CNN in talks with Newt Gingrich for new “Crossfire”


CNNEarlier this month, news broke that CNN was looking to relaunch Crossfire, the iconic debate show that pitted two pundits — one liberal, one conservative — against one another on the political issues of the day.

Sources now tell Politico that the network is in discussions with former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter about roles on the show.

Spokespeople with CNN did not respond to a request from Politico for comment regarding the news. Both Cutter and a Gingrich spokesperson did not respond to emails requesting confirmation.

Should the talks go through, it is unclear whether the former House Speaker and the former Obama campaign staffer would go head-to-head on a regular basis, or whether they would be part of a rotating cast of co-hosts.

Politico recently confirmed that CNN President Jeff Zucker was looking to revamp the show, which ran from 1982-2005 and featured an evolving cast of partisan pundits, including Tom Braden, Michael Kinsley, Geraldine Ferraro, Bill Press, James Carville, Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak, John Sununu, Lynne Cheney, and Mary Matalin.

See the Politico story here