- Post 31 May 2012
- By Copy Editor
Former Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, looking rested and at ease before the TV cameras, had some succinct advice Sunday morning for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, who often is mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate for the White House.
"Raise a lot of money," a smiling Mr. Gingrich told the governor on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Mr. Gingrich, who dropped his own presidential bid earlier this month, showed flashes of why he briefly rose to the top of the Republican field, answering questions deftly and decisively, often squeezing in zingers while Mr. O'Malley stuck to Obama administration talking points.
"We have driven, under President Obama's leadership, unemployment down to three-year lows," the Maryland governor said. "Home foreclosures are lower now than they were when President Obama took office. We have put together ... 26 months in a row of private-sector job growth."
But Mr. Gingrich, who was one of the most aggressive critics of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on the primary trail this year, focused his criticisms Sunday on the White House.
"This is an administration," the former House speaker said, "that went from 'Yes We Can' to 'Why We Couldn't.' "
Mr. Gingrich said that since his attacks earlier this year of Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor has done a good job of explaining and justifying his time as the head of private equity firm Bain Capital.
He added that he is "totally committed" to the Romney campaign.