Peeved Newt Gingrich Suggests That Occupy Protesters Curbed His Free Speech

Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich speaks to a group of supporters at a grocery store in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on December 20, 2011. Gingrich barnstormed the key state of Iowa Tuesday, ripping his rivals' attack ads and declaring himself the best candidate to beat US President Barack Obama. Scarcely two weeks before Iowans cast the first votes in the party's nominating contest, Gingrich has been asking his supporters here to help him fight back as the barrage has battered his once-surging poll numbers. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

"Some of the Occupy Wall Street people frankly have a touch of anarchism in them. I think, ultimately, the society’s going to have to say there are limits to those kind of folks blocking people from having their right to free speech. We decided it wasn’t worth risking some kind of big confrontation, so we, frankly, decided to skip past that particular event." —Newt Gingrich to Sean Hannity on Monday night, expressing frustration over the cancellation of an event at his New Hampshire campaign headquarters owing to the unwanted visit of 40 Ron Paul-supporting Occupy protesters, according to his spokesman.