Saturday, September 3, 2011

Newt's schedule the next few days

-- Sunday, September 4, 2011: Taste of Polonia Festival Screening of Nine Days that Changed the World. Chicago, Illinois. Facebook event page.

-- Monday, September 5, 2011: Palmetto Freedom Forum. Columbia, South Carolina. 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET. Live on CNN, SC ETV for South Carolina residents, and online at Townhall.com.

-- Tuesday, September 6, 2011: Team 10 Town Hall. Pasadena, California. Facebook event page. (This is the first Team 10 Town Hall. For more information on Team 10, click here.)

-- Wednesday, September 7, 2011: NBC/Politico Presidential Debate. 8 PM ET. Live on MSNBC.

-- Thursday, September 8, 2011: Jobs and Team Ten Town Hall, Reacting to President's Speech. Henniker, New Hampshire. 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM ET. Facebook event page.

-- Friday, September 9, 2011: Newt speaks to Politics and Eggs. Manchester, New Hampshire. St. Anselm College. 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Facebook event page.

-- Friday, September 9, 2011: Meet and Greet. Exeter, New Hampshire. 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Facebook event page.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

ABC News points out that Newt was first to release jobs plan

When Tim Pawlenty released his jobs plan a couple of months ago, the media kept saying he was the first candidate to do so. And now Jon Huntsman has received the same treatment, with some claiming his was the first plan.

But Arlette Saenz of ABC News sets the record straight:
But there’s one jobs plan that hasn’t received much coverage this election cycle – the one released by Newt Gingrich back in May. The former speaker of the House, who announced his run for the presidency in May via Twitter, released his “Jobs and Prosperity Plan” just two days after announcing his candidacