Newt Gingrich has finally found an interviewer he likes. And it’s not Yahoo News‘ Chris Moody, but he came close.
Throughout his campaign, Gingrich has slammed FNC’s Chris Wallace for “gotcha questions.” He also chided Politico‘s John Harris for trying to get Republicans to “fight each other.” And when CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo pressed Gingrich on his criticism of the media’s reporting on the economy, he dripped with sarcasm: “I love humor disguised as a question.”
Newt Gingrich tweeted Wednesday that his favorite interview of his campaign was likely with an 8-year-old girl in Florida signaling to Beltway media they might need to step up their game.
The girl, Katrina Russell, is an aspiring reporter who caught up with Gingrich at a Books-A-Million on Tuesday where he was signing books.
Russell told the Naples News that Moody helped her pick out her questions before the interview:
One reporter (Chris Moody, of Yahoo News) read my questions and suggested I pick out the best three. I practiced reading them outloud and he (Moody) said, “I like that one” or he just nodded his head so I knew he didn’t really like that question as much.
We asked Moody how it all went down:
“[Russell] and her mom approached me before he arrived and I was happy to help,” he said. “I was impressed that a little kid thought to ask the great question about whether Gingrich would order Godfather’s Pizza to the White House. We all got scooped by an eight-year-old.”
Here’s how some of the Q&A went (take note, D.C. press corps.):
Have you met a president? If so, who was your favorite one? “George Washington and I’ve met Nixon, Carter, Ford, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, Obama, and of course, myself. I’m not a president yet. But with your help, I could be.”
If you become president, will you order Godfathers pizza? “I like Herman Cain. Godfathers pizza is good. But I shouldn’t be eating so much pizza.”
If you have pets, what are you going to do with them if you become president? “I don’t have any pets right now, but I love pets. I think if I become president we’ll get a dog.”