Pandering To Anti-Science Republicans, Gingrich Misrepresents His Own Comments

July 26, 2011 2:48 pm ET — Jamison Foser

Newt Gingrich tells a New Hampshire radio audience he regrets making a global warming ad with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — and claims his intent in the ad was to urge Republicans to debate "the left" on the issue:

Q: Do you regret doing that global warming commercial with Nancy Pelosi?

GINGRICH: Oh, sure. Look, I was trying to make the point that we shouldn't be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment, but obviously it was misconstrued. And it's one of the things I probably wouldn't do again.

But that's a clear falsehood. Here, take a look at the ad in question:

Gingrich doesn't say Republicans should "debate the left" on global warming — he says Republicans should work with the left: "We do agree our country must take action to address climate change. ... If enough of us demand action from our leaders, we can spark the innovation we need." Nothing was "misconstrued" — Gingrich's comments in the ad were perfectly clear. And now he's misrepresenting them in an effort to appeal to the anti-science Republican ideologues who — along with the rest of the country — aren't supporting his presidential campaign.