Newt Gingrich jumps into the ring without apologies

Cap and Trade kissing cousins

Darren S. Sohn|Politico

Unlike Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich makes no apologies about his past advocacy on climate change.

The former House speaker and, beginning Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate, has spent the past three years defending his decision to appear alongside Nancy Pelosi in a commercial for Al Gore’s Repower America Campaign.

In the ad, Gingrich sits alongside Pelosi on a couch outside the Capitol and declares that while they don’t agree on many issues, “we do agree our country must take action to address climate change.”

Gingrich has had plenty of practice responding to complaints about the commercial from the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, who argued on his radio show that the former Georgia congressman had been aiding the “enemy.”

“I’d do a commercial with Al Gore,” Gingrich said last May in an interview with the website Human Events. “My point is conservatives ought to be prepared to stand on the same stage and offer a conservative solution.”