Gingrich: Ron Paul "Doesn't Care About" The "Safety Of America"

January 05, 2012 10:59 am ET

From a January 4, 2012, appearance by Newt Gingrich on Fox News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren:

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GINGRICH: There's a natural split in this party in which you have people who worry about the safety of America versus people who don't care about it, and there are people who want a conservative change in Washington versus people who just want to go along to get along. I think on both of those grounds that —

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN (HOST): I would say, are you saying that Governor Romney isn't concerned about the safety of United States, or just that he has a different sort of approach to doing it?

GINGRICH: No.

VAN SUSTEREN: That's why I was asking you.

GINGRICH: No, the first reference was to Ron Paul. 

VAN SUSTEREN: That he doesn't care about it. 

GINGRICH: So, I think there's a two-way split here.

VAN SUSTEREN: That he doesn't care about the safety of the United States?

GINGRICH: I mean, he's very clear, but look — well, he's very clear. In his worldview, the United States really is responsible for 9/11, the Iranians can get a nuclear weapon and it doesn't matter, and if Israel disappears, well, bad things happen. I mean, just listen to his speeches; watch him on the debates. You know, I thought that Michele Bachmann did a brilliant job one evening of walking through the ways in which he was just out of touch with reality on foreign policy.

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