Gingrich predicts 2012 win over Obama's 'Chicago-style' campaign
May 13th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich predicts 2012 win over Obama's 'Chicago-style' campaign

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich called President Obama "the most successful food stamp president in history" Friday in a speech focused on the nation's economic problems and impending 2012 campaign.

In his first address since announcing a bid for the White House, the former House Speaker said three quarters of the American people will agree with his campaign message and those who disagree will lose.

Gingrich said he will run ads highlighting the high unemployment rate and size of the national debt while Obama runs a "Chicago style" campaign to "coerce" money out of the American people and convince them of a "phony reality."

"(Obama) is the most successful food stamp president in history," Gingrich said, before adding that "people prefer pay checks to food stamps ... they'd rather be successful."

Gingrich, speaking at the Washington Conference with Laffer Associates, said lowering the unemployment rate is necessary to bring down the deficit, pillars of his economic plan that also include strengthening the dollar by reforming the Federal Reserve, extending tax relief, reforming entitlements and instituting an American energy policy.

He pointed specifically to the changes agreed upon while he was the top Republican in Congress, including reforms to Medicare and Social Security.

It is his track record and his ideals that leave him optimistic about the next campaign, even prompting him to tell the audience to start writing their memoirs, tracking what they "did before the revolution."

The former Georgia congressman said his campaign theme will be that the "right policies lead to the right future" and even though they don't know it yet, the Democrats' "wrong policies will lose the future."

"This will be the happiest, most positive, most fun campaign of my lifetime," Gingrich said.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Anne

    all I can write about the headline is : HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Now that's a funny prediction.

    Anybody else, maybe but Newt Gingrich! Come on, I wonder what color the sky is in his world!

    May 13, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. The unsub

    just look at him! need I say more?

    May 13, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. carrie

    Not by you my man , not by you!!!!

    May 13, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Nick , California

    I guess Newt sees the glass half empty... sad!

    May 13, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Bill

    It is ramarks such as this that highlight why this buffoon will never be president.

    May 13, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Jonita

    Someone should tell him that Mrs.Palin has a better chance at becoming president ....

    May 13, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. maeve

    Ugh. This guy was casting stones over transgressions HE WAS comitting, and then he blamed it all on having worked too hard for his country. That leads me to believe he would comit even greater transgressions when he would have to work even harder as president. No thanks.

    May 13, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    good to see he has finally developed a weird sense of humor. HE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT. He was fired once, he'll be fired again (before he makes it into the white house).

    May 13, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. kahliforni

    "Obama runs a 'Chicago style' campaign to 'coerce' money out of the American people and convince them of a 'phony reality.'"...or "(Obama) is the most successful food stamp president in history."
    .
    So much for a "positive" campaign.

    May 13, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. shoegazer

    Newton McPherson will have an easier time casting himself as a "savior of civilization from cosmic threats",as a devotee
    of Issac Asimov's, than securing the presidency.This is a man who,in 1995,while addressing a group of young Republicans
    stated,"I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty".It would seem that alot of Republicans have taken up the mantle there Newton.

    May 13, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. C. Howe Yulikit

    Gingrich will drop out by the South Carolina Primary when he polls in the single digits. He'll never be the nominee much less the President.

    May 13, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Realistic

    Of course he will predict he will win.What is he suppose to do, predict he will loose? And I predict he will loose.

    May 13, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. mom2homer

    Wonder what Calista thinks of his plans to work far too hard for America again...

    May 13, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. David S.

    Gingrich is a riot! Nonsensical...but a riot non-the-less!

    Thanks CNN. I needed a good laugh this morning! :)

    May 13, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. American

    Hypocrisy, please. Newt, one of the worst creators of divisive politics in the country...

    In the real world, many Americans' 401K plans have improved greatly under President Obama, as our economy continues to recover. Godspeed.

    Obama 2012 (especially when considering the alternative)

    May 13, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Thankfully Independent

    Newt needs to stay away from the cutesy-girlie phrases; otherwise someone might mistake him for Donald Trump.

    OK, OK, I know the hair color is different .... but not much else is.

    May 13, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. GNoP

    Way to have some empathy for those that need those stamps right now, Newt. And in today's world, quite a few of those on food stamps are working, you three-timing, hypocritical neanderthal.

    May 13, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. sonny chapman

    Why is this guy sucking up any of the oxygen in the room of public affairs ? And by the way, when was the last time that Newt was right about anything ?

    May 13, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Mark

    Newt is wasting his time and money. He won't even get the republican nomination.

    May 13, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Just Me

    And the Republican circus continues. Gingrich should know that Americans are on food stamps in record numbers because of the Great Recession created by Bush and his Republican buddies. He needs to put the blame where it belongs, but when you have unrealistic goals of becoming POTUS, I don't expect him to do nothing other than distort the facts. But guess what Gingrich...Americans who use food stamps know how they ended up using them, and I am sure they are not blaiming President Oboma for it.

    May 13, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. skokie

    Food Stamps was the only thing left after you and your Repub. buddies trash the country

    May 13, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. San Diego

    Newt will never, ever be president. A bigger question is why would anyone, in their right mind, donate to his campaign? You might as well just put it down your garbage disposal. Or, is he running just to raise money just to donate it to another GOP candidate? The 90s are over Newt and so are you.

    May 13, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "(Obama) is the most successful food stamp president in history," Gingrich said, before adding that "people prefer pay checks to food stamps ... they'd rather be successful."
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    Got that right Newt! Unemployment still at 9% and now climbing again because all that "stimulus" cash that was handed to the states to protect union jobs, is now gone and states have to face the music they refused to hear 2 years ago.

    Keep giving it 'em Newt!

    May 13, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Nurse Lisa

    Slither Newt, slither. He's only looking for his next tryst – planning to quit his wives for better lookers. He quit as Speaker when his contract ON America failed and his hypocrisy of attacking Clinton's infidelity while engaging in his own tawdry affairs were revealed. Lots of questionable lobbying and no-show jobs for friends and non-disclosure of monies earned – he has a suitcase full of sleazy baggage that will weigh his candidacy down. Yet still beloved by those who espouse family values and political integrity – go figure!?

    May 13, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Steve, New York City

    Exactly what does Gingrich believe he actually offers? Complaints about the current guy (and nothing else) won't get him elected.
    Though admittedly, he's not quite as pitiful as "Mr. Hair Weave" (Trump) or that two-faced loud mouth ex-Mayor of NYC (who says nothing but 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11). Maybe the three of these guys could team up to do a re-make of the Three Stooges!

    May 13, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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