Newt Gingrich to Sarah Palin: 'Slow Down'

Former speaker of the House and potential 2012 presidential contender had some words of advice for Sarah Palin on “GMA” this morning.

“I think that she has got to slow down and be more careful and think through what she’s saying and how she’s saying it,” Newt Gingrich told me.

A new USAToday/ Gallup poll puts Palin’s favorable rating at 38 percent following her reaction to the shooting in Tucson, her lowest since she was announced as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

“There is no question that she has become more controversial, but she is still a phenomenon. I don’t know anybody else in American politics who can put something on Twitter or put something on Facebook and automatically have it become a national story,” Gingrich said about his possible 2012 rival. “So she remains, I think, a formidable person in her own right.”

While Palin’s numbers fell Obama’s approval rating has risen in the wake of the shooting.

Gingrich praised Obama for picking Bill Daley as his new chief-of-staff and he called the president’s speech in Tucson “very effective” and “what a president should do in a moment like that.”

But the former speaker of the House was highly critical of Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.

HHS is set to release a report stating that 129 million people could have preexisting conditions and therefore their health care insurance could be in jeopardy.

Gingrich called this study, released prior to a House GOP vote to repeal Obama’s health care legislation, “left wing propaganda” and dismissed its findings.

“These are people who claim they can cut $500 billion out of Medicare and not affect either doctors, hospitals or senior citizens. If you can believe that you can believe anything they are saying. These are folks who I think have consistently been dishonest about what they are doing,” Gingrich told me. “The Secretary of Health and Human Services has publicly threatened insurance companies that she would basically knock out of being able to bid on things and she’s been very overt in this. She’s behaved like a politician and basically threatening her critics.”

Watch my interview here:

-- George Stephanopoulos

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