"ThinkProgress Confronts Gingrich In Iowa Over Libya Flip-Flop; Newt Digs In: ‘I Didn’t Flip-Flop’"
ThinkProgress filed this report from West Des Moines, IA.
On Wednesday, ThinkProgress broke the story of presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich’s brazen flip-flop concerning the American response to the crisis in Libya. After our article was published, Gingrich’s campaign offered one incoherent and contradictory response after another, even committing another flip-flop last night on Fox News in the process. The flap earned Gingrich a “full flop” from the non-partisan PolitiFact’s Truth-o-Meter.
ThinkProgress confronted the former House Speaker over his evolving position on Libya at an event in Iowa today. Gingrich stuck to his guns, declaring that it was “inaccurate” of PolitiFact to say he had flip-flopped on Libya. When asked to respond to his own 2004 declaration that “you can’t flip-flop and be commander-in-chief,” Gingrich brushed off his own standard, maintaining that if people “look at what I actually said[,] they’ll find I didn’t flip-flop”:
KEYES: Is it possible to get your thoughts real quick on the Libya situation? I know that PolitiFact said that it was a total, a “full flip-flop.” What’s your response to that?
GINGRICH: It’s inaccurate. I have responded since the middle of February to this situation as it changed. And obviously as the facts change the analysis changes. I’ve consistently worked through exactly where we were at any given moment.
KEYES: I know in 2004 you were quoted as saying that “you can’t flip-flop and be commander-in-chief.” What would you say to critics who would point to that?
GINGRICH: I would say that they should look at what I actually said and they’ll find I didn’t flip-flop.
If you take a look at “what he actually said,” you’ll find that Newt has flip-flopped not once, but twice. Watch them both: