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Newt Gingrich

Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Speaker of the House

Background

Full Name: Newton Leroy McPherson (Robert Gingrich (1925-1996), who adopted Newt)
Date of Birth: June 17, 1943 (age 68)
Born: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political Party: Republicans
Parents: Kathleen “Kit” (née Daugherty; 1925-2003), and father, Newton Searles McPherson
Children:   2 Daughters
                  Kathy Gingrich Lubbers (mother Jackie Battley)
                  Jackie Gingrich Cushman (mother Jackie Battley)
Spouse(s): Jackie Battley (1962-1981)
                 Marianne Ginther (1981-2000)
                 Callista Gingrich (2000-present)
Residence:  Carrollton, Georgia (1979-1993, while in office)
                   Marietta, Georgia (1993-1999, while in office)
                   McLean, Virginia (1999-present)
Alma mater: Emory University (B.A.)
                    Tulane University (M.A./PhD)
Occupation: Politician
                    Author
                    Assistant Professor
Religion: Roman Catholic (formerly Baptist, Lutheran)
View Video Clips: http://www.youtube.com/user/ngingrich, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PVG5dWSg2k
Estimated Wealth: $7 to $31 million

After a 13-year absence from mainstream politics, Newton Leroy Gingrich has announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign, which kicks off with 17-city swing, has unfortunately begun under a torrent of criticisms following his controversial statements on Medicare and a perceived attack of fellow Republican Paul Ryan. Nevertheless, Gingrich, a fighter and above all, a consummate politician, is expected to make a swift recovery and stamp his mark on the race.

On the issues


Abortion
-Stop forcing pro-choice morality on religious organizations. (Jun 2011)
-Immediately cease public funding for abortion providers. (Jun 2011)
-Impeach judges who don’t abide by Constitution as written. (Oct 2005)
-Most Americans are pro-choice and anti-abortion. (Jun 1995)
-Signed anti-abortion pledge. “Principles to protect life” platform calls for conservative judges and no subsidies for abortion but not for constitutional abortion ban.


Budget & Economy
-Dodd-Frank kills small business & small banks. (Nov 2011)
-Only leadership can balance the budget. (Sep 2011)
-Modernizing government would save $500B per year in waste. (Sep 2011)
-No sequel to failed stimulus & job-killing policies. (Sep 2011)
-The Fed’s secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society. (Sep 2011)
-Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes. (Sep 2011)
-The Super-committee is as dumb an idea as I’ve ever heard. (Aug 2011)
-It’s a scandal that the Federal Reserve is secret. (Aug 2011)
-Federal government pays at least $150B a year to crooks. (Jul 2011)
-Insure banks rather than pass out checks. (Apr 2010)
-1995-97: Pushed for (and got) capital gains tax cut. (Apr 2010)
-Bailout combines bad policy with worst of Detroit’s decay. (Jul 2009)
-1995 budget: cut taxes, regulations, & spending. (Aug 2008)
-Negotiated 1998 budget: first one balanced since 1969. (Jun 2004)
-Focus on customers; use employee knowledge. (Jul 1995)
-Achieve balanced budget by 2002. (Jan 1995)
-Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
-Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
-Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)


Civil Rights
-Loyalty test for everyone, not just for Muslims. (Aug 2011)
-I helped author DOMA; if it fails, amend Constitution. (Jun 2011)
-Army & Marines wanted Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell. (Jun 2011)
-Stop forcing same-sex marriage on religious organizations. (Jun 2011)
-Helped oust Iowa justices who approved same-sex marriage. (May 2011)
-ACLU lawsuits designed to drain resources of Boy Scouts. (Feb 2008)
-Five justices banned school prayer against American majority. (Dec 2006)
-Foreign opinion has no relevance to US same-sex marriage. (Oct 2005)
-Discontinue affirmative action programs. (Nov 1998)
-ACLU has become eccentric and destructive. (Jul 1998)
-NEA includes most bizarre & extreme misuse of tax funds. (Jul 1998)
-1968: Led college protest over suppressing racy newspaper. (Jun 1995)
-America is multi-ethnic but not multi-cultural. (Jun 1995)
-Affirmative action OK individually, but not by group. (Jun 1995)
-Half-sister, a lesbian lobbyist: “Newt promotes tolerance”. (Jun 1995)


Corporations
-Businesses focus on customers; apply LEAN Sigma Six to gov’t. (Nov 2011)
-2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act drives IPOs out of the US. (Dec 2007)
-Bureaucracy & litigation are enemies of entrepreneurship. (Jun 1995)

 

Crime
-Supports Prison Fellowship InnerChange Freedom Initiative. (Dec 2007)
-3-strike laws are constitutional; enforce courts compliance. (Oct 2005)
-Convert decommissioned military bases into prisons. (Jun 1995)
-Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
-More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)


Drugs
-Marijuana legalization would tear America apart. (Apr 2011)
-International drug traders use network for terrorist traffic. (Nov 2006)
-Increase penalties for illegal drugs. (Nov 1998)
-Drug-free society focuses on both drug supply & demand. (Jul 1998)
-Admitted to smoking marijuana, coming of age in 1960s. (Jun 1995)


Education

-College students should work and graduate with no debt. (Nov 2011)
-Dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education. (Sep 2011)
-I liked charter school programs in Obama’s Race to the Top. (Sep 2011)
-Let parents choose public, private, parochial, or home school. (Jun 2011)
-More learning options: community college-run charter schools. (Dec 2007)
-Offer coupons to send kids to schools that work best. (Dec 2007)
-America’s high schools are obsolete. (Sep 2007)
-Pay kids as incentive to learn math and science. (Sep 2007)
-Removing God from Pledge of Allegiance assaults our identity. (Dec 2006)
-Removing “God” from Pledge assaults our identity. (Dec 2006)
-Replace multiculturalism with patriotic education. (Dec 2006)
-Reference to God in Pledge of Allegiance is not ceremonial. (Dec 2006)
-Introduce competition among schools and teachers. (Dec 2006)
-Encourage private sector in math and science education. (Dec 2006)
-Waive interest on student loans for math & science grads. (Sep 2003)
-Support charters; insist on change for failing schools. (Jul 1998)
-Private scholarships for students at hopeless schools. (Jul 1998)
-1984: All-night Congressional vigil on school prayer vote. (Jun 1995)
-Voucherize inner-city programs from schools to groceries. (Jun 1995)
-Voluntary school prayer creates bond between you and Creator. (Jun 1995)
-1963 Supreme Court school prayer ban was just wrong. (Jun 1995)
-Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
-Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
-Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)


Energy & Oil
-Put nuclear waste in deep storage for 10,000 years. (Oct 2011)
-Every green tax credit is a tax loophole. (Sep 2011)
-Fact Check: US has 110-year supply of gas, not 1,100 years. (Feb 2011)
-2008 petition drive: Drill here, Drill now, Pay less. (Feb 2011)
-New nuclear plants would reduce 2 billion tons of CO2 a year. (Feb 2011)
-2008 book: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less. (Dec 2007)
-Billion-dollar prize for first mass-produced hydrogen car. (Dec 2007)
-Kyoto treaty is bad for the environment and bad for America. (Dec 2006)
-Focus on incentives for conservation & renewable resources. (Dec 2006)
-Stop scare tactics about drilling in Alaska. (Dec 2006)
-Gas tax sounds OK in DC, but not outside Beltway. (Jul 1998)
-Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
-Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)


Environment
-Critical Katrina recovery by energetic church volunteers. (Jun 2011)
-Replace EPA with new Environmental Solutions Agency. (Feb 2011)
– Katrina’s collapse of New Orleans was avoidable. (Dec 2007)
-Boston’s Big Dig was a classic pork barrel project. (Dec 2007)
-Reject apocalyptic warnings; they only lead to higher taxes. (Dec 2007)
-Greatest enviro dangers are poverty & command bureaucracy. (Sep 2007)
-Combine healthy environment and a healthy economy. (Dec 2006)
-Early 1980s: co-sponsored Endangered Species Act. (Jun 1995)
-Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)


Families & Children
-Let poor kids work so they learn like middle class. (Dec 2011)
-Reward high-school girls who graduate as virgins. (Nov 2011)
-Responsibility for child’s education resides with parents. (Jun 2011)
-Aging baby boomers need more independent & assisted living. (Sep 2007)
-Marriage penalty costs low-income couples $4,600 per year. (Jun 1995)
-1979: his marriage collapsed because “all humans sin”. (Jun 1995)
-Co-established bipartisan task force on the family. (Jan 1995)
-Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

 

Foreign Policy
-Tell the truth: Palestinians are an “invented people”. (Dec 2011)
-Corruption from our bureaucrats giving bureaucrats money. (Sep 2011)
-We have failed for a decade to deal with North Korea & Iran. (Sep 2011)
-We need a dramatically expanded use of statecraft. (May 2007)
-1994 peso collapse was first crisis of 21st century. (Jun 2004)
-1993: $1.6B Russia aid package was “great defining moment”. (Jun 2004)
-Lead the world into Third Wave Information Age. (Jul 1995)
-American Exceptionalism: uniquely far-reaching individualism. (Jun 1995)

 

Free Trade
-Protectionism helps China & India challenge US supremacy. (Dec 2006)
-Mutual trade: neither free trade nor protectionism. (Jun 1995)

 

Government Reform
-Historically ignorant leaders make suicidally stupid policy. (Oct 2011)
-Press corps focuses on campaign minutia & not basic ideas. (Aug 2011)
-The era of big government is over, and I mean it. (Jul 2011)
-Abolish all White House Czars. (Jul 2011)
-Constitution begins “we the people” not “we the government”. (Nov 2010)
-Democrats say they oppose earmarks, but proposed 8,000. (Feb 2009)
-GOP wins election and then loses the government. (Feb 2008)
-End judicial supremacy; preserve our Godly heritage. (Dec 2007)
-Replace bureaucratic mindset with Entrepreneurial Management. (Sep 2007)
-Insist on judges who understand our rights come from God. (Dec 2006)
-Supreme Court has become permanent Constitutional Convention. (Dec 2006)
-Insist on judges who understand our rights come from God. (Dec 2006)
-Our rights come from God, not from government. (Dec 2006)
-Contract With America: deep cuts in Medicare/Medicaid/taxes. (Nov 2003)
-Increase federal limits on individual campaign contributions. (Nov 1998)
-Established systems are inherently hostile to change. (Jul 1998)
-Press plays “gotcha”; limit press briefings. (Jul 1998)
-1995 government shutdown from GOP underestimating Clinton. (Jul 1998)
-1994 GOP victory destroyed bipartisanship. (Jul 1998)
-Elected on anti-corruption platform in 1978. (Jul 1998)
-Government should take management lesson from private sector. (Jul 1998)
-Rethink every aspect of bureaucracy. (Jul 1998)
-Class mobility is key part of America’s genius. (Jul 1995)
-Wrote “Contract with America” as conservative platform. (Jun 1995)
-Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
-Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
-Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
-Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
-Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Gun Control
-Don’t redefine Constitution with no individual right to arms. (Oct 2005)


Health Care
-HillaryCare mandate ok; ObamaCare mandate unconstitutional. (Dec 2011)
-No mandatory premium support model; give people choices. (Nov 2011)
-Medicare pays crooks; contract it out to private companies. (Nov 2011)
-Block grant Medicaid; create individual incentives & bonuses. (Nov 2011)
-Rampant Medicaid/Medicare fraud: stop paying the crooks. (Jul 2011)
-If you mandate healthcare, you mandate everything in life. (Jun 2011)
-House GOP Medicare plan was right-wing social engineering. (Jun 2011)
-Repeal ObamaCare; sign tort reform instead. (Feb 2011)
-21st-century personalized intelligent health system. (Dec 2007)
-Focus on health as a moral issue. (Dec 2007)
-Medicare opt-in to private health savings accounts. (Dec 2006)
-Focus 21st Century Intelligent Health System on individuals. (Dec 2006)
-Market competition yields more health choice at lower prices. (Dec 2006)
-1994: Declined gov’t insurance but gov’t paid 75% anyway. (Nov 2003)
-Save dollars and save lives–so transform urgently. (Sep 2003)
-System broken due to “perfect storm” of converging problems. (Sep 2003)
-Tax credits for developing technology for disabilities. (Sep 2003)
-Re-focus Medicare on preventive health instead of sickness. (Sep 2003)
-Market dynamics can save healthcare, not government control. (Sep 2003)
-Focus on prevention; would save $14B with diabetes. (Jul 1998)
-Ongoing battle against liberals nationalizing healthcare. (Jul 1998)
-Too much reform puts 1/7 of US economy at risk. (Jun 1995)
-Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)


Homeland Security
-All of us will be in danger for the rest of our lives. (Nov 2011)
-All of us will be in danger for the rest of our lives. (Nov 2011)
-it’s nonsense to disarm America to balance the budget. (Oct 2011)
-Real danger of Iran getting nukes from Pakistan. (Sep 2011)
-We have enemies that want disasters on an enormous scale. (Sep 2011)
-Defense as percentage of GDP is lowest since WWII. (Jul 2011)
-Post-9/11, it’s terrorism vs. civilization. (Sep 2009)
-Be prepared in a very militant and aggressive way. (Feb 2009)
-Gingrich-plus-up: $1B increase in 1990s Pentagon funding. (Dec 2007)
-Contain nuclear threats: China, Russia, Pakistan, North Korea. (Sep 2007)
-1980s: Supported squadron of 132 B-2 stealth bombers. (May 2007)
-Military tribunals to lock people up the way Lincoln did. (May 2007)
-Defend America & allies with information policies. (Dec 2006)
-Biological threat bigger than nuclear threat. (Sep 2003)
-Wishes he volunteered for Vietnam; exempt due to young kids. (Jun 1995)
-Women not suitable for combat due to infections. (Jun 1995)
-Co-founded Military Reform Caucus as “cheap hawk solution”. (Jun 1995)
– ” No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)


Immigration
-Review all illegal aliens & if you have no ties, go home. (Nov 2011)
-Illegal aliens born in the US should not be deported. (Nov 2011)
-Sue the federal government for every cent spent on illegal’s. (Nov 2011)
-Employers should use e-verify for all hires. (Sep 2011)
-Require official English plus American history. (Sep 2011)
-I voted for Reagan’s legal guest worker program. (Sep 2011)
-Citizen Boards to decide which immigrants stay and go. (Aug 2011)
-Use National Guard on US-Mexican border. (Jun 2011)
-Deport 55,000 illegal aliens with multiple arrest records. (Dec 2007)
-Elite immigration solution incompatible with American values. (Dec 2007)
-Lax border security lets in terrorists. (Dec 2007)
-Immigrants must learn key values of American history. (Dec 2006)
-Make it harder to sneak in, but easier for guest workers. (Dec 2006)
-1989: Let Tiananmen students overstay visas. (Jun 1995)
-Irish and Chinese immigrants overcame bigotry; so can blacks. (Jun 1995)


Jobs
-Go to college instead of 99 weeks of unemployment. (Nov 2011)
-Fundamentally wrong to give unemployment pay for 99 weeks. (Sep 2011)
-The American people create jobs; not government. (Sep 2011)
-Jobs & Prosperity Plan: cut business taxes & regulations. (Jul 2011)
-Defund National Labor Relations Board; favor right-to-work. (Jun 2011)
-Number one job today is to create jobs. (Feb 2011)
-Unions want to take away right to secret-ballot elections. (Dec 2007)
-Union leaders prefer protection over competition. (Sep 2007)
-Unions focus on politics; corporations on doing business. (Jul 1998)
-Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)


Principles & Values
-Is Obama a socialist? “Sure, of course he is”. (Sep 2011)
-Tea Party prevent mistake of electing conservative Democrats. (Jul 2011)
-If you’re not loyal to U.S., you can’t serve in my Cabinet. (Jun 2011)
-Start speaking out in favor of American Exceptionalism. (Jun 2011)
-American Exceptionalism is central to our nation’s survival. (Jun 2011)
-Declaration assumes God created man. (Jun 2011)
-Five habits of liberty sustain American Exceptionalism. (Jun 2011)
-Red-blue split in America is 85% Americans and 15% fringe. (Dec 2007)
-Red-vs.-Blue fails: propose Red-White-and-Blue solutions. (Dec 2007)
-Creator as source of liberty is literally written in stone. (Dec 2006)
-Media-academic-legal elite imposes radical secularist vision. (Dec 2006)
-Constitution says freedom OF religion, not FROM religion. (Dec 2006)
-Supreme Court hostile to religion, but building based on it. (Dec 2006)
-Reform traditional instruments of gov’t for 21st century. (Dec 2006)
-Focus on 5 major challenges for the 21st century. (Dec 2006)
-Politics is war without blood. (Feb 2003)
-Polls are biased left; GOP wins on the issues. (Jul 1998)
-GOP represents people, but Dems communicate better. (Jul 1998)
-Baby Boomers becoming Republicans while Dems become outdated. (Jul 1998)
-Liberals exploit weakness; conservatives offer strength. (Jul 1998)
-Culture of irresponsibility began in 1965. (Jul 1995)
-Our civilization is a shared opportunity to pursue happiness. (Jul 1995)
-Search for progress in successful lessons of the past. (Jun 1995)
-Many newspaper editorial boards contain socialists. (Jun 1995)
-If you’re afraid or broke or uneducated, you’re not free. (Jan 1995)

Past Elections
-1998: Resigned after election loss of House seats. (Nov 2010)
-After 2000, Republicans failed to govern successfully. (Dec 2007)
-1979: wrote Art of Transformation; 1990s: implemented it. (Dec 2007)
-1998: Proceeded with unpopular impeachment “because we can”. (Jun 2004)
-1972: State chair for CREEP, committee to re-elect Nixon. (Jun 1995)
-1960: first political activism: student volunteer for Nixon. (Jun 1995)
-Cooperate on Contract, but no compromise. (Jun 1995)
-Four House Ethics complaints against “Newt Inc.” GOPAC. (Jun 1995)
-Authored Conservative Opportunity Society manifesto. (Jun 1995)

Personal Life
-Parents married only a few months; named after stepfather. (Jun 1995)
-Dated his geometry teacher in high-school; married her later. (Jun 1995)
-Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)


Social Security
-Take Social Security off federal budget; give young a choice. (Nov 2011)
– Get social security out of budget; make personal accounts. (Nov 2011)
-Take away politicians’ power & control over our retirement. (Sep 2011)
-50% offset on the FICA tax, to stimulate economy. (Feb 2009)
-Invest 50% of payroll taxes in personal accounts. (Dec 2007)
-Move retirement plans to personal savings plans. (Dec 2007)
-Modernize via personal social security savings accounts. (Dec 2006)
-Retirement policies & tax policies ARE health policies. (Sep 2003)
-Show true cost of FICA–double what is shown on paychecks. (Jul 1998)
-Convert to IRA-based system. (Jul 1998)
-Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)


Tax Reform
-Obama divides us by going after people who make over $250K. (Oct 2011)
-Obama’s “balanced approach” is code for raise taxes. (Jul 2011)
-Death tax is a direct assault on civil society. (Jun 2011)
-Energy taxes are taxes on people earning under $250K. (Feb 2009)
-Match the Chinese and have zero capital gains tax. (Feb 2009)
-Voted against Reagan tax increases & Bush tax increases. (Feb 2008)
-Flat tax proposal criticized for losing popular tax breaks. (Dec 2007)
-Tax hikes retard growth and depress revenues. (Dec 2007)
-Change tax policies to make US companies competitive abroad. (Sep 2007)
-Create tax incentives that encourage R&D. (Sep 2007)
-Eliminate the capital gains tax to encourage investing. (Sep 2007)
-Opposing taxes is a key conservative value. (Jul 1998)
-Input of public judgment for any major tax reform. (Jul 1998)
-EITC is an invitation to fraud. (Jul 1998)
-Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
-Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
-Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)


Technology
-America should be in space, aggressively & entrepreneurially. (Dec 2011)
-Prepare more for electromagnetic pulse attack. (Nov 2011)
-Fact Check: 1.3 million Twitter followers is exaggerated. (Jul 2011)
-Replace NASA with incentives to private sector. (Jun 2011)
-NASA bureaucrats hijacked the great space adventure. (Dec 2007)
-Establish three high-speed rail corridors; NY-MA; FL; & CA. (Dec 2007)
-Invest in scientific revolutions: energy, space, environment. (Sep 2007)
-Focus on investing in science and discovery. (Sep 2003)
-Nanotechnology combined with biotech will transform society. (Sep 2003)
-Supports federal investment in space for science & discovery. (Sep 2003)
-Statistical adjustment of census begets political adjustment. (Jul 1998)
-Television is the wasteland of cynicism. (Jun 1995)
-Televise Congress: “C-Span is more real than being there”. (Jun 1995)
-Tax credit for inner-city computers: “Let them eat laptops”. (Jun 1995)
-Co-founded Congressional Space Caucus. (Jun 1995)
-Abolish tax deferral for media sales to minorities. (Jun 1995)


War & Peace
-Sabotage Iran’s oil refinery. (Nov 2011)
-Covert operations & military, if needed, to stop Iran nukes. (Nov 2011)
-Wrong to intervene in Libya; covert action more effective. (Aug 2011)
-No US conventional forces in Libya. (Jul 2011)
-Get out of Arab region rapidly; make new strategy. (Jun 2011)
-Goal was to liberate Iraq from Saddam, not to occupy. (Dec 2007)
-The “Irreconcilable Wing of Islam” threatens our way of life. (Dec 2007)
-Deadline for Iraqi withdrawal is legislating defeat. (May 2007)
-Even if Iraq IS a civil war, people have won civil wars. (May 2007)
-Pressure Iran to cut off Iraq, including blockading Iran. (May 2007)
-Iraq & Syria are enemies–ok to talk if we understand that. (May 2007)
-French didn’t abandon colonies in 1776; even when losing. (May 2007)
-Iraqi Army risk their lives & take more casualties than US. (May 2007)
-Date for withdrawal means terrorists exalt & follow us home. (May 2007)
-War on terror is transformational, and will take many years. (Dec 2006)
-Defend America & allies from those who would destroy us. (Dec 2006)
-Critical of how Iraq war has been fought. (Nov 2006)
– Iraq policy is a mess. (Dec 2003)
-Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Welfare & Poverty
-When free welfare is provided, people choose not to work. (Jun 2011)
-1996: One out of 184 programs block-granted back to states. (Jun 2011)
-Ten Lessons from Successfully Transforming Welfare. (Dec 2007)
-Boys Town-style orphanages better than kids on welfare. (Nov 2003)
-Reach majority by better ideas, not by handing out goodies. (Jul 1998)
-Eight steps to improve opportunity for poor. (Jul 1995)
-Welfare state has distorted beyond its original intent. (Jun 1995)
-Error at core of welfare state is its dehumanization. (Jun 1995)
-Welfare vouchers allow choice & reduce bureaucracy. (Jun 1995)
-Food stamps crowd out space shuttles. (Jun 1995)
-Replace welfare state with opportunity society. (Jan 1995)
-Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)

Personal History

There are numerous Skelton’s in Newt’s history, closet and life. In 1981, six months after the divorce from Battley was final, Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther. In the mid-1990s, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior. They continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal, when Gingrich became a leader of the investigation of President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with Clinton’s alleged affairs.

In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce from second wife Ginther was finalized. He and Callista currently live in McLean, Virginia. In a 2011 interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich addressed his past infidelities by saying, “There’s no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” In December 2011, after the group Iowans for Christian Leaders in Government requested that he sign their so-called “Marriage Vow”, Gingrich sent a lengthy written response. It included his pledge to “uphold personal fidelity to my spouse”.


Political History

Among the first pieces of legislation passed by the new Congress under Gingrich watch was the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, which subjected members of Congress to the same laws that apply to businesses and their employees, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As a provision of the Contract with America, the law was symbolic of the new Republican majority’s goal to remove some of the entitlements enjoyed by Congress. The bill received near universal acceptance from the House and Senate and was signed into law on January 23, 1995.

Gingrich and the incoming Republican majority’s promise to slow the rate of government spending conflicted with the president’s agenda for Medicare, education, the environment and public health, leading to a temporary shutdown of the federal government.

Clinton said Republican amendments would strip the U.S. Treasury of its ability to dip into federal trust funds to avoid a borrowing crisis. Republican amendments would have limited appeals by death-row inmates, made it harder to issue health, safety and environmental regulations, and would have committed the president to a seven-year balanced budget. Clinton vetoed a second bill allowing the government to keep operating beyond the time when most spending authority expires.

Scandals/Controversies

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker. After extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was sanctioned $300,000 by a 395-28 House vote. It was the first time in history a speaker was disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.

In January 1997, Gingrich said “I did not manage the effort intensely enough to thoroughly direct or review information being submitted to the committee on my behalf. In my name and over my signature, inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the committee, but I did not intend to mislead the committee.” Most of the charges were dropped, in one case because there was no evidence that Gingrich was still violating, as of the time of the investigation, the rule that he was found to have violated in the past. The one charge not dropped was a charge of claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. In addition, the House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented “intentional or … reckless” disregard of House rules.

Special Counsel James M. Cole concluded that Gingrich violated federal tax law and had lied to the ethics panel in an effort to force the committee to dismiss the complaint against him. The full committee panel did not agree whether tax law had been violated and left that issue up to the IRS. In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the “Renewing American Civilization” courses under investigation for possible tax violations.


According to notes written by Gingrich in 1993, which were included in the House report in 1997 and published by Slate in 2011, Gingrich had a 25-year plan. As Gingrich’s “primary mission”, the notes list, “advocate of civilization”, “definer of civilization”, “teacher of the rules of civilization”, “arouser of those who form civilization”, “organizer of the pro-civilization activists”, and “leader (possibly) of the civilizing forces”. According to the plan, Gingrich would write a series of books and make public appearances to present “Gingrich the historian applying the lessons of history to public life”.

Leadership Challenge

In the summer of 1997 several House Republicans attempted to replace him as Speaker, claiming Gingrich’s public image was a liability. The attempted “coup” began July 9 with a meeting of Republican conference chairman John Boehner of Ohio and Republican leadership chairman Bill Paxon of New York. According to their plan, House Majority Leader Dick Armey, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, Boehner and Paxon were to present Gingrich with an ultimatum: resign, or be voted out. However, Armey balked at the proposal to make Paxon the new Speaker, and told his chief of staff to warn Gingrich about the attempted coup.

On July 11, Gingrich met with senior Republican leadership to assess the situation. He explained that under no circumstance would he step down. If he was voted out, there would be a new election for Speaker, which would allow for the possibility that Democrats-along with dissenting Republicans-would vote in Dick Gephardt as Speaker. On July 16, Paxon offered to resign his post, feeling that he had not handled the situation correctly, as the only member of the leadership who had been appointed to his position-by Gingrich-instead of elected.

Republicans lost five seats in the House in the 1998 elections-the worst midterm performance in 64 years for a party that didn’t hold the presidency. Polls showed that Gingrich and the Republican Party’s attempt to remove President Clinton from office was deeply unpopular among voters. Gingrich suffered much of the blame for the election loss. Facing a rebellion in the Republican caucus, he announced on November 5, 1998, that he would not only stand down as Speaker, but would leave the House as well.

Gingrich made this announcement only a day after being elected to an 11th term from his district. Commenting on his departure, Gingrich said, “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is.”

The Good Things He Accomplished

“Now the news media is all over this like a hot potato – they’re pulling Newt’s record up and it’s one hell of a record; he’s probably one of the most influential politicans of our time. If the big “O” had a spoonful of

Gingrich’s intelligence and political savvy, the 2012 race would be a shoo in for us.”

Here’s a small portion of Newt’s Record: Definitely a Patriot.

Newt perfected the art of reaching across the table – in 1995 President Clinton and Newt Gingrich worked together and accomplished absolute miracles.

In 1996 the Telecommunications Act was passed, the first real revision in over 60 years. The House passed the bill 414-16 margin – 178 Democrats and 236 Republicans supported the bill. Speaking of reaching across the table!

President Clinton and Newt worked on the Welfare reform, 1996 and it passed (230 Republicans and 98 Democrats.)

Next was the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, 1996 – this Act allowed employees to change employers without losing their health insurance due to any pre-existing illnesses, it addressed provisions for health information privacy. This was literally a landslide vote – passed 421-2.

In 1997, the Balanced Budget Act – this bill actually cut spending that would insure a balanced budget by 2002. Passed by large majority vote again – 346-85 margin

Again in 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act, 1997 was passed – this bill was well crafted offering a child tax credit, penalty free withdrawals from IRAs for first time home purchases or for education expenses. It included limitations on the estate tax and decrease in the capital gains tax. House passed the final bill 389-43.

Newt Gingrich and President Clinton weren’t bosom buddies, but reached across the aisle; both put Americans and their Country came first, they didn’t allow negativity or petty disagreements to interfere.
Here is a report from the Washington Times – Newt definitely put his Country first. At the presidential bill-signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Gingrich called for “‘bipartisan leadership across the planet” to put aside party differences and address other nagging problems that, like the deficit, worry the public,” the Washington Times reported. “‘We will meet the moral integrity test in peacetime of not spending our children’s and grandchildren’s money,” he said. “We have a chance over the next three and a half years to work together . . . to accomplish a lot.'”

Something positive that Newt said recently: What was the offending Newt Gingrich comment that he said on MSNBC? Gingrich advised “Occupy Wall Street” protesters to “get a job right after you take a bath.” Horror, disgust and crawling skin.

The Tea Party and Newt Gingrich

How Newt Gingrich Won Over The Tea Party
As opponents and the Republican establishment turn on former House speaker Newt Gingrich, he’s getting a lifeline of support from a constituency he has ambitiously courted: the tea party.

By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / December 20, 2011

Newt Gingrich topping Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and even tea party champion Ron Paul in a 23,000-person tea party straw poll on Monday might seem like another head scratcher in the GOP’s bewildering and manic rush to come up with a candidate to unseat President Obama.

The former House speaker tallied support from 31 percent of the tea partiers surveyed. The straw poll results came as national polls show Mr. Gingrich’s support eroding. He’s now in a dead heat with Mr. Romney, who has approached the tea party more cautiously.

Meanwhile, Representative Paul, sometimes called the godfather of the tea party, came in with only 3 percent of the straw poll vote. (Representative Bachmann received 28 percent, and former Massachusetts Governor Romney took 20 percent.)

Gingrich’s record is long, complicated, and hardly the picture of philosophical rigor that the tea party movement seeks to employ in Washington. So, how did Gingrich win over the tea party?

Gingrich’s appeal among tea partiers has its roots in a number of factors, including his early support of the movement, his scorched-earth maneuverings in the 1990s that helped guide the country toward balanced budgets and even surpluses, and the fact that he’s being targeted for takedown by the same Republican establishment that the tea party has vowed to depose via electoral insurgency.

Gingrich can “express conservative views in ways that are, to that conservative audience, interesting and motivational, and those are his political assets,” says Merle Black, a political science professor at Emory University, in Atlanta.

Democrats have wasted little time playing up Gingrich’s tea party connections. Gingrich was “a tea party politician even before there was a tea party,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, recently said. “He supported gutting funding for education and Medicare to fund a tax cut for millionaires and shut down the government over it, and those are the same policies he supports today,” she said.

Gingrich’s recent slip in the polls indicate that his record is susceptible to attacks, like the ads playing in Iowa that highlight his work as a consultant for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, which paid Gingrich $1.6 million over six years. Gingrich has said he was paid for “strategic advice,” not lobbying.

“I think as tea partiers concentrate on that … they’ll say, `Wow, this really isn’t the guy that would represent our views,’ ” Romney told reporters in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday. “I think the tea party is anxious to have people who are outside Washington coming in to change Washington, as opposed to people who stayed in Washington for 30 years.”

Yet Gingrich’s tea party strategy, at least for now, keeps paying off.

Without the financial resources or campaign structure to keep up with Romney, Gingrich has actively courted tea party adherents, much as Herman Cain did before he left the race amid accusations of infidelity.

Gingrich was an early signer of the Contract From America, a tea party position statement patterned on Gingrich’s own Contract With America. Gingrich also threw his support behind the 2009 tax day rallies, helping to give early legitimacy to the tea party movement.

He courted tea party organizations so aggressively in South Carolina that Bachmann cried foul, alleging that the Gingrich campaign was paying for support. There is no evidence of that occurring, and Gingrich’s campaign has flatly denied it, as have tea party members in that state.

Gingrich’s campaign has hired local tea party leaders in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

“Gingrich has been very clever in using the energy of the movement to propel his campaign in ways that Romney has just been tone deaf,” Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition recently told Owen Brennan, writing in the conservative Weekly Standard magazine.

Gingrich is no tea party shoo-in. He will have to prove that he’s more committed to conservative principles than he’s let on in the past. And that he’s seasoned and disciplined enough to take on Obama.
“There’s certainly positions he’s taken that would find a lot of support in the tea party, but the problem for Gingrich is that he’s taken a lot of positions over the years, some of them consistent with the philosophy of the tea party, but others that would not be,” says Professor Black, at Emory.

The straw poll win for Gingrich came with cautious approval from Jenny Beth Martin, a Tea Party Patriots coordinator. “An overwhelming number of activists from around the nation showed they are serious about electing a candidate who advances tea party principles,” she said. “Just as in 2010, candidates like Newt Gingrich will need to show they will be fiscally responsible and protect the Constitution in the White House.”

Meet Newt Gingrich’s Secret Weapon
By Grace Wyler
January 08, 2012

Since his disappointing finish in Iowa last week, Newt Gingrich has been on a kamikaze mission to destroy Mitt Romney, and most political watchers are pretty confident that he is going to destroy himself in the process.

What most people don’t know (or at least fail to mention) is that Gingrich has a secret weapon – a crack team of young Tea Party operatives who are determined to carry Gingrich through the primaries, and ready to take on the Republican Establishment, no matter the cost.

This fresh-faced group of conservatives – which includes Gingrich’s New Hampshire and South Carolina campaign managers, his national coalitions director, some fundraising guys, and several members of his communications team – have limited experience in politics, let alone on a presidential campaign. Instead, their political involvement has primarily been in grassroots conservative activism, as part of a growing network of strategists and consultants that has evolved outside of traditional Republican politics in what amounts to the professionalization of the Tea Party.

Despite their relative inexperience, these young operatives have shown an impressive ability to activate the Republican base, using aggressive social media and online outreach to mobilize conservative grassroots networks. For the past two months, they have been channeling that energy into support for Gingrich’s campaign, quietly turning the former House Speaker into the de facto Tea Party candidate.

“If you look at Newt’s support staff, they don’t come from normal places,” Gingrich’s communications director R.C. Hammond told Business Insider. “This is a young crew of insurgent Republicans – they understand people inside and out, they understand how to keep people active, that we have to be inclusive.”

On its face, Gingrich’s ties to the Tea Party may seem unlikely – a weird marriage between young conservative idealists and a candidate who often seems like a relic of the last century. But Andrew Hemingway,
Gingrich’s political director here in New Hampshire, told Business Insider he sees it as a natural fit.

Gingrich, Hemingway said, is the anti-Establishment candidate. That may seem like a strange claim, given that the former House Speaker basically spent his entire career in Washington, but it’s clear that, to Hemingway and Gingrich’s other young operatives, Establishment is, in many ways, synonymous with elite – and to that end, Mitt Romney is almost as bad as Barack Obama.

“The problem with the Establishment is that we have been following the Establishment’s model for however many years, and it’s not working,” Hemingway said. “The Establishment is trying to save the Establishment – that’s what Establishment does.”

In an interview with Business Insider on Saturday, Hemingway explained how, over the past two months, he used aggressive social media strategies and grassroots organizing to build an unconventional ground organization from scratch – and basically broke every rule in New Hampshire retail politics in the process.

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-01-08/politics/30603833_1_gingrich-s-new-hampshire-business-insider-tea-party#ixzz1jZfP18NS


Newt Gingrich Wins Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich… (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

December 19, 2011
By Kim Geiger

Newt Gingrich emerged the winner in a Sunday night straw poll of tea party voters after he and three other Republican presidential candidates courted more than 23,000 activists during a tele-forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots coalition.

Gingrich won with 31% of the vote. Second place went to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won 28%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won 20%, and former Sen. Rick Santorum won 16%.

All four participated in a pre-poll call with activists, in which they each spent 10 minutes responding to questions from participants and gave a 90-second closing pitch for support.

Not participating in the event were Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. None received more than 3% of the vote.

“An overwhelming number of activists from around the nation showed they are serious about electing a candidate who advances Tea Party principles,” said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, a group that claims to be the nation’s largest tea party organization. “Just as in 2010, candidates like Newt Gingrich will need to show they will be fiscally responsible and protect the Constitution in the White House.”

The poll found that Gingrich and Bachmann are essentially tied when it comes to tea party enthusiasm – 36% said they were very enthusiastic about Gingrich; 35% said the same of Bachmann.
Huntsman and Paul scored the lowest on enthusiasm, with 65% and 64%, respectively, saying they were not enthusiastic about the candidates.


Why the Tea Party Likes Newt Gingrich

December 8, 2011

Too many people continue to give the Tea Party too much credit.

[T]he Tea Party has been very unusual for an American populist movement. It has not been focused on soaking the rich, as left-wing populists always have been. It has not even been primarily focused on reducing the tax burden on the middle class, as right-wing populists usually are. Rather, the Tea Party has focused on restraining government. It originated in outrage about federal bailouts, and has directed its energies toward pulling back the cost and reach of the state. It has asked for fewer government giveaways, not more. It has even given voice to a tight-money populism, criticizing the Federal Reserve for inviting inflation-a far cry from populists of old. And the Tea Party has also been intensely focused on recovering the U.S. Constitution, and especially its limits on government power (and therefore on the public’s power)-another very unusual goal for a populist movement.

So why, asks Joshua Green in Bloomberg Businessweek, is the movement throwing in with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich?

Odd as it seems, a Republican primary that began as a contest to accommodate these activists-bending mainstream figures like Tim Pawlenty into painful contortions-now seems likely to end as a desperate bid to find someone-anyone!-who isn’t Romney. If the search ends with Gingrich, it will be a measure of just how much the Tea Party has deceived itself.

This seeming contradiction-principled limited-government grassroots activists falling for self-aggrandizing, unreliably conservative Washington insider-is really not a contradiction at all.

Since it must be said again, I’ll say it again: The Tea Party is not primarily a movement devoted to fiscal restraint. It-or what’s left of it-is a revanchist religio-cultural backlash. Its animating ethos can be summed up as, “They’re taking from me and giving to them.”

Or, as a famous left-wing ideologue once put it, “Dude, where’s my country?”

Levin’s praise for the movement is particularly unfortunate, given his admirable seriousness about entitlement reform. The Tea Party is actively a hindrance to Medicare and Social Security reform.

The American Spectator’s W. James Antle, in his own piece about the pitfalls of entitlement reform, reluctantly reproduced this Tea Partiers quote: “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.”

Or: I want big government for myself, and small government for them.

Which brings us back to Gingrich. The former speaker has unabashedly couched his opposition to Obama in the kind of aggressive language that the Tea Party loves: “Saul Alinsky radical,” “secular-socialist machine.”

This is what they want-not entitlement reform, not limited government, not “constitutionalism”-and Gingrich is giving it to them.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (for the most part) isn’t comfortable going there. Giving credit where it’s due, there are things he won’t say to get elected.

” Read the U.S. News debate on whether Gingrich can beat Obama.

 

Sorry, Bachmann: Gingrich Wins Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll

Aliyah Shahid
Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Support for Newt Gingrich may be plummeting — but not among Tea Party supporters.
The Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House has won a straw poll hosted by the Tea Party Patriots.
The nation’s largest Tea Party group announced the results Monday following a presidential tele-forum sponsored by the organization.
More than 23,000 Tea Party backers participated in the survey.
Gingrich garnered 31% of the vote, just ahead of Tea Party darling and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who pulled in 28%.
Behind her were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 20% and ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 16%.
All four candidates participated in the debate in which questions were supplied to the candidates beforehand.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Texas Rep. Ron Paul did not participate.
The survey’s results are somewhat of a surprise, as many consider Gingrich to be the ultimate Washington insider while the Tea Party prides itself on being anti-establishment.
It’s also a disappointment for Romney who recently nabbed two Tea Party endorsements – one from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and another from unsuccessful Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware.
“An overwhelming number of activists from around the nation showed they are serious about electing a candidate who advances Tea Party principles,” said Jenny Beth Martin, Co-founder of for Tea Party Patriots in a statement.
“Just as in 2010, candidates like Newt Gingrich will need to show they will be fiscally responsible and protect the Constitution in the White House.”
The Tea Party Patriots have a policy of not endorsing any particular candidate.
The good news for Gingrich comes as national polls show his support sliding, especially in the important, early voting state of Iowa where he’s behind both Paul and Romney.
But the power of the Tea Party may be waning.
A recent Pew Research Center poll shows more Americans (27%) disagree with the goals of the movement than agree with it (20%).
Just a year ago, those numbers were the reverse, with 27% of Americans backing the Tea Party’s aims.

 

Which Presidential Candidate Actually Supported The Tea Party Movement?

by Judson Phillips
Posted on January 14, 2012

Tea Party support is something all of the candidates in the GOP primary want. Of course they do. This movement represents the heart and soul of conservatism in America and none of them are going to win without it.

Which Presidential candidate actually supported the Tea Party when he was not running? The answer will surprise you.

Ron Paul’s supporters, especially the more obnoxious one’s like to claim that Ron Paul is the father of the Tea Party movement.

The basis for their claims is that in December 2007, Ron Paul had a fundraiser and he called it a “Tea Party.”

On February 18th, 2009, Rick Santelli of CNBC lit the fire for what would become the Tea Party with his famous rant from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile. Within a couple of days activists from across the country were planning the first Tea Party Rallies.

Neither Ron Paul nor his supporters had anything to do with the planning of those rallies.

How do I know?

It is simple. I was a part of the planning. We who were planning those rallies met almost nightly for conference calls. People who were on those calls have become some of the leading figures of this movement. Amy Kremer was on there, as was Eric Odom, Mike Leahy, activists who formed the Dallas and St. Louis Tea Parties and some others throughout the country.

Ron Paul did not support nor did he appear at any of those rallies.

After February 2009, we began planning the Tax Day Tea Party rallies, which would define this movement.

Where was Ron Paul? Again nowhere.

But there was one politician who stepped up and was willing to help the Tea Party movement. He was not running for office at the time and all he did was ask what he could do.
He did not try to take control of the movement nor did he try to use it for his own benefit.

Who was this person?

It was Newt Gingrich.

In the end, the Tea Party organizers declined most of the help Newt was offering. We did not dislike Newt in fact just the opposite was true. We did like him. We were just concerned that because Newt has such and intense personality that the Tea Party movement would get branded as Newt’s movement.

Was that a mistake? Possibly.
As far as I know, Newt has never spoken about this publicly. He did speak at the Tax Day Tea Party rally in 2009.

Ron Paul, as far as I know has never spoken at any Tea Party event. The only events I am aware of that he has spoken at were campaign 4 liberty events. He has never supported the Tea Party movement. The only thing he and his followers have tried to do is hijack the movement.

Ron Paul is not the father of this movement. No politician is. Those who are the fathers and mothers of this movement are the activists who poured their time and sweat into launching this great movement.
If any politician deserves credit for being there for the movement, it is Newt Gingrich. He was there. He has never claimed any credit for what he did nor has he ever asked for anything in return.

 

Evangelical Meeting Spawns Endorsements for Santorum, Gingrich

By National Journal staff
Updated: January 16, 2012 | 3:22 p.m.
January 16, 2012 | 3:20 p.m.

Sen. Rick Santorum has added a number of endorsements to his total following an evangelical meeting in Texas last week. John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Action officially switched his endorsement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Santorum, the New York Times reports.

After the meeting ended on Saturday, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said members were forming a coalition behind Santorum in the hopes that he could stop frontrunner Mitt Romney.

However, four evangelical leaders stated that the reported vote of 85 to 29 in favor of supporting Santorum was misleading, as they said many Gingrich supporters had left the conference before the vote took place.

“While we truly respect both Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, we believe Newt Gingrich to be the only candidate that has the intellectual strength and the capacity to stop the left’s attack on morality, the economy, basic freedoms and our religious liberty,” said J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman; George Barna, a prominent Christian political analyst; the Rev. Jim Garlow, a leader of the campaign against same-sex marriage; and Richard Lee, a prominent Baptist pastor in Atlanta in a statement, the New York Times reported.

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Gingrich, Santorum Get Key Endorsements

By Ralph Z. Hallow
The Washington Times
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has corralled one of the top names in the conservative evangelical movement, winning the endorsement of Donald E. Wildmon, founder and chairman of the American Family Association and American Family Radio, in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Separately, one of Iowa’s best-known Christian conservatives, Bob Vander Plaats of the Family Leader, gave a boost to the long-shot campaign of former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, giving his “personal” endorsement to Mr. Santorum ahead of Iowa´s critical Jan. 3 caucuses. The board of the Iowa-based evangelical organization voted as a whole to remain neutral in the race.

Mr. Vander Plaats, announcing his long-awaited choice to reporters, called Mr. Santorum, who has yet to break into the first tier of candidates in the polls, “one of us.”

Mr. Wildmon announced his endorsement Tuesday and plans to campaign with Mr. Gingrich ahead of next month’s vote. Social conservatives, which the thrice-married Mr. Gingrich has struggled to win over, traditionally constitute a critical bloc in Iowa’s GOP caucuses.

Mr. Wildmon´s move comes at a critical time for Mr. Gingrich, whose lead in the polls has withered under attack from rival candidates such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Mr. Gingrich has fallen from first place in several recent polls nationally and in early-voting states.

“Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the Constitution,” Mr. Wildmon in a statement.

“We need someone in the White House who can balance the budget and get the economy moving again,” he said. “Newt has done it before, and I believe he can do it again. I am proud to endorse Newt Gingrich for president.”

The American Family Association claims to be “one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country,” and the group’s radio network comprises 190 radio stations in 20 states, including six in Iowa.

