CPAC 2011: Newt Gingrich’s Speech at CPAC

Bookmark and Share In what can be described as a solid foundation to run a presidential campaign on, Newt Gingrich spoke to CPACstriking many chords with the conservative audience that he addressed. In it he indirectly laid out some of the immediate priorities that he would act upon if he were President. He outlined, in detail,what he called two large strategies that would lead to jobs creation. It included a call to end the environmentalProtection Agencies’war against American oil and gasand the creationof an Environmental Solutions Agency that would replace the Environmental Protection Agency and create a truly American energy plan.

In his speech, Newt suggested that President Obama be invited to give the keynote address at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference, but only if he makes good on his perceived attempts to move to the center. According to Gingrich he could prove himself sincere in that goal and be deserving of the invite to CPAC if he did the following seven things;

  1. Sign the repeal of Obamacare
  2. Sign tort reform for doctors
  3. Sign the permanent repeal of the death tax
  4. Sign a new Hyde Amendment so that no taxpayer money funds abortions
  5. Sign a new Paul Ryan drafted budget act to control spending and move to a balanced budget
  6. Sign a law to decisively control the border now
  7. Sign a 1oth Amendment Implementation Act that returns power to the states and the people thereof

While Newt’s speech was not a rah-rah, inspirational call to arms for conservatives, instead of coming off as a conservative firebrand, he presented himself as the quintessential optimistic, ideas man and proved that underestimating him in a potential 2012 race for the presidency would be a foolish thing to do.

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Newt Gingrich vs. Howard Dean Debate Shows Why Newt Can’t Be Underestimated in 2012

Bookmark and Share On Tuesday, C-Span aired a live debate between former Vermont Governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The forum was the first joint venture between College Democrats and College Republicans on the campus of George Washington University. Together the two partisan political entities hammered out the details andarranged fora debate that was engaging and enlightening.

While Dean and Gingrich demonstrated their usual ideological passion, both men avoided any truly partisan bickering and instead embarked upon an insightful exchange of ideas and opinions. To be sure, there were differences but each man expressed themselves in eloquently articulate ways that at times, won both of them points from both sides of the aisle in the campus auditorium. Right out of the gate, Newt noted where he parted from where during his opening statement, Howard referred to America as a multicultural nation. Gingrich, in his opening statement stated We are not a multicultural country. We are a multiethnic country.

Newt explained that people come here to become American and be a part of an American civilization which is very different from Europe and Asia and Africa and demonstrated that in the United States, we come together to work as one common nation not divided by different cultures.

For Republicans, Newt Gingrich provided good reason for him to be given a fair hearing in the Republican presidential nomination process. Throughout the debate, Gingrich showed himself to be quite artful and adept at laying out the problems that our nation faces. He also proved himself to be one of the best spokesman for conservatism in America that we have today. Be it on immigration, healthcare reform, gay marriage or terrorism, Newt Gingrich has an unmatched ability to paint a picture of conservative thinking that is hard for even the most liberal of Democrats to not understand and see a degree of logic in.

The only moment during the debate that approached being confrontational came toward the end of the forum when Taylor Barnes a student from the audience set up a question regarding Republican opposition to the gay agenda and asked Newt Gingrich if he truly believed that LGBT individuals should not have the right to marry those who they truly love, I ask that you tell all of us, all of my friends who happen to be gay, why you believe that right now? During the question, Gingrich sat back in his seat and looked at the questioner with an expression of consternation, but when it was time for him to respond, he leaned forward and said Look Im quite happy to say that I come out of a tradition, which is several thousand years old, that says marriage is between a man and a woman. And I am prepared to defend that tradition, and I happen to believe it and I believe I have as much right to my opinion that you have to yours.

In its entirety, the Gingrich-Dean GWU debate is one that is worth anyones while to watch. Insofar as it pertains to Republicans, after viewing it, many will begin to understand why I have consistently stated that Newt Gingrich has the ability to surprise many if he does actually run for President. If Newt becomes an official candidate for the Republican nomination, no one should write him anytime soon and in the end, no matter who wins the nomination, Newts active participation in the process will do nothing but help the cause of conservatism in America.

