Gingrich: Trump has 30 percent chance to win nomination
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“Oh, I think there’s at least a 30 percent chance he’ll be the nomination,” the Georgia Republican told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday. “I let the voters teach me, I don’t try to teach the voters.”
Gingrich compared the GOP primary front-runner to another anti-establishment politician, former President Andrew Jackson.
“He is not a traditional politician. I always tell people in Washington, look, you need to go and read about Andrew Jackson and read about how totally disruptive Jackson was to begin to understand what Donald Trump would be like if he won,” he said.
“I mean, this is a guy who is outside of the regular system, he is totally prepared to be a unique figure, nothing intimidates him, he’s independently wealthy on a great scale, and he achieved a lot in his lifetime.”
Gingrich called the billionaire businessman “extraordinary” and “a very talented person.”
“It’s not just that he’s made a lot of money, but that he has run big systems, he has had New York Times best-selling books, he’s had the number-one rated television show in ‘The Apprentice,’ he’s run the ‘Miss Universe’ contest, he’s invented an entire collection of ties, which turned out to do very well, by the way,” Gingrich said.
“You look at all that stuff and you think to yourself, this is a very talented person.”
Despite his favorable opinion of Trump, Gingrich said seemingly down-and-out candidates such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush still have a shot at winning the primary.
“Sure, I remind everybody that at this stage in the 2007, 2008, John McCain was dead. He’d run out of money, he had no future, he had no hope, and boom he turned it all around,” he said.
“And so I’m very respectful of the American people’s right to surprise us. And they could resurrect Jeb Bush, who’s a terrific person as you know, they could give Christie an extra boost, they could reach out and get Kasich, they could conceivably get [Kentucky Sen.] Rand Paul,” he added.
Gingrich called the current crop of Republican primary candidates “the most competent group we’ve run, certainly in my lifetime.”
A Fox News poll released Friday showed Trump leading the Republican field with 39 percent support nationwide, up 11 points from the previous month.