Gingrich promises JFK-like space speech
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's space address comes nearly 50 years after President Kennedy's moon-shot speech.
January 24th, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Gingrich promises JFK-like space speech

Could it be a coincidence that GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich describes his upcoming speech on space policy Wednesday as a "visionary" address "in the John F. Kennedy tradition?"

Perhaps not. After all 2012 is the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's iconic "we choose to go to the moon in this decade" speech, where he performed a presidential Babe Ruth. Like the Sultan of Swat, Kennedy dared to point out a seemingly impossible goal and swing for it - hitting a home run.

Gingrich, aiming to maintain political momentum after Saturday's primary victory in South Carolina, is expected to outline his vision for America in space following the U.S. loss of its more than 30-year-old shuttle program.

Reversing the falling numbers of Florida’s space-affiliated jobs will be a likely message of Gingrich's speech, say industry experts. But more than that, they say the address will be Gingrich's chance to make a very public and detailed commitment to what American space exploration might look like under a Gingrich administration.

The former House speaker offered a hint during Monday’s debate when he suggested cutting bureaucratic fat from NASA and using cash prizes as incentives to reach national space goals.

“There’s every reason to believe that there’s a lot of folks in this country and around the world who would put up an amazing amount of money and would make the Space Coast literally hum with activity because they’d be drawn to achieve these prizes: going back to the moon permanently, getting to Mars as rapidly as possible, building a series of space stations and developing commercial space,” Gingrich said. “There are a whole series of things we could do that could be dynamic that are more than just better government bureaucracy.”

The idea would save Washington hundreds of billions of dollars, says top Gingrich adviser and ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker.  “It may well be that if we put a prize on the table that encouraged entrepreneurs and adventurers to go do it - and develop all the technologies - that we ought to offer them a prize that would be worth their while.”

Now age 68, Gingrich’s generation came of age as America’s space program triumphed over troubled growing pains to achieve historic orbital successes during the Mercury and Gemini manned space missions.

Those who know Gingrich well say he sees space exploration in sweeping historical terms - a new frontier as important as the Old West and comparable to the building of the transcontinental railroad.

"He's not for tripling the NASA budget,” says James Muncy, longtime Gingrich adviser and friend. “He's for investing in space in a way that will open the frontier and make it possible for more and more Americans over time to go live there and work there and prosper there."

Early in Gingrich’s congressional tenure he supported increases in NASA’s budget. He supported funding for the International Space Station and worked with President Clinton to preserve funding in the 1990s.

However, now, that support for funding NASA appears to have diminished.

At a GOP debate last summer, Gingrich accused NASA's bureaucracy of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars since the 1969 moon landing. Without the waste, he said the U.S. “would probably today have a permanent station on the moon, three or four permanent stations in space, a new generation of lift vehicles." Instead, NASA has produced "failure after failure," he said.

Gingrich’s presidential rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has warmed up to space exploration as Florida’s Tuesday primary closes in.

During a December debate, some say Romney appeared to mock the former House Speaker’s support for future lunar mining colonies. "I'm not in favor of spending that kind of money to do that," Romney told Gingrich.

At Monday’s debate in Florida, Romney said space exploration “should certainly be a priority.”

Then Romney went on to blame Obama, saying his lack of “plans for NASA” have “failed miserably the people of Florida.”

He called for NASA’s mission to be determined by a president and a collection of people from NASA, Air Force, universities and commercial enterprises. Romney called for a mission that “excites our young people about the potential of space” with commercial potential” that “will pay for itself down the road.”

Space industry analyst Jeff Foust of told CNN that Romney was talking about a "centralized, in some respect, space program centered on NASA but also bringing in the military and commercial sectors to help select priorities and to help fund those programs. Gingrich is talking basically about  getting rid of a lot of  the NASA bureaucracy setting out some large prizes and telling the private sector, 'OK get to it.'  That's a fairly strong contrast between the two."

Another GOP candidate, Rick Santorum, has been virtually silent on space issues, says Foust, although he may offer insight into his space policy views during this week's Florida campaign stops. Likewise, Ron Paul hasn't said a whole lot about it, Foust says. "His Libertarian political philosophy would suggest that he would be opposed to big government programs." But Foust says Paul has voted in Congress to support some NASA programs.

President Obama cut NASA’s Constellation program - which was aimed at returning Americans to the moon - but preserved Orion, a multi-purpose manned space vehicle designed for long distance missions.

Two years ago, Gingrich came out in support for Obama’s 2011 NASA budget in an editorial co-authored by Walker.  Specifically, the two praised a proposed program to allow private companies to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

NASA’s 2012 budget – $17.8 billion – is about the same as 2009’s - the final budget hammered out during the Bush administration.

