October 5th, 2010
09:57 AM ET
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Gingrich advice to GOP: Hammer food stamp increase

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is offering Republican candidates some unsolicited advice when it comes to shaping the closing message of their congressional bids.

In a memo being sent to several GOP candidates Tuesday, the potential 2012 presidential candidate is urging his fellow Republicans to craft the final month of their battles against Democrats as ones that come down to "paychecks versus food stamps."

"It is…an unassailable fact that in January 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6 percent and food stamp usage was around 26.5 million Americans. Today, the unemployment rate is 9.6 percent and over forty million Americans are on food stamps," Gingrich writes in the memo. "Compare this to our record after we took control of Congress in 1994."

Gingrich, who played a vital role in crafting the GOP's 1994 "Contract with America," said his party's record of fiscal restraint during the 1990's offers a "vivid contrast between the record of the Pelosi-Reid Democratic Congress and the last time the Republican Party took control of Congress."

The former House Speaker has repeatedly injected himself into the national political conversation this season in dramatic form, most recently turning heads at the annual Values Voters summit in Washington last month when he compared the threat of terrorism to that of the Democratic Party.

He has also made several forays into key presidential primary states and recently said he will announce next March whether he intends to run for president.

In his memo to GOP candidates, Gingrich also says Republicans would be wise to hammer Democrats over failing to extend the Bush tax cuts before the elections.

In January 2011, taxes are scheduled to rise on virtually every American. Considering the perilous state of the U.S. economy, this decision by the Democrats to raise taxes is the very definition of irresponsibility.

Members of Congress headed home to their states and districts this week without voting on whether to extend the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 under the George W. Bush administration. Democrats argue that it's the Republicans that are holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage, in order to extend the cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The Democratic leadership has pledged to take up the issue before the end of the year.

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  1. Sare

    Wow, Newt, its just like you saying South Carolina is in for a change!! S.C. has been run by GOP politicians for decades!!!!! Its one of the poorest states in the country??? I lived their, I KNOW !!!! Your comments on the bad economy , no jobs, all Dems fault,you mentioned ( arrogant politicians ) I didn,t here you include your share of old arrogant crazy ideas in your backyard. S.C will hand the keys back to the same old ways, lots of poverty!

    October 5, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    Is Newt throwing his (considerable) weight behind the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program rejected last month by his fellow repugs? It is widely recognized to be one of the most effective job-creation programs implemented by Congress. More effective than tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Obviously, the repugs rejected the program because they want America to fail, especially when the Dems are somewhat in control.

    October 5, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Mike in NC

    Look, I'm a Conservative and I DON'T LIKE THIS MAN. He's a mouthpiece for the status quo in the republican party. Wake up Newt, the party's over. Soon to go down in history like the Whigs!

    October 5, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. #Omegaraiel

    We can tell newt is lying because he's talking.

    October 5, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. j

    I well remember Newt`s " Contract on America". It was after the Newts came to Congress, Repub. Sen. Phil Gramm co-sponsored a bill that affectedly "gutted" the Glass-Stegall Act and allowed banks and mortgage companies to create CMO`s, CDO`s, derivatives and all those "fancy" financial instruments that caused the eventual collapse of our economy. --Politicians thrive on people forgetting and/or not understanding what happened and on whose watch those "autrocities" were committed. I, for one, remember. ........Do you??????

    October 5, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. dawn

    The foodstamp program is a joke, and has taken us backward as a society. We all need a helping hand from time to time, but when it becomes something to feed and house lazy brood mares who produce more bums and broodmares who then out vote average, hardworking Americans, then it is a recipe for disaster. A disaster we are watching unfold right now.

    If we are to survive as a nation, then somewhere, sometime SOON, the American voters are going to have to mature.

    October 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Eric

    Are these two sentences quotes from Gingrich, or are they the author's opinion? "In January 2011, taxes are scheduled to rise on virtually every American. Considering the perilous state of the U.S. economy, this decision by the Democrats to raise taxes is the very definition of irresponsibility." Whoever the source, they didn't let the facts get in the way (or bother to report them).

    October 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. SoCal

    Hammer Gingrich

    October 5, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Oy Vey AZ

    So let me understand this. The Republicans are saying no to everything that might lift the economic weight from our middle class necks, but they are bending over backwards to shelter upper class millionaires?

    October 5, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. El Kababa

    "What? The poor have no bread? Then let them eat cake." – Newt Gingrich

    Deuteronomy 15:7, 11 – "If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land."

    Deuteronomy 24:14 – "Do not take advantage of a hired man who is poor and needy, whether he is a brother Israelite or an alien living in one of your towns."

    Proverbs 14:21 – "He who despises his neighbor sins,but blessed is he who is kind to the needy."

    Ezekiel 16:49 – "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy."

    1 John 3:17-18 – "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."

    October 5, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. KMAN821

    And everyone of those folks on unemployment and food stamps are liberal Democrats, right Newt? What a hate-mongering tub of lard this guy is! Considering the amount of actual work for the people the Republicans are doing ... they are technically all on Welfare paid by us.

    October 5, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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