Gingrich rallies opposition to spending bill, START treaty
December 16th, 2010
03:41 PM ET
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Gingrich rallies opposition to spending bill, START treaty

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich rallied his supporters Thursday to oppose two major pieces of legislation that Democrats want to pass before the end of the lame-duck Congress.

In an email to the 1.2 million members of his advocacy group American Solutions, Gingrich called the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill "outrageous" because it includes roughly $8 billion in earmarks.

He accused Democrats of "blackmail" - threatening the American people "with a shutdown of the government if we don't accept their pork barrel spending."

And the former House speaker said it would be "dangerous and irresponsible" to pass the New START Treaty in the lame duck before properly considering "whether the treaty limits further development of our missile defense systems."

"We must stop the irresponsible spending," Gingrich said, urging his backers to call their senators. "We must stop the rushed consideration of a treaty that threatens to compromise America's right of self defense. And once we've rejected the Left, we must start in January to replace their obsolete ideology and policies with a new model of safety, prosperity and freedom."


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  1. Haren

    TO
    Four and The Door write.
    Finally someone taking a leadership role and standing up for the American taxpayer. So far, Obama and Reid have only stood up for the greedy politicians in this matter. We are seeing who has what priorities.

    GET YOUR SELF EDUCATED FIRST STOP WATCHING HANNITY WHO LIE YESTERDAY ABOUT EARMARK.
    MOST OF THEM ARE FROM HYPOCRATE REPUBLICAN INCLUDING SENATOR FROM TEXAS AND IOWA WHO ARE AGAINST EAR MARK BUT HAVE MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE.

    December 16, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    So is the DemocRATS last hoorah, trying to get every last dollar of spending done to run the debt over $14 TRILLION? Seems like their response to the American people on Nov. 2 is the middle finger (like it has been all along).

    And why all the rush for a THROWN OUT OF OFFICE LAME DUCK Congress to pass an important treaty? If it was soo important where has it been the last year? Don't pass ANYTHING the DemocRATS want passed. This is EXACTLY how they jammed a 2200 page Healthcare Bill that nobody read down the throats of the American people. Americans threw these clowns out on Nov. 2 for good reason. Trust NOTHING they do now.

    December 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. lakerman

    What is outrageous is that this discredited, philandering, lying, has been is still inflicting himself and his phony statements on the American public. We have serious business to attend to, Newt, so crawl back under your rock with the other lizards.

    December 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Whatever

    Sigh, who shook your chain Gingrich?

    December 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. JohnQuest

    Let me see if I understand this, Brother Newt is a "conservative" (economic and social), and he is outraged over the "pork" in the bill. I consistence argument for a conservative but he did not mention that most of the pork was put there by his Repub friends, he also failed to be "outraged" about the total cost of the bill, even if they remove the 8 billion the bill is still over a trillion bucks. Wonder why he did not get "outraged" over that, the repubs want tax cuts for the wealthy, (100s of billions) estate tax cut (10s of billions) and he is upset about 8 billion, really, really. Sounds more like a red herring to me.

    December 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Len

    Come on jerk, get off you high horse and start thinking about this country. Earmarks, are in the bill, and a lot of your fellow Republicans put them their, ask the minority leader of the Senate, how much he put in the bill. Get a grip jerk.

    December 16, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. lstro

    Gingrich, Palin, can't this country do better. Hard to believe there are voters out there that support these two good air sucking, money hungry, hate mongering Phonies.

    December 16, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Bob Lees

    Didn't ol' Newt shut down the gov once because Clinton didn't let him ride in the fancy part of Air Force 1? Hypocritical wad of fecal matter that one.

    December 16, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. JohnQuest

    Let me see if I understand this, Brother Newt is a "conservative" (economic and social), and he is outraged over the "pork" in the bill. A consistence argument for a conservative, but he did not mention that most of the pork was put there by his Repub friends, he also failed to be "outraged" about the total cost of the bill, even if they remove the 8 billion the bill is still over a trillion bucks. Wonder why he did not get "outraged" over that, the repubs want tax cuts for the wealthy, (100s of billions) estate tax cut (10s of billions) and he is upset about 8 billion, really, really. Sounds more like a red herring to me.

    December 16, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Palin is an Idiot

    Thanks for defending America from non-state nuclear proliferation.

    Wait, that's the opposite of what you're doing. You're making us more vulnerable to nuclear terrorism! Good thing I let you know just now! Phew!

