Friday, July 1, 2011

Video of Newt's stop on the Tea Party Bus Tour


Excerpts of Newt's address to Republican Jewish Coalition in California


Linda Upmeyer: Newt "a guy with ideas and the solutions."

(Update: the July 4th parade starts at 10 A.M. Monday. "Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, who has served as state chairwoman of Gingrich’s presidential campaign, said Gingrich will be in the parade and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights in Clear Lake," writes Peggy Senzarino.)

From Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines-Register:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be in Iowa for a Fourth of July parade, will campaign hard throughout July here and will return for the Iowa State Fair in August, he told one of his top Iowa advisers today.

“I think he’ll make every effort to re-establish his campaign in Iowa, the way it sounds to me,” Linda Upmeyer, a longtime Gingrich supporter, said after receiving a telephone call from Gingrich this afternoon.

“He’s absolutely committed to continuing on in Iowa."
Upmeyer added: "I still have confidence that this is a guy with ideas and the solutions. I’m absolutely interested in continuing to work with him and introduce him and see how it goes."

"Upmeyer said Gingrich called with questions about how to organize his day in Clear Lake," Jacobs writes. "He said he will bring his family to the State Fair, including a grandson."

Video of Newt's interview with Greta Van Susteren

Link to part one.

Link to part two.

Audio of Newt's interview with Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Link to audio and transcript.

A section of the interview that took place on April 28:
FATHER DWYER: The whole world is now waiting, for Sunday, May 1st—Divine Mercy Sunday, the beatification of Pope John Paul II. I was fascinated, when we were planning for the show, Speaker Gingrich, I said, “let’s call the Speaker and see if he’d come on,” because I found the video that you and Callista did, “Nine Days that Changed the World,” to be one of the more moving, accurate, uplifting documentaries on John Paul that I’ve seen. You took his first visit back to Poland in June of 1979 and literally—it’s not just you—but everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev to Henry Kissinger, to now you and Callista, have pretty much documented the fact that this is eventually what brought down the Iron Curtain. Tell us about the genesis of the project.

SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH: What started this was Callista and I were working with Dave Bossie and Citizens United and we were doing a film on Ronald Reagan called “Rendezvous with Destiny” and went to Gdansk, Poland to interview Lech Walesa, an electrician that became head of Solidarity and then president of a free Poland. Then we went down to Prague to interview Václav Havel who is a poet, playwright and spent three years in prison fighting for freedom and ended up as the first president of the free Czechoslovakia. We asked each of them, “What was the decisive moment in the defeat of the Soviet Empire?” To our surprise, because remember we’re making a movie on Reagan, we’re expecting a great Reagan anecdote, they both say, without question it’s June 2nd, 1979. It’s the arrival of Pope John Paul II back home in his native Poland for a nine-day pilgrimage. He spiritually re-catechized the entire country. The sense of evangelization went out, the nation talked to itself, looked at itself, and said, we’re Polish, we’re Catholic. We’re not communist. We’re not atheist.

From that point on for 10 years they struggled and 10 years and two days later, on June 4th, 1989, the first free election of the Soviet Empire is held in Poland. The Berlin Wall falls five months later.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Newt had a conference call "with 12,000 of his closest friends" yesterday

Newt's finance director, Christie Hall, tweeted yesterday: "Staffing Newt on a conference call with 12,000 of his closest friends. Amazing Q & A session!"

Another note on Twitter: Newt's Georgia volunteer coordinator, Jacob Hawkins, shared this tidbit today: "2012 Candidates Twitter followers: Newt 1.3 Million, Bachmann 57k, Paul 57k, Romney 56k, Cain 46k, Pawlenty 42k, Santorum 11k."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

E-mail from Newt: "No Compromise"

The campaign sent out this e-mail today:
"If you get out there and let people really get to know you and what you stand for it will be great for you. Best of luck, at least you are not afraid to hold your ground and not cave in like some other's I have heard about."

-- Patricia Cook, New Straitsville, Ohio

This was a comment that was posted on my Facebook page yesterday when we posted a picture from last week's lunch with Atlanta area tea party and 912 leaders.

To Patricia, and others who've said similar things, I'm grateful for your encouragement.

I know that as a supporter, it's been a rough ride the past few weeks, but as I told Neil Cavuto on Fox News yesterday, I hope that my concentration on substance will outlast the media’s concentration on gossip and process.

This campaign is based on an assumption that the American people are ready for substance.

They are ready for something different.

They are ready for a candidate willing to present solutions as big as the challenges we face.

As a country, we are in such trouble that I'm more than willing to endure the attacks, whether from the media, the left or the establishment in Washington.

I believe our children and grandchildren are worth it.

So today, I'd like to make one simple request.

As the first fundraising deadline of June 30th approaches, I'm asking you to consider making a contribution of any amount, even if it’s only $10.

To Patricia in Ohio and supporters like you around the country, I'll make you this promise: No compromise.

America needs real change in Washington, and I'm ready to fight for it.

Thank you for considering a donation to our campaign, and for all you do every day to help ensure a better future for every American.

