April 8th, 2010
04:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich to call on Republicans to offer new vision

Newt Gingrich will implore Republican activists to offer a new vision.

Newt Gingrich will implore Republican activists to offer a new vision.

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday will implore Republican activists to offer a new vision to counter congressional Democrats as the 2010 midterm elections inch closer.

"It's not enough to say no to the radical agenda of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid," Gingrich said in a statement ahead of his speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. "Tonight's speech will explain why real leadership requires Republicans to offer a compelling vision of safety, prosperity, and freedom that stands in vivid contrast to Obama's secular, socialist, machine now running Washington."

The conference, being held in New Orleans Thursday through Sunday, will feature speeches from several top Republicans including RNC Chairman Michael Steele and former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Several potential Republican presidential candidates are also attending the event.

"America needs to know that Republicans say 'yes' to balancing the budget by growing the economy and reducing spending, not by raising or creating new taxes; 'yes' to empowering patients and doctors to reduce healthcare costs, not government bureaucrats; 'yes' to achieving energy independence through an 'all of the above' strategy that will lower energy costs and stop sending our money to hostile regimes, not through an energy tax that will be a burden on small businesses and families," Gingrich said in the statement.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. American Patriot - a true "tea partier"

    Hey, Newt, you're too late. We got rid of the evil dictator and his puppet during the last presidential election. We also got rid of the pod-party who drink kool-aid when their lord and master dictates that they do.

    Thanks to President Obama, we have a chance to re-establish safety, prosperity and freedom with a real Constitutional republic was was in vivid contrast to Bush/Cheney's anti-Christian, fascist, machine that almost destroyed America.

    April 8, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. badger

    They'll never do it, because they haven't had a plan since 1994 and America found out that contract was bogus. NO is the only thing that their intelligence let's them and the tea party understand.

    April 8, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Bill

    Been there done that, Newt. We already know we YOU have to have: didly squat!

    April 8, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Vic of New York

    This piece of "flotsam crap", who spent 6 years and hundreds of millions of American TAX dollars chasing Bill Clinton's blow job has to gall to suggest Republicans need to offer the country a "vision"?

    Good try Gin-Goose – but no cigar!

    April 8, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Janice

    "...Obama's secular, socialist, machine..." said Newt. Yet another absurd, whiney Republican comment. First, the presidency is secular; it's not religious. Second, socialist? Scare 'em, Newt. Is Social Security socialist? Last, machine? All administrations are machine-like, otherwise anarchy would entail in the executive branch.

    April 8, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. The Unsub

    yawn.....just give it up already. The people spoke in November when we elected Obama.

    April 8, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Looking forward to it.

    While Obama is neither secular nor socialist nor a machine, your point about a vision from the right would be a great step forward for the country.

    I hope your vision includes more than name calling.

    April 8, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Farren Coplan

    ...and forget any new spending programs as the democrats have given us a future of bankruptcy already.

    April 8, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Yeah right. The GOP is stuck on tax cuts for the wealthy. It's the only idea it ever had and it was a disaster.

    April 8, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Lemme guess. This bold new vision will include tax cuts for the wealthy and budget cuts for social programs, right?

    April 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Republicans to offer new vision? Good luck with that one, Newt.

    April 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Bill

    "Obama's secular, socialist, machine"


    April 8, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. big gov

    a new vision.... huh, took them long enough to figure out they suck.

    April 8, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Dan

    Let me guess...the highlights of the "new Republican vision" will be massive tax cuts for the wealthy and big business and using wedge issues like race and gay marriage to divide the middle class. Now that's good ole Republican originality.

    April 8, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Dave

    Newt's a smart guy, and an exemplary politician ... he gets it right 95% of the time, as he does now. Unfortunately, the 5% when he blows is, he blows it *big* time.

    Americans need to start thinking for themselves, and thinking through the ramifications of legislation that is presented by either party. It is the voters that can end "partisan politics" by engaging in civil, critical debate of issues, and questioning the authority of all politicians.

    The Republican Party needs to be constructive, not obstructive. At the moment, the Democratic Party is patting themselves on the back for "doing something" – good for them. The most important question, however, "is it really good for Americans?"

    April 8, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. linda

    Who? Who? Isn't this the same guy who was kicked out of Congress because of unethical conduct?

    Gingrich – stupid old man

    April 8, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. chelle

    I thought the government was supposed to be secular, hence the separation of church and state.

    April 8, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    too bad this many GOPers didn't come to New Orleans when they REALLY needed it..back when Katrina hit they were nowhere to be found. As for a new vision unless they want to get away from tax breaks for the rich and supporting the Wall Street giants and insurance compaines I can't see what new the GOP has to offer.

    April 8, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. ruty

    Is a new vision what you were looking for when you cheated on your first wife, Newt? You are a typical republican–can't be trusted by your spouse or the country.

    April 8, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Katie B in NC

    How much you wanna bet the "vivid contrast to Obama's secular, socialist machine" ends up being a religious, totalitarian machine?

    April 8, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Jane (Minnesota)

    All the versions of "No" they can dream up?????

    April 8, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Wanda in Montana

    Been there, done that, didn't work. Next!

    April 8, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. tony

    If Gingrich wants the republicans to offer a new vision. They should consider taking Gingrich, Cheney, Palin and Lumbar out of the loop. If anything is hurting the Republicans? They Are!!

    April 8, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The only vision republicans have is too finish the job of destroying the country. They want to pick up right where Bush left off. It's goingon 2 years and I still haven't heard any ideas from republicans. I can sit around all day and criticize. That's not governing!

    Thank you Michael Steele, Sarah Palin, Michelle BAchmann, John Boehner, Mitch McConnel, Gov. McDonnell for leading the country into the wrong direction and showing us your TRUE COLORS.

    "I see your true colors, shining through."

    April 8, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. SpringGambit

    Umm, Newt, guess what? Fear mongering isn't doing much for your party right now. In fact, I'm pretty sure the gig is up. Looks as if the GOP fear machine might have lost a bearing or two since '08.

    Visions are lovely, but without facts or ideals, they are quite useless.

    April 8, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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