Gingrich rallies opposition to spending bill, START treaty
December 16th, 2010
03:41 PM ET
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Gingrich rallies opposition to spending bill, START treaty

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich rallied his supporters Thursday to oppose two major pieces of legislation that Democrats want to pass before the end of the lame-duck Congress.

In an email to the 1.2 million members of his advocacy group American Solutions, Gingrich called the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill "outrageous" because it includes roughly $8 billion in earmarks.

He accused Democrats of "blackmail" - threatening the American people "with a shutdown of the government if we don't accept their pork barrel spending."

And the former House speaker said it would be "dangerous and irresponsible" to pass the New START Treaty in the lame duck before properly considering "whether the treaty limits further development of our missile defense systems."

"We must stop the irresponsible spending," Gingrich said, urging his backers to call their senators. "We must stop the rushed consideration of a treaty that threatens to compromise America's right of self defense. And once we've rejected the Left, we must start in January to replace their obsolete ideology and policies with a new model of safety, prosperity and freedom."

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  1. paul

    Newt and Palin for 2012. They are both so head strong so they can fight over which one is president. It will provide "comic" material for years if they run. But, please, Newt talk to your Republican friends in the Senate about delaying and obstructing. If they hadn't done this all year, the work would be mostly done and then everyone could go home for x-mas. As Harry says, "When you don't get your work done, you stay and finish it". Good advice.

    December 16, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Dave

    Too bad Gingrich doesn't dig a little deeper to realize that a good number of the $8 billion of earmarks are from Republicans...including Mitch McConnell...who only recently proposed no earmarks would be added...but he forgot to mention that those were earmarks for NEXT YEARS spending bill.

    December 16, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. SouthSideSlim

    Ran into an interesting piece of information along this line. There are 52 members of Congress' Tea Party. During the last fiscal year, these members requested 764 earmarks, valued at $1 billion dollars.

    December 16, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. bobden

    Grinch has supporters?

    How about a list of earmarks, and who put 'em in. And a count.

    December 16, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Newt's absolutely right. The leftists that inhabit this blog are too stupid to realize it.

    December 16, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. The Clear Thinking Independent

    This is why politicians have no credibility. th $8B is less than 7/10ths of 1% of the total expedicture. It is an insult to the intelligence of Americans – Republican or Democrats – to suggest that an argument over this insignificant amount is fiscally meaningful. Idealogically, maybe. Fiscally, HARDLY. Be a man Newt.

    And on START, if the members of Congress listen to him or Mitch McConnel, or John Kly, and "F" around and blow this, the United States taxpayer will be spending way more than $8B to monitor the Russians, deploy missile defense systems to counter the Russians, etc.

    Let's not get it twisted folks. It is in our financial and national / homeland security interests to limit the number of Russian warheads AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. Neither of these statements by FORMER (i.e. OUT OF OFFICE) Speaker Gingrich is financially or militarily sound.

    I'm not going backwards.

    December 16, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Gil

    It is funny that when the first START Treaty was passed the repulsive republicans did it in hours(Allowing little or no debate!) and the funding for the government and our illegal wars by our out of control military has always breezed through. Especially when bush got them passed, with little or no republican opposition!

    December 16, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Tony

    Gingrich calls 8 billion in a 1.1 trillion bill a blackmail. What does he call the Bush tax cuts, which cost more than 400 billion in the 850 billion tax cut deal, when Republicans threatened to shut down the Senate (which is part of the government) if Democrats don't agree to the tax cut extension?

    December 16, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. gary

    This is the same Gingrich who shut down the government warning the country that Democrats want to shut down the government? The same Gingrich who had the contract on America? Does he think we're a bunch of idiots???

    December 16, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Marty, FL

    Newt shamelessly risks our national security!

    Senators have had since last spring to review the START Treaty and have no excuse for not doing their jobs (as our tax dollars PAY them to do) and ratify start now for the safety of our country. Keep the US Senate in session until START is ratified.

