Immediately After Announcement That Fox Has Suspended Gingrich, He Appears On Network To Talk Trump VP
Sandra Smith: “We Felt It Best To Halt His Contributor Role On The Network To Avoid All Conflicts Of Interest That May Arise. And Here He Is”
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From the July 12 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:
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SANDRA SMITH (HOST): A programming note for you right now. Our network just releasing this statement. Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, effective immediately due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich's potential selection as Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise. And here he is, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, with us now on those veepstakes and all the speculation. Will we be hearing something soon? What do you know?
NEWT GINGRICH: Well, I don't know much. My guess is you're going to hear either tomorrow or Thursday. Certainly no later than Friday because they're going to want to dominate the weekend news with the new vice presidential selection, and I have no idea who he's going to pick. I think clearly Governor Pence is deeply in the running. I think Governor Christie is still in the running, and, you know, I've been part of the process. So we'll see what happens over the next two or three days. It's a little bit like "The Apprentice." You find out sooner or later who the last one standing is.
SMITH: Well, you've been more than just part of the process. You've been at or near the top of the short list that most have been talking about. Is it still in your interest? Is that still something you would be interested in doing if asked?
GINGRICH: Well, look, as a, I mean, as a citizen, if you had an opportunity to help lead the country, I don't see how you could turn it down. I think you'd have to, you'd want to work out the details of what it means, but it would be very, very hard for a citizen who cares deeply to not undertake an opportunity to really help fix things in the country.