Gingrich predicts 2012 win over Obama's 'Chicago-style' campaign
May 13th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
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Gingrich predicts 2012 win over Obama's 'Chicago-style' campaign

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich called President Obama "the most successful food stamp president in history" Friday in a speech focused on the nation's economic problems and impending 2012 campaign.

In his first address since announcing a bid for the White House, the former House Speaker said three quarters of the American people will agree with his campaign message and those who disagree will lose.

Gingrich said he will run ads highlighting the high unemployment rate and size of the national debt while Obama runs a "Chicago style" campaign to "coerce" money out of the American people and convince them of a "phony reality."

"(Obama) is the most successful food stamp president in history," Gingrich said, before adding that "people prefer pay checks to food stamps ... they'd rather be successful."

Gingrich, speaking at the Washington Conference with Laffer Associates, said lowering the unemployment rate is necessary to bring down the deficit, pillars of his economic plan that also include strengthening the dollar by reforming the Federal Reserve, extending tax relief, reforming entitlements and instituting an American energy policy.

He pointed specifically to the changes agreed upon while he was the top Republican in Congress, including reforms to Medicare and Social Security.

It is his track record and his ideals that leave him optimistic about the next campaign, even prompting him to tell the audience to start writing their memoirs, tracking what they "did before the revolution."

The former Georgia congressman said his campaign theme will be that the "right policies lead to the right future" and even though they don't know it yet, the Democrats' "wrong policies will lose the future."

"This will be the happiest, most positive, most fun campaign of my lifetime," Gingrich said.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Sickened

    What a shame… this guy has a birth certificate.

    May 13, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. GK Kenyi

    He made me Laugh, he thinks American has forgotten about his past. Com on Gingric, better go and do something else. Americans are fed up with you.

    May 13, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS

    "This will be the happiest, most positive, most fun campaign of my lifetime,"

    Oh really. Well you're off to a bad start with all of your bigotry. But I guess that's just a normal day in the life of Newt. I thought you converted to catholicism. You're not to bear false witness upon thy neighbor, yet you do it on a daily basis and are proud of it. What kind of Christian are you????

    May 13, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Blas

    Let me get this straight, you're starting your political cam

    May 13, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Jack

    Disgusting. How does this man WHO REPRESENTS THE PARTY THAT GOT US INTO THIS MESS expect miracles from the economy? Reminder: Bush entered his first term with a surplus. AND LOOK! Republicans are destroying this country single handedly.

    May 13, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Marjee123

    He might not be "smoking" something but all I can say he is senile then. To even think he has a chance to be the candidate much less win. And "Chicago" style politics, I think there is not a republican or tea bag out there that does not have that down pat. The filth they spew would foul the Ocean much less the Chicago River.

    May 13, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. yuri

    It is quite intriguing to read a whole host of diatribe against Newt. He probably is getting it back for his own denigration of BHO, unnecessarily, rather than focussing on the issues, by disagreeing w/ the policies, in a civil manner. This certainly is tantamount to heavy hubris on his part. It will be intersting to watch his facade if he loses the primary, miserably.

    May 13, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Newt is a product of public money, since he was raised on military bases, had access to healthcare provided on base, obtained numerous loans through federal programs, and now enjoys a pension based on his service in Congress. If anyone has been receiving welfare checks of one form or another throughout his life, its Newt. As far as the unemployment rate climbing, its because more people are now looking for work after having given up while your friends were screwing things up for working people. How many consecutive months of jobs being added to the economy have we had since Obama took office?I guess those little facts slipped by you in your zeal to comment, but don't let that stop you: it certainly has not stopped Newt, the thrice married hypocrite and liar, the person who received the biggest ethics violation fine in history.

    Is he really your role model? I think you are doing a great job of channelling him, since you heap abuse and no real original ideas on these boards every day.

    May 13, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Gingrich can go ahead and run; him along with the other GOP front runners (and all the Republicans have to offer) such as Trump, Palin, Bachmann and get humiliated and crushed. Soon they will know that Red state uneducated bigot-filled tea party trailer parks do not represent America; but only what is truly ugly about the United States. And believe or not, it’s not minorities or Muslim Americans who make up the majority of welfare and food stamp recipients…but poor whites….many of which actually believe the GOP cares about them.

    May 13, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Bill

    It seems like Newt is the only one that is being up front and honest with the public. The liberals hate it. All they can do is throw sticks and stones. The truth hurts. We need someone who can turn this freight train around before it goes off the cliff.
    Obama seems to think that stepping on the gas will put all the problems behind him. He does not know how to face problems. The only thing he knows how to do is point fingers and take credit. All of you know what that is like if you have held a job!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Alex

    Wow...I mean, even if you don't like Obama, could you really elect this guy with a clean conscience? I'd rather stay home.

    May 13, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    Newt is pro ACA just like Mitt. I, for one, am not going to let him run away from his past; same as Mittens.

    "Finally, we should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond). Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor." Newton F Gingrich from his low-selling book Real Change.

    Newt and Mitt: the cut and run boys. Or as rethugs like to say flip-floppers

    May 13, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that Gingrich would visit the poor in various locations. They don't know what they need to get out of being poor. Charities and companys don't make enough or aren't well enough funded to get these people the skills that they need to get a job; a reason for government to help in job training. Another issue is that there are banks and other lenders who aren't willing to loan money to people who have an idea but can't get it started because they have either poor credit or other problems. Having some way to support micro lending might help with that.

    May 13, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. dennis freeman

    Just what what we need – an arrogant idiot.

    May 13, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. peace

    newt is the son of satan for those who think that he has changed need their head examine. beware of the false prohet he is very dangerous people.

    May 13, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Armand K.

    So much positivity... can hardly stand it... no wait, that's just the realization that we now have to listen to this sad sack again.

    May 13, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. chris

    newt didn't you write a bounced check to the IRS and bad checks when you were the speaker of the house. I don't think you should be pointing your finger at people needing food stamps. You had a job and wrote bad checks. I don't get your hypocritical logic. Has that catholic religion working out? Bet you have to use the confessional booth a lotta times.

    May 13, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Newt looks like he's happy and pleased with himself.
    He must not have watched Jon Stewart last night. (L7)

    May 13, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Mah

    Love how he says it will be a "positive" campaign but attacks Obama and makes false accusations against him.

    This is gonna be entertaining.

    May 13, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. OneMoreTime

    Would that be vs. an Adelson/LasVegas type campaign, Newt?

    May 13, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Tom

    Wow, the lies, stories, and fake charges over issues is back in full force. I can't vote for someone who spends most of his time throwing every charge he can at his opponents, organizes investigations, wasting millions of dollars. Especially when we have a fiscal crisis at hand.

    May 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. sonny chapman

    P.S.- the guy looks like Captain Kangaroo, but did anyone ever see how mean he was to that high school reporter who asked him the briefs/boxer question ? What a miserable old fart !

    May 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. cheryl

    Atleast make it a debate, not this fool with his crazy ideas. We won't have to think back far to his flip flop ideas. Please!!! let's make it interesting!!!!!

    May 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    @ Nurse Lisa: Bennie Hill!!! Perfect.

    May 13, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. susiet123

    Another Republican fruit-loop. Are there no viable candidates? I am really tired of theier hateful pot-shots at a President who is still trying to clean up the Bush and Co. mess.

    May 13, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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