    Also, Newt and his hypocritical affiliates fail to mention that a good portion of the $8 billion earmarks come from his Republicans. It is not a political absolute, not even close.

    December 16, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. rdepontb

    How dare this treasonous Ph.D. even show his face in public, much less think he has something the world wants to hear? Does he think we're quite stupid enough to let him bring down the nation a _second_ time? Wake up, whoever is giving this creep shelter--keep him muzzled for the sake of American policitics, safety, and welfare.

    December 16, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Terry

    Now if that ain't the pot calling the kettle black. Isn't this the little fat boy who tried to hold the country hostage while he was busy committing adultery several years ago?

    December 16, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Gingrich calls 8 billion in a 1.1 trillion bill a blackmail. What does he call the Bush tax cuts...
    Again...standing up for the American taxpayer. He is consistent and he is on our side. We do not need government spending us into the dirt and then taxing the economy into the dirt. Newt Gingrich is doing the right stuff here. Of course, when that goes against the tax and spend liberal happy time he knows their attacks will be personal. But he continues to stand up for Americans outside of Washington DC.

    December 16, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    is Newt becoming the male version of Sarah Palin where every time he opens his mouth something STUPID comes out? Heck the entire GOP refused to get anything done until they got their tax breaks for the rich and now some are trying to use the holiday as a reason they can't work. That's tough seeing most workers like myself get only two maybe three days off and part of that is due to Christmas and New Years being on the weekend this year. And he wants to talk blackmail? Did he read the bill with all the GOPork that's in before he opened his mouth? What moron.

    December 16, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Mickey, NY

    Newt is the perverbial POS

    December 16, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Matt

    Hey "Democrats Class Warfare – Destroying the economy and country"! How about you explain to all us dumb libs about how any of this is going to make the country better for any of us. Any of it. At all. I'm all ears.

    December 16, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Cedar Rapids

    'He accused Democrats of "blackmail" – threatening the American people "with a shutdown of the government'
    I don't think it was the dems that were saying we are going to vote no on everything until we get our way on the tax bill Newt.

    December 16, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Bill

    Newt Gingrich is an evil bastard who doesnt care about the Country, but is only positioning himself to make a Presidential run.

    Every START Treaty to date has been passed in 2 days. Every single living Secretary of State has asked for ratificatoin of the START Treaty. Generals are calling for the passing of the START Treaty.

    This is just a stunt, like all of the positions the Republicans have taken in the last two years, and probably for the next 2 years. All they care about is getting rid of Obama. They really honestly do not care about America, just making their rich friends richer.

    Stop the Republican or Democrat nonsense and just do what is right for the Country!!!

    December 16, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Joe

    If that is blackmail then what was it when the GOP wouldn't pass anything until the Bush tax cuts also included the wealthy?

    December 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. GrogInOhio

    I read where some smartaleck noted that if the $8B in "pork" was removed from this $1.1T bill, the new bill would..... $1.1 trillion. Can we find something more significant to show faux outrage over, please?

    December 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. dwighthuth

    Who would know more about what blackmail is than a career politician like Gingrich?

    December 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Drew Williams

    The author of the 1994 federal government shutdown has the sack, the unmitigated baalls, to whine about government shutdowns, even under the guise of riling up the yokels. Unreal.

    December 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    SHAME on Republicans for voting down helping our first responders who risked their lives(and many have died) on 9/11. Too bad there wasn't more press on this. Where's Newt's outrage for this???????????

    December 16, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Red

    How can anyone take this stuff seriously?

    "Rushing through" a treaty which was first brought up MONTHS and MONTHS ago? Good lord, could someone please get this country to turn their friggin' brains on?

    December 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Dave

    Funny how the Redumblicans have no problem with either spending or earmarks when they are running the show. Of course, when they are in the minority, they scream from the rooftops about both. Then again, it works for them because those who vote these two-faced twits into office are the poster-children for the dumbing down of this country.

    December 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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