Washington (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will kick off a series of town halls on jobs next month, one day before President Barack Obama holds a jobs forum at the White House.
Gingrich's American Solutions organization announced Monday that Gingrich will hold what it calls a "real jobs summit" in Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by another the next day in Jackson, Mississippi. That's the same day Obama holds his forum in Washington.
The president announced on November 12 that his forum will include representatives from business, organized labor, and academia, among other sectors.
The nation's unemployment rate now stands at 10.2 percent, the highest level in more than a quarter century.
"Our economy's growing again, for the first time in more than a year, and we know that economic growth is a prerequisite for job growth," Obama said Monday, after meeting with his cabinet. "But having said that, what I emphasize today is we cannot sit back and be satisfied, given the extraordinarily high unemployment levels that we've seen."
But Gingrich takes issue with Obama's economic programs.
"President Obama's upcoming 'Jobs Summit' in Washington, DC is an acknowledgment that the big government stimulus package failed to create jobs. For an administration that is actively promoting job-killing health care, energy, and big labor legislation, holding a 'Jobs Summit' is deceiving political theater in the midst of millions of Americans struggling to find work," the possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful said in a statement.
"Beginning in Cincinnati, we will be traveling the country talking to small business owners and entrepreneurs – the engines of growth in our economy – to get their ideas on how to create jobs and grow the economy," added Gingrich.
American Solutions spokesman Dan Kotman said additional town halls will be announced next year.
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These economic problems stem from years prior to the Obama administration.
How conveniently they like to forget what the GOP has wrought.
Where was Newt eight years ago? Republicans ruined everything and only pay for war, war and more war. Lieberman admitted it on Sunday that he pays for war not health care.
Newt don't you have a wife to divorce somewhere?
Obama has spent 1 trillion in a stimulus passed to create jobs and the most he can show for it is creative wording of "saved or created" jobs and the medai (yes, CNN – factchecker of comedy skits) gives him a pass for incompetence. No other President has done so little with so much.
Will not vote for this guy again. Would like Hillary in a heartbeat. Obama has failed on that 3 am call in about 4 different areas and it is still ringing.
I been around Washington lone enough to have known business high people not president! sad but true.
People....we all know that if you're not a republican member you are not invited to this event. I just take my chances with the POTUS Obama. At least he will be fair about the jobs sources.
Gingrich........the same guy that was run out of DC in disgrace?
Well, I congratulate Geingrich for picking up a broom and helping to clean the economic mess and bring back jobs.
I just hope he is not looking for political gains in his timing.
I don't know why the president is having a jobs summit. I thought the stimulus was working? He waits till it hits 10.2% to realize he needs to do something besides make government bigger?
but weren't the Republicans criticizing the President for this summit? and now they are trying to beat him to the punch and make it look like their idea? gross.
Will he hold any suggestions that are positive on helping the economy? If not then who cares?????
You are the disrespectful party of "NO" you are very spiteful and that's why no one want to deal with your Rheteric, your party of "No" needs to go and help the President clean up the mess that the party of "NO" made. Get a clue, your party made this mess and President Obama is cleaning it up, and by the way, he's doing a great job at it too. It's people like you Mr. Gingrich that is making America look very devided. We have always been devided, but your party of "NO:" is making us look even worse to the third world countries, that look up to us. How do we expect to get along with other countries, when we can't get along with our own American family. Your party of "No" is a joke and it's going to be a sad day in hell that anyone from your party is going back into the White House any time soon.............President Obama for 2012..............
Take notes Obummie. You might learn something.
No problem with this. Finally maybe a Republican who wants to do something other than say NO !!!!
What a load of idiots are these republicans, they are always looking for publicity where there is non, what is he doing when Bush is running the country down, or he stupidly forgot that joblessness is the outcome of 8 years of Bush mismanagement and ineptitude.
Oh what a coincidence – is Newt attempting to make it look like the GOP came up with this idea? Cuz we all know that President Obama has had this planned for a while!
No doubt in my mind that Gingrich will be more effective than Obama.
Another empty suit with no answers attempting to upstage the president.
With guys like Newt at the helm, the GOP continues to promote hatred, fear, and racism.
GOP: Evolve or die...
Why can’t these OLD HACKS just retire..... ??
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA like gingrich has a clue about anything. He was aptly named – a slimy small tiny brained cold blooded creature that lives under rocks.
newt is so pro-family he has already managed to have three of them!
republicons talkin job creation is like going to jeff dhamer doing a cooking lessons...........
The very first sensible thing that should have been done was tax breaks for small business and making sure they could obtain credit. Genius Barry decided rather to spend 800 billion on a stimulus plan that stimulated very little except the national debt. We see how effective the stimulus (written by the Apollo Alliance by the way) has been up to this point. Our president cares nothing about creating jobs because he does not believe in capitalism, his jobs summit is for political cover.
Wow, Obama is moving with lightning speed!! He has only been in office for one year and he already has figured out that Americans need jobs.
Now that he has gone to Asia and has recovered their economies, maybe he can get ours going!
He is definately the man for the job!
Attention addicts like Palin and Gingrich just don't get it. They quit, lost, were dumped due to ethics concerns, or otherwise lost their credibility with anyone except the fanatical fringe dwellers at the edges of the political spectrum. Just another used up gas bag with an attention addiction.
Why is it that these disgraced Republican "family values" politician keep re-appearing like a bad rash the country got a few years ago?
You'll never hear from Garry Condit again, or Elliot Spitzer, or one of the disgraced Democratic politicians, but you Republicans sure recycle them over and over and over.
What is the definition of insanity again, "you keep doing the same thing over and over and you excpect different results?"
Next thing we'll have Tom Delay teaching us ethics, hahahahahahahah
As far as my previous comment, I have one thing to add about disgraced Republicans re-appearing like bad rashes...
...folks, WE ARE STUCK WITH SARAH PALIN FOR A LONG LONG TIME...
...she will never go away...
...it is going to be a one big funny Republican political circus...
Now folks–this is the PERFECT IDIOT!!!!! Need I say more??