    December 16, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. DAVE

    "we must stop the irresponsible spending" i agree wth Gingrich. i know that Ronald Raegan, George Bush sr and George Bush jr are responsible for over half of this nations deficit of $13 trillion. George Bush jr added $5 trillion to the deficit himself. now gingrich and the GOP thinks adding another $850 billion we don't have to give tax cuts to the top %2 is a good thing to do. the only reason he wants to put off the omnibus bill until next year is so that the GOP can cut the heck ot of all domestic spending and he is welling to risk the restart of the cold war by taking hostage the passing of the start treaty. by his own words "we must replace the obsulete ideolology and policies with a new model" this means cut all spending on the people in this country (domestic) and only spend money on defense . in other words work until you drop dead , die on the hosipital steps because you can't pay the bill and work or go hungry because your lazy. these words are coming from a man who gets a pension from the goverment of %80 of what he was paid when in congress and also gets life time medical coverage for him and his family. what a hipocrite! their is almost as many people out of work right now as there was in the great depression the only reason you don't see people sleeping in the streets or standing in soup lins is because of the safty net the democrats have battled for years against the selfish GOP to put in place.

    December 16, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Jack

    Go Newt, Go!! Rile up those ditto heads with more red meat. Maybe you can get the Repub. nomination next time and put that know nothing Palin on the ticket too. That would be sweet.

    December 16, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. CTinDC

    Democrats ClassWarfare.. You obviously have not read about the START treaty if you think this is a new discussion. This Treaty has been before the Senate since March of 2010. So why did it not pass?? Republicans pushed it off.. said no.. Fillibustered. The treaty has been supported by many past secretary of states across both parties.
    In general, I think you need to read a little more before hollaring like a teenager. lets have a civil and adult conversation.

    December 16, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. jokerster

    Oh Newt, Newt, Newt, to many apples fall on your head???? I do believe it was the Republicans who said, they wouldn't pass any bills if the tax cut bill didn't go through...NOW, who was blackmailing WHO?????????

    December 16, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. johnnyD

    the GOP is plagued by poor leadership, and Newt is a prime example. He should quietly retire and hope that people forget his blunderous career, and let some new, bright, non-partisan (if they exist) republicans take over. He is a blight on the party.

    December 16, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. annie s

    B, you need to do a little reading before you post. All the earmarks are from Dems? Not even close – actually, only 8 Republicans did NOT request earmarks. Want to hear hypocrisy – even Mitch McConnell has about 30 million in earmark requests in this bill, John Cornyn asked for 165 million and Thune 170 million.

    December 16, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. joe

    That's 0.72% of the spending bill. Gee, that sounds terrible! Republican pork in there, too. If Newt were not a lying hypocrite, he would break down the 0.72% of this bill by party and announce the Republican, Democrat, and Independent portions of the pork, but he's not honest and he is a hypocrite, so that won't happen.

    December 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Lawrence

    Well he should know about "pork barrel spending". Why won't he just shut up and go find another wife to keep him busy>

    December 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. ALJ

    Is it easy for a guy who served his wife divorce papers on her death bed to now be sanctimonious and for the people. What a fraud!

    December 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. SouthSideSlim

    Let's see...Since Reagan, the only President to balance the budget wasn't a Republican, he was a Democrat. That Democrat left a budget surplus and a Social Security trust fund. Then Bush2 comes along, is briefed about the dangers of al-Quiada before he was even in office and did nothing about it. We end up in the worst recession since the depression, and it's the fault of the Democrats. What's wrong with this picture?

    December 16, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And why all the rush for a THROWN OUT OF OFFICE LAME DUCK Congress to pass an important treaty? If it was soo important where has it been the last year? Don't pass ANYTHING the DemocRATS want passed."
    ----
    You must be one of the many bloggers who thought Obama was on one of his so-called vacations when this treaty was first introduced during Obama's meeting with Medvedev this past spring. No suprise then that you haven't heard of it before now. BTW, it has been ... par for the coarse ... the Republicans who have continued kicking this can down the road. In truth, GHWBush has recently stated this treaty should pass, the sooner the better.

    December 16, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. carrotroot

    Then tell your Republican buddies in Congress to strike their pork projects from the bill. I'm sure old war horses like Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who cling to their pork like it's the ring of power will probably disagree with you tooth and nail.

    December 16, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Julie C

    Takes a hell of a lot of nerve for Newt to make such a blatently stupid statement given the GOP's track record of holding bills hostage to serve their own selfish agendas. I recall the GOP insisting they'd never compromise when it came to extending the Bush tax cuts, even at risk of losing cuts for the middle class. What does he call that?

    December 16, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. kd

    Where's the Palin story for the hour? Oh – there it is a few stories down...

    December 16, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    CTinDC, I know it is not a new discussion. But it is one that SHOULD NOT BE HAD BY A LAME DUCK CONGRESS. They should have ironed this out MONTHS AGO. Either it passes or it doesn't, BACK IN AUGUST after due debate and consideration.

    If this country has learned one thing over the last two years, it is to NOT believe the DemocRATS when they say something is an emergency and it MUST be pased and passed NOW. ENOUGH of the used car sales tactics!

    December 16, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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