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  1. Bruce Behrhorst

    The organizational make-up of a space agency isn't the real issue, it's the will and energy of its leaders and workers with good support from the American public. For that to happen you need to teach the public that our solar system is stocked with resources just like on earth. And we need to get our human species to colony on other parts of our solar system not warfare/welfare. To colony solar system you need NUCLEAR THERMAL ROCKET TECHNOLOGY (NTR). None of the current politico 'blowhards' talk REAL SPACE ACHIEVEMENT – not since JFK.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  2. john cougar mellenkamp

    SPACENEWTS...THE NEW SHOW ABOUT THE FINAL FRONTIER. hes just kissing up to the floridians...what will he do when he gets to Texas.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  3. LB Colorado

    There is absolutely no contest. Newt you will never be JFK, you are just plain too mean to even be using his name. You are not a nice man in any way shape or form. You may be surging in Florida, but is that really saying anything, they free child killers – no brain power there.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  4. The American

    The new Space race has commenced! What America does will define us as a country for the rest of time. The major players will benefit technically, economically, and the overall quality of life will improve dramatically. Technology that will be developing for the countries that conquer space will change life for humans. It will provide tools to battle natural disasters. It will inspire humans to want to understand science and technology. This will help these countries prosper economically. Americans have been enjoying a free ride. Will we stay stagnant or will prosperous Americans that control Americas assets follow the traditions that past men have striven for. This is a pivotal stage in history. Technology has provided so much for the humans of earth, but at this moment what we do will shape the future for all Americans. Failure to act will leave our countries fate in the hands of foreign rulers. This is not about personal gain, but about insuring the future of Americans. So I quote JFK, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country”.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  5. Mopar

    The only space that Gingrich should be concerned about is the space between his ears.

    January 25, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  6. TenHdyCap

    From all the Newt bashing, it looks like the Evil Empire (Bush Republicans) are out in force – hammering on poor Newt ! What's the matter? Are you afraid of the Reganites / TeaParty Republicans i.e. afraid you won't be able to put your Golden Boy Mitt in office which will dethrone the Evil Empire? YOU GO NEWT....the people will stick with you ALL THE WAY. The People are stronger than the Evil Empire !!! The money will come and may the force be with you....N E U U U U U U W T ! ! ! G O N E U U U U U W T.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  7. bentley76

    Gingrich resembling JFK? No
    Doing that would insult the memory of one of the greatest leaders of our time.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:21 am |
  8. Karen

    newt another Kennedy? If anyone believes that they are coo coo bananas. Kennedy stood for the country and even though he was very weathy he was first and foremost for country. newt and romny are just in it for their cronies to make them richer. And themselves. That is all any republican is for. All they talk about is cutting foodstamps and other welfare help. There are unemployed on foodstamps and military too! But will they raise taxes on the rich to help? No just the poor. Don't hurt their rich friends!

    January 25, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • TenHdyCap

      Karen, Democrats don't help the poor. They cheat the poor. If you have a chance, study Macro Econ at the college level and it will open your eyes to how the world economy works. Once you know the truth, it will make you angry how the politicians (both Dems and Rep) manipulate the economy to keep people from rising to their full potential. Macro Econ opened my eyes and made me realize how the world works – Controlled Capitalism helps ALL. Socialism / Communism represses the working people. History also teaches us this lesson – just look at Cuba, Russia, Hungry, Yugoslavia, etc. etc.

      January 25, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  9. NoNewt

    Psssh! Please, JFK got way more tail than Newt.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:12 am |
  10. ErrrAh

    JFK wasn't a sociopath.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  11. humanone

    Newt the 21st C JFK????
    Newt couldn't get laid if he paid someone.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  12. mickey1313

    well they were/are both womanizers, but one was a good man taken before his time, and one is a evil man well past his prime.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  13. john cougar mellenkamp

    Newt wants to get on his knees and do obscene things to J.F.K.!!!! Romney wants to give all his taxes to the Mormon Church. To each their own. WAS Newt Romney ever in the military?.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  14. hank

    this guy is crazy

    January 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  15. gliese42

    JFK had many affairs and so did Gingrich. They have some similarities but then again nobody is perfect. CNN is highlighting Gingrich but not much on the others and that means Gingrich must be a good candidate

    January 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  16. Tom

    Ron Paul deserves more attention. But instead you have been focusing on all the other pretentious pigs. Shame on you.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  17. helenecha

    Don't be silly, Gingrich! NASA has no bureaucracy. Instead, the Program is the leadership in NASA, which shapes its way to make every member lead busy life in NASA. Besides, there's no hitting the dog with meatball program in NASA, Mr. Gingrich.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  18. DoNotWorry

    Gingrich is delusional.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  19. Max Powers

    Gingrich can't even fix things down here, don't waste our money on space. Space is full of a whole lot of nothing!

    January 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  20. Bisonfan

    It's easy to say, "Let's go to the moon!" or "Let's go to Mars!" or wherever. Even George W. Bush could do it. The challenge is not technological, but political. One administration's goal accomplishes nothing if future administrations and Congresses don't spend the billions required to achieve it. In our current political environment, Presidents and Congresses feel no obligation either to pursue the goals of their predecessors or to finance programs for which future politicians will get the glory.

    If Newt is not just grandstanding but genuinely wants to kickstart a real space venture, he needs to go where no politician has gone before: tell us what taxes should be increased to pay it.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  21. BBoy705

    Oh my belly aches from laughing so hard! Gingrich = JFK when it comes to space exploration!? Come on! Republicans (Newt or any other) want nothing to do with science for the sake of science! They don't believe in evolution, they think the earth was created 6,000 years ago, they believe in some bizarre notion called Intelligent Design... please, please, please do not compare Gingrich with JFK! How to dishonor a truly great President and human being be comparing him with nitwit Newt!