Mr. Gingrich also won another high-profile endorsement in the state Tuesday, announcing the backing of Iowa state House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

Mr. Santorum, who has struggled for media time and cash, could also get a boost from the endorsement of Mr. Vander Plaats and of Chuck Hurley, who heads the Family Leader’s Family Policy Center. Iowa’s evangelical voters proved critical to the 2008 caucus win by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, but polls show that the state’s social conservatives have yet to coalesce around a GOP candidate this time around.

 

 

Evangelical Meeting Spawns Endorsements for Santorum, Gingrich
By National Journal staff
Updated: January 16, 2012 | 3:22 p.m.
January 16, 2012 | 3:20 p.m.

Sen. Rick Santorum has added a number of endorsements to his total following an evangelical meeting in Texas last week. John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Action officially switched his endorsement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Santorum, the New York Times reports.

After the meeting ended on Saturday, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said members were forming a coalition behind Santorum in the hopes that he could stop frontrunner Mitt Romney.

However, four evangelical leaders stated that the reported vote of 85 to 29 in favor of supporting Santorum was misleading, as they said many Gingrich supporters had left the conference before the vote took place.

“While we truly respect both Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, we believe Newt Gingrich to be the only candidate that has the intellectual strength and the capacity to stop the left’s attack on morality, the economy, basic freedoms and our religious liberty,” said J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman; George Barna, a prominent Christian political analyst;
the Rev. Jim Garlow, a leader of the campaign against same-sex marriage; and Richard Lee, a prominent Baptist pastor in Atlanta in a statement, the New York Times reported.
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Gingrich, Santorum Get Key Endorsements
By Ralph Z. Hallow
The Washington Times
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has corralled one of the top names in the conservative evangelical movement, winning the endorsement of Donald E. Wildmon, founder and chairman of the American Family Association and American Family Radio, in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Separately, one of Iowa’s best-known Christian conservatives, Bob Vander Plaats of the Family Leader, gave a boost to the long-shot campaign of former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, giving his “personal” endorsement to Mr. Santorum ahead of Iowa´s critical Jan. 3 caucuses. The board of the Iowa-based evangelical organization voted as a whole to remain neutral in the race.

Mr. Vander Plaats, announcing his long-awaited choice to reporters, called Mr. Santorum, who has yet to break into the first tier of candidates in the polls, “one of us.”

Mr. Wildmon announced his endorsement Tuesday and plans to campaign with Mr. Gingrich ahead of next month’s vote. Social conservatives, which the thrice-married Mr. Gingrich has struggled to win over, traditionally constitute a critical bloc in Iowa’s GOP caucuses.

Mr. Wildmon´s move comes at a critical time for Mr. Gingrich, whose lead in the polls has withered under attack from rival candidates such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Mr. Gingrich has fallen from first place in several recent polls nationally and in early-voting states.

“Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the Constitution,” Mr. Wildmon in a statement.

“We need someone in the White House who can balance the budget and get the economy moving again,” he said. “Newt has done it before, and I believe he can do it again. I am proud to endorse Newt Gingrich for president.”

The American Family Association claims to be “one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country,” and the group’s radio network comprises 190 radio stations in 20 states, including six in Iowa.

Mr. Gingrich also won another high-profile endorsement in the state Tuesday, announcing the backing of Iowa state House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

Mr. Santorum, who has struggled for media time and cash, could also get a boost from the endorsement of Mr. Vander Plaats and of Chuck Hurley, who heads the Family Leader’s Family Policy Center. Iowa’s evangelical voters proved critical to the 2008 caucus win by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, but polls show that the state’s social conservatives have yet to coalesce around a GOP candidate this time around.



Newt Gingrich: The Lobbyist Who Wasn’t

By MATT NEGRIN (@MattNegrin)
Jan. 24, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s decision to release only a portion of his Freddie Mac contract may be doing the candidate more harm than good, causing people, including chief rival Mitt Romney, to question what he may be hiding.

Under pressure from Romney, Gingrich on Monday night disclosed a document showing that he was paid $300,000 by the toxic mortgage giant in 2006 for consulting services. But the lack of any other information from other years in which Gingrich is said to have made more than $1 million from Freddie Mac is fanning the fire that Romney has kindled.

The Romney campaign has already issued statements saying that the lone contract “raises more questions than answers,” calling again for Gingrich to “fully disclose” what he did for Freddie Mac.

The contract released by the Center for Health Transformation, formerly the Gingrich Group, which the candidate started and stayed at until he left to run for president, describes him as a “consultant” for Freddie Mac. It states, “Consultant will provide consulting and related services as requested by Freddie Mac’s Director, Public Policy in exchange for which Freddie Mac will pay Consultant $25,000 per each full calendar month during which Consultant provides Services.”

The technicalities are a bit arcane and muddied. Gingrich never officially registered himself as a lobbyist, but he did meet with elected officials to talk about legislation related to Freddie Mac. According to the federal government’s lobbying rules, people who spend at least 20 percent of their time lobbying are officially lobbyists. But it’s virtually impossible to measure or enforce that.

“It’s totally fudge-able and totally nebulous,” said Meredith McGehee, the policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for ethics changes.

At Monday’s debate in Florida, Romney tried to portray Gingrich as a lobbyist, saying that “it was the head lobbyist with Freddie Mac with whom he had a contract.” Gingrich maintained that “I have never, ever done any lobbying” for the company, and that he was doing strictly “consulting work.”

“If you’re paid by health companies that could benefit by this change, you can call it anything you like,” Romney said. “I call it influence peddling.”

Observers of Washington’s lobbyist culture say that generally, Romney was right – Gingrich was a lobbyist even if he wasn’t a lobbyist.

Gingrich has suggested that his role with Freddie Mac was not that of a lobbyist because the views he expressed to lawmakers were his own, not those of the company. “We said flatly from day one we will do no lobbying of any kind, and I will not take any client who has a position I don’t agree with,” Gingrich told a radio host in November.

It doesn’t matter if Gingrich never changed his views on the issues for which he was advocating or if he was voicing his own opinions and not those of Freddie Mac, said Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy21, a nonpartisan group that favors more transparency in Washington.

“The question of whether he was a lobbyist and lobbied for the company is not a technical question. It’s a reality question,” Wertheimer said. “And in reality, if he was being paid by the company, and if he urged members to vote in support of a position the company was advocating, he is a lobbyist.”

The Romney campaign spent a significant amount of time on Tuesday focusing on Gingrich’s Freddie Mac contract — Romney is doing an event at a home foreclosed by Fannie Mae and the campaign has been blasting press releases while enlisting two congressmen, Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.), for a press call on Gingrich. Its tone was markedly more negative than their approach weeks ago when Romney was the decided front-runner. The campaign was bolstered by an article by the fact-checking website Politifact that said Romney’s statement – that Gingrich’s contract was with Freddie Mac’s lobbyists – is true.

A spokeswoman for Gingrich’s group that released his contract didn’t respond to a request for information on the former speaker’s contracts with Freddie Mac for other years.

To advocates of changing the lobbying rules, Gingrich’s phantom lobbying personality is symptomatic of growing behavior: Prominent officials leaving office but spending just as much time in the halls of Congress as they did before, influencing legislation on behalf of clients while not officially registering as lobbyists.

“He was hired because he was the speaker who had these contacts,” McGehee said. “He’s getting paid, and a private entity is benefiting from his relationships and the knowledge he gave to public officials.”

 

Newt Gingrich Wants Freddie Mac Records Released Before Florida Primary

Jan 23, 2012 7:56am
By George Stephanopoulos

In response to lobbying accusations from his opponents Newt Gingrich told me it would be “very helpful” if his former company, Center for Health Transformation, released the consulting contract he had with mortgage giant Freddie Mac before the Florida primary on January 31.

“I think it would be very helpful and our attorneys are talking with the company. You know I left the company so, it’s their decision and Nancy Desmond, the president of the company, has to make the decision. But I’d be very comfortable releasing them,” he said.

Since Gingrich won Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney has upped the attacks on the former Speaker. In Florida last night Romney questioned the work Gingrich did for Freddie Mac and asked for him to release those records.

“Over the last, what, 15 years, since he left the House, he talks about great bold movements and ideas. Well, what’s he been doing for 15 years? He has been working as a lobbyist. He was working as a lobbyist and selling influence around Washington,” Romney said. “He was working for Freddie Mac – heard of those guys? He says that he’s just been a historian, I would like him to release his records, what was his work product?”

Gingrich said his former company is working around the confidentiality agreements and added that he found it “ironic” that Romney is the one advocating for this release.

“Here’s someone who has released none of his business records, who has decided to make a stand on transparency without being transparent,” Gingrich told me.

“I did no lobbying, period. [Romney] keeps using the word lobbyist because I’m sure his consultants tell him it scores well. It’s not true. He knows it’s not true. He is deliberately saying things he knows are false. I just think that’s what the next week will be like,” he said.

With nine days until Floridians vote, Gingrich previewed his criticism of Romney, who is currently leading in most polls in the sunshine state.

“I want to talk about big issues. I want to talk about RomneyCare. I want to draw a contrast between RomneyCare and Obamacare, which are virtually identical and what I would do in developing patient power and allowing people and their doctors to be in charge,” Gingrich said. “So we’ll see, I think the people of Florida will prefer big solutions to small negative attacks. And I think in the end just as happened in South Carolina, Governor Romney’s liberal record in Massachusetts plus the style of his campaign will end up I think having him lose.”

-George Stephanopoulos

Evangelicals Flocking Toward Newt Gingrich
Nov 28, 2011 12:00 AM EST
How the religious right is learning to love the adulterous, thrice-married former speaker.

Like many evangelicals in Iowa, Steve Deace, an influential conservative radio host, is wrestling with the possibility that Newt Gingrich may be the most viable standard bearer for family-values voters in the next election. It’s a conundrum, he says, that many others are also grappling with. “Maybe the guy in the race that would make the best president is on his third marriage,” he says. “How do we reconcile that?”

One senses him trying. “I see a lot of parallels between King David and Newt Gingrich, two extraordinary men gifted by God, whose lives include very high highs and very low lows,” Deace says. David, after all, committed adultery with the ravishing Bathsheba, then had her husband killed, among other transgressions. The Bible makes room for complicated, morally compromised heroes. Now Christian conservatives, desperate for an alternative to Mitt Romney, are learning to do so as well.

“Under normal circumstances, Gingrich would have some real problems with the social-conservative community,” says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. “But these aren’t normal circumstances.”

One senses him trying. “I see a lot of parallels between King David and Newt Gingrich, two extraordinary men gifted by God, whose lives include very high highs and very low lows,” Deace says. David, after all, committed adultery with the ravishing Bathsheba, then had her husband killed, among other transgressions. The Bible makes room for complicated, morally compromised heroes. Now Christian conservatives, desperate for an alternative to Mitt Romney, are learning to do so as well.

“Under normal circumstances, Gingrich would have some real problems with the social-conservative community,” says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. “But these aren’t normal circumstances.”

Until recently, there was an assumption that Gingrich’s marital history would make it impossible for him to shore up religious conservatives, especially conservative women. Such voters dominate the Iowa caucuses, whose decision on Jan. 3 will do much to determine whether the Gingrich bubble is more enduring than those of Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain. “I’m one of those who said Newt would have a large gender gap, and that even though men might be more willing to forgive and move on, quite frankly I thought the women would be less likely to do so,” says Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa FAMiLY Leader, the state’s major religious-right organization. (The unconventional spelling of his group’s name is meant to emphasize the subordination of the individual in family life.)

After all, it’s not just that Gingrich is on his third marriage. He famously divorced his first wife while she was suffering from cancer-a cancer he’d previously used to garner sympathy in campaign speeches. He cheated on his second wife with congressional aide Callista Bisek, now his third wife, while leading the impeachment battle against Bill Clinton. Like Sen. Larry Craig, he of the attempted airport-bathroom tryst, Gingrich’s personal life has become a liberal punchline, proof of Republican hypocrisy on family values. How can voters whose main priority is the restoration of the traditional family rally around him?

