November 23rd, 2009
05:54 PM ET
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Gingrich to hold jobs summit one day before Obama's

Gingrich to hold jobs summit one day before Obama's.
Gingrich to hold jobs summit one day before Obama's.

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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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. sara

    I guess all the "has beens" that were seat warmers are trying to be "sub-presidents" these days.

    November 23, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Russ

    What an idiot!!

    November 23, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. all the news that's fit to omit

    Time for a NEW contract with America, and with real WORKING Americans, not the dorito eating, Oprah watching, waiting for the check in the mail Obama voters.

    Time for Newt to school the fraud of a President on how to uh, uh, uh actualy lead and uh, uh, uh make decisions other than "present" or say anything but "I apologize".

    Newt Gingrich is smart as hell and is not afraid to crack a few Conservative heads if need be.

    He forgot more than Obama knows.

    Newt gives Obama the boot 2012.

    November 23, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. SocialismBad

    Way to go Newt! Show the socialists how REAL jobs are created. Ballooning government employment and adding thousands of road pavers is NOT increasing employment Obama!

    Gingrich in 2012! He lead the last revolution and the country needs him again before we're bankrupted by Obama socialism.

    November 23, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. M. Felder

    If I am not mistaken, I don't believe that this President has repealed the Bush tax cuts, and has added additional tax cuts in his stimulus package, can someone explain why the tax cuts doesn't seem to be working. We've been told that as long as we give corporations a tax cut they will hire people and create jobs. Why are we shedding so many jobs. Those tax cuts doesn't end until 2011. At some point, we the people will have to ask corporations to step up.

    November 23, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. mario mtl ca

    Who cares of him he is a rep

    November 23, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. shirley

    If Newt was interested in America, he could have held a "real jobs summit" long before now. The only thing that's "real" in this country is the GOP with its head stuck up its rear.

    November 23, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. brian in denver

    Hard as he may try, Newt will never upstage Obama. More Carl Rovian tactics gone awry

    November 23, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Gobblegingrich

    Okay, and this real jobs town hall meeting has taken 8 years because why??????????? I thought so, no answer.

    November 23, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Let me guess: Gingrich will propose tax cut for the wealthy.

    He must think we're pretty stupid to not notice that all the tax cuts GW Bush irresponsibly passed during wartime lead to the greatest global financial collapse since the Great Depression.

    The wealthy take their extra money, build factories overseas and layoff Americans.

    The only people who benefit from those tax cuts are the wealthy; contrary to Reaganomics (aka, Voodoo Economics), the money does not tinkle down onto the rest of us.

    November 23, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. ray

    please,please,please crawl back under your rock Newt.
    Just who do you speak for(work for!), certainly not the American people. Just what is your new agenda?You do have intelligence, why not put it to good use and be of service to this administration.

    November 23, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Gee, Mr. Gingrich, it's pretty darn plain what small business owners need: reduced health insurance costs.

    Since 1999, health insurance premiums have gone up 131% on average (15% alone this year).

    As these costs have gone up, employees are having to pick up larger and larger portions of the costs.

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that what would help small business owners the most is meaningful health care reform, including a robust public option. And who is opposed to this?

    Your party, Mr. Gingrich – The GOP!

    November 23, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. xavier

    Bring on the clowns. Is this Newt guy an idiot or what? I say he should be denied communion at church for being divorced so many times. Talk about making a mockery of marriage. In the eyes of God you are never divorced, so every time you marry you are committing adultery. I am just being fair here, what is good for Kennedy should be good for the Newt.

    November 23, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Tracy

    Are you serious!!??!! His organization is called "Gingrich's American Solutions" as in G-A-S?? As in wind bag?? As in YOU STINK?? Come on Newt, please go back to wherever the heck you came from with your latest girlfriend, wife or whatever and get off of the stage. Your 15 minutes expired LOOOOONG time ago.

    November 23, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. MikeH

    Unemployment is at the highest level since Ronald Reagan began the destruction of America's middle class.

    The Republicans have opened up America's economic arteries and bled this nation out, to feed their hyper-wealthy sponsors.

    November 23, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Keith in Austin

    As far as jobs are concerned, Gingrich is a Capitalist while Obama favors Socialism. If you're seeking a new job in the private sector attend Mr Gingrich's seminar. If you want more food stamps or a job in the ever-growing Government, talk to Obozo!

    November 23, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. catmom

    I hope what he tells business owners is to use the Bush tax cuts and provide jobs. What ever happened to the jobs that were supposed to be created with the Bush tax cuts? How about telling them to use some of the bailouts they received to start hiring again. Better yet, hopefully he tells them to help bring the country back from the brink and just start hiring plain and simple. It will take more than President Obama to create jobs, it takes business owners investing in America to keep the recovery going.

    I don't know why people want to sit back and whine about what President Obama is or is not doing. It takes more than the President to make this country work. It takes all members of Congress, it takes all of us working together for the sake of our country. What continues to bring our country down is the constant negativity, divisiveness, pettiness, and yes racism that is thrown at us 24/7 just because they don't happen to like our duly elected President. It is way past time for all of us to start working together for the sake of all of us.

    November 23, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Ted from Calif.

    How does this work? Newt's skills are geared toward losing jobs not creating them. Besides, where was he when the Bush administration was losing millions of jobs?

    November 23, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Ren from Baltimore

    Newt-what a g'rinch. LOSER.

    November 23, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    And we are supposed to care about this? He was part of the group that helped give big corporations in this country the big green light to offshore jobs, money and machinery.

    November 23, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Ray

    I'm not sure if small business owners will be able to create jobs that will put millions of people back to work.The problems here in America is that politics have become a theater. People seems to forget what got us into this situation in the first place. If it took us 8yrs to get here, it's going to take at least 10-12 yrs to get out of it. There is not one single person who can get us out of the mess that the country is in 10 months. Newt Gingrich, you need to stop it period. Republicans, stop complaining your party was in control for 8yrs, your party took this country to war, your party spoke for the American people when it came to go to war, so please stop the complaining, and bring some resolutions to the debate that works for all Americans. Dems, Rep,and Independent.

    November 23, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. ATL Guy

    There is nothing that these Republicans will not politicize. Absolutely nothing. And they're proud of that.

    November 23, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Wanda

    Another FORMER government employee who is only thinking of HIS political aspirations. Isn't it interesting that he is doing it the day before the President is doing his ? If He really cared so much about helping people find jobs why doesn't He offer his assistance to the President instead of trying to "one up" him.

    November 23, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. noneofyourbusiness

    Since Gingrich can't effect any change in policies, who cares if a bunch of Conservative 'gentlemen' get together to trash what Obama is doing.

    Let's not forget that people like Gingrich, Bush and Rove drove the economy off this cliff. Now they are going to huddle together to solve it?

    November 23, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Dan

    The thoughtful Newt summit may give some suggestions towards solutions, the "vote pres(id)ent" guy's summit will produce campaign slogans! (as usual)...

    November 23, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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