Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) took a veiled shot at his presidential rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s book today, which takes such radical stances on everything from Social Security to the Civil War that Perry’s campaign has tried to disavow it. Just over a week into Perry’s run, his campaign said Fed Up! — which was published just 10 months ago — is not meant to reflect Perry’s current views, while Perry defenders have suggested it’s “somehow unfair to quote Rick Perry’s views extreme views accurately.” Nonetheless, Perry himself told ThinkProgress, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book,” leaving observers understandably confused on where Perry stands on his own book.
Without mentioning him by name, Gingrich took what appeared to be a jab at Perry’s flip-flop, telling the Florida Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando today, “I actually believe all the words that I wrote that are in my book.” Watch it:
Gignrich emphasized the words “I wrote” in his quip, insinuating, as some have rumored, that his rival didn’t write his book. Conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin alleged last week that Perry didn’t write an op-ed that bore his named in the Wall Street Journal. Of course, most political books are ghost-written to some degree, but Perry has displayed an unusual level of ignorance about what’s contained in Fed Up!
As for Gingrich’s own books, of which he has written dozens, he recently published one arguing that President Obama poses a Hitler-like threat.