    By the way, BeverlyNC has it completely right!

    January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  22. Michael

    A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  23. Swami Yomama

    If JFK were running today he would be considered completely unelectable because he would be too conservative even for the current version of the Republican party.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  24. ctl

    How is the conservatives conservative rationalizing funding this with taxpayer money ? answer.....when you are willing to say anything to get elected.....and what a coincidence that this vision suddenly comes to him as he is campaigning in Florida the home of NASA.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  25. Guest

    Maybe Ted Kennedy

    January 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  26. Byron

    If JFK were Satan, then I would agree...

    January 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  27. elizabeth

    There's no way to make a comparison between JFK and Newt Gingrich. The only way to even use the two names in the same sentence is when describing polar extremes – and NONE of the honorable or positive adjectives fall in Newt's column.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  28. Rick McDaniel

    JFK was far from a great president, no matter how people like to think of him, today, but he did support the space program, in spite of the fact, most of the space accomplishments, actually took place, after his death.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • BBoy705

      That's because he was assassinated you knuckle head! Had that not happened he would have been alive to see his vision come to fruition! What a stupid comment!

      January 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • DoNotWorry

      LBJ actually made a point to continue JFK's vision. It was very popular at the time. I am afraid Newtie is asking what his country can do for him, not vice versa.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  29. mary

    PLEASE! He wants to win over the Florida voters, promise something that you can't deliver. Like he can make that happen, like the rest of his a"ideas". He wants the house, the car and the plane. He is not even close to being another Kennedy.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  30. Retta in Vegas

    Have they no shame? Newt is a selfserving crook, even his own party kicked him to the curb, WHAT A JOKE!

    INDEPENDENTS & the Hispanic votes in swing states will give Obama another term, ODDS are for Obama, place your bets, good ole GOP boys!

    January 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • DoNotWorry

      Thank God I am no longer a Republican. Dubya puked me out so bad that I couldn't vote Republican. He looks good next to Grinch.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  31. AreYouSerious


    January 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  32. spaceballs

    I think Newt belongs in the Ort Cloud or better yet in Uranus.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  33. TheGuy

    You can say whatever you want about Newt apparently. Just as long as you don't question his THREE marriages. If the guy failed a life promise like marriage two and possibly working on failing the third one, what makes you think he will stay loyal to the people?

    January 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Hamster

      Some people say it's his personal life and that shouldn't be our business. Let's scratch that type of thinking. This guy is possibly going to be the leader of the free world. I want to know every single thing about this guy I possibly can before I even consider allowing him run a country.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • Michelle

        Funny, Hamster, the Repubs want everyone ELSE's personal lives to be the government's business, but whatever they do themselves is okay.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • DoNotWorry

      Grinch cares who you sleep with, well, he needs to disclose who he sleeps with and we can decide whether we like it or not. We already know he is unethical and unfaithful to his promise to the nation.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  34. Dennis

    The only resembleance Newt has to JFK was when JFK looked in the toilet after a bowel movement."What is that smell?By God,that Newt keeps floating back up to the top like all the rest of them Republiturds."

    January 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  35. BobInIrvine

    "Reversing the falling numbers of Florida’s space-affiliated jobs will be a likely message of Gingrich's speech, say industry experts. But more than that, they say the address will be Gingrich's chance to make a very public and detailed commitment to what American space exploration might look like under a Gingrich administration.

    The former House speaker offered a hint during Monday’s debate when he suggested cutting bureaucratic fat from NASA and using cash prizes as incentives to reach national space goals.

    The idea would save Washington hundreds of billions of dollars, says top Gingrich adviser and ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker. “It may well be that if we put a prize on the table that encouraged entrepreneurs and adventurers to go do it – and develop all the technologies – that we ought to offer them a prize that would be worth their while."

    So, Gingrich is proposing private business do the work, saving the government money? Essentially, he is talking about privatizing NASA. And then he swells with pride that this is a great idea? Nuts.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • DoNotWorry

      Privatizing our army is a worse idea than privatizing our prisons.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  36. woodrow

    I laughed really hard. JFK was a Democrat. Nuff said.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  37. ANewtIsASalamander

    Hmmm ... Newt is a Cataholic ... I think that's about it for the parallel.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • DoNotWorry

      Newt changes religions when he changes address. JFK was a Catholic all his life.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  38. Marinedad

    I agree..we should put the space program back on track. Then for the first mission, we ought strap Newt on to the darn thing, and blast if off into space.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  39. somesay

    Obama is Like Lenin!!!

    Gingrich is Like Kruschev..

    January 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • DoNotWorry

      somesay is like crazy

      January 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  40. Don

    How could ANYONE ever be so ignorant as to compare Newt, an angry old racistcwhite cl own from Georgia, to a man Newt is not worthy of licking his shoes, JFK? Is this man insane?

    January 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • somesay

      More Like CNN mind games with those who have weak impressionable types. lol

      January 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  41. Meestor Yay

    Hey, they're both Gemini's... with impressive hair.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Don

      Any and ALL acceptable comparisons end there.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  42. somesay

    HAHAHA! no.

