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With Gingrich Surging, Coburn Still ‘Will Have Difficulty Supporting Him As President Of The United States’

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is not a fan of Newt Gingrich. Last year, Coburn said at a town hall meeting that the former Speaker is “the last person I’d vote 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,” Coburn said. And again last March, two months before Gingrich officially declared his run for the GOP nominiation for president, Coburn reiterated his anti-Gingrich sentiment, saying, “We need somebody that’s…stable.”

Now that Gingrich is surging in the polls (he leads in the latest Iowa poll) and is emerging as the GOP’s new frontrunner, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Coburn if he may have changed his mind:

WALLACE: As Speaker Gingrich takes the lead do you still have those questions about his fitness to be president?

COBURN: Chris, there is a lot of candidates out there. I am not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich having served under him for four years and experienced personally his leadership. … because i found it lacking often times. … There are all types of leaders, leaders that instill confidence, leaders that are somewhat abrupt and brisk, leaders that have one standard for the people they are leading and a different standard for themselves. I just found his leadership lacking and I’m not going to go into greater detail on that and if you poll the group of people that came in to Congress in 1994, which he did a wonderful job in organizing that and he’s brilliant and has a lot of positives, but I still, I will have difficulty supporting him as President of the United States.

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