Gingrich promises JFK-like space speech
January 24th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
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Gingrich promises JFK-like space speech

(CNN) – Could it be a coincidence that GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich describes his upcoming speech on space policy Wednesday as a "visionary" address "in the John F. Kennedy tradition?"

Perhaps not. After all 2012 is the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's iconic "we choose to go to the moon in this decade" speech, where he performed a presidential Babe Ruth. Like the Sultan of Swat, Kennedy dared to point out a seemingly impossible goal and swing for it – hitting a home run.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope the teavangelicals get out their check books to pay for it, because of our national debt. More big government from the republican party.

    January 24, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt will never learn to keep his mouth shut. Each time he gets in the lead, he goes stupid on his base.

    January 24, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Space exploration helped make this country great. The returns are FAR greater than the costs. Newt is right on this one.

    January 24, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe republicans could give up the conspiracy theory that there was no moon landing, and start an expedition to the sun. They could plan to go at night, because the sun is so hot.

    January 24, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    GPS... Personal Computers... velcro... modern meteorology... and scores upon scores of other products and information about our planet – all brought to you by the American Space Program. Yes, let's do it!

    January 24, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    One of newter leroy's director already compared him to the Pearl Harbor attack because they had an "unexpected setback" back in December not adding his name on the ballot in VA.
    I take it that this "historian" now wants to be seen as not just JFK but anyone and anything that helps him pretend he is really that know nothing about so much!

    January 24, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Space. I'm all for it. Unfortunately, we don't have the means to pay for it. Considering how Mr. Gingrich's tax plan would ADD another $800 billion in annual debt, I would conclude that a Pres. Gingrich would be twice as destructive as GWB. Newt would start a new unfunded war with Iran and who knows who else.

    January 24, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    I guess he'll lower taxes on the wealthy in order to pay for it. ah ha ha ha ha

    January 24, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We spend almost $19 billion on aerospace now. Maybe we should find a way to increase revenue to pay for increasing the budget.

    January 24, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "I take it that this "historian" now wants to be seen as not just JFK but anyone and anything that helps him pretend he is really that know nothing about so much!"
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    We have a winner in today's nonsensical run-on sentence contest.

    January 24, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - We spend almost $19 billion on aerospace now. Maybe we should find a way to increase revenue to pay for increasing the budget.
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    take it from Warren Buffet... he says he doesn't need it and wants the government to take it.

    January 24, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Space. I'm all for it. Unfortunately, we don't have the means to pay for it."
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    Nor did we have the $$$ to pay fo Obama's stimulus program. At least the space program has a proven track record and positive return on investment.

    January 24, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Can't afford it right now Newtered, our classrooms are crumbling, literally. Our kids are going to school hungry. Who's going to fly your shuttles to space? People from India, China or England? We're ranking towards the bottom in science and math worldwide don't you know.
    We gotta take care of home first. We've neglected it for far too long.
    Obama 2012.

    January 24, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    @wire – that's funny about the sun is not hot at night . . If I didn't know you better from your postings I would have thought it came from somewhere in thatbremote space known as wasilla land of the frozen tundra or @truth.
    Who knows maybe they will take you up on it! :). Good one.

    January 24, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Lisa P

    Just pitiful. A thin skin full of hot air, appealing to gut instincts (and loosening up spare cash) by pretending to be something that he clearly is not. Newt belongs in a Thanksgiving Day parade, not on the presidential campaign trail. Caveat emptor, and quit wasting our time.

    January 24, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Taran

    I'm not really crazy about Newt as president, but I agree with him on this. Defunding NASA has been one of the biggest mistakes ever made. He could raise taxes on all registered democrats to pay for it. Afterall, liberals want to pay their fair share right??

    January 24, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    The Repub hacks immediately start spewing the snarky distractions and shallow deceptions in support of the hate & fear of their job-killing clowns – Gingeritch & Robotmney.
    Only the fox followers are simple enough to swallow all the anti-American GOP nonsense.

    January 24, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    Space and lady's (first, second, third etc. etc. are coming to the White House again!
    Republicans would favor that?! Learn your history.

    My choice wil be; one President and one first lady!

    Go Barack and Michelle!

    January 24, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Voice of Reason

    promises JFK-like 'space speech'... What about the space between his ears? Listen, the time for that is past, and as a historian he darn well knows it. JFK and the moon-shot-space-race was about showing the soviets who really had the upper hand. It's no longer a relevant discussion. It might sound nice to the ignorant masses who seem to flock to Newt's camp, but in reality, it's just more hot air and fluff from a master manipulator.

    Why doesnt he talk about jobs? or the economy? Or why wont he let anyone dig into his ludicrous flat-tax proposals and show the world how truly ignorant of economics he really is? No of course not. He'll just distract with a silly 'space soeech' that means absolutely nothing.

    BTW – in case you forgot, Bush did the same thing. He talked about sending people to Mars. Then he got elected and promptly cut the program. DUH.

    January 24, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Craig Lemp

    Funny how we have a deficit that is on the brink of being unrecoverable and so many want to stick with a social leaning democrat that has added over a trillion dollars last year to the deficit...this is an exponentially growing problem that needs bold ideas no one is willling to entertain because if means giving up in the short run and everyone still wants their freebees....we have to sacrifice and endure the pain to dig out of this...that is cuts across the board and ones everyone will yell about...and a flat tax to erase all the loopholes and maybe Newts tax cuts are a bit aggressive but he is counting on history where those cuts lead to a huge upturn in the economy and lead to more revenue than loss from cuts...Newt is the only one bold enough to offer the bold enough answer.

    January 24, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Hongli

    Newt,JFK was far better looking than you in all areas.

    January 24, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    We all know the Gingeritch is NO JFK! As much as he distorts the truth and facts he's not even a historian!

    Gingeritch is NOT even worthy to clean JFK's trash bins.

    January 24, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Nor did we have the $$$ to pay fo Obama's stimulus program. At least the space program has a proven track record and positive return on investment.
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    Half of the stimulus program was tax cuts, which, according to conservatives, supposedly have a proven track record. But, those tax cuts were aimed at the middle class so that is why they didn't work. Right.

    Please do not make me recite the Bush legacy of *unfunded* mandates. So, I won't. I don't need to do that. I will just point out that the Tea Party has already cut the NASA budget. Did you forget that NASA's budget cuts forced it to drop developement of the next giant booster rocket, which was planned for use in the now cancelled return to the moon in the 2020s? Are conservative voters they only ones who do not see the hypocrisy in Newt's talking points?

    January 24, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Fred Drennan

    We should have taken the trillions we blew on Iraq, Afghanistan, and bail outs, refurbished or rebuilt roads and bridges in THIS country. And we'd STILL have enough left over to build a lunar base, fund the Webb space telescope and go to Mars, as well!

    January 24, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Space exploration helped make this country great. The returns are FAR greater than the costs. Newt is right on this one.
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    Newt Gingrich is wrong. The Tea Party Republicans in the House have already cut the NASA budget so deeply that they cancelled all plans to return to the moon in the 2020s. They cut so deeply that they stopped development of the new booster rocket to take them there.

    It appears that Newt has taken advantage of the habitually and pititfully short memories of conservatives. Don't you remember all of the noise the right wing made when the Obama administration ended the Space Shuttle program. Even though the end had been scheduled by GWB, the right wing still made noise about it. And the Tea Party said, "Okay, we don't need NASA anymore. So, lets's cut their budget until it hurts."

    January 24, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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