Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Tuesday that he regrets making a commercial with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the need to address climate change. Gingrich, who partnered with Pelosi while she was Speaker for the 2008 ad, said the spot was “misconstrued,” and for that reason, he wouldn’t do it again.
“I was trying to make a point that we shouldn’t be afraid to have a debate with the left, even on the environment,” Gingrich said on WGIR radio of the 30-second television commercial. “Obviously it was misconstrued, and it’s probably one of those things I wouldn’t do again.”
Really? Because here’s the actual ad and that’s not what Gingrich said. To quote, “But we do agree that our nation must take action to address climate change.”
At the end of the commercial, the two direct us to the website, WeCanSolveIt.org, which is funded by the Climate Reality Project. Here’s what the CRP is all about:
Climate change is not your fault for the car you drive, the lights you turn on, or the food you eat. The climate crisis is our problem. Real solutions, systemic solutions, innovative solutions, can only come when we address it together. That’s what The Climate Reality Project will do. Without doubt. Without delay. And with your help.
The Climate Reality Project is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it. We help citizens around the world discover the truth and take meaningful steps to bring about change.
Founded and chaired by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, The Climate Reality Project has more than 5 million members and supporters worldwide. It is guided by one simple truth: The climate crisis is real and we know how to solve it.
So, Newt says we are misconstruing the true meaning of his ad for an Al Gore front-group.
After listening to hours and hours of debt-ceiling nonsense, I’m in no mood to have a politician treat me like an idiot trying to spin an ad. You bought it, Newt; you own it.