    He is a JFK with elephants disease and dwarfism genetically combined.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  43. X

    I'm just waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out of nowhere and tell me I've been Punk'd by reading this article.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  44. Don

    Actually ANYONE trumps Newt in ANYTHING, the least intelligent man on the planet and he PRETENDS to think he could be a JFK LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL ROFLMFAO!

    January 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  45. bad2worse

    I'm sorry. I must have missed the part where newt said "I am JFK". I'll read it again. OK. No, it doesn't appear that I have a comprehension problem.

    The author is the only one comparing him to JFK.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  46. Don

    Newt wishes he could lick JFKs shoes as that is about as close to being JFK he will ever get. First of all Newt, You have to HAVE a brain to be like JFK, something you are totally lacking. Remember, you had to show proof you had no brain when you joined the Republican party, it is their 1st requirement, NO BRAINS ALLOWED. So nice try Newt but you of all people are DEFINITELY NO JFK

    January 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  47. Wobbles

    The only thing that Newt has in common with John Kennedy is the inability to keep his tool in the toolbox. Actually, JFK trumps Newt if you compare MM to any of Newt's conquests.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  48. Donald in CA

    Please dont compare newt to JFK. Newt is a nasty racist devider who looks down on poor people. The facts speak for themselves.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  49. jdog

    vote for ANY of these two republictards (Save for Paul, the ONLY sensible person of the lot) will ENSURE the US downfall....idiots, complete idiots, but then again, you had Bush, so nothing surprises

    January 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  50. Gary

    Are you kidding me! Jack Kennedy. Oh please....... No, no no way.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  51. JEM

    Ron Paul 2012, unless you like endless wars, foreign meddling, economic bubbles,
    bailouts, big brother, runaway inflation, unfair trade deals, punitive taxation,
    forced unionism, unreasonable regulations, illegal immigration, eroded rights,
    unaccountable government, social engineering, etc.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • DoNotWorry

      Explain to me how Ron Paul can accomplish his goals without becoming a dictator. Congress would shut him down.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  52. Michelle

    Newt Gingrich, the flat-out hypocrite, and John Kennedy in the same sentence? I don't think so!!!! When he backs off the lunatic fringe social conservatism, perhaps. But then again, the Republicans' mantra for the last 25 years is everyone is supposed to live up to their version of morality BUT THEM!

    January 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  53. bubboaz

    I hope Floridians are smart enough to recognize pandering when they see it.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  54. Dave

    Are you serious?
    No way you could even begin to compare Newt to JFK. They're not even on the same league, they're not even the same sport. Comparing Newt to JFK is the most ridiculous thing I've heard all year.
    If Newt is president, he'll return America to something resembling a Bush economy with Reagan's (republican's jesus christ) policies. Which is, to de-regulate everything and keep allowing the jobs to be sent to China.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  55. Dana

    Wow, talk about ego!

    January 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  56. bubboaz

    Please don't mention these two people in the same article.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  57. RobertOKUSA

    A more accurate (Star Wars) analogy is Newt Gingrich = Dark Lord of the Sith! If his treachery and deceit fools the masses into electing him Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, we are ultimately doomed.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  58. spoo

    I would ask Gingrich if he or anyone in his family has worked as a janitor.....otherwise he should start doing that job before he suggests that this is what minority students in highschool should be doing.....I find offensive that a creap like him is even considered for president of this country.....what a shame

    January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • stephanie Foley

      Actually his daughter Jackie worked as a janitor as a teenager. It was not beneath her and gave her a strong work ethic. It would serve many of these spoiled brats and street thugs to do the same.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  59. stephanie Foley

    Did anyone notice that Newt and Ron Paul were kind of nice to each other last night? Think they are working some sort of deal? Newt did say he had a plan up his sleave to win.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  60. harrisonhits2

    Please do not taint the memory of JFK by comparing such a corrupt piece of human filth as Gingrich to him.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  61. stephanie Foley

    Newt could sweep the midwest, take the south and plant his flag in Va. (his home state) . He could do it with either Allen West Or Rand Paul.
    Ron Paul supports would flock to vote for his son.
    Ron Pauls legacy lives on in a Rand Paul Precidency 2020

    January 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • GroupHug

      I hope you are talking about bar hopping.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  62. AgnosticInCO

    The Cold War is over boys, it has been over for two decades. We have more pressing needs these days than the space race. To criticize Obama for not spending enough on NASA, lmao. I thought he was an irresponsible spendthrift? You want to throw away money on space exploration? Learn to prioritize necessities over desires. Try fixing our jobless rate, bringing back manufacturing, increasing revenue, and lowering our debt. Maybe tackle that tangled mess that is Social Security and try to keep Israel from starting a war over Iran's deliberate provocation. Those Israelis are easy to provoke, just look at their dealings in Gaza. Also, did you know our country is losing approximately a billion every year in possible revenue? The possible revenue that's being lost – money from foreign tourists who get tired of waiting upwards of six months to get a tourist visa. They get tired of waiting and decide to take their spending money somewhere else, usually europe. It's outrageous that something that should be so simple is being made so difficult. Don't tell us you want to increase spending on something like space exploration. I'm still very young, I don't want myself and my future children to have to pay for your fiscal mistakes. Stupid GOP. If Gingrich wins Florida you may be facing a disaster of epic proportions. Obama 2012. To vote otherwise would be folly.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  63. nightsun2k7

    shame on you for putting newts name in the same sentence as JFK....shame, shame shame!

    oh no, now i just did it.........shame on me!

