December 2nd, 2009
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Gingrich holds jobs summit one day before Obama's

Newt Gingrich is holding his own job summit Wednesday.
Newt Gingrich is holding his own job summit Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich kicks off a series of town halls on jobs Wednesday, one day before President Obama holds a jobs forum at the White House.

The former House speaker will hold what his American Solutions organization calls a "real jobs summit" in Cincinnati, Ohio. The group says a second event will be held Thursday in Jackson, Mississippi. That's the same day Obama holds his forum in Washington, which the White House says will include representatives from business, organized labor, and academia, among other sectors.

"Our 'real jobs summit' in Cincinnati will be a town hall format and is free and open to the public. We expect over 500 people comprised of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders in the Cincinnati area," says American Solutions spokesman Dan Kotman. "Speaker Gingrich will give opening remarks followed by an opportunity for audience members to ask questions, share stories about what has worked for their business, and provide input on our 'Jobs Here, Jobs Now, Jobs First' plan."

Kotman says additional town halls will be announced next year.

The president heads to Allentown, Pennsylvania on Friday, to kick off a listening tour on the economy. The administration says the event in Allentown, known for its industrial struggles.

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 last month, 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 last month.

"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.
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  1. hampster

    The only plan republicans can offer to reduce unemployment is to prevent health care legislation from passing. This will leave forty-one million Americans without healtcare so they can get sick and die quickly; thereby leaving a lot of job vacancies to fill. Boy, those republican are smart.

    December 2, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Mlhall

    Mr. Gingrich, I just love it! Why didn't you have your "Jobs Summit' in 2005, 6, 7, 8, ! Oh, you could not think of it, President Obama had to think of it for you. Well Newt it will not work no one care about your Job Simmit plus they like Obama better.

    December 2, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Newtered Gingrich is an abject retard. "Oooh, we scheduled our job fair after you decided to have one, but held it before you did so neener neener poopoo!!!" Grow up.

    as for this: "Wait until you see the doo doo hit the fan in this country-when Obama, Reid, and Pelosi "attempt" to pass amnesty again for 20 million illegals-–when there are now millions of US citizens without jobs!!!"

    Hey genius, if they're already here and working, the job is already taken. Amnesty doesn't change that. Indeed, all it would really do is force them to start paying taxes on their earnings...because I guarantee you they aren't doing it now. Unless you or some other neocon robot talking-point parrot has worked out a way to efficiently, efficaciously (and within a reasonable budget) oust 20 million people from this country without committing crimes against humanity, then you're probably better off keeping your bigotted yaps shut while the adults handle it.

    December 2, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Newt Gingrich
    The highest paid lobbyist in DC.

    ******** Constrict America *********

    December 2, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. wait a minute

    Let's see how large small businesses are for GOP.

    December 2, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. aos

    I am so tired of this political gamesmanship. Our people are hurting, and Gingrich and the Republicans want to play political points instead of working with the President to come up with solutions. My husband is laid off, a local firm is laying off 30 people today, and a friend lost her job yesterday. I am hoping to keep my job, but who knows? I am really not interested in Republicans' efforts to insult our president and then call their rhetoric "discourse." Republicans have usually been interested in keeping the rules "fair" for big business while they export jobs and bring in foreign workers on H-1 visas. I want to know what specific ideas they have–not just the old trickle-down theory. Recycling Reagan won't work in a global economy.

    December 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "The Republicans promoted NAFTA and the vast exodus of manufacturing jobs to China, "

    And to return the favor, China allowed ourselves to indebt ourselves to them in order to fund an elective war motivated by oil and war economy profit and the ulterior religiosity of the idiots we put in power. Pretty fair trade as far as the GOPers are concerned...as far as I can tell...I've yet to hear any repentence on their part.

    December 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. wait a minute

    IF GOP wants to help small businesses, give them an affordable Public Option and they will show you what they can do for our economy.

    December 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why can't they work TOGETHER with the President, present a UNITED front, and shut me up once and for all?! What is the deal with this one-upmanship(sp) thing going on between Dems and Reps? Everybody is acting as if this economy were in 'normal' mode, and it is not. This is 1929 people!! Pull this stuff some other time. How long before these idiots on both sides of the aisle come together for the country's sake? Left hand doing one thing, right hand another when better results could be obtained from JOINT efforts. Good gravy!

    December 2, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. smokey

    I mean come on !! Does this guy think he is the President ?? I think not..My question is, what the heck he is doing this for,..What could the possibel reason be ? Where was all this concenr about the economy and jobs for the last 8 years..Now all of a sudden when Pres Obama who is out CURRENT SITTING PRESIDENT who has to clean up all the mess that was left behind by the prev WH, everybody want to get in on the action..You would do well, to do us all a favor and let the current Administration do their job..which apparently was so neglected the past 8 yrs...

    December 2, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. J.P.

    Lots of talk on here about "trickle down" (actually it's supply side economics, the silly notion that YOU know how to spend your money better than the government does) making "the rich richer" while everyone else becomes poorer.

    Really?

    Please, tell the class, who among you has ever been hired by a poor man?

    I've been in the work force for 25 years now, and I've never once been hired by a poor man.

    My boss has always been one of those eeeeeeeeevil rich people. It's quite a simple concept, really... you have to have money in order to hire people. Gee, what a concept.

    December 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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