eyes of the electorate to two things: the fact that Mr. Romney doesn't have a record to run on and Mr. Gingrich does. Congress controls the purse. The last time we had a balanced budget Mr. Gingrich was in charge. He was also able to work with a Democrat president for welfare reform. He is the author of the Contract with America and the 21st Century Contract With America. He is the man who brought Republicans to the majority after forty years of Democrat rule. (No wonder he has enemies!) Mitt Romney, on the other hand, can't run against Obamacare because of Romneycare, and he will be painted as a $250,000,000 man who made his money wrecking companies and leaving a trail of broken lives in his wake, a man to whom $374,000 in speaking fees 'isn't very much money.' Obama will show the picture of Romney with $100 bills hanging out of his pockets, he will talk about how Romney has paid a lower percentage in taxes than most Americans, and Romney will be toast. Newt Gingrich has command of the big picture and the minutiae of pretty much every topic and he will shred Obama in a debate. I think Gingrich will and should be the nominee."

This commenter said it would be difficult for Romney to succeed, or any other candidate for that matter. They also said the media better watch out.

civility1: "The fact that we are going into the fourth contest (Florida) with no predictable outcome is a testament to the slate of candidates. Basically, voters don't like any of them in and of themselves and it is pretty obvious. I think they also don't like the Republican establishments and the media trying to ram the rich white guy candidate down their throats. They see thru that stuff. If they keep this up, most moderate Republicans will easily return President Obama for a second term, since he will be a 'known' in November and reliably predictable, v. the others. He should also accomplish more in his 2nd Term since we have gotten used to him, and Congress will have to start supporting him if they want to kee their jobs. None of the four GOP candidates seem 'Presidential' material at this late date. All they seem to care about is a chance at taking on our existing President on issues that are not all that consequential to the Executive. I don't see the rest of the world respecting any of these guys except maybe Paul since he is a doctor - a member of the 'helping profession' (that's helping others, folks, not helping himself on our backs...). The media needs to be careful here as I see some storm clouds on the horizon for them."

Much chatter could also be found on a story about Romney's strategy going into the Florida race.

Romney rips 'erratic' Gingrich


January 20th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Overheard on Gingrich's fiery rebuttal makes debate night more memorable

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Emotions ran high during CNN's GOP debate Thursday night in South Carolina. Readers posted more than 10,000 comments. One topic dominated them all: Newt Gingrich's feisty reaction to a question about an ex-wife's allegations from the moderator, CNN's John King. Let's take a look at what people are saying as the dust settles:

Gingrich delivers showstopper at beginning of South Carolina debate

The following commenter was proud of Gingrich during that moment:

therealoc: "I stood up and cheered when Newt Gingrich responded that the media has protected (President Barack) Obama and has been after every conservative. Where was CNN in 2008 when there was ample opportunity to research the past life of John Edwards and Barack Obama?"

Another said Gingrich shouldn't receive too much praise.

Donaldbain: "Let's be clear here. Gingrich's response was by no means a 'showstopper.' It was an angry response by someone who knows he is guilty. The 'anger response' is used to make people stop asking questions. He didn't answer the question and berated the moderator for asking it. It is called obfuscating, something he is good at. He has no business trying to stand for president, and he knows it."

Omekongo Dibinga of Washington was among the CNN iReporters who shared their views on video. Dibinga said he doesn't support Gingrich's stances but felt such a personal question was inappropriate. FULL POST

January 17th, 2012
06:45 AM ET

Truth Squad: 3 checks on Monday's GOP debate

CNN examines three statements by Republican presidential candidates during Monday night's Fox News-Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Romney on releasing his tax returns

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he probably would release a tax return in April - though he declined to commit - asserting that recent GOP nominees waited until tax season in election years.

Romney's statement about his tax return came after Texas Gov. Rick Perry pushed him to release his tax information, saying his was already out.

"Mitt, we need for you to release your income tax so the people of this country can see how you made your money, and I think that's a fair thing," Perry said.


Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'
January 4th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'

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Overheard on Do Gingrich's divorces, Paul's newsletters matter?
Readers are debating how Newt Gingrich's past impacts his current GOP candidacy.
December 26th, 2011
07:29 PM ET

Overheard on Do Gingrich's divorces, Paul's newsletters matter?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

The GOP candidacy saga continues in the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on January 3. Current conversation is centering on two men: Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. Readers have been talking up a storm about recent CNN stories about both candidates.

Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce

Newt Gingrich claims his first wife wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show something different. Readers debated the importance of divorce in the presidency, with a large percentage of readers saying Gingrich's baggage makes him difficult to elect.

bzscorpio: "Even if Newt wasn't lying about his first wife wanting the divorce, the real issue here is that the man who wants to appeal to 'family values' voters has had two marriages end because of his infidelity. The guy is just a total scumbag."

There were also a lot of readers who thought commenters were being too judgmental of Gingrich.

cosaslo: "I must say, if you haven't been through one (divorce) you should keep your traps shut and your ideas to yourself. For those of us who have, what I can say is Newt, glad to see ya. The stuff they are throwing at you now ain't nothin'."

The comparisons to former President Bill Clinton did come.

obamamentor: "Let me get this right: Newt was trying to impeach a president for doing what Newt was doing also at the same time."

boblawbla: "I don't recall reading any stories of Newt Gingrich getting (oral sex) from an intern in the Oval Office and then lying about it. So much for that character thing everyone seems to be focused on."

Some said they were fed up with politicians on both sides.

StoneTools: "I can't, for the life of me, understand how anyone can run for political office or re-election with the baggage that these politicians carry with them. This includes Democrats, Republicans, independents, etc. The list of them is so long, it's not worth repeating here."

calmncool: "They are counting of a lot of really stupid voters."

What do you think? Can Gingrich become the GOP nominee? Share your thoughts on video via CNN iReport and post a comment below.

But let's not forget about Ron Paul, who also was the subject of thousands of comments on Conservative commentator David Frum wrote an opinion piece examining the roots of the candidate's devoted following, taking a look back at some controversial newsletters published under Paul's name back in the 1990s.

Ron Paul: Codger, crank or more?

Frum asserts that Paul "was ready to exploit the even greater racism and extremism of others for financial gain," and our commenters had plenty to say in response. Many were outraged:

Tempesttt: "If gullible people didn't take this tripe seriously, I'd be laughing about it. It's funny that the best they can do to tarnish Ron Paul's name is pull up some old newsletter from almost 20 years ago that he didn't even write nor endorse. The more the media hates on Ron Paul, the more I am convinced that he's the man I want to be the next president of the United States."

Readers debated the significance of newsletters written so long ago.

timjayko: "Ron Paul did not write those newsletters, nor does he agree with them. Take a look at Newt Gingrich's track record. You could write a whole friggin' book on his slimy history. Or Romney's flip-flopping policies. Could make a waffle breakfast for hundreds with this changes on political stances throughout the years."

nsinex: "If he didnt write them, he let people he trusted write them. If people he trusted had those views, he couldn't have thought their views were too far off."

PhillyEric: "What none of the Ron Paul defenders is willing to address is how his 'I didn't know the contents of the newsletters' defense is actually helpful. If you knew that there were newsletters being published with your name on them, wouldn't you verify that the contents reflected your views? Or wouldn't you at least take the time to find out who was writing them and what they stood for? All this defense argues is that he is so money-hungry or unprincipled that he didn't care what his name was being used for. I certainly haven't seen him offer to return the millions of dollars in profits."

But most simply disagreed with Frum.

narniaisboss: "I'm sorry, but whether or not you like Ron Paul, you have to admit that this is complete nonsense."

What do you think about these stories? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

Overheard on Readers debate Gingrich's comments about poor
Some readers said Newt Gingrich can't relate to poor people, while others supported the candidate's views on work ethic.
December 13th, 2011
07:55 PM ET

Overheard on Readers debate Gingrich's comments about poor

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

In tough economic times, economic disparity and self-sufficiency are on the minds of many. CNN contributor LZ Granderson asserts that presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's comments about poverty, work ethic and child labor laws are unfair to those struggling to make ends meet. We saw a spirited discussion in the comments section displaying many perspectives and a variety of personal stories about rising up to find a better life.

LZ: Gingrich wrong about the poor

Several readers, like in the following example, thanked Granderson for telling his story:

208576: "LZ, thanks for the very honest commentary containing many important messages about our core values. I imagine at the end of my life it isn't going to matter how much money I made. I do imagine I will measure my life by how I treated other people. I aspire to leave every person I encounter daily feeling better for our interaction. I've learned to avoid putting myself in situations where I could make another human being feeling unfairly judged or worse off for interacting with me. Being rich has nothing to do with money to me. It has to do with how at peace one is with themselves, life actions, and relationships."

One commenter noted that in a changing economy, one must adjust to survive.

Overeducated: "Work ethic is good but not enough to get ahead. For young people it must be translated into school attendance and homework. The decent paying jobs for under-educated people have just about all gone overseas."