Yet on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, when most of the GOP candidates gathered in the First Federated Church in Des Moines for a FAMiLY Leader forum, the consensus was that Gingrich came out on top.

Partly that’s because he’s been preparing his theocentric message for a while, particularly since converting to Catholicism, Callista’s religion, in 2009, which he has said strengthened his appreciation for the role of faith in public life. In recent years, his writing and speaking have become increasingly religious and even apocalyptic, limning a great world-historical show-down between the forces of Christian civilization and those of what he calls “secular-socialism,” which weakens society, allowing for the spread of radical Islam.

“A country which has been, since 1963, relentlessly in the courts driving God out of public life shouldn’t be surprised at all the problems we have, because we’ve in fact attempted to create a secular country, which I think is frankly a nightmare,” he said at the FAMiLY Leader debate. Most of his audience surely knew that 1963 is the year the Supreme Court banned prayer in school.

After the debate, moderator Frank Luntz held a focus group with 25 conservative Iowa mothers. Vander Plaats was shocked at their enthusiasm for Gingrich. “Though they don’t embrace or endorse or condone his personal past, they might be more willing to get over that if he’s the best one to lead to preserve the America they want for their children,” he says.

Two days later, the FAMiLY Leader came up with a list of four finalists for its coveted endorsement: Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Gingrich. The fact that he made the cut was striking, given that the FAMiLY Leader is asking all candidates to sign a pledge titled “The Marriage Vow,” which says, “We acknowledge and regret the widespread hypocrisy of many who defend marriage yet turn a blind eye toward the epidemic of infidelity and the anemic condition of marriages in their own community.”

Gingrich benefits, of course, from the powerful Christian narrative of sin and deliverance. “These voters believe in forgiveness, they believe in redemption,” says Ralph Reed, who leads the Faith and Freedom Coalition. After all, as he points out, it was evangelicals who helped elect Ronald Reagan, our first and only divorced president.

The redemption narrative allows evangelicals to see themselves as fundamentally different from the feminists who rallied behind Bill Clinton because he was able to advance their agenda despite his personal failings. Tamara Scott is the Iowa director of Concerned Women for America and recently became a co-chair of Bachmann’s campaign, but she has nothing bad to say about Gingrich and resists Clinton comparisons. “Here’s the difference,” she says. “Bill Clinton denied what he did. He didn’t repent.”

Of course, none of this is to say that Gingrich has the religious right locked up, just that it won’t be his sex life that thwarts him. Perkins points out that Gingrich failed to prioritize social issues when he was in the House, and he’s lately been lambasted for influence peddling on behalf of conservative bêtes noires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. His show of leniency toward some undocumented immigrants during last week’s CNN debate could hurt him as well. “If you’ve been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully, and kick you out,” Gingrich said.

This isn’t a completely outré position among evangelicals, but it infuriated some on the right, who hate the suggestion that a hardline position on immigration is inhumane.

“People know him, but they don’t know everything about him,” says Perkins. “They will in the next couple of weeks, and we’ll see how well he can withstand that type of scrutiny.” Still, he acknowledges, anxious anti-Romney conservatives are eager to coalesce behind someone. “The bench is getting kind of shallow,” he says. “The only candidate left that has not been out in front is Rick Santorum, and time is short.”

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Gingrich’s Senior Campaign Staff Resigns
By Jeff Zeleny and Trip Gabriel
June 9, 2011, 3:31 pm

Newt Gingrich’s campaign manager and a half-dozen senior advisers resigned on Thursday, two aides said, dealing a significant setback to his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and severely complicating his hopes for a political comeback.

Mr. Gingrich’s campaign manager, Rob Johnson, his longtime spokesman, Rick Tyler, and advisers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina stepped down together after a period of deep internal disagreements about the direction of the campaign.

Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker who has been fighting to regain his political footing after a rough campaign roll-out last month, had been absent from the campaign trail for about two weeks on what aides had described as a long-planned vacation. He made his return on Wednesday in New Hampshire, a day before the resignations were announced.

In a statement on his Facebook page Thursday afternoon, Mr. Gingrich said he would not abandon his presidential campaign. He said that his next public appearance would be this week in California at an event
sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition.

“I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring,” Mr. Gingrich wrote. “The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”

The resignations were first reported on Thursday afternoon by The Associated Press. The two aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the resignations to The New York Times. The aides said the future of Mr. Gingrich’s campaign was not immediately clear.

The defections included several veteran Gingrich political advisers as well as recently hired aides. The list, according to two aides, included David Carney, a political strategist based in New Hampshire; Sam Dawson, a strategist; Katon Dawson, a consultant in South Carolina; and Craig Schoenfeld, a consultant in Iowa.

The shake-up comes as the field of Republican presidential candidates remains unsettled. Two of the advisers to Mr. Gingrich also have been top political aides to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who is taking a second look at exploring the Republican presidential nomination.

In his return to the campaign trail on Wednesday, Mr. Gingrich portrayed his time off as a chance to “get away and think” – not about his viability as a candidate, but about important national issues.

Mr. Gingrich had been on a cruise with his wife, Callista, in the Greek isles, a trip his campaign said had been planned before he announced his candidacy last month. While passengers enjoyed port calls at Rhodes and Mykonos, according to the ship’s itinerary, the Seabourn Odyssey, Mr. Gingrich said he wrote two policy speeches.

“I don’t know how other people work,” Mr. Gingrich said. “To have a major breakthrough in policy, you have to be able to stop and think.”

Several advisers pleaded with Mr. Gingrich not to go on the trip, an aide said, but Mrs. Gingrich wanted to go. “We have a spouse who controls the schedule,” said the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal workings of the campaign.

An aide to Mr. Gingrich said that the resignations followed a conference call on Wednesday in which top campaign officials confronted Mr. Gingrich over his lack of focus. They demanded that he spend 90 percent of his time campaigning in three states – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina – and curtail distractions like screenings of his documentaries.

His trip to New Hampshire on Wednesday, for example, was built around promoting a documentary he produced with his wife.

Campaign managers were also worried about expenses. In a three-day swing through Iowa last month, Mr. Gingrich spent $40,000 on a chartered Citation 10 jet, the aide said.

Despite the free spending, money was tight, because traditional donors to Mr. Gingrich had told him they would not support his run. The bad publicity over a gaffe Mr. Gingrich made about Medicare on “Meet the Press” and the revelation that he once owed Tiffany a six-figure sum had also discouraged donations.

Mr. Gingrich, 67, formally announced his candidacy on May 11. Within days, he was engulfed by Republican criticism over describing the proposal to privatize Medicare – the centerpiece of the House Republican budget plan – as “radical change” and a form of “social engineering.”

He also struggled to answer questions about why he and his wife had a line of credit of up to $500,000 for jewelry purchased at Tiffany & Company.

Mr. Tyler, the long-serving press aide to Mr. Gingrich, said he and other advisers had become especially worried with the candidate’s decisions about how and when to campaign.

“The team that left had a different idea of what it would take to win,” Mr. Tyler said in a brief telephone interview on Thursday. “Everyone agreed there is a path to victory, but there was a disagreement about what that was.”

In particular, Mr. Tyler said that he and other senior advisers believed that a significant investment of on-the-ground time in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire was needed to repair the damage from Mr. Gingrich’s stumbles last month.

“Take all those things together, you are in a handicapped position,” Mr. Tyler said. “Given the state of the campaign and the press, the campaign needed to recover. That was going to require a lot of time in the states. The schedule did not reflect what I would say was required.”

Mr. Tyler has worked for Mr. Gingrich for years, managing his contacts with the news media through his 2007 flirtation with a presidential campaign, then serving as his chief spokesman during the current White House bid.

Mr. Tyler said that Mr. Gingrich sometimes “puts unnecessary stumbling blocks in front of himself,” but he added that Mr. Gingrich was not lazy and that he might still be able to recover politically.
“I hope he does well. He’s a great intellect,” Mr. Tyler said. “It’s sad. But it’s time to move on.”

Michael D. Shear contributed reporting.


Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich
Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 12:22 PM

Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson told Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday night that he is endorsing Newt Gingrich for president.

Thompson declared that he likes Gingrich’s low-tax approach which will grow the economy.

Thompson said Newt is “not afraid, he’s tough,” and added that his federal experience gives him a unique advantage of reforming Washington.

The former Tennessee senator added that the country is in a “colossal mess” and that the current political situation suggests that “normal rules don’t apply.”

In discussing his endorsement, Thompson said Gingrich was a strong man who “led a revolution in American politics” during his time as House speaker. He credited Gingrich with working across the aisle with both parties, particularly in passing welfare reform. “Newt has done his own tough, gritty work” to get things done in American politics, Thompson said.

Thompson said politicians must “stop apologizing” and stand up to the establishment of both parties and the news media to get things done.
“People are frightened,” he said. “They want answers.”

Thompson said he got into politics to improve things and “leave things a little better” and now he is “ashamed and embarrassed by what our generation is leaving behind.”


Sounds like Rush Limbaugh Just Endorsed Newt Gingrich

Taegan Goddard at Political Wire grabbed this clip of Rush Limbaugh sounding awfully supportive on Newt Gingrich.

“Who was the last person to actually cut government? Who was the last person who actually led a movement that balanced the federal budget? Who was the person that did that? You’re not gonna take a guess? That’s right, it was Mr. Newt! He was the last guy who gave us a balanced budget. Now, there are a lot of other Republicans involved — Kasich was key and a lot of others — but Gingrich was Speaker. The last time this budget was balanced, the last time there was true welfare reform, the last time government was cut, Gingrich did it. Who is number one enemy of everybody today?”

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-12-06/politics/30480478_1_newt-gingrich-balanced-budget-rush-limbaugh#ixzz1kaYJ787S

South Carolina Legislative Endorsements for Newt Gingrich

Columbia, SC – Over two dozen current and former elected officials in South Carolina have announced their endorsement of Newt Gingrich ahead of tomorrow’s South Carolina Republican presidential primary election.

They are: Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, Representative Liston Barfield, Former Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer, Representative Eric Bikas, Representative Joan Brady, Representative Doug Brannon, Representative Kris Crawford, Representative Tracy Edge, Representative David Hiott, Representative Bill Hixon, Representative Dwight Loftis, Representative Phil Lowe, Representative Peter McCoy, Representative and Former Majority Leader Jim Merrill, Representative Dennis Moss, Representative Wendy Nanney, Former Superintendent of Education Barbara Nielsen, Representative Gene Pinson, Representative Josh Putnam, Representative Rick Quinn, Representative Roland Smith, Representative Mike Sottile, Representative Tommy Stringer, Representative Bill Taylor, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, and Representative Mark Willis.

The endorsements kicked off a flurry of activity on the part of the officials to get out the vote and remind South Carolinians of the strength of Gingrich’s candidacy.

In an email message to his supporters across the state entitled “Make History Tomorrow – Vote for Newt,” South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell referenced the significance of South Carolina’s “tradition of selecting the Republican Presidential Nominee,” and told voters that “Speaker Gingrich’s tenacity and perseverance throughout this race has proven that he is the candidate best suited to take on Barack Obama in November.”

Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weather stumped with Gingrich at a packed event in Orangeburg, S.C. and Majority Leader Kenny Bingham reached out to voters by writing “I endorse Newt Gingrich and am voting for him in the Republican Presidential Primary because of all of the candidates, Newt has a PROVEN record of delivering change for conservatives. He has already brought Republican majorities, cut taxes, created jobs, balanced budgets, reformed entitlements and now, we need him to shake up Washington again.”

