Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) held a town hall this past Friday in Wagoner, Oklahoma, where he discussed a variety of issues with his constituents. At one point, he addressed a possible presidential bid by former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The right-wing senator said that while Gingrich is a “super-smart man,” he would not support him for president because he “doesn’t know anything about commitment to marriage,” referring to the fact that Gingrich has been married three times and committed adultery. He continued, “He’s the last person I’d vote for for president of the United States…he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president”:
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn called out Democrats, Republicans, Newt Gingrich, the military-industrial complex, teachers unions and Medicare – to name a few – at a town hall meeting Friday. [...]
Coburn made it clear that he won’t be on Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential bandwagon. Gingrich “is a super-smart man, but he doesn’t know anything about commitment to marriage,” he said of the thrice-married former House speaker. “He’s the last person I’d vote for for president of the United States. His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president.”
MSNBC.com’s Tom Curry notes that Coburn has criticized Gingrich before. In his 2003 book Breach of Trust, Coburn complained that Gingrich “folded” in his 1995 budget battle with President Clinton that ended up briefly shutting down the federal government. “History shows that the shutdown fight was a fight we could have won,” he wrote.