Newt Gingrich: ‘No Possibility’ Of Appearing in Debate Hosted by Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann

By Alex Weprin Comment

“There’s no possibility that I would ever go to a debate and have Olbermann or Chris Matthews asking questions. I watched the debate a couple of years ago and it was an embarrassment because they were so relentlessly hostile and they were so left-wing that every question they asked of the Republicans was designed to embarrass and divide the Republicans. And every question they asked the Democrats was designed to make them look good. Well why would we participate in that?”

NBC News is already locked in to host the first Republican primary debate next year, to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

That said, Gingrich’s criticism is a bit odd, considering that Matthews and Olbermann have never actually co-moderated a debate before, and Olbermann was not involved in the 2008 GOP debate.