    No newts! No newts! No newts!

    January 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  64. GroupHug

    Does this make any sense?
    Newt: Cut, cut, cut............ But I'll fund NASA????
    Repubs should be up in arms!

    What a surprise, a government program was cut and jobs were lost as a result. Of course they were. Any time any government program is cut jobs are lost. DO YOU GET IT NOW?

    January 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  65. Barney Ruble

    The question should be:

    Is Newt the next Fred Flintstone ?

    He was sleeping with Betty while married to Wilma
    while taking bribes from Mister Slate.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  66. alex

    what are we going to do with a mining colony on the moon? we need to push for all the countrys to come together and work on exploring space not fighting everyone lets agree to disagree we need to get to space more

    January 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  67. Drew Prescott

    There is absolutely no comparison between JFK and Newt Gingrich. One should never be made. Mr. Gingrich's mindset and values are clearly archaic and obsolete, dangerous, and do not reflect the majority of America. I think he is a racist at heart, and an intolerable bigot. He's the kind of guy that would drop an atomic bomb on a country that had none. he's the kind of guy that would infuriate other countries to the point of war. He's the kind of guy that would protect the wealthy and ignore the needy.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  68. Not Fat

    JFK may have cheated on his wife but he didn't leave her when she was sick, TWICE. Newt is a pig squared.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  69. mac

    JFK or Reagan which is it?

    January 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • GroupHug

      I'll take Nancy

      January 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  70. Kingpen

    JFK and Newt Gingrich even being in the same sentence? Seriously? Newt Gingrich having the audacity to suggest he is somehow an heir to JFK's legacy is beyond absurd.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • stephanie Foley

      Newt only has one addiction:women.
      JFK had two addictions: women and drugs

      January 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  71. Joe

    If you want to compare Gingrich to a dead American legend, Huey Long is a much better choice that JFK.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  72. Moneypoints

    Wow... just wow! Newt is going to give a "space race speech"? I think Newt is so out of touch. Seriously Newt – how about an arms race to increase the GDP? I know... lets build a giant freaking dam somewhere or more bridges to nowhere. How about building a humongous ship that will transport 1000's of people to Mars? That will boost the economy and resolve the major talking points against the democrats. Go Newt 1960. oh... I mean Go Newt 2012

    January 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  73. Tom

    Seriously? JFK? What kind of drugs is this writer on? Last time I looked JFK was not married 3 times, not drummed out of the house of representatives, did not pay a $300,000 fine for ethics violations, did not make almost $300,000 "consulting", and was not voted out of office.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  74. ja

    we could just stop the circus today nominate and reelcect obama, it would save tons of money, the best man has the job and will win Obama 2012, the gop set roadblocks for obama and a certain segment deep inside can't accept obama because of racism ( hatred) of people unlike themselves

    January 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Dashieldog

      so if you don't vote for Obama you are racist yet he is and has been completely useless. If Obama were fully white I would still not vote for him. I don't plan on voting for Newt either but don't call people racist for thinking or voting like Obama is useless.

      January 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  75. BJ

    'Newt another JFK?' – Get it together, CNN. Ridiculous.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  76. B1975

    Correct me if I'm wrong but Newts "idea" of offering cash prizes to achieve space goals already exist in the private sector. "The idea of NASA offering prize money for private accomplishments would be a significant break from agency history. But it is in line with recent recommendations made by a White House commission charged with figuring out how NASA will achieve President Bush's vision of putting humans back on the Moon and then on Mars." Quoted from 2004 MSN

    January 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • B1975

      It wasn't even his own idea but he wants to make it look like he thought of this all on his own!

      January 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  77. beforus

    I really do not see him in anyway like Kennedy as far as character and intelliegence. It would be giving the chicken the keys to he henhouse. It is a shame that this is the best the GOP can come up with.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  78. Harald

    Ha, Gingrich perhaps can copy JFK's style in his speech, but that's about as close as he gets to be like JFK. This guy as president would be the worst that could happen to America and the world. Not even the NRC can be that dumb to nominate him for president. Although, Democrats would be happy to run against Gingrich, because it would be an easy game. No American in his right mind, Republican or not, could possibly vote for somebody like Gingrich.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  79. Atlantan

    How dare you compare Newt to someone as great as JFK!

    January 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  80. Carol

    Why are they even comparing a Democrat to a Republican anyways? This man is crazy, JFK was a family man whereas you have Gingrich who has been married three times AND left his first wife when she was struggling with cancer! Gingrich 2012, a campaign with no heart

    January 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  81. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    He can't be JFK....Marilyn is gone and he is not taking any trips to Dallas!

    January 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  82. Reason

    Gingrich and JFk in the same sentence?
    That is the most outrageous, insulting, repulsive assertion I have seen in a long time. And that is saying something...

    January 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  83. Risky

    Newt is not a true womanizer as JFK was. Newt picks up gold diggers and marries them.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Reason

      Yeah, and lavishes them with tacky over-priced jewels...