Several readers disagreed with Granderson and said Gingrich made valid points. FULL POST

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December 12th, 2011
07:51 AM ET

Monday's live events

2011 may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean Live is taking the rest of the year off.  We are your home for all the latest news from around the world.

Today's programming highlights...

9:20 am ET - Gingrich's New Hampshire town hall - Riding high in the polls, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spends his day in New Hampshire, where he'll hold a town hall-style meeting in Londonderry.


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The Reads You Need: Newt Gingrich rises in the polls, but which Newt and why?
December 5th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

The Reads You Need: Newt Gingrich rises in the polls, but which Newt and why?

Editor's note: Each day, we'll bring you some of the diverse voices from our site and across the Web on the stories causing ripples throughout the news sphere.

As Newt Gingrich surges in the race for the GOP nomination, some are asking how he went from being a not-a-chance candidate to a top-of-the-polls contender.

Those thinking of throwing their support behind Gingrich, certainly have a lot to judge him on, from his reformer, bipartisan approach as House leader to what some call the "New Newt." Analysts quip about which Newt is going to show up at the next event, as the horse-race for the GOP nomination trots along.

The question is becoming more important as Gingrich pulls ahead in many polls, including in the key state of Iowa. So, today, we'll take a look at what some news outlets and commentators are saying about Gingrich's bubbling to the top of the heap, whether they think he can maintain his surge and what role his past might play in his future.

Dowd: 'Out of Africa and into Iowa'

Maureen Dowd, writing for the New York Times, has had plenty to say about Gingrich lately. In her latest piece about the former House speaker, she harped on some of his strange comments and inconsistencies which led her to describe him as "an animal with ever-changing stripes."

"Newt Gingrich’s mind is in love with itself.

It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous. This is not a serious mind. Gingrich is not, to put it mildly, a systematic thinker.

His mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control. He plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas. He ejaculates concepts, notions and theories that are as inconsistent as his behavior.

He didn’t get whiplash being a serial adulterer while impeaching another serial adulterer, a lobbyist for Freddie Mac while attacking Freddie Mac, a self-professed fiscal conservative with a whopping Tiffany’s credit line, and an anti-Communist Army brat who supported the Vietnam War but dodged it.

'Part of the question I had to ask myself,' he said in a 1985 Wall Street Journal piece about war wimps, 'was what difference I would have made.'

 Newt swims easily in a sea of duality and byzantine ideas that don’t add up."

Read the full column.


October 12th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

Newt Gingrich opens up about his family, passions and regrets

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich revealed to CNN how his family has played a huge role in shaping his life.

His remarks came during a recent Red Chair interview - a CNN series that examines the lives of headliners to see what made them who they are today.

Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House, said he learned his cheerful optimism from his mother who told him "everyday can be filled with interesting things."

"I'm like a 4-year-old who gets up every morning knowing there is a cookie somewhere and I just have to find it," said Gingrich.

The GOP presidential candidate credited his stepfather for teaching him about discipline and determination.

Gingrich's passions include a love for nature, animals and education. He also collects items related to dinosaurs.

"Early on in life I thought I'd be a paleontologist or a zoo director," he said. "I've visited about 100 zoos in my life and enjoy them."

Regarding his career, Gingrich said if he were House speaker again, he'd "do it in a significantly different way."

Learn more about his family life, passions and lessons learned in his CNN Red Chair video interview. Look for conversations with other presidential candidates in upcoming weeks.

Candidates Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman Jr. recently sat down with CNN for their Red Chair interviews.

NASA insider: Some truth to Gingrich's barb
NASA is "standing in the way" of new opportunities, Newt Gingrich said Monday at a debate among GOP presidential candidates.
June 14th, 2011
08:13 PM ET

NASA insider: Some truth to Gingrich's barb

After Newt Gingrich's harsh comments about NASA during Monday's night's debate between GOP presidential hopefuls, you'd guess the outrage from the nation's legendary space agency would be deafening.

So far today, all we've heard from Houston and Washington are crickets.

For those who missed it, Gingrich accused NASA's bureaucracy of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars that it's spent since the 1969 moon landing. Without such waste, he said, "we would probably today have a permanent station on the moon, three or four permanent stations in space, a new generation of lift vehicles."

NASA is "standing in the way" of a "new cycle of opportunities" when it "ought to be getting out of the way and encouraging the private sector," said the former House speaker.

The government agency that fulfilled President Kennedy's Cold War challenge to send a man to the moon within a decade chose not to comment. "It is inappropriate for us to comment on election rhetoric," said today's one-line statement from the communications office.

Why so quiet? Some NASA officials suspect Gingrich may be letting us know that the emperor has no clothes.


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