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Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Says Media Doesn't Get Evangelicals

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Newt Gingrich explains why evangelicals are excited about his candidacy, citing his commitment to fight back against the “war on religion” in America.

He also says the media doesn’t understand evangelicals because they “don’t start with a belief in the power of God.”


The interview was done Tuesday morning in Tampa, F'a. Watch the clip below along with the full transcription.

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Some may scratch their heads wondering how and why Newt Gingrich could be resonating with a wide swath of evangelicals but it’s a fact. That was proven to be true in South Carolina and if he wins in Florida, it will be in large part to evangelicals who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to spread the good word about Newt.

There will be a big pastor conference call this week and many more evangelical-type events, including some church appearances.

If you want to understand specifically why many evangelicals are flocking to Newt (excuse the pun), read my detailed analysis here.

Newt Gingrich on Why Evangelicals Are Attracted to His Candidacy.

David Brody: Tell me about why you believe you’re appealing to evangelicals, because quite frankly, this is a media scratch the head moment. They have no clue as to why you appeal to evangelicals, they can’t figure it out.

Newt Gingrich: Of course, the media, they can’t figure evangelicals out, period, because you don’t start with a belief in the power of God. You don’t start with a belief in the power of faith, you don’t start with the belief that your faith is at the center of your life. So for a lot of the media, this is all very strange stuff. They understand a lot better friends of theirs that are totally atheist and secular than they do friends that are evangelical.

I think that the two key appeals are passion. I think they instinctively can tell that I care so deeply about this country, and the future of their children and grandchildren, that I’m different than a normal politician. And second, I think the sense that I understand that there’s a war against religion, and that I am prepared as you can see on newt.org in our 54 page paper on judgeships, I am prepared to actually fight back for the first time in our lifetime, and take on the judiciary when it is over-reaching, and when it’s trying to drive God out of life.

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# RE: Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Says Media Doesn't Get Evangelicals

No Newt, we (the skeptical and non-believers) get it, we just reject the evangelical faith that you find so dear. How could anyone in this country, drenched with the pious, self-serving, divisive religiousity, not "get" evangelism?
It doesn't surprise me that Newt is on-board with the all-forgiving belief he now has. How else could such a moral monstrosity ever live with himself?
Left by PapaHans on Jan 26, 2012 2:31 AM

# RE: Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Says Media Doesn't Get Evangelicals

I am an evangelical and I reject Newt Gingrich's candidacy. We need someone who can govern wisely and Newt isn't that someone. In fact, that is how I feel about the whole GOP. They don't represent God. God has a heart for the poor, the marginalized, and the voiceless. He cares about single moms and their babies; he loves the immigrant - undocumented or otherwise. This particular group cares only for their own wallets (as well as the wallets of their corporate masters). Nope. None of them will get my vote.
Left by Plake on Jan 27, 2012 10:21 PM