      January 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm |


    January 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  85. Propervillain

    Like JFK? In that he is a philandering adulterer or in some other way?

    January 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Reason

      save it for church...

      January 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  86. Buzz

    More political pandering by a professional politcian. More of the same. Im really tired.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  87. Ned

    Newt is not JFK, and he's not Reagan either.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  88. jorge washinsen

    I really think the best luck the Republicans could have is another Obama term and I think the voters who elected him deserve another 4 years.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  89. CNNuthin

    What a load of space debris. Take a politician who has no understanding of NASA, space, budgets, planning, or common sense. Toss in some big words and stolen ideas that worked for someone else. Now you have Newts plan. Wasn't he the same person who said that Waterboarding was not torture? My response for that is the same for this. Try it. Does NASA have enough money to send Newt to space? If so, how much would it take to leave him there?

    January 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Reason

      Good idea on the surface, but Newt would infect that place to point of being uninhabitable.
      Wait a minute, now I get it...

      January 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  90. jbirdPA

    It's all talk. Bush had the same "shoot for Mars" thing going on to rile the USA! USA! troops. It doesn't take much astrophysics education to understand that 1) there's no reason to go back to the Moon, 2) going to Mars, is something we're not remotely capable of (decades away from) and there's nothing to be gained other than flag-planting, 3) terraforming is a sci-fi dream (though look how good we're doing on Earth – AGW), and 4) there is NO WHERE we can ever travel to outside of our solar system. This isn't nay-saying. This is education. The future of our space program is robotic probes. No romance, but smarter, cheaper, more efficient, and safer than manned programs. Sorry cowboys...

    January 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Michelle

      How can that nimnull even talk about terraforming? He could buy into that idea, but global warming is based on questionable science?!? GOOD GRIEF!

      January 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  91. servr4

    Well Obama has no vision on our future.
    He has 1 objective, anyone who has money, take it away, and give it to a lazy democrat, so they can sit on the couch, eat cheese balls and let the color tv wash over them.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  92. jorge washinsen

    Ole Newt is not willing to stand still for pilloring by the left. He would get my vote just for that.we had a lot of good candidates but the slime market diggers took care of some of them.There is an unfair advangtage when a candidate is unknown by everyone and leaves no trail.Seem stupid to trust your future to someone like that.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  93. vivian ,m

    Oh, how tempted my evil heart is to take the comparison to its ultimate conclusion, but I can't wish that on anybody. I was 5 years old the it happened. Gingrich has a lot of nerve invoking JFK\'s name inn any sense.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  94. spence

    Do you mean another Dallas, 11/22/63? Hope springs eternal.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  95. jorge washinsen

    Even though we get the ax on most of our comments I do feel real lonely being a Republican on a Democrat throne but learn to survive.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  96. 1957 Taurus

    The only way Newt Gringrich could be John F. Kennedy is if somebody shoots him with a rifle in Texas!

    January 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • aa


      January 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • TTB


      January 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • JD

      We should be so lucky...

      January 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Iris Davidson

      Amen! My sentiments exactly – We all knew Jack Kennedy – Newt you are no Jack Kennedy!!

      January 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Greenspam

      Someone please replay the video where Dan Quayle was told "You are No Jack Kennedy"

      January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • Author Charlieg

        January 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      That was also my first thought. Space is the only place I agree with Gingrich, and he's spent his career proving Americans are too angry and reckless to have a space program.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • RoboBobo

      superfluous JFK comparions not withstanding – China has a manned space program. They can send satellite into orbit. Eventually they will send astronauts to the moon, that'll be the first shot across our bow.

      Later they'll send a manned mission to Mars. Then we'll be watching chinese language broadcasts, waiting for the translations of the events that will capture the world's imagination.

      At that moment people will wonder how the Chinese got so far ahead of us...and we'll have some regret about the course our country took.

      Santorum's 'space policy' isn't known, because he hasn't thought about it. Romney will think of it in terms of who wins the government largesse.

      You all won't think about it again until a Democrat proposes it – when we are a decade behind the Chinese.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • BeverlyNC

        Let's get the facts out..President Obama fully supports NASA. The Republican Congress defunded NASA and caused them to have to cut back on every major project they were working on. Thank the Republicans for destroying yet another American icon innovation laboratory that we were once the world leader in. Remember too they wanted to let the Auto Industry die. President Obama refused and now GM is the #1 car company in the world outselling even Toyota. Should we also listen to Romney (the version from last month) that said we should let all houses in trouble foreclose and not help the homeowners who were defrauded by the banks? You saw how he outright lied and switched that postion in the FL debate where millions of their residents are facing foreclosure. Guess he will play that lie again to the other housing market disaster state of Nevada. Republicans are liars. They are destroyers, Not one is a leader and to compare psycho Gingrich to JFK is truly insane. Obama 1000% in 2012!

        January 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • mickey1313

        china will never pass us. They only exist now due to the pourpouseful devalueing of there curency. They are takeing there huge nation and trying to "americaize" it, it will colapse faster then they could even imagine.

        January 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • JustMe

        With everything going on here at home (on Earth), the last thing we need is to waste money on space programs.

        January 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • rtg

      That still wouldn't do it, they would just have one thing in common, that's it.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • real_personn

        oh, don't know about that....they were both womanizers. Although Newt only got lucky because he paid his.