Mitt vs. Newt: Battle of the Celebrity Endorsements
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Sure, Mitt Romney has the most endorsements of Republican elected officials, but he’s in a heated competition with Newt Gingrich for the endorsements that really matter: Famous people. Gingrich added another celebrity notch to his belt Tuesday with the backing of Fred Thompson, the former presidential candidate, and, more importantly, a star of Law and Order. With natural-born action star Rick Perry out of the race, the conservative celebrity playground is divided between the two candidates, and so far, Gingrich has the most cool kids on his side, though Romney has the most notable embodiment of hotness.

Team Newt
Fred Thompson: Thompson backed Gingrich on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Monday night, saying, “I have come to the growing realization for me anyway that Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about. American exceptionalism can make the case and not just read the talking points or do it off the teleprompter… He is not afraid.

He is tough. He is experienced. I don’t think any more it’s an advantage to be able to say I know nothing about the operation of the federal government.”
Chuck Norris: Norris, who after years in the has-been wilderness until he was revived as the subject of an Internet meme, endorsed Gingrich, who spent years in the political wilderness, on Friday.

John Rocker: “I have always loved Newt Gingrich. He is an absolute genius; just a marksman in historical value of pretty much anything you want to discuss,” the controversial former baseball player (pictured above) said in December.

Todd Palin: The reality show star and husband of the former Alaska governor said Gingrich “is a true leader” when he endorsed the candidate this month.

Sarah Palin (sort of): Palin said that if she were voting in the South Carolina primary, she’d vote for Gingrich. She’s kept up her favorable treatment of Newt, like when she said Monday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Romney-backer, shouldn’t “get his panties in a wad” over Gingrich’s win:

Gary Busey: “I’ve never met Newt but I know what he stands for,” the actor said in December.

Team Mitt

Cindy Crawford: The 90s supermodel backed Romney early in the race — despite supporting Barack Obama in 2008. She demonstrated how to use the campaign’s special fundraising software, Politico reported in May. (Photo via Reuters.)

Dan Jansen: The 1984 Olympic speed skating champion also worked the phones during the Romney fundraiser in May.

Christine O’Donnell: Sure, O’Donnell aspires to be a politician, but her amusing quips from ’90s episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, which were re-aired on Real Time during her failed 2010 Senate campaign, make her count as regular-person famous. The Tea Partying non-witch endorsed Romney in December.

Robin Leach: The host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous endorsed Romney back in 2007. The TV personality maxed out in donating to Romney, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Analysis: While Gingrich has the most celebrity endorsements, they are heavily skewed toward the macho demographic. Gingrich’s major female celebrity endorsement is Sarah Palin, and even she is prone shooting things, not to mention using arguably sexist language like “panties in a wad.” Romney, on the other hand, has a well-rounded selection of models, athletes, and TV people.

Newt Gingrich Backer Says More Endorsements Will Come Soon

WASHINGTON — One of Newt Gingrich’s biggest problems so far has been his lack of establishment support. But that should change soon, his main congressional backer, Rep.

Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

Franks said he will meet on Wednesday morning with members of Congress who want to endorse Gingrich, based on increased interest after the former House speaker won the

South Carolina primary on Jan. 21.

“I think he will” receive more congressional endorsements, Franks hinted. “I think you’ll see probably some of that manifest fairly soon.”

He declined to say who they were or in which chamber they serve. “I probably better just let you talk to me tomorrow after about noon,” he added.

Adding endorsements could help reinforce Gingrich’s new front-runner status after a strong win in South Carolina. In 2011, he was largely counted out of the race for the GOP nomination after his campaign imploded, but he has since bounded back and become a threat to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s front-runner’s status.

Up until now, though, Gingrich had gained little traction among members of Congress. He did pick up some other endorsements over the past week: Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw support to him after dropping out of the race and former Sen. Fred Thompson, a Republican who represented Tennessee and starred in “Law & Order,” endorsed him on Monday.

Franks was an early adopter, of sorts. He endorsed Gingrich just eight days before the South Carolina primary, after having previously supported Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for president.

“America cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama, which is why conservatives must unite now around the one candidate who can offer the clearest contrasts with Barack Obama,” he said in a statement at the time. “That person is Newt Gingrich.”

Franks repeated on Tuesday that he expects Gingrich to win the Florida primary, a statement he also made after Gingrich won Saturday’s South Carolina primary.
“I was astonished to see him leading in the [Florida] polls this quickly,” he told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

The Huffington Post asked Franks if he had pressed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to step aside in favor of Gingrich. He declined to go into details, but said, “I have spoken to Rick directly.”

“I’m not going to characterize the conversation, but I spoke to him in South Carolina, face-to-face,” he added. “We’re friends, and I think he’s a hero, and I have nothing but good to say about him.”

Franks declined to say whether he will campaign on the road with Gingrich again. But he said he thinks Gingrich’s ideas will help him to solidify support among Republicans, citing “his ability to discern the fallacy in the left-wing dialogue and rhetoric and be able to turn it around in a way that people can see it for what it is.”

Added Franks. “And [he can] respond in a way that makes sense to people is an asymmetric capability that very few candidates can even dream of having.”

Rush Limbaugh: Newt Gingrich Conservative Media Attacks Appear To Be ‘Coordinated’

Huffington Post

Rush Limbaugh took aim at the conservative media on Tuesday, saying that there seemed to be a “coordinated” effort to tarnish Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich’s meteoric rise to the top of the Republican polls has been swift. He’s earned the title of frontrunner for now, with little help from a key segment of conservatives.

In October, the former House Speaker was laboring toward the back of the pack with a meager seven percent of the vote. Sitting four weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, Gingrich logged 25 percent of the vote in Saturday’s Des Moines Register poll.

Yet Gingrich has notably gained this jump without significant support from conservative media. Limbaugh took note of that fact on Tuesday, pointing to “the hit pieces” against the candidate.

“Today there is a coordinated — well, I don’t know that it’s coordinated, but it sure appears to be,” Limbaugh said on Tuesday. “Regardless, no matter where you look in the Republican establishment media today, there looks to be a coordinated attack on Mr. Newt.”

HuffPost’s Sam Stein and Michael Calderone chronicled Gingrich’s complicated relationship with the conservative press, noting that “the list of conservative commentators who have penned anti-Gingrich tomes in recent days is lengthy and impressive.” From Washington Post columnist George Will deeming him the “least conservative candidate”, to National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru unveiling his endorsement for Mitt Romney, Gingrich’s ascension among a crowded field has come without any type of firm right-wing media backing.

While Limbaugh cautioned that he was not defending Gingrich, he denounced the idea of downing the Georgian in favor of another term of Barack Obama as president.
“I feel like calling some of these people, which of course I would never do, I don’t call anybody ’cause I actually don’t like talking to people. I would say, “Do you really at the end of the day prefer Obama to Newt? ‘Cause that’s what you’re gonna bring off here if you keep this up,” he said.

Gingrich seems to have benefited from his ability to embrace the role of being the antagonist. The Associated Press looked back at his knack for confrontation, citing tenuous times in the 1990s that included memorable budget battles resulting in government shutdowns. As Arianna Huffington noted on Monday, Gingrich has exuded confidence that has him poised to profit when the real polls take shape.

Republican Presidential Endorsements Not (Much) Slower Than Usual
Posted by Rachel Weiner at 02:00 PM ET, 12/08/2011

It’s conventional wisdom this campaign cycle that few prominent Republicans are endorsing candidates – a reluctance seen by some as a sign that the GOP field is weak. But that Johnny-come-lately perception has been a bit overstated.

Of the 50 influential Republicans on our endorsement tracker (it’s also a game!), only eight have committed to a candidate. Twenty have said they definitely or likely won’t endorse at all in the GOP primary. But only a handful of kingmakers who endorsed early in the 2008 process have declined to back a candidate this time around.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in January 2007 and does not plan to endorse this cycle.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) endorsed former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.) in mid-December of 2008. He planned to back a candidate earlier this time around, and now he likely won’t endorse at all.

When he dropped out of the race himself in late January 2008, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). This time around, he has yet to endorse.

Influential Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats was an early supporter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in 2008; he has not decided on a candidate yet this cycle. Sen.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was an early McCain backer who has not endorsed.

But most coveted Republicans who are definitely or likely staying out of the process this time around did not pick a candidate until later in the 2008 game.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh endorsed Romney just a few days before the candidate bowed out in 2008, and he has yet to endorse again. Social conservative leader James Dobson endorsed Huckabee in February and has not endorsed in the 2012 race.

Most top Republicans didn’t make a “choice” until Romney dropped out of the race and McCain’s victory as the GOP nominee was all but assured. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Jeb Bush all endorsed Romney in February. So did Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Still more Republican heavyweights endorsed in March, when Huckabee dropped out and McCain was the only candidate left standing. Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and former First Lady Nancy Reagan all endorsed in March of 2008.

Others high-profile Republicans never endorsed in 2008, including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Former Vice President Dick Cheney didn’t endorse until November of 2008.

The comparison between now and four years ago is imperfect, because not everyone influential in 2012 was considered so in 2008. Some of the figures on our list were not in office and replaced candidates who did wade into the 2008 process.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who says he won’t endorse, replaced Charlie Crist, who endorsed McCain in January (Florida is crucial to the GOP nominating process). Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) won’t endorse; then-Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) endorsed McCain in January. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) replaced then- Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), who endorsed McCain in February of 2008.

It’s true that Hill Republicans have been slower to endorse this time around. And a number of Republicans have publicly agonized over their choices.

But for a lot of the heavyweights, early presidential endorsements are not a habit, so not much should be read into their ambivalence.

GOP Presidential Election Endorsements
We’ve come up with 50 of the most coveted endorsers for the GOP presidential nomination. Guess who each one will support and come back later to track your progress. In the meantime, see how well The Fix’s
Chris Cillizza is doing.

There are 2,286 delegates up for grabs. A candidate needs 1,144 to win the GOP presidential nomination.

The Delegates

Total delegates won, by candidate Delegates needed: 1,144


Romney           33

Gingrich          25

Santorum       14

Paul                  4


Endorsements for Newt Gingrich


-Representative Joe Barton of Texas, Chairman Emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
-Representative Michael Burgess of Texas
-Representative Phil Gingrey of Georgia
-Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia
-Representative Tom Price of Georgia
-Representative Austin Scott of Georgia
-Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia
-Representative Andy Harris of Maryland
-Representative Trent Franks of Arizona
-Representative David Rivera of Florida

Governors and State Constitutional Officers
-Governor, former Presidential candidate Rick Perry of Texas
-Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia
-Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
-Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise
-Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald

Former Officeholders
-Former United States Senator, actor, and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Fred of Tennessee
-Former Senator Robert C. Smith of New Hampshire
-Former Senator and Governor Zell Miller of Georgia
-Former Representative Fred Grandy of Iowa
-Former Representative Greg Ganske of Iowa
-Former Representative J. C. Watts of Oklahoma
-Former Representative John Napier of South Carolina
-Former Representative, former Attorney General Bill McCollum of Florida
-Former Representative Gary Lee of Florida
-Former Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia
-Former Lieutenant Governor André Bauer of South Carolina

Former Diplomats, Board Members and Other Officials
-Former Ambassador to Tanzania, former Commerce Secretary of South Carolina Bob Royall
-Former member of President Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board Arthur Laffer
-Former Director of White House speechwriting for President Ronald Reagan Bently Elliott[
-Former chief justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, partner at the Nexsen Pruet law firm, Billy Wilkins
-Former member of the board of visitors at the Medical University of South Carolina Debra Wilkins

State Legislators Florida
-Former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo
-Former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty
-Vice Mayor of Bradenton and Bradenton City Councillor Patrick Roff
-State Senator Jim Norman (District 112)
-State Senator Thad Altman (Dist. 24)
-Former State Senator John Grant, Sr. (R-Hillsborough)
-State Representative Michael Bileca (Dist.117)
-State Representative Gayle Harrell (Dist. 81)
-State Representative Deborah Mayfield (Dist. 80)
-State Representative Carlos Trujillo (Dist.116)
-Former State Representative Kurt Kelley
-Former State Representative Monica Rodriguez
-Former State Representative Luis Rojas
-Brevard County Chair William Tolley
-Hillsborough County Chair Sam Rashid
-Honorary Brevard County Chair Coy Clark
-Duval County Co-Chair Bert Ralston[
-Pinellas County Co-Chair Dr. Miguel Fana
-Jacksonville City Councillor Ray Holt
-Brooksville City Councillor Kevin Hohn
-Former Chairman of Calhoun County Commission Dan Wyrick
-Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez
-Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams
-Former Leon County Commissioner Ed Depuy
-Gingrich Florida Chair College Republicans Nathan Meloon
-Gingrich Florida Chair of Young Republicans Christian Waugh

Georgia
-State Senator Judson Hill (R-Marietta)
-State Representative Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta)
-State Representative Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs) Wilkinson is chairman of the House Ethics Committee and served in the Reagan Administration.
-State Representative Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell)
-State Representative Sean Jerguson (R-Canton) Jerguson is chairman of the Cherokee County legislative delegation.
-State Representative Paulette Braddock (R-Hiram)
-State Representative Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin)
-Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell
-Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz
-Hall County Commissioner Tom Oliver

Iowa
-Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen
-House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer
-State Senator James Seymour
-State Senator Randy Fenestrated
-State Senator Shawn Hamerlinck
-State Senator David Johnson
-Former State Senator Larry McKibben
-State Representative, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Scott Raecker
-State Representative Bob Hager
-State Representative Chris Hagenow
-State Representative Josh Byrnes
-State Representative Linda Upmeyer
-State Representative Jeff Kaufman
-Former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Ray Hoffman

New Hampshire
-Speaker of the House William O’Brien (R-Hillsborough)
-State Representative William Panek (R-Strafford)
-State Representative Sam Cataldo (R-Strafford)
-State Representative Greg Sorg (R-Grafton)
-State Representative Donald Andolina (R-Strafford)
-State Representative J.C. Daugherty
-State Representative Robert Elliott (R-Rockingham)
-State Representative Gregory Hill (R-Merrimack)
-State Representative Frank Kotowski (R-Merrimack)
-State Representative Kathleen Lauer-Rago (R-Merrimack)
-State Representative Joseph Pitre (R-Strafford)
-State Representative Frank Sapareto (R-Rockingham)
-State Representative Ken Sheffert (R-Rockingham)
-State Representative Laurie Pettengill (R-Carroll)
-State Representative Glen Hill
-State Representative Don McLaurin (R-Hillsborough)
-State Representative Joe Osgood
-State Representative Brandon Giuda (R-Merrimack)
-Former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jack Kimball

South Carolina
-Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell
-House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham
-State Senator Rick Quinn
-State Representative Peter McCoy (Dist. 115)
-South Carolina Legislature

Academics and Commentators
-Hoover Institution economist and columnist Thomas Sowell
-President of the Center for Security Policy Frank Gaffney[

US Armed Forces
-Retired United States Marine Corps Major General, Medal of Honor recipient James E. Livingston
-Retired United States Army Colonel Michael D. Steele

Newspapers
“-New Hampshire Union Leader

Celebrities, Political Activists, and Commentators
-Allen Olsen, Columbia Tea Party
-Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips
-Des Moines Tea Party founder Charlie Gruschow aka “Tea Party Charlie”
-Conservative Club of Des Moines and Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club founder Darell Kearney]
-Carl Paladino, 2010 New York gubernatorial Republican nominee and conservative activist
-Former Shreveport Mayoral and Caddo Parish Commissioner candidate, Tea Party and Young Conservative Activist and Pastor Parker G. Ward of Shreveport, Louisiana
-Former radio host and Republican strategist, son of former President Ronald Reagan, Michael Reagan
-Iowa radio talk-show host Steve Deace
-Former Iowa director for Herman Cain’s presidential campaign Larry Tuel
South Carolina Young Republicans liaison, daughter of Lee Atwater, Republican strategist and former Republican National Committee chairman during the administration of former -President George H. W. Bush, Sally Atwater
-Christian researcher George Barna
-Retired founder of the American Family Association Don Wildmon
-Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in Southern California
-Todd Palin, Husband of Sarah Palin and former First Spouse of Alaska
-Tim LaHaye, author of eschatological fiction
-Michael Youssef, founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef
-Former top South Carolina strategist for Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign, adviser to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign Richard Quinn
-Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris
-Larry Wilke
, Founder of Conservative website No Left Turnz

 

 

14 responses to “Meet Newt..

  1. Family,

    The latest TOTD:

    http://noleftturnztotd.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/insider-schminsider/

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  2. Ah, Larry, we finally know your last name! At howmanyofme (dot) com, I discovered that there are 27 people in the USA named Larry Wilke. Larry is the 45th most popular first name, and Wilke is the 4,191st most popular last name. (Just thought you’d like to know.)

    By the way, according to that web site, there is only one (or fewer) persons in the USA with the name of either Barack Obama or Barry Soetoro. Hmm, I wonder if they are both one and the same? (:-D)

  3. Eileen
    Excellent work my dear! Just great!

    Larry
    Thanks for making Eileen’s research available to those of us who are interested in it. It is much appreciated.

    Triviaman
    Wondering about both being one in the same? I have the perfect solution for you my friend, just call the hospital in Hawaii, tell them what you want and the’ll fax a birth certificate to you. They do it all the time for Obama why not you?!

  4. Joe, I am not a “person of enough legal interest” to qualify to receive it, and I can’t scape up the document cost, so I guess I’ll just have to accept Obama’s long-form BC that was displayed for all the world to see and believe–NOT!!

  5. A nice report on Mr. Gingrich, and quite interesting. He seems to have the conservative gravitas Romney lacks. I guess after the whole 2008 debacle I’m still gun-shy about endorsing anybody, though I’m certainly not pro-Romney.

  6. Alabama Redneck

    WOW, what an eye opener. Took me two days to read it all and I was not the least bit disappointed. Many, many, many thanks to Eileen for all the hard word she put into this. I had early misgivings about Newt but knew I could never support Romney. Liked Bachman but she just couldn’t put it all together. Santorum is/was just too squishy but now see him as a viable candidate to beat Romney if the Newt falters. I’m afraid that as long as the two of them (Santorum and Newt) stay in the fight, Romney will win by default. A man that lost to the man that lost to Obama in 2008 just does not have what it takes to win this one. He is a born political loser

    Thanks, again, Eileen for all the work you did in providing the family with a treasure trove of information.

  7. If Newt and Mitt continue to destroy each other, it will allow Santorum to improve his position.

    Dittoes to Eileen for all the research she has done – much appreciated !

  8. Joe, there is a price you need to pay for a copy of Obama’s birth certificate, $1,000.

    You’ll be happy to know that spent sometime in the Library researching Obama’s early years just trying to find a fair accounting of his life. I found a few that were fair, a book on his mother and father, then got his bio from the Audacity of Hope. What I’m looking for the discrepancies in his life, what he told us and what REALLY happened. While I continue my research of Obama I will forward my old writings that I was doing for a website, and then the stroke got me and they. They lay in the file achieves just getting dusty. They are on the liberal elites

  9. Here’s an update on the Georgia ballot issue.

    If you want me to look up each state’s Secretary of State I will. I probably already have it, I would need to look up the current one, some could have been voted out. Let me know if you need that information Larry.

  10. Sorry, I forgot to include the story.

    Here it is:

    Stand up and fight or we can lose this fight.

    A grassroots internet effort is happening this week to blast fax each state’s Secretary of State with thousands of requests to take Barack Obama’s name off of their state’s presidential election ballot because he is not Constitutionally eligible to serve as our president.

    Coming on the heels of the explosive eligibility hearing in the courtroom of Judge Michael Malihi, this citizens’ effort is being led by RightMarch.com.

    RightMarch recognizes we have to take up our own cause to see that only eligible candidates get on our 2012 election ballots because clearly, an omerta or code of silence is preventing our Congress state legislators or our Supreme Court from looking into this matter.

    Long ago we realized we could no longer depend on our country’s media to provide us with the information we need in this matter. Even a blackout of news on Obama’s eligibility exists on talk radio. Have you heard much about the Georgia case on your favorite show?

    With a decision expected this week from Judge Maliki, inside information is hinting on a default judgment due to the fact that both Barack Obama and his attorney Michael Jablonski simply ignored a direct court order to appear and testify in front of citizen plaintiffs.

    The sample fax which you can copy or pay a small amount to have sent for you says to your elected Secretary of State: “Jurisdiction falls squarely on your shoulders as head of the State’s office that conducts elections, and it is your sworn duty as a person of honor and a public servant to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution.”

    The primary obstacle to Obama’s eligibility is the “natural born citizen” requirement in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 which states both parents must be born in our country. This removes all of the drama surrounding the authenticity questions of Obama’s birth certificate, because he has stated in his own words that his father was born in Kenya, a protectorate of Great Britain at the time of his birth.

    Another troubling sidebar is surfacing as evidence which was reportedly admitted in the Georgia hearing concerned the TWO DIFFERING Democrat National Committee Certificates of Candidate Eligibility (CCE) statements which were signed and sent up to the Congress by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

    If Pelosi’s CCE saying, “certified to be eligible per the constitutional requirements” was only sent up to the state of Hawaii and not to all of our other 49 states, then this is just another legal nail in the coffin of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy eligibility!

    A strong grassroots citizens’ effort will impress our state officials that we only are governed by the U.S. Constitution, and not by their political correctness!

  11. Another article about Obama and Georgia

    An attorney who presented evidence to a Georgia judge last week on Barack Obama’s eligibility for the state’s 2012 presidential ballot believes she now has a right to demand to see his original Hawaii documents.

    Obama last April released what he said was a copy of his original Hawaii birth documentation, but a number of imaging, document and computer experts contend it is a fraud.

    The original birth documentation could undermine Obama’s claim to be a “natural-born citizen,” as the Constitution requires. Many of his critics, however, say the birth documentation doesn’t matter, because Obama’s father never was a U.S. citizen. The Founders likely understood “natural-born citizen” to mean the offspring of two U.S. citizens.

    Now California attorney Orly Taitz, who has brought a number of major legal challenges to Obama’s eligibility in various courts up to the U.S. Supreme Court, has told WND that when Obama and his lawyer wrote a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp last week refusing to attend the hearing on Obama’s eligibility status, they included a copy of the image that the White House released last April.

    They also sent a copy to the court of Judge Michael Malihi, the hearing officer, whose ruling is expected to be made available in the next few days.

    Read More at WND By Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily

  12. Eileen

    Perhaps that $1,000 price tag is to help this po’ boy recoup some of the millions he’s already spent on either trying to keep it hidden or computer generated?

    And you are spot on with Article II, Section I, Clause 5. Now I’ve wanted to be a so-called “birther” but I figured with the Congress that’s been there, what’s the chances. Even now, it ain’t going to happen! But look at this video I just got today, hopefully it hasn’t been jerked yet.

    http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?V=H3aCfR8rmrw

    (don’t know why this didn’t come out as an automatic click-on. All family should copy this to browser. Demo’s have been trying to set the boy king up for years.)

  13. Family,

    The latest TOTD:

    http://noleftturnztotd.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/quiet-please/

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

  14. Family,

    The 501st NLTZ TOTD:

    http://noleftturnztotd.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/predators/

    Thanks as always,

    Larry

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