When Newt Gingrich ran for president in the Republican primaries last year, the former House speaker’s pitch was largely structured around convincing the primary electorate that he was the best man to debate President Obama. Newt didn’t get his wish, although he may soon be looking at a consolation prize, in the form pf regular debates with Obama’s deputy campaign manager.
Politico reported Tuesday that CNN, which is considering bringing back its long-running debate program Crossfire, is in talks with Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter, the high-ranking former Obama campaign advisor, to take the “right” and “left” seats on the show. It’s unclear how far negotiations have progressed, or whether Cutter and Gingrich would be the hosts of every show or merely part of a larger cast.
Gingrich, during his long retirement from politics that preceded that 2012 run, spent several years as a Fox News regular, although he never hosted his own show. Cutter, a longtime Democratic operative, is a newcomer to TV, although she appeared in many Obama campaign videos during the 2012 cycle.
Crossfire was famously canceled after the 2004 elections, after The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart appeared on a live show and accused its then-hosts, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson, of “hurting America.”