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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Newt: Anti-Intellectual or Professorial?

CNN interview, February 20, 1995:
BOB FRANKEN: Oftentimes people say that your political speeches are really Professor Newt lecturing to a larger audience.

Rep. NEWT GINGRICH: They are. They are. Very deliberately so. I am the most seriously professorial politician since Woodrow Wilson. I believe the purpose of my speeches is didactic. They're supposed to be educational.

BOB FRANKEN: So you're educating your peers, your political peers?

Rep. NEWT GINGRICH: The citizenry.

Marc Fisher quotes Gingrich at The Washington Post:
“I’m pretty happy being anti-intellectual,” he said. “We have a lot of academics and intellectuals in this country who are just wrong.