Gingrich on budget deal: 'First big step in the right direction'
April 9th, 2011
11:49 AM ET
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Gingrich on budget deal: 'First big step in the right direction'

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich applauded House Republicans on Saturday for negotiating a last minute budget deal that avoided a government shutdown.

But Gingrich, a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, predicted that the showdown over this year's spending bill will pale in comparison to upcoming fights over the debt ceiling and the 2012 budget.

"It's the first big step in the right direction," Gingrich said of Friday's late budget deal. "John Boehner got the largest spending cut in history."

Gingrich spoke to CNN before addressing the Greenville County Republican Party convention in South Carolina, one of the first four early voting states on the presidential nominating calendar.

He pointedly blamed President Barack Obama for letting the budget talks take the government to the brink.

"If the president had spent as much time negotiating a budget deal as he spent on picking the Final Four, none of which got there, or as he spent kicking a soccer ball in Brazil, they might have gotten this done a week earlier," he told CNN.

House Republicans should pressure President Obama to submit his budget proposals sooner rather than later, he said.

"If he doesn't like Paul Ryan's budget, which I think is historic in its scale, then the president ought to be challenged to bring in his version before they even get to the debt ceiling." Gingrich said.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
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  1. Ken

    And if Newt had spent as much time working to be a good Speaker of the House as he spent having all of his affairs, he might have been better respected. What he did having the affairs was wrong but to have them while at the same time calling for the impeachment of the President for basically for doing the same thing he was doing is hypocritical to the Nth dregree. Newt just doesn't have much Fig between his ears if he thinks the American people have forgotten all that he did back in the 90's.

    April 9, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. normajean

    How can this man have the nerve to show up in public. With his reputation , he continues to give advice and tell every one what to do. He is sooooo yesterday and not a very honorable one at that!!

    April 9, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. john

    Gingrich is right that the fight over the Ryan plan will be a bigger fight. But I don't think that fight will go the Republicans' way, because Ryan's plan is a death panel plan, combined with a big tax break for billionaires.

    April 9, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Rakishu

    You know what bugs me about the Rep complaining about Obama picking the top 4 for basket ball is the fact they most Rep seem to fail & relize is that Obama is a human being too. I find it rude & disrespectful to not let Obama take a small breather here & there to clear his head. Everyone needs a break from their job & that includes Obama.

    April 9, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |

    Paul Bunyan's budget is DOA . Killing Medicare won't fly.

    April 9, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. eileen dover

    This is a baby step at best. I wish they'd stop blaming the President and each other. They're ALL to blame. All of them. When are they going to understand this is serious and we need some serious budget cuts. If we go down, financially, the whole country will go down. 38.5 billion? Unbelievable!

    April 9, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs are hypocrites

    Getting advice from Gingrich on budget deals is like asking him for advice on the sanctity of marriage.

    April 9, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Liberal Elite = anyone with an education

    How can anyone seriously support this fruitbat? I mean really – cheap insults about the Presidents NCAA picks? That's what you have to offer Newt?

    April 9, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Jennifer

    Why is it we cut so much needed funding for poor americans.But we give tax breaks and unnecessary raises to wealthy corporations and ceos? Jp morgan lawer got 1500% raise from 1.3 million to 20 million,no one person needs 20 milllion or even 1.3 million it sickens me.This is who we should be mad at america sleeze balls like this! not poor americans!

    April 9, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. a in austin

    This should be a victory for the American people, not a party victory. They are there to work together as Americans. This bs about which party won is ridiculous. And even though Main Street is still reeling from the 8 yrs. of the party of no, no one is against balancing the budget – just depends on whose back those cuts affect. It NEEDS to be a shared sacrifice.

    April 9, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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