April 8th, 2010
04:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Gingrich to call on Republicans to offer new vision

Newt Gingrich will implore Republican activists to offer a new vision.
Newt Gingrich will implore Republican activists to offer a new vision.

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday will implore Republican activists to offer a new vision to counter congressional Democrats as the 2010 midterm elections inch closer.

"It's not enough to say no to the radical agenda of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid," Gingrich said in a statement ahead of his speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. "Tonight's speech will explain why real leadership requires Republicans to offer a compelling vision of safety, prosperity, and freedom that stands in vivid contrast to Obama's secular, socialist, machine now running Washington."

The conference, being held in New Orleans Thursday through Sunday, will feature speeches from several top Republicans including RNC Chairman Michael Steele and former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Several potential Republican presidential candidates are also attending the event.

"America needs to know that Republicans say 'yes' to balancing the budget by growing the economy and reducing spending, not by raising or creating new taxes; 'yes' to empowering patients and doctors to reduce healthcare costs, not government bureaucrats; 'yes' to achieving energy independence through an 'all of the above' strategy that will lower energy costs and stop sending our money to hostile regimes, not through an energy tax that will be a burden on small businesses and families," Gingrich said in the statement.


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  1. adam

    "... vivid contrast to Obama's secular, socialist, machine now running Washington."
    -Newt

    I am pretty sure our government is supposed to be secular.....

    April 8, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Pete

    Again, Gingrich using the word "secular" as a negative. I guess eventually the GOP will drop the pretense that they intend to transform the US into a Taliban-style theocracy. Count me out, Newt.

    April 8, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Ellid

    Newt Gingrich needs to realize that his fifteen minutes of fame expired about the same time as his second marriage.

    April 8, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. CJ in California

    All well and good but why didn't they do this when they conrolled Congress and the White House for 6 years? Until the GOP can seperate themselves from the Social Conservatives, they will remain a 'Hard Right' minority party...

    April 8, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Carmelle

    One thing I was thinking about: Republicans love to say that they should get the credit for the surplus that was left under Bill Clinton because they had Congress for the last few years......

    -WHAT HAPPENED IN 2000 -2008 WHEN YOU HAD THE WH AND CONGRESS???

    Shouldn't you have doubled the surplus then with the secret formula you had under Clinton?

    April 8, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Independent

    Republicans new vision is Hate and No to everything.

    April 8, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Dave

    Fellow Republicans let the meeting begin....chirp – chirp – chirp...Ok, no ideas, the meeting is over....

    April 8, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. DennisK

    Newt Gingrich, one of America's favorite comedians.
    Yes, Republicans like Newt stand for freedom, like the freedom to dump your cancer-ridden wife, then cheat on your second wife while pontificating about Bill Clinton's lack of morals.
    The only thing Republicans will ever say yes to is kickbacks from lobbyists and tax breaks for the wealthy.

    April 8, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. a health economist

    Oh, this should be interesting. I can't wait to hear their vision of how to rid the US of the current socialist constructs that are in our society. The free market can produce much better alternatives to our publicly funded and owned police/fire stations, schools, roads and military. We all know the government can't manage things like the private sector. And who better to tell us this then one of our government parties, the GOP. They know how badly they handle things. It's time to cut back on government intervention. Let's start with repealing labor laws, anti-trust laws, consumer safety laws, building codes...heck, the whole justice system is part of the government. Privatize it all!

    April 8, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    A bunch of old white guys offering "NEW" ideas!!! RFLMO

    What's next? Ask the oil companies to lower gas prices? Or your credit card provider to lower your interest, or maybe Enron to pay the money back it stole from California?

    Why don't you just ask for something more realistic, like turning water into wine.

    April 8, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Michael, Phoenix AZ

    WOW! Let's have a new vision for the GOP. Well, folks, first off you have to have a mission and vision statement that you all believe in and will fit both sides of the political aisle as well the those independents and third parties......If you check it out, I believe that you will find that all the public and private schools have mission and vision statements that they go by....Not all are the same, but in order to work those statements have to also reach the general population AND be understood in order to make them work.

    April 8, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Mike

    You are so right Mr Speaker, time to turn the hounds loose. Time to tell the country that is way past time to reduce spending and get this countries fiscal house in order. That can be done with the Republicans taking control of both houses of congress in Nov then finish the job in 2012.

    April 8, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Allen in Hartwell GA

    "It's not enough to say no to the radical agenda of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid," Gingrich said.........

    Radical Agenda??? You mean like trying to help all Americans, starting with those who most need the help and working upwards? Yeah, that's really radical...from a Republican's standpoint.

    Maybe Newt can come up with another Contract On America.

    April 8, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Larry

    The current Republican party wouldn't know the truth if they fell over it.

    It was Bush's incompetent administration that got this country into the financial mess it is in now.

    The Republicans ran a deficit over two needless wars to the tune of adding $5.5 trillion to the national debt.

    Thank God that moron and most of his cronies are out of office.

    April 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Duck Fallas

    Why is it you righties don't trust the government to do anything- except protect your very lives?

    Oh... right... you're insane.

    April 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Jeff in DC

    Nice one Newt – secular (he went to church on Easter Sunday), socialist (he jettisoned the public option), why don't you thrown in 'godless communist' while you're at it. Not sure why, maybe because he's been around for so long, but he still seems like a likable fellow despite the ridiculous things he says.

    April 8, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Dinah

    I find it hard to comment on anything the Republican Party says or does without being rude!

    April 8, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Bob C

    "...stands in vivid contrast to Obama's secular, socialist, machine now running Washington."

    Sounds like Newts' running to head the Tea Party.

    April 8, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Viet_Nam_Vet

    I love it when dead politicians try to pull off a "Lazarus" maneuver.

    April 8, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. multicultural R US

    putting on your happy face for a bunch of activists isn't gonna do it, Newty.
    not when "Armageddon" Boehner and his GOP snarly crew have already picked up their toys and gone home.
    here's an idea: before this year's elections, the Party of No should start making positive contributions to the daily tasks of governing.

    April 8, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. ProfBill

    The only problem with Gingrich's suggestion is the Republicans haven't had a "new" idea since Christ was a lad...

    April 8, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Ralph

    Didn't they try this "new vision" thing already when the party was falling apart before the 2008 election?

    April 8, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Brook

    Republicans are so deeply invested in fear/hate mongering and obstructionism, I think they'll have better luck teaching gorillas to do brain surgery.

    April 8, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Oregon calling

    Any vision that doesn't involve distortion, fabrication or fear would be welcome. How can you be for possibilities with making people fearful. How can people move forward without hope? Just curious.

    Peace :-)

    April 8, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Jeaton

    Is this jerk still around? Since when is it radical to provide health care to all citizens? Oh, I almost forgot, this is the guy who allegedly asked his wife for a divorce while she was in the hospital recovering from surgery.

    April 8, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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