Gingrich makes his case to Georgia GOP

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Newt Gingrich speaks to the Georgia Republican Party, Friday, May 13, 2011, in Macon, Ga. Gingrich recently announced he would seeking the party nomination for President
Saturday, May 14, 2011 7:24 AM
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MACON, Ga. -- Newt Gingrich returned to the state party convention where he got his start in politics Friday to lay out a platform in contrast to President Barack Obama.

He promised deep tax cuts to stimulate jobs, tougher trade negotiations and a foreign policy focused on American interests rather than those of multi-national organizations like the United Nations.

The speech was his first since announcing via Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday that he was formally running for president.

During his speech at the party's sold-out fundraising dinner, Gingrich said he would freeze taxes after taking office except for eliminating the capital-gains tax and cutting the estate tax and the corporate income tax.

"I stand for tax cuts to incentivize the people who create jobs," he said, expressing his eagerness to debate Obama on the issue.

The estate tax strikes most people as unfair anyway, he said.

"It's your money. You earned it. You saved a lifetime for it. You keep it," he said.

As a contrast between his approach and Obama's, he said it comes down to giving voters the choice between a paycheck and a welfare check.

The number of people receiving welfare under Obama is the highest in record, according to Gingrich, who pushed for welfare reforms as speaker that led to record drops in the welfare rolls. When the welfare rolls dropped, so did the unemployment rate.

"Obama is the most successful welfare check president in U.S. history," he said. "I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history."

On trade, he joked that he'd appoint a trial lawyer trade representative whose aggressive personality would pick fights regularly with trading partners like China.

On foreign policy, he said Pakistan had played Obama for a sucker by claiming not to have been hiding Osama bin Laden. And Obama's deference to international organizations has ignored American interests, he said.

Gingrich received a warm welcome from the audience, but many of them only got involved in party politics after he retired from Congress in 1998 and said they felt no obligation to support him as a favorite son. Delegates earlier in the day's convention business applauded louder for Herman Cain, another presidential candidate from Georgia.

Still, Gingrich saw many familiar faces in the crowd.

"I'm delighted to be home," he said, noting that the state party's chairwoman once headed Teachers for Newt during his congressional career.

Gingrich was a professor at West Georgia College in Carrollton when he entered politics, losing twice before finally winning a seat in Congress in 1978. Early in his career, he was the only Republican in Congress from Georgia, making him the darling of the state party at the time.

His district shifted northward to the Atlanta suburbs after redistricting and as his career advanced. He rose to become speaker of the U.S. House and a national figure.

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Ga Values
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Ga Values 05/14/11 - 07:35 am
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Newt's 3 wives & countless

Newt's 3 wives & countless mistresses trusted him, how did that work out for them? Newt's morals makes Bill Clinton look like a saint.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/14/11 - 07:48 am
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GV, Gingrich certainly has

GV, Gingrich certainly has his crosses to bear you don't have to embellish them. It hurts your credibility.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 05/14/11 - 10:24 am
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What a joke. This is just

What a joke. This is just what the country needs - another side show with absolutely no chance of becoming president. How can you talk about the importance of family values on one hand, and support this guy. Better yet, can you really imagine this guy as the president, and think we will be better off as a nation. I say, no way.

bullldog1944
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bullldog1944 05/14/11 - 10:35 am
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RunninMan, ‘Better yet, can

RunninMan, ‘Better yet, can you really imagine this guy as the president, and think we will be better off as a nation. I say, no way.’
I agree Newt is not much but would MUCH BETTER than what we have now. In fact you could go down too the zoo & pick out the 1st monkey you see and that would be better than what we have.
How is the 'change' working for you?

RunningMan
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RunningMan 05/14/11 - 12:31 pm
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Army, At least you are smart

Army, At least you are smart enough to realize that this is just another way for him to pad his bank accounts, similar to Donald, and others. They have about as much of a chance of become president as you and I. Let's leave the work of running this country to those that are more concerned about its future and not just out to get richer from donations (handouts).

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 05/14/11 - 12:37 pm
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I would vote for him. Just

I would vote for him. Just look at him, don't he look like an honest evangelist? And that American flag lapel pin he wears makes him a true patriot. Wait, he ain't wearin' one. I reckon I will vote for someone else.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 05/14/11 - 12:49 pm
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Those saying that leftover

Those saying that leftover campaign funds can be used for personal gain are wrong. Any leftover monies must be converted to a nonprofit PAC, donated to charity, or to another candidate. Running for office does increase your speaking fees, though.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 05/14/11 - 12:49 pm
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"On foreign policy, he said

"On foreign policy, he said Pakistan had played Obama for a sucker by claiming not to have been hiding Osama bin Laden". I guess he forgot to read the memo that stated Bin Laden was actually in Pakistan for the past 6 years. So the previous administration was played for suckers a lot longer. At least now he can no longer play anyone for a sucker, thanks to this administration and our Armed Services.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/11 - 01:15 pm
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The reason Republicans are

The reason Republicans are destroyed by the character assassinators, is because they believe and are vocal in matters of family values. Democrats are held to a different standard because they don't espouse to believe.

If we were to know the skeletons in everyone's closets, including the posters, there would be a lot more silence on such topics. If we remove all the sinners from office, from law enforcement, from the military, from the ministry, from the schools, hospitals, etc...

The question should be did Gingrich learn anything, has he made amends to those he harmed, and has he changed his lifestyle?
There is not one perfect one on this earth.

That certainly includes our current President. There is and has been a great deal of upheaval in that marriage by their own accounts.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 05/14/11 - 01:47 pm
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I have a lot of skeletons in

I have a lot of skeletons in my closet. Most of them are my in-laws. I think we should elect the most vile candidates because at least we know exactly where they stand. Open corruption, infidelity, and greed should be embraced by the electorate instead of the parade of infidels who pretend to be moral, honest and caring.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/14/11 - 02:20 pm
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Heck, Bill Clinton won

Heck, Bill Clinton won reelection by a wide margin after staining Monica's dress, the carpet and half the papers in the Oval Office. The National Archives is going to have to have a special room for the things Bill touched in the Biblical sense.

dani
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dani 05/15/11 - 12:13 pm
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Newt

Newt

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/14/11 - 09:17 pm
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Yes, yes, yes! I am just

Yes, yes, yes! I am just dying for four more years of printing and spending and borrowing money and bail outs and grandstanding, and governing by criticism, and shaming and guilting Americans, and apologizing to the world for who we are as a nation, and lying, and promising the immigrants that they are entitled to share the prosperity of this nation though none of them have shared in the work, and the first lady's travel expenses for her 400 friends, his stupid health care reform while he puff puffs away, and sticking his nose everywhere, but where it belongs, and how he is responsible for all the good and none of the bad, and is the answer to everyone's problems, and smarter than all the world combined and, and, and.... yes, I would love some more of that please.

thriller n manila
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thriller n manila 05/14/11 - 04:12 pm
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" I stand for tax cuts to

" I stand for tax cuts to incentivize the people who create jobs,"he said, expressing his eagerness to debate Obama on the issue.

Most conservatives ,Gingrich, believe the reason big business isn't creating jobs is because corporations are over taxed, a myth.

GE, the biggest U.S. corporation, made $14.2 billion in profits, paid zero in taxes and cut 20 percent of its American jobs.

dani
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dani 05/15/11 - 11:41 am
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wut

wut

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