Gingrich: Obama holding troops 'hostage' over budget
April 8th, 2011
02:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich: Obama holding troops 'hostage' over budget

Washington (CNN) – Likely Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich Friday laid the blame of a possible government shutdown squarely on the feet of President Obama, saying the commander-in-chief is intentionally holding U.S. troops "hostage" so Democrats can prevail in the budget showdown.

"Let's be clear," Gingrich said during a speech at Liberty University Friday. "President Obama is deliberately seeking to hold the men and women in uniform hostage so the politicians can fight over the budget and use the threat of not paying the troops their weapon."

Gingrich's comments are in reference to the president's pledge Thursday to veto a Republican-backed spending bill that aimed to cut spending by $12 billion and fund the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The president and Democrats opposed the measure because of the programs it would cut, including a provision that would prevent Washington, DC taxpayer money to be used to fund abortion providers.

The president called the GOP bill a distraction while House Republicans said Democrats are deliberately putting U.S. troops at risk.

"You would think that the President of the United States as commander-in-chief, who has just committed to us to our third war on his term, would have some concern for the men and women and their families who are serving America," Gingrich added. "But that's not the case."

According to the Department of Defense, a government shutdown would likely halt paychecks to the majority of military personnel, but those who are on active duty will be compensated once an agreement has been reached.

Gingrich is headlining Liberty University's "Awakening Conference," a two-day gathering which, according to the Lynchburg, Virginia school, will address such topics as "abortion, the economy, religious liberty, marriage and homosexuality, Sharia Law, the Middle East, Human Sex Trafficking, Reaching Minority Communities and Using New Media and Technology to Power a Movement."

Gingrich, who is seeking to burnish his credentials with the evangelical community as he mulls a presidential run, last appeared at the religious school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell in October.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. terdy, va

    How can you tell when Newtered is lying? When his lips are moving. The lustful patriot strikes again.

    April 8, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Bob McCoy

    Nice try Newt! But it wasn't President Obama or the Dem's who were quoted as saying "Shut It Down!" Unless they've switched parties?

    April 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Amanda

    Um, Obama? Actually, it's the Republicans that are holding up this process because they don't want women to have access to affordable birth control, mammograms, and possibly "@bortion". How many more people would be on welfare if all these babies are born? Get real, Newt, you're not fooling anyone!!!

    April 8, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Carmelle

    Oh Please Newt...why don't you go screw something? You seem to be better at that than anything else...which I doubt is that great.

    April 8, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Brian Sherman

    How about the members of Congress don't receive their bloated pay so that the service men and women and their families can get paid?

    April 8, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    Lies and more lies – as usual from Gingerich the grand master of the “Lizard Brain Klan”. When Gingerich speaks everyone knows the opposite is true.
    GOPers are holding the budget hostage to push their selfish and destructive ideology/theology onto the American people. We are tired of your lies Gingerich.

    April 8, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Renee

    Blame on one . but you.

    April 8, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Obama 2012

    Correction: Republicans holding troops "hostage" over budget bill. He must have just gotten it mixed up.

    April 8, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. BJ

    Oh GROW UP, Newt.

    April 8, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Doc

    Beware of those who speak with a forked tongue. The Republicans put the Pentagon funding into the budget as a bargaining chip, not the President or the Democrats. Will it hurt military personnel to miss paychecks if the President decides he needs to veto the bill? Yes, it will. But not as much as sending them into an unnecessary war, with promises of a hero's welcome, without the bullet proof body armor they needed or the uparmored humvees that they needed. It won't hurt them as much as sending them back into theater multiple times or extending their tours in theater, or manning posts that they were never trained to fill in the first place. These are all things the previous administration did without a second thought. And it won't hurt them as much as stripping away programs that our enlisted ranks sometimes have to depend upon something that the current Rep. party seems to be ignoring. And Gingrinch wants to blame Obama for possibly fiscally impairing the troops at the insistence of the Republican party?

    April 8, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. kevin

    Newter please go away, you male no sense. I know why you are doing this, the same reason Christine O'Donnell ran for office, you need the money to pay you bills. You need the money because you are about to leave you 12th wife and need money to get marry to your 13th wife.

    April 8, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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