GINGRICH: The real problem if you are a true left-winger, reality is not nice to you. They are now going to discover all sorts of material. Which is for example, that will lead the American people to say, we've given $20 billion to Pakistan since 9/11. And they were housing bin Laden? I mean, does any serious person believe that bin Laden could have been in that town and the Pakistanis didn't know it?
And you are going to find more and more information like that. And you have more and more questions come out. Because the world view of the American left is fundamentally out of touch with the reality of the real world. And so, this information is going to make the president's ability to continue to hide from reality, diminish dramatically.
HANNITY: What about, you know, some of the positions that I never understood, Miranda rights for enemy combatants on the battlefield, he wanted to close Gitmo. And we're now prosecuting, Eric Holder is investigating the very CIA interrogators that got the information that they were approved to get.
GINGRICH: Eric Holder should never have been approved by the U.S. Senate. He volunteered to write papers for terrorists. He volunteered to try to help terrorists get out of jail. His record out of office, between the Clinton years and today, was such that it should have disqualified him from serving as attorney general. And in fact, the U.S. house should be investigating what his beliefs are. Because he is consistently doing the wrong things as it relates to Americans. And every American should be outraged that CIA officers who are risking their lives to try to save this country from attacked are being attacked by their own attorney general.
HANNITY: What do you think of the issues of the pictures? What do you think of the issue of the funeral? Quote, "In accordance with Islamic custom." We're told on the one hand bin Laden has not -- doesn't represent a Muslim. But yet, he's a radical Islamist, but he got, let's see, a funeral within 24 hours, he has his body cleaned, wrapped in a shroud, 40 minute service on a U.S. aircraft carrier, translated into Arabic. Is there a hypersensitivity with the president?
GINGRICH: I don't know. I mean, as a historian I look back at what we would have done with Hitler and somehow it doesn't strike me that we would have been nearly as concerned. This man was a mortal enemy of the United States. Said so publicly, said so proudly. And I think sometimes we have to have an ability to look evil in the face and decide to do the right thing.
HANNITY: We would have gotten bin Laden if the Obama policies were in place? Or does he really -- does the credit for the intelligence really go to black sites, rendition EITs (ph)?
GINGRICH: Look, a lot of the credit for the intelligence goes to things that President Bush set up. But I also agree with Vice President Cheney who said the other day, you have to give President Obama credit. That when he got down to the tough decision, he had the guts to make the right decision.
HANNITY: How much would you worry about another 9/11? How vulnerable -- do you think we've become more vulnerable? Would you view the president as timid, indecisive, weak, what are your adjectives for him on foreign policy?
GINGRICH: I helped create with President Clinton that American commission, we spent three years looking at American national security. We reported in March of 2001, before 9/11, we said the greatest threat to the United States, is a weapon of mass destruction going off in an American city, probably from a terrorist group. That was in March. I would sit here today and tell you with great concern, not a day goes by, that I don't worry about us being attacked. And not a day goes by that I don't worry that the attack will be a nuclear weapon or something comparable, not something like 9/11.
HANNITY: Last question, who do you think is your toughest competitor in the primary?
GINGRICH: Oh, I think that key is to reach out to the American people, offer a new generation of solutions, a new generation of approaches. And I mean, I have many good friends running, and they're people I've known for a long time, I hope we're going to have a very positive campaign. But the only competitor I think about is President Obama.
HANNITY: What would a Newt Gingrich-Barack Obama debate look like?
GINGRICH: I think it would be very interesting. I think the difference in our fundamental values, our fundamental belief systems is so great that it would be one of the most educational debates I think in modern America.
HANNITY: All right, well, you are in. Appreciate you being with us. We will be talking in the days and months ahead.
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