On Meet the Press yesterday, the former House Speaker and erstwhile conservative icon had this to say:
"I don't want to pick a fight with Dick Cheney, but the fact is, the Republican Party has to be a broad party that appeals across the country. To be a national party, you have to have a big enough tent that you inevitably have fights inside the tent."
Pointing to President Ronald Reagan appealing to Democrats and independents as he carried 49 states in 1984, Gingrich -- himself a potential 2012 contender for the party's presidential nominee -- concluded, "I think Republicans are going to be very foolish if they run around deciding that they're going to see how much they can purge us down to the smallest possible space."
Hat tip: Politico.