Gingrich: Obama holding troops 'hostage' over budget
April 8th, 2011
02:11 PM ET
9 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. GI Joe

    More Fascist Propaganda.

    April 8, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Melissa

    Military Pay statements (LES) already show military members are only getting paid half of their pay for April 15th.

    April 8, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. sameeker

    It is the republicans who are holding the troops hostage, just like they held the unemployed hostage. They will stop at nothing to get more tax breaks for the wealthy.

    April 8, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. terry,va

    Obummie doesn't believe in our military. The so called commander in chief hates our military might and has bowed before muslims and apologized for being a military power. He should support the troops and pay them for their sacrifices before sitting on his @ss and collecting his pay along with the other dumbocraps in congress. We should permanently shut down Obummie and his ignorant dumbocrap governance.

    April 8, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. a in austin

    No one is against funding the troops – its the riders thrown in that is shutting it down.

    April 8, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. James

    Karl Rove doctrine: figure out what your opponents are going to criticise you for, and them criticise them for it.

    April 8, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    Newt, you and your fellow GOPers should just kiss 2012 goodbye. Aim for 2016 because next year is going to be ugly for you all.

    April 8, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    if you're talking to a religious university is it okay to LIE to them? I guess though if they don't mind the likes of a Newt Gingrich talking to them then that about says it all. Plus if you look at the topics on the table they have I think old Newtie should feel right at home, except for the one about reaching the minority community, unless they start talking about being true to your spouse.

    April 8, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Mark in Seattle

    Newt is a disgusting vile pile of......

    April 8, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Wes B.

    Gingrich, you are sick.

    April 8, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Bob Dog

    Newt, I know I speak for everyone when I say you represent all the core republican values Americans love: Cheating, lying, cheating some more, hypocracy, stealing, bearing false witness, and some more cheating.

    April 8, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. terry,va

    I betcha if the military acted like the union thuggery in Wisconsin and stormed the White House you would get out your checkbook Obummie.

    April 8, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. diridi

    Idiot, are you crazy? This shut down is a direct result of GOP drama. Because, they want to cut all basics, and abortion money, etc., do not talk further.....Americans, I am telling you, just remember these GOP nasty animals which messed this nation, and it is a result of this situation. Do not vote for another GOP thug in the next election. o.k. Bottom line, by cutting all basics, they want to repeal Health Care, and Fin. Reg. Reform. yes, nation was going on right track fiscally......GOP thugs, and Tea Party Pigs are the menace for this nation's problem. Old idiots of America, please do not vote for GOP thugs.....they are the ones this problem of shut down....learn...true, true...and true.....God bless!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Expat American

    The lies and hypocrisy of the Republican Party (Genocide Over Policy) scum truly has no limit.

    April 8, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Thank God I am a Democrat

    I think this idiot the last person that should be laying blame on someone forn a shutdown.

    April 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Kevin Collins

    Oh, yeah, GOP leaders really care about our troops when they went along with Bush's lies to illegally and unnecessarily wage war with Iraq!

    April 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sorry, toad but the GOP is holding the troops hostage over abortion rights.

    President Obama has said he would sign a "clean" CR with clean defined as funding for the troops and NO riders.

    Why hasn't the GOP majority in the House, submitted one?(The minority the Dems, tried to submit one yesterday and the GOP 'shut 'er down" mentality blocked it. The using of our troops as a political pawn gets wrapped in a neat package and placed on the doorsteps of the House which the GOP and tea baggers control!

    Because they are more concerned about the unborn than they are about the living that are in harm's way!

    April 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Lonewolf777

    Outside of the senile fans of FOX, does anyone even care what this guy thinks?

    April 8, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Ken

    Oh,right, Newt. It's all Obama's fault, as usual. And this has "not a thing to do with the ridiculous demands from the Party of No regarding women's health and rights." ..Uh-huh

    April 8, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Irma in North Carolina

    Who are you to talk? Didnt you shut down he government? Then you had to leave the speaker position. So I think you should just disappear.

    April 8, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is suceeding with jobs and the economy with no help from the GOP and now Newt and the GOP have no where to turn so their new attempt is to use our troops and that won't fly. This slimball defense won't work Newt because President Obama will not and has never denied our troops.

    April 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Doug in NYC

    This from the same guy who shut the government down because he couldn't board Air Force on through the front door and ride in the front of the plane back from a funeral in Isreal. Cry Baby Newt had to throw a temper tantrum and shut the government down.

    April 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. J

    Will Liberty University or Newt be discussing Newt's 3 marriages or the affairs that destroyed them? What about how Newt served his ex with divorce papers while she was battling cancer and he was off banging his mistress?

    April 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Yanni

    A toxic venom fro a "Toxic man" in American politics

    April 8, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. T

    Liar......the President is not you are the REP.......just using this to make your party looks good. But we know the real fool!

    April 8, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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