(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is offering Republican candidates some unsolicited advice when it comes to shaping the closing message of their congressional bids.
In a memo being sent to several GOP candidates Tuesday, the potential 2012 presidential candidate is urging his fellow Republicans to craft the final month of their battles against Democrats as ones that come down to "paychecks versus food stamps."
"It is…an unassailable fact that in January 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6 percent and food stamp usage was around 26.5 million Americans. Today, the unemployment rate is 9.6 percent and over forty million Americans are on food stamps," Gingrich writes in the memo. "Compare this to our record after we took control of Congress in 1994."
Gingrich, who played a vital role in crafting the GOP's 1994 "Contract with America," said his party's record of fiscal restraint during the 1990's offers a "vivid contrast between the record of the Pelosi-Reid Democratic Congress and the last time the Republican Party took control of Congress."
The former House Speaker has repeatedly injected himself into the national political conversation this season in dramatic form, most recently turning heads at the annual Values Voters summit in Washington last month when he compared the threat of terrorism to that of the Democratic Party.
He has also made several forays into key presidential primary states and recently said he will announce next March whether he intends to run for president.
In his memo to GOP candidates, Gingrich also says Republicans would be wise to hammer Democrats over failing to extend the Bush tax cuts before the elections.
In January 2011, taxes are scheduled to rise on virtually every American. Considering the perilous state of the U.S. economy, this decision by the Democrats to raise taxes is the very definition of irresponsibility.
Members of Congress headed home to their states and districts this week without voting on whether to extend the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 under the George W. Bush administration. Democrats argue that it's the Republicans that are holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage, in order to extend the cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The Democratic leadership has pledged to take up the issue before the end of the year.