Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC)
Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA)
Gregory: holy cow Newt Gingrich has a
big lead in the Presidential race
Gregory: Did Newt do anything insane last night?
Paul: no more than anyone else
Gregory: you say Newt should not have
taken money from Freddie Mac
Gingrich: I was in the private sector!
Gregory: you’re funny
Paul: this was very annoying to because I’ve
worked on this issue and Newt is just a
Gregory: should he apologize and give
the money back
Paul: of course it’s totally immoral and why
is government influence for sale anyway?
Gregory: who is the most consistent
conservative in the race?
Paul: why should we nominate someone who
has to keep explaining all his flip-flops?
Gregory: are both Romney and Gingrich unacceptable?
Paul: they’re unprincipled
Gregory: you always attack Newt and
not Mittens - why is that?
Paul: Because I had to work with Newt Gingrich
and he is probably the biggest jerk I’ve
ever dealt with
Gregory: then Newt represents the biggest change
Paul: yes but Newt defends the welfare state
Gregory: Gingrich says Palestinians are
fake people and inherent murderers
Paul: see what I mean - this guy is bullshit
in a China shop
Gregory: what about he said?
Paul: Newt is just an uncontrolled demagogue
Gregory: when you lose who will you endorse?
Paul: I will have to wait to see if Mitt flip-flops again
Gregory: would you run for President with
Paul: only the Sith deal in absolutes!
Gregory: so you are considering it
Paul: why not - it can’t get any worse out there!
[ break ]
Gregory: Lindsay - is Newt for real?
Graham: darn right he is
Gregory: is he not crazy anymore?
Graham: yes he is less immature and not
quite as dickish
Gregory: you led the coup against him but
would you endorse him?
Graham: no I would not
Gregory: who will you endorse?
Graham: Hell Ron Paul if it will prevent him
from making a third-party run
Gregory: what about the payroll tax extension?
Durbin: this means an extra $1,000 for
160 million Americans!
Gregory: that could buy you a meal for four
people at the Palm!
Durbin: we offered a tax on the second million
dollars of income and the GOP said no because
it would affect Job Creators
Gregory: the GOP is willing to cut taxes as long
we build a huge oil pipeline through the U.S.
Graham: I love that long pipeline
Gregory: what about the payroll tax?
Graham: candidly we have to extend the
tax cut or commit political suicide
Obama: America has to reward hard work!
Graham: Obama caused the Great Recession in 2007
Graham: Obama almost caused a loss of
jobs in South Carolina
Gregory: but he didn’t?
Graham: he could have
Gregory: I see
Graham: Dodd-Frank retroactively caused
the credit crisis!
Durbin: Wall Street caused the recession
Lindsay: The consumer protection bureau
is basically Stalinist
Durbin: you see what we’re up against?
Gregory: thanks for coming guys
[ break ]
Gregory: holy crap Gingrich leads in the
south by double-digits
Gingrich: Mittens you are a career politician
just a loser at it
Todd: Romney keeps trying to go negative on
Gingrich but he has so many negatives its hard
to choose just one
Myers: Gingrich loves verbal combat much
more than real combat which he writes
Gregory: Romney likes to settles fights
by betting $10,000
Branstad: Obama has increased the debt
when all the American people want is increased
spending and lower taxes
Gregory: who do we need?
Branstad: we need someone who won’t increase
the debt like Ronald Reagan
Gregory: Reagan inherited a recession and
slowly brought American back
Branstad: see totally unlike Obama
Castellanos: people want big change and
Romney promises out-of-touch elitism
Koppel: the fact that people are even considering
nominating Newt Gingrich leaves me speechless
Castellanos: America is in such big trouble we
need a President who is a little crazy
Branstad: the most important thing we can
do in this recession is cut spending
Gregory: I see
Branstad: Dodd-Frank cause the recession!
Gregory: is Romeny not in Iowa enough?
Branstad: yes he must live here and also
promise to revive the rice industry
Castellanos: Mitt Romney is a transformational
figure - he transformed Massachusetts,
Bain Capital, the Olympics and himself
Romney: I’m not a bomb-thrower
Gingrich: we need to throw bombs - especially in
the middle east
Koppel: even in Israel Newt is an
Todd: Romney says he’s sober and
Newt says Mitty is just timid
Myers: Every Republican I talk to thinks Newt is
a crazy person who damaged conservatism
for a generation
Gregory: does marriage matter?
Perry: if you cheat on your wife you
might cheat on your business partner
which would be really bad
Gingrich: God forgave me so you all
might as well too
Koppel: the Drug Enforcement Agency is
still in Iraq
Gregory: oh shit
Koppel: we will leave just enough
Americans in Iraq to serve as an excuse
to start a war with Iran
Gregory: how delightful
[ break ]
Gregory: hey gang Ron Paul is incredibly
popular on Twitter
Todd: Newt Gingrich is the heavy favorite
to win the nomination now
Branstad: Paul would win in Iowa
but college students tend to sleep right
through the caucuses
Gregory: and that’s another episode of
Meet The Press