        January 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Linda


      January 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Mick

      Ha! Joseph posted it before I could. Dear CNN, what kind of fools do you think we are to beleive any likeness to JFK.

      January 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Dave

      I really don't care what state they shoot Gingrich in!

      January 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Aerophil

      Besides, would you want a president named for a salamander???

      January 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • mccgeno

      that would be nice,

      January 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • jamcg

      Enough talk of shooting anyone. You folks need to take it down a notch. Blah, blah, blah Donkeys and Elephants all day long. Go see a therapist.

      January 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Shannon

      Bravo, sir!

      January 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • john sena

      this is the kind of vision that defines leadership.....waiting for state of the union that president baroken record will share

      January 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • mickey1313

      one could hope

      January 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Art

      Thanks for a good laugh. He is spaced-out for sure.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • copyman

      I heard the term "Copy Cat", but now I hear a new term called "Copy Monkey"

      January 25, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • californiaguy

      This is evil.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Forist

      As Speaker of the House Newt refined his skills of telling people what they want to hear. Telling the people of Florida he wants to get the country back into space is just one more example of it. In reality he doesn't. But, if it will buy him votes he'll tell you all the lies you want to hear. Newts strength is in his ability to brain storm ideas...he just laxs the ability to bring them to reality.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

      newt is a dume ass cant come close to pres.Kennedy how darn him NEWT IS A WANT TO BE HE RATHER BE WOMAN IZING GO HOME WITH URE BOTOX

      January 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  97. Antoine

    NEwt 2012!!!
    Best is yet to come.
    Unless of course BO is reelected, then we are doomed.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Cambone

      If Gingrich is the nominee, Obama will be re-elected

      January 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • Scott

        Sarah Palin could beat Obama. The American public has had enough of his "hope and change". We're tired of struggling to make ends meet. Bring in a conservative to clean up this liberal mess.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • Carol


        January 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • Patricksday

        Obama is the most sane of the lot. The others Ego driven desire for the ultimate power grab President of the United States of America. Too bad Romney and Newt wont ever know what its like. Karma is a powerful thing.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • Buster Bloodvessel

        "Sarah Palin could beat Obama." Bring her on. Please.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • Dave

        scott and carol=morons. Or, perhaps they are love with each other.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • Buster Bloodvessel

        Dave, she was agreeing with the original post that Obama would be re-elected.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • Retta in Vegas

        Vegas would not touch the odds, it would be a landslide for Obama! ha-ha
        Your so very right!

        INDEPENDENT voter from a HUGE swing state in 2012 NEVADA oh yes we can.....we did it before....we'll do it again!

        January 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • skpfrmdc

      ....well....looks like you oughtta start packing now...don't worry the 21st century WILL NOT miss you.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • jim

        Obama is the right choice for 2012.

        January 25, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • Dan

      Why would you vote for a guy that was found guilty of ethics charges and fined $300???

      January 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • Atlantan


        January 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
      • BobRoss

        He was also cleared of those ethics charges later after the IRS investigation, but no one ever cares to mention that...

        January 25, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Dennis

      You are doomed by your small minded thinking.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Lynn

      Anyone with a rear view mirror should look back 4 yrs. Then tell me how electing another Republican would be a good thing? Obama has had 1 hand tied behind him with the GOP congress and still he got health insurance that can't be denied to preexisting conditions. Hope you never have a teenage child diagnosed with cancer, but fights back and is a healthy young adult. Insurance co. would never insure him in his entire life, cancer is never considered "cured". Insurance co. had to be forced to do the right thing, all done under a Democrat.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • Dave

        Thank you!

        January 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • Buster Bloodvessel

        Osama bin Laden contacted me from beyond the grave last night and expressed his support for Newt.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • dualnat

        One hand tied behind his back ??????????? Its amazing how much selective memory people like you have Lynn. Hopefully you will select memory command "forget to vote".

        January 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • Maggie may

        you are so right on, Lynn.....

        January 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • RapidOne

      Utterly retarded statement.

      January 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • real_personn

      I see Antoine is already a member of Newts famed space program....

      January 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  98. Dan Bednarik

    Comparing Newt Gingrich in any way to JFK would be like comparing an amoeba to God.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • alumette

      Their only similarity would be their hair. Nothing, absolutely nothing else. If Gingrich is trying to fool the people who voted for Kennedy, decades ago, he is wasting his time. The space program has outgrown its capabilities. At the rate we are going, we will get nowhere. We need to re-think our propulsion system and our conception of space....the flight station is obsolete already. All that money as we have a vulnerable and limited station only the Russians are able to access. Very sad.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Richard

      You democruds always say things like that, but when push comes to shove, you really can't articulate WHY Kennedy was such a "great" president. Other than being a cheater in his early career, an fillanderer and someone who (BFD!) "stood up" to the Russians when the U.S. had a 5:1 missile superiority.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • skpfrmdc must be very old dude..I will quote Steppenwolf...." Yesterday's glory won't help us oughtta retire...GET OUT OF THE WAY.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Richard

        Not that old, just better versed in real history (as opposed to gauzy, democrat recollections of "Camelot") than most stupid young democrats.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
      • clarke