Your friend,


P.S. The June 30th fundraising report is a critical show of support in these early stages of the campaign. Giving $10 now is like giving $100 in January. Please consider a donation of $10, $25 or more by clicking here.
To sign up for future e-mails, click here.

Gingrich Signs Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge

The entire press release:
Atlanta, GA – Newt Gingrich signed the Cut, Cap and Balance pledge today strengthening his over thirty year commitment to fiscal discipline.

“Balanced budgets are achieved by those who are committed,” said Gingrich, who passed the first balanced budget in a generation as U.S. House Speaker. “Fiscal discipline requires lawmakers to be smart not cheap and requires a different type of thinking than we see in Washington. I am proposing bold solutions because we have big problems. I pledge to be a President who will rein in deficits, the debt and out of control spending. It can be done, I know because we’ve done it before.”

The Cut, Cap and Balance pledge was a created by a coalition of over 40 conservative grassroots organizations who are calling on elected officials to support spending cuts and balancing the federal budget.

The pledge reads:

I pledge to urge my Senators and Member of the House of Representatives to oppose any debt limit increase unless all three of the following conditions have been met:

1. Cut -- Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.

2. Cap -- Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.

3. Balance -- Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

Gingrich was the first presidential candidate to propose a jobs plan which includes balancing the federal budget, bold tax cuts and development of an American energy plan. Combined with significant repeal of Obama era regulation the plan will eliminate the budget deficit and help pay down the national debt.

In June, Gingrich was the first presidential candidate to sign Save America Now’s pledge which calls on lawmakers to utilize the Lean Six Sigma fiscal waste reduction method developed by Reagan Administration official Mike George.

Learn more about Newt’s commitment to fiscal discipline at

Monday, June 27, 2011

Video of Newt's interview with Neil Cavuto


Big Huckabee 2008 supporters join Newt's team

The entire press release:
Atlanta, GA – Grassroots leaders who supported 2008 Georgia presidential primary winner Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have taken leadership roles supporting Newt 2012. Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise, State Representative Harry Geisinger and Georgia Grassroots leader Maria Strollo Zack will each play a role in building Newt 2012 organization in Georgia.

"We will run a citizen campaign built on solutions that will bring real change to Washington," Gingrich said. "I am honored to have these volunteer leaders join our campaign. This is the beginning of campaign that will take power out of Washington and return it to the citizens."

"I'm supporting Newt because he embodies the positive forward thinking spirit of Ronald Reagan," said State Representative Harry Geisinger, former Georgia Huckabee Co-Chairman and Reagan appointee. "He has the experience of balancing the federal budget, and will overturn Obamacare. Newt Gingrich is the only man that has the national experience we need."

Former Huckabee Co-Chairman Maria Strollo Zack expressed her support for Gingrich, "From the grassroots point of view, no other candidate has the conservative credentials, leadership experience and grasp of issues, and solutions, to beat Barack Obama."

Gov. Nathan Deal is serving as the chairman of Newt 2012 in Georgia. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Newt Gingrich when he led the House as speaker. In this time of fiscal crisis, only one candidate in the field has a proven record of creating a balanced federal budget – Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich. Newt’s the visionary, solutions-oriented leader we need. Like so many other Georgians giving Newt their support, I consider him a friend, and I’m proud to stand with him in this campaign.”

Newt Gingrich, who moved to Georgia when his father was serving in the Army at Fort Benning, graduated from Baker High School, went to college at Emory University, and taught at West Georgia College in Carrollton (now the University of West Georgia). Gingrich represented the U.S. 6th district of Georgia for twenty years, including four years as Speaker of the U.S. House.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The First Des Moines Register Poll

The Des Moines-Register poll has almost a folk lore around it. It is always printed in the Sunday edition of the paper, and in the Internet age, the poll is posted online Saturday night. When it was announced last week that the first such poll of this campaign would be released Saturday, it made big news among those watching the GOP nomination.

The results:
Mitt Romney: 23%
Michelle Bachmann: 22%
Herman Cain: 10%
Newt Gingrich: 7%
Ron Paul: 7%
Tim Pawlenty: 4%
Jon Huntsman: 2%
More extensive polling data has yet to be released, but if those were the only candidates who received support, then 25% of Iowa Republicans are undecided.

This leaves an interesting dilemma for Romney. He has previously tried to keep expectations in the Hawkeye State down, almost to the point of saying he will not seriously compete. He and his campaign have tried to argue that he is not a good match for Iowa because he is seen suspiciously by many conservatives. However, by being in the lead in this poll, he takes the risk of looking weak should he not heavily fight for Iowa.

Is Bachmann going to be able to keep her high support, or will her poll numbers come back down some, just as Cain's did after the memories of his debate performance last month faded?

Newt has had a rough couple of weeks of press coverage, yet he still is in the running. If in fact he has finally turned the corner from the staff and other issues -- and the news that his fundraising has started to rebound is a big indicator he may have -- and the stories about him revolve more around his policies and record as a conservative reformer, then he will rise back up. From different reports, he and the campaign staff still with him seem much more comfortable since the staff shakeup. The reason is that they have all been together for a few years at American Solutions -- the ones who quit were very new additions -- and some of the replacements for those who resigned were also from "Newt World."
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