NBC’s Meet the Press tackled the ideology that a Clinton 2016 White House would be pretty much unbeatable for Republicans in Sunday’s installment.
In this video, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joins Bloomberg White House Correspondent, Julianna Goldman; New York Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper; and Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of their dialogue occurred around the subject of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prospects as a 2016 presidential nominee.
MR. GINGRICH: Well, let me say, first of all, every Republican should be focused on what we just talked about. I mean, if their competitor in ‘16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably a still relatively popular president Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl. And the Republican Party today is incapable of competing at that level. And it’s part of this cultural thing with our consultants. I mean, if you start out thinking giving away 47 percent of the country, by the way, which included retirees, it included veterans. You know, it was an absurdity. And-- and I think this is-- this is much more than Mitt Romney. We didn’t blow it because of Mitt Romney. We blew it because of a party which has refused to engage the reality of American life and refused to take-- to think through what the average American needs for a better future.
MR. WOODWARD: But recall what you said about 1964. In December 1964, Lyndon Johnson was re-elected. Goldwater was finished. It was the end of the Republican Party. And at the end, the Republicans nominated a man named Richard Nixon. And he became president. Unthinkable.
MR. GINGRICH: So you could have a…
MR. WOODWARD: Exactly.
MR. GINGRICH: …futurist campaign between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush representing 36 years of Bush’s on national tickets and I think 38 years of the Clinton’s at state federal government.