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Big Deal In Georgia. Governor Endorses Gingrich for President

Bookmark and Share The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently reported that Newt Gingrich has essentially made his decision to run for the Republican presidential nomination and is already eyeing Atlanta office space to stake out as his campaign headquarters.

Now the AJC writes that in answering a reporters question about Gingrich, Georgias new governor, Nathan Deal, declared that he will support Newt Gingrich for president if he runs.

According to Political Insider reporter Jim Galloway, the exchange went like this:

Reports from Republicans weve talked to say Gingrich is much further along in his decision-making process than he lets on. In any case, Governor, will you support Gingrich if he runs for president in 12?

Deals response was; I will,.

Prior to that answer, Governor Deal said of Gingrich;

Hes, of course, a long-time friend and a supporter of my efforts to become governor of this state. Its no secret he is taking exploratory actions to determine whether or not hes going to pursue the presidency of the United States and we talked briefly about that. I dont think hes made that decision. He indicated hes still in the deciding process.

Former Speaker of the House represented Georgia in his days in Congress and has strong roots their. He has recently been meeting many of the states most powerful Republicans, including Governor Deal. In 2010, Gingrich pulled out all the stops to help Deal win his race for Governor. Now it looks like pay back time is approaching.

A similar story is playing out in the Northeast where New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently met for dinner with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Drumthwacket, New Jerseys governor mansion. In 2009 Romney endorsed Christie in his primary for the Garden States Republican gubernatorial nomination. On top of the favor owed to Romney, the two share more than a few things in common. One thing they share is their former state campaign chairman. That was a position which State Senator Joe Kyrillos held for Romneys presidential campaign in 2008 and for Christies gubernatorial race in 2009.

Earlier in the day, a “Political Playbook” forum sponsored by Politico and aired on C-Span, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made an endorsement of his own kind when he praised South Dakota Senator John Thune and calimed that he has urged him to run for President.

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Is Chris Christie Preparing to Endorse Mitt Romney for President?

Bookmark and Share New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hosted a Monday evening dinner meeting with a mix of advisers and GOP state Party leaders and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

A spokesman for Governor Christie would not comment on the gathering and Romney aides have not elaborated on it either. Several different sources reportedly deny that any specifics regarding an endorsement in New Jerseys Republican presidential primary were discussed.

But Romney has viewed New Jersey as fertile territory. In 2008 presidential campaign, the former Governor paid a decent amount of attention to the state as he made several trips to the Garden State and worked Republican grass root activists aggressively. At the time, his state campaign chairman was Monmouth County State Senator Joe Kyrillos, a former state Party chairman. Kyrillos most recently served as Governor Chris Christies state campaign chairman.

Over the past few years, Romney has been devoting a great deal of time and making an equally great amount of financial contributions to the campaign efforts of many high level and targeted Republicans. In 2009 he took sides in Chris Christies gubernatorial primary and endorsed the then U.S. District Attorney over his opponent Steve Lonegan.

Now, it looks like Romney is beginning to try to collect on his generous devotion of time and money by seeking the endorsements of those he supported since he ended his pursuit of the 2008 presidential nomination. That year, John McCain received the bulk of New Jerseys Republican establishments support, including that of the State GOP Chairman. The states Governor at the time was Democrat Jon Corzine and he was busy backing Barack Obama. Obama wound up winning New Jerseys Democrat Primary and on the Republican side McCain won with 55% of the vote with Romney coming in a distant second with 28% of the vote.

This time around, Chris Christie reigns supreme and with his high national profile and popularity, the Christie endorsement is one which any candidate for President would relish and not just for the delegate count that he could bring to them from Jersey. For Romney, having Chris Christie return the favor of an endorsement will be a prominent conservative feather to stick in his hat, a feather that Romney is going to a need lot of he wants to make past New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, in the South, Newt Gingrich received an endorsement of his own.

Georgia Governor and Gingrich friend, Nathan Deal respond to reporters questions about Gingrich by saying that if Newt ran for the Republican for the Republican presidential nomination, he would endorse him.

With 29 states now controlled by Republican governors, they will all play pivotal roles in the Republican presidential nominating process. Some like Christie though may play a bigger role than others.

