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Newt Gingrich: On race, Obama and Eric Holder are guilty of a 'tragic failure of leadership'

Newt Gingrich: On race, Obama and Eric Holder are guilty of a 'tragic failure of leadership'

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Sunday accused President Obama and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder of missing their opportunity to assuage race relations in America.

"Six years into their effort we are in some ways further apart, not closer together," Gingrich said on CBS' Face the Nation. "That's a tragic failure of leadership."

When pressed by host Bob Schieffer for specifics to support his case, Gingrich claimed Obama and Holder often use "divisive" language, adding that the president "automatically jumps to conclusions about things he doesn't know." —Jon Terbush