Gingrich: unemployment, Obama policies hurt Dems

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich enters the room to applause before speaking at a fund raiser to benefit Republican congressional candidates Austin Scott, of Ashburn, and Mike Keown, of Canton, at the Buckhead Club, Monday Oct.18, 2010, in Atlanta



ATLANTA — Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said high unemployment and unpopular policies of President Barack Obama are hurting Democrats in Georgia and elsewhere.

The former Georgia Congressman headlined an Atlanta fundraiser on Monday for GOP candidates Mike Keown (COW'-en) and Austin Scott.

Keown is challenging Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop in south Georgia, while Scott is campaigning for the middle Georgia seat held by Rep. Jim Marshall.

Gingrich said he believes voters are fed up with high unemployment, unchecked government spending and large deficits. He predicted that the Republican Party will win between 50 to 80 seats in the House of Representatives and regain the majority.

In 1994, Gingrich led the Republican takeover of Congress that ended four decades of Democratic control.



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