Newt Gingrich

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Newt Gingrich


In office
January 4, 1995 – January 3, 1999
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Tom Foley
Succeeded by Dennis Hastert
Personal details
Born Newton Leroy McPherson
June 17, 1943 (1943-06-17) (age 73)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jackie Battley (1962–1981)
Marianne Ginther (1981–2000)
Callista Gingrich (2000–present)
Residence Carrollton, Georgia (1979–1993, while in office)
Marietta, Georgia (1993–1999, while in office)
McLean, Virginia (1999–present)
Alma mater Emory University (B.A.)
Tulane University (Master of Arts (postgraduate)/PhD)
Occupation College Professor
Author
Politician
Religion Roman Catholic (formerly Baptists)

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich, popularly called Newt Gingrich, is an American politician. He served as the 58th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Newt represented Georgia's 6th congressional district as a Republican member from 1979 to 1999. He is a Republican candidate in 2012 for President of the United States.

Newt Gingrich Timeline

July 2011

July 26: Newt Gingrich reflects on the debt negotiations he had with the then President Bill Clinton in 1995.

"Bill Clinton was, in the end, willing to be practical ... We were able to sit down, face-to-face, and negotiate a deal. He really was so much further to the center than President Obama is, and he was so much more flexible than President Obama. I don't think there's any comparison of the environment."

"I think President Obama's trying to impose a very radical vision of America, and I think the result has been that is has been very hard to negotiate with him because as you watched him again last night, he basically says over and over again, 'I want what I want and I want what I want now. And I'm not going to accept anything except what I want,' and you can't govern the country by dictating terms like that. You've got to find some way to work together and define a common ground."

July 13: Newt Gingrich singled out Rick Perry to be the next best presidential candidate for the 2012 election. In a question and answer session at the Charleston Tea Party, Gingrich was asked to name the next best candidate for the GOP nomination. "He is a great friend of mine, I wrote the forward to his new book. He has done a great job in Texas. He is terrific job creator and he would be a very formidable candidate.", Gingrich said.

July 12: Newt Gingrich blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's debt ceiling plan. In a tweet, Gingrich said: "McConnell's plan is an irresponsible surrender to big government, big deficits and continued overspending,"

Addressing a tea party group in Charleston, South Carolina, Gingrich said:

"I don’t quite know what Sen. McConnell was trying to accomplish today. It is a fundamental mistake for the congressional Republicans to try to find a way out of the current fight. They cannot allow Obama to intimidate them by trying to frighten senior citizens. What they should be doing is offering very small bites that are impossible for him to turn down."
"What Republicans shouldn’t do is try to back down from this fight,"

July 11: Reports emerge that Newt Gingrich is reluctant to sign the Family Leader "marriage vow", until some other language is redone. The "marriage vow" initially contained a statement suggesting that family unit for African-Americans was better off during slavery. It was removed during the weekend after uproar.

Newt Gingrich, in Iowa, says that his fellow Republicans will have failed next year if they take back the White House without winning the approval of tea party activists in the country.

"The challenge for the Republican leadership is to bring the tea parties and the Republican Party together for the purpose of not just defeating Obama, If all we do is defeat Obama and then our next president presides over Obama's disasters, then we haven't changed things. We will have just slowed the rate of decay."

Gingrich, during the Family Leader's Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa, says that the current budget could be balanced in five years.

“I helped balance the federal budget. It took us three years, originally I thought it would take seven. It took three, but we couldn’t have done it in four months. They ought to produce a track that’s real and that’s not baloney and it’s not phony numbers that gets them to a balanced budget, and I think you can get there in five to seven years.”

July 10: Newt Gingrich speaks in Fox channel's 'Fox & Friends' and slams the Obama's economic performance.

“think we’re at the end of the era of big government, We need to be cutting the government in a way that encourages entrepreneurs, innovators, investors — people who create jobs. At 9.2 percent now for month after month after month, this is the Obama depression. Housing prices have dropped deeper than in the Great Depression and it’s very clear that under Obama’s job killing policies, we’re not going to get out of this deep unemployment.”

On the debt ceiling negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, he said:

“And so I think Republicans are correct to say, ‘First of all, no tax increase period,’ John Boehner was right. He deserves credit for recognizing that the right position for conservatives is no tax increase. Second, they ought to get the biggest spending cut deal they can by taking what Vice President Biden put on the table and if that means they come back in the summer of 2012 for another debt ceiling, that’s not to the disadvantage of Republicans. That just gives them 12 months to prepare for another series of spending cuts to further shrink the size of government.”

July 8: Newt Gingrich writes in a National Review op-ed about the debt ceiling negotiations.

"Republicans should reject the establishment's demand for a tax increase. There is plenty of money to be saved from a bloated government without giving Washington one penny of higher taxes."
“If you’re David Plouffe and you’ve got a nice job, it’s easy for you to say the unemployment rate doesn’t matter,” “When you go out and talk to Americans in the rest of the country outside Washington, I guarantee you the unemployment rate matters, the economy matters, the price of housing matters, and in every one of those issues, this Obama depression is real.”
“If David Plouffe thinks they’re going to be able to have 9.2 percent unemployment and not have a very public reaction against the president, I think he’s living in a fantasy.”