        Believe it or not, not all Dems are the same. That is such stero-typing.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • bostonbill

        First. Old Newt has done his share of womanizing. Now JFK did a pretty good job with The Cuban Missile Crisis. He managed to work well with congress. He was a compassionate human being,something that all of the present Republican candidates lack. Not a shred of humanity exist among any of them. There is no comparison between JFK and Newt Gingrich. John Kennedy was a compassionate visionary. Newt Gingrich is a self serving sociopath.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • Richard

        Then prove me wrong if not all Dems are the same. Unless you can say why, it's nothing but sloganeering and the words ring hollow.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • TRH


        Most of know about Marlyn, Judith Exner, and the fact that JFK traveled around with a suitcase full of drugs. The "camelot" myth died a long time ago. But JFK has one thing Newt Gingrich will never have....a legacy... not all of it positive, but a legacy just the same. Oh, by the way....I lived through the "Camelot" era. Bone up on your history.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • Dave

        JFK was great because he knew how to get republican jerks "disappeared" when needed. That's the ONLY thing Obama lacks.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Michelle

        It is almost impossible to accept your argument on the basis of your horrendous spelling.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • Buster Bloodvessel

        PT109 – look it up. He was a real hero, not the kind you get today. He expected to die before help came and swam miles with a broken back to save his men; he ended up saving them all. You sneer at him facing down the Russians, and that's because you don't understand that they had nuclear missiles in Cuba, ready to take out NYC and Washington, and were within a few weeks of calling for our surrender. They had a gun to our head, and he scared them away.

        January 25, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Sentient reader

      Actually Newt is an underachiever in that comparison, JFK screwed around with many more women, including the girlfriend of a notorious gangster.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • skpfrmdc

        @Richard.....if all Dems (as well as Repubs) were the same then why have Primaries, Debates, Elections, ect.? Your own field of candidates point out their differences constantly. Your statement shows the rigidity of the partisan (know what that means?) wing of either party. Live a little longer, learn a lot more.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • BobRoss

        Very true... JFK was far more corrupt in his personal life but history seems to like to ignore that

        January 25, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Scott

      Good. We certainly don't need another useless president like JFK. The guy had zero accomplishments in office. If he hadn't gotten his face blown off, he would be about as memorable as President Fillmore.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • Lynn

        You forget JFK and RK stared down the Cuban's and Russians over the Cuban Missile Crisis. I should know, my husband was in the Naval Air back then and was patrolling the Florida and Cuban waters looking for subs. Without the spine JFK had to stand up to them, we'd all be speaking Russian now.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • Dennis

        Scott:You are a disrespectful bag of horsecrap...people like you deserve Newt to join your ranks of losers like yourself.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • Dave

        Lynn, Dennis, forget it. You are wasting your efforts. Scott is a smelly turd and you'll never convince him of anything. Smelly turds have no brain with which to think for themselves.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • Buster Bloodvessel

        Sure kid, you heard about it on the radio once. Go away.

        January 25, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • davidrex

      We should send Newt to Mars!

      January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • Scott

        We should send all liberals to California. The liberal politics that they've implemented have destroyed that state. That's what liberalism does. Send all of the liberals there so that the rest of America can succeed.

        January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Roger

      god is an amoeba...oops...wait...amoebas actually exist...then god is no amoeba...

      January 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  99. Richard

    Nawww. I like it the way it is. A shut-down Shuttle program, a destroyed aerospace industry (akin to what Clinton did in the early 1990s) and AMERICA, begging hat-in-hand to Russia and China to launch things for it. Disgusting. Democrat polcies are disgusting.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • jjoep199

      The last paragraph in the article just happened to mention that NASA's budget is about the same as the last one Bush approved. Why is that a "democrat" pilicy?

      January 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • Richard

        Because the budget is misdirected. NASA, desperate to "re-invent" itself (and save jobs) has strayed from its mandate to explore space and has hopped on the global warming bandwagon. Obama understands and appreciates astronomy and space exploration about as well as a cow does. They don't study it in the Ghe-Toe.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • zman

      A typical repuglican't comment. Lets see...a few reasons..1) Kennedy planned to get rid of the CIA 2) He intended to take us out of Viet Nam 3) He returned our monetary system back to being backed by pecious metals (silver certificates) 4) He turned our economy around after 8 years of repluglican disaster. 5)He stood off the Russians,which of course you seem to think was a non-sequiter.Enough? Tell us what GW & co did for us besides leaving us in a mess.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • Richard

        You weren't IN Vietnam when Kennedy was President, except in a very minor capacity, semi-advisory capacity. What you meant to say was Kennedy was probably NOT going to commit you to Vietnam, but even there, you have to be careful because Kennedy HATED communism. It was part of his Catholic upbringing. He could very well have changed his mind and committed American troops as Johnson did.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Karaya

      Bush singed Shuttle program shutdown, under Obama it was extended for a few more missions.
      But for Republicans facts do not matter – otherwise you are not a Republican.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Dennis

      Yeah,Richard..we another Republican solution to global problems,such as a war with Iran,right?..And the kids of the poor and middle classes wll do the fighting for the warmongering RePUBIClans.Go stick your head up Limbaugh's behind and seek your truth!

      January 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
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