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. SayWhat

    "The former Georgia congressman said his campaign theme will be that the "right policies lead to the right future"."

    If this country moves any more to the right, it will look like the Third Reich. Gingrich is a dangerous demagogue and hate monger who should retire and write more books imagining that the South won the Civil War.

    May 13, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Nurse Lisa

    did anyone else see that picture and hear the Bennie Hill music in their head? What a scamp.

    May 13, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. OpenEyes

    What a wind bag! Of course after the disastrous Bush era economic collapse more people were left unemployed many long term, & so logically the safety net programs such food stamps will have lots of desperate people applying. I suppose he thinks the long term unemployed and their family's should starve. Newt is nothing but a nasty looser full of hot steaming putrid air and will never be elected president.

    May 13, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. KK

    Doesn't he have to beat out Romney before he starts declaing himself the winner of the 2012 election? Guess he knows something.

    May 13, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Howard

    Gingrich is a thousand times more qualified to govern America than Obama. Obama is a self serving empty suit, who was packaged and sold to the American people, and who is destroying our economy. The only way Obama can win an election, is by buying votes. That's why he needs to spend a BILLION dollars. Obama would throw the anybody under the bus, in a heart beat, if it furthered his political ambitions. Obama will say, or do anything to get reelected ... Obama has zero credibility.

    SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

    May 13, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Joy

    Is he serious? I never understand what this guy is talking about most of the time. Nothing he says about the President is based in fact. Just a lot of hyperbole. It's disgusting. This is not the guy to lead the country. Too much negativity.

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    May 13, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Jake

    well he sure knows his audience doesn't he!? America is not going back to the 90's unless it is a Clinton running for office. Newt Gingrich stomped and stalled progress wherever and whenever he could! his run will take him NOWHERE!

    May 13, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. San Diego

    Hey "Democrat Class Warfare" Get your facts straight. I'm assuming you're not a millionaire or you'd have better things to do with your time....like taking those huge tax breaks and buying a new yacht. Check the stats: the right is killing off the middle class. They won't be happy until there is the very rich and very poor. Do you really think you have a shot? Then take your chances on the GOP candidate and kill off Medicare and our entire safety net. Fool.

    May 13, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Chris - Denver

    Well this will probably turn out exactly as well as the rest of newt's predictions.

    May 13, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Palin Power

    Newt the Salamander will NEVER be President. Sarah Palin is going to be President for it is the word and will of God herself! We will have 8 great and glorious years under our greatest President Sarah Palin. Her greatness will ensure that men, minorities and liberals will never be President and Vice President again! We will have an eternal line of conservative white women presidents and vice-presidents!

    May 13, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. ART

    Did some one just fart? Oh no its just Gingrinch talking, one has to wonder if and a big if he becomes president who would be our first lady, his current wife or is their one in waiting.

    May 13, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. CD

    Didnt he leave offcie with 84 ethics charges against him???

    May 13, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. independent4891

    Newt Gingrich has a 0.00% chance to win. Why you ask? Because the guy is a complete SCUMBAG! While he was trying to impeach Clinton for his affair with Monica, he was HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH A GIRL THAT WAS UNDERAGE! NEWT GINGRICH IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST JOKES OF A POLITICIAN AND MAN IN THE UNITED STATES. I say we put Newt in jail where he belongs.

    May 13, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Oregon Calling

    Are you kidding me?!?!?! Keep dreamin

    Peace :-)

    May 13, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Yankees fan

    Yeah, Newt has little chance of winning anything except for a Chicago-style pizza. But don't under-estimate this guy. He's more dangerous than most and has nothing to lose. He lacks any humility and fights dirty.

    May 13, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Cosmo

    "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."

    Newt, you are the one who likes to create phony reality in the "alternative history" books that you write. Judging from the things that you say, you seem to be operating in an alternative universe, where you should stay and leave the American people alone.

    May 13, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. gt

    newt its a waste of time for you... go chase some more skirts...

    May 13, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Phil in KC

    Already with the pejorative comments? That didn't take long....

    May 13, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Former Republican, but never again!

    This cheating piece of crap has no chance to get the GOP nomination.

    May 13, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Paul, MN

    Thanks to the Gop's robbing and pillaging of this country, a lot of Americans now need food stamps. just say no to Gingrich.

    May 13, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. w l jones

    The country probably would be much better off if some past and present law maker were on food stamp. Said enough.

    May 13, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. BlackPanthers2020

    I only assume that he hopes that most Americans will look past his transgressions against his many wives , I have some advice for you Newty boy , when you leave your wife when she's on her dying not once but twice , how do you think we're gonna look at you ..........................that's is a serious charcter flaw that you have and thats to bad , so you should just save your time and money cause you don't have a snowball's chance of winning anything again when it comes to politics...

    May 13, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. BinFL

    To Democrat Class Warfare – would you please go spew your hatred on the Faux News website. Your comments are getting really old.

    May 13, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. carly

    Gingrich is as delusional as they come. what a clown.

    May 13, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. keeth in cali

    He's all about racial, religious, and class warfare code words and pinning all social ills on Obama. He doesn't realize how petty he looks. How sad.

    May 13, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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