On Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted the controversy surrounding former Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro’s comments about Barack Obama as “childish and silly.” He also said Ferraro is in trouble for saying “something that probably was true.”
Appearing on The Brian and the Judge Radio Show, Gingrich said it was “not illegitimate” to talk about candidate’s race and “people ought to relax and talk about it candidly as a fact.”
“Senator Obama has made every African American proud. There’s nothing wrong with that,” said Gingrich.
“Under other circumstances, what are the odds that Oprah Winfrey would have decided…to recommend [him] to the entire country and…what are the odds that Oprah Winfrey would have for the first time in her career, gone around the country campaigning for him?”
Gingrich ridiculed the controversy over Ferraro’s comments as part of “the politically correct left” and asked, “Are we now going to say that nobody is allowed to notice that Senator Clinton is female and nobody is allowed to notice that Senator Obama is African American…are we not allowed to be honest?”
Gingrich also added about Senator Clinton, “Does anyone seriously believe that Senator Clinton is not running better among women because she is a woman?”
Gingrich, a former House Speaker, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Real Change: From the World that Fails to the World that Works published by Regnery Publishing.