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Newt Gingrich Has Reportedly Made A Decision about 2012 and the Presidency

Bookmark and ShareThe headline reads “Newt Gingrich tells Georgia Republicans he’ll be a candidate in2012” and beneath it, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Political Insider” columnist, Jim Galloway, claimsthat Newthas made up his mind and is eyeing office space in Georgia to use as the campaign headquarters for his 2012 presidential campaign.

Galloway reports that Gingrich “has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012 using Georgia as his base and that he already has his eye on office space in Buckhead for a campaign headquarters.”

Adding fuel to the claim are Galloway’s confirmation of conversations that the former Speaker of the House has had with several prominent Georgians, including Nathan Deal, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss who said that Gingrich asked for an appointment in the near future. And told the Senator that he needed a significant amount of his time.

Gingrich also made a recent appearance at the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce where Georgia’s House Speaker, David Ralston introduced Gingrich.

It would appear that Gingrich is trying solidify his Southern base, especially in his former home state of Georgia, a state that Mike Huckabee won in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. At a recent press conference at his Center for Health Transformation in suburban Atlanta Gingrich accentuated his Georgia roots by stating “My offices are here. My grandchildren are here. I’m here regularly”, He also added “I helped create the modern Republican Party in Georgia starting in 1960. I have a certain fondness for being back in Atlanta.”

A spokesman for Newt Gingrich would only tell Galloway that Gingrich’s “plans are to decide on whether to create an exploratory committee in late February, and make a decision about his candidacy in March,”.

If Gingrich does run, expect a very lively and heated Republican presidential contest, one which Newt is likely to surprise many in, and be difficult for his rivals to overshadow him in.

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Gingrich Confirms His Attendance At New Hampshire St. Pat’s Event

Bookmark and Share Whether he is running or not, Newt Gingrich is scheduled to attend a St. Patricks Day charity breakfast in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The event is officially called the Wild Irish Breakfast and is described as a roast-like, joke fest. Over the years it has attracted speakers such as Pat Buchanan and Mitt Romney.

Gingrichs attendance at such an event is obviously further evidence of his taking a serious look at a run for President in 2012. And the setting will be one in which the former Speaker is likely to get a lot of press at and score a lot of points for. Not usually known for his sense of humor, expect Newt to blindside the audience with a repertoire of unanticipated knee slappers and intellectual witticisms that will have people talking long after the event is over.

If Newt is planning on running for President, his performancein this type of setting will go a long way in endearing him to New Hampshire voters by showing a side of him that most are not use to. And if he isnt running, his attendance at thisspecific breakfastwill confuse the heck out of those trying to lay odds on his candidacy. Either way, going to the Wild Irish Breakfast is a smart move for Newt.

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Newt Gingrich Hedging His Odds In Nevada

Bookmark and Share Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is seemingly serious about a run for President and he is looking carefully at the early primary and caucus contests. As such, he recently sent an advance man to schmooze with state G.O.P. leaders and gauge the sentiments of Silver State Republicans.

In the past, Nevada did not play that big a role in the Republican presidential contest, but Gingrich understands that recent changes mean that in 2012, Nevada will be a much higher stake race than it was in the past.

As the date game plays out for states that want to angle for importance in the 2012 presidential primaries and caucuses, Nevada will be holding their Democrat and Republican presidential caucus on February 18th,making itthe first contest in the West and the third Republican contest nationally. In addition to that, the state is moving away from their winner-take-all system, and to a proportionate one. This means that the opportunity for candidates to walk away with at least a few delegates, instead of empty handed, will be worth the investment of their time and money.

But one of the most important changes in the Nevada Republican caucus is that it is moving from a nonbinding one, to a binding one. In the past delegates were allowed to switch their votes at the Republican National Convention. This time, they will be committed to the candidates they awarded to.

Altogether, this makes Nevada much more important than it was in the past and Newt knows it. So he is already testing the ground and looking at his chances against the 2008 winner of the Nevada Caucus —- Mitt Romney. In 2008, Romney won but that victory came,in part, because he was the only candidate to campaign in the state. Others, like Senator John McCain, focused instead on South Carolina. But with the changes that have been made, 2012 will be quite different and although Romney is considered a slight favorite, it is far from a done deal. A recent Public Policy Polling survey had Romney with 34% of the vote, compared with Gingrichs and Gingrich at 21%. Sarah Palin took a 16% share of the vote and Mike Huckabee had a fourth place showing of 11%.

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