Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) appeared on Sean Hannity’s TV show Wednesday night to talk about his newly-launched campaign for president. And when asked how he arrived at the decision, Gingrich came to the conclusion that all his credibility as a citizen was riding on it.
“And so you face a choice in your life, and Callista and I really had to sort of sit down and look at citizenship,” said Gingrich, as part of his answer about the issues facing the country. “You know, are you prepared to do what it takes to offer to your fellow citizens a vision of a better, healthier, safer, more prosperous America? And are you prepared to spend a year and a half of your life seeking that office?
“And we reached a crossroads of saying, either I really believe the things I’ve said my whole life, or I’d be a fraud. All my life, I’ve preached citizenship. I’ve preached the duty to go do things.”
Also during the interview, Hannity and Gingrich discussed the recent killing of Osama bin Laden, with Hannity saying that liberals should give credit to former President George W. Bush’s policies of “enhanced interrogations, Gitmo, rendition, black sites” for securing the information of Bin Laden’s whereabouts. Hannity then contrasted this to how Attorney General Eric Holder “is investigating the very CIA interrogators that got the information that they were approved to get.”
This in turn got Gingrich especially fired up against the administration — going so far as to call for an investigation of Holder’s beliefs.
“Eric Holder should never have been approved by the U.S. Senate,” said Gingrich. “He volunteered to write papers for terrorists — he volunteered to try to help terrorists get out of jail. His record out of office, between the Clinton years and today, was such that it should have disqualified him from serving as attorney general.
“And in fact, the U.S. house should be investigating what his beliefs are, because he is consistently doing the wrong things as it relates to Americans. And every American should be outraged that CIA officers who are risking their lives to try to save this country from attack, are being attacked by their own attorney general.”