Your Daily Newt: Ridin’ the Rails


As a service to our readers, every day we are delivering a classic moment from the political life of Newt Gingrich—until he either clinches the nomination or bows out.

Newt Gingrich wants you to know that subways are for rich folks. Two weeks ago in South Carolina, he pilloried “those who, you know, live in high-rise apartment buildings writing for fancy newspapers in the middle of town after they ride the metro.” On Friday in Nevada he blased Manhattan elites who take the subway to work.

Here’s a photo of Newt Gingrich, from his 1998 book, Lessons Learned the Hard Way:

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In fairness, he was sitting in coach.

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