July 4: Newt Gingrich says that he is not happy with his presidential campaign's fundraising performance in the second quarter. He however expects the third quarter report to be very healthy. He plans to spend 16 days in Iowa in July and August. However, he is not participating in the Ames Straw Poll because of lack of resources.

“The fact is a month of media barrage is painful, and it slowed a lot of things down,” “Our numbers will not be as good as we would like, and candidly, the consultants left us in debt. But every single week since they left we’ve been cutting down the debt, and we raise more than we spend in a week.”

Gingrich says he is confident that he can get the Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential election.

“My path has always been to see whether substance could outlast gossip and whether or not you could mobilize enough people . . . who decide that having a real solution and having real knowledge and having actually done it,” “One of our themes will be, ‘We’ve done it before, we can do it again."

June 2011

June 27: Newt Gingrich insisted that he runs his own campaign. "Let me say flatly: I run my own campaign. I developed the contract with America when no consultant in Washington believed in it. We balanced the federal budget when no one thought it was possible. I helped Ronald Reagan in 1980 when 13 senior staff left on the morning of the New Hampshire primary and over 100 staff were laid off two weeks later. I think the turmoil is frankly irrelevant.", Gingrich said.

June 23: Gingrich told reporters in Baltimore that he is confident that he will be in the race for GOP presidential nomination through the Iowa caucus next year.

“Sure, of course, These things happen over and over. They fascinate the media. They have no long term historic meaning. Either there will be a message that resonates with 14 million unemployed. There will be a message that resonates when one out of every four houses is worth less than its mortgage. There will be a message that resonates when there are three wars and no strategic coherence in the administration, or there won’t be. If there is, I’ll be a contender in January.”

June 22: Reacting to the resignations, Newt Gingrich attributed the mass resignations of his campaign staff to the fact that he is very different from the mainstream politicians. In a speech to the Atlanta Press Club, he said:

"Philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with. We have big ideas. I just think that's part of how you campaign. You talk to the American people about big things."

Gingrich reminded that 13 of Ronald Reagan's aides quit during his presidential campaign in 1980 which he went on to win both the nomination and presidency.

"If I had to choose Reaganomics or 13 staffers quitting, I think for the average working American, Reaganomics was a much better deal,"

Speaking about his campaign, Gingrich said that his presidential campaign will be a very grass roots oriented campaign based on the Internet.

June 21: Two senior aides quits his campaign.

Newt Gingrich talks to a Iowa radio show and announces that he will be touring in Iowa for 12 days in July to meet people face-to-face.

"We're going to be criss-crossing the state, we're going to be seeing people, and we're going to be competing. I think because of the weight of the news media attacks it may take three or four months to fully recover."

June 9: Senior campaign aides leaves his Presidential campaign en masse.

May 2011

May 11: Newt Gingrich officially announces that he is running for Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential Election.

Newt Gingrich Calendar

Date Time Event Location
October 7, 2011 11:30 am Speaking to the Values Voters Summit Washington, DC
October 6, 2011 9:00 pm Fox News's "Hannity" Television appearance
July 30, 2011 Attending the Mitchell County Fair as a guest of Iowa Rep. Josh Byrnes Osage, Iowa
July 30, 2011 8:00 am Attending the Nordic Fest pancake breakfast Decorah, Iowa
July 30, 2011 10:30 am Marching with the Winnesheik County GOP in the Nordic Fest parade Decorah, Iowa
July 28, 2011 12:00 pm Speaking to the Cartersville Rotary Club Cartersville, Georgia
July 28, 2011 4:30 pm Speaking at an Anti-Tax Town Hall and Rally hosted by Kennesaw State College Republicans and the Conservative Leadership Coalition Marietta, Georgia
July 27, 2011 10:00 am Touring the Genesis Shelter Atlanta, Georgia
July 27, 2011 1:00 pm Meeting with phone bank volunteers at Newt 2012 Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
July 25, 2011 6:30 pm Hosting a special screening of their documentary, “Nine Days That Changed the World” Lexington, Massachusetts
July 15, 2011 7:00 am Speaking to the Conservative Breakfast Club Des Moines, Iowa
July 15, 2011 5:30 pm Attending a meet & greet with Iowa State Representative Scott Raecker Des Moines, Iowa
July 15, 2011 7:00 pm Special guest on the radio broadcast for Iowa Cubs baseball game Des Moines, Iowa
July 13, 2011 Morning speech to Electric Cooperative Charleston, South Carolina
July 12, 2011 7:30 pm Radio Interviews and hosting a town hall hosted by Charleston Tea Party North Charleston, South Carolina
July 12, 2011 9:00 pm Fox News's "Hannity" Television appearance
July 11, 2011 1:00 pm Interviews at Presidential Lecture Series with The Family Leader stop at Pella Christian High School Pella, Iowa
July 11, 2011 5:00 pm Interviews at Presidential Lecture Series with The Family Leader stop at University of Iowa Iowa City
June 25, 2011 Speaking at the Tea Party Freedom Bus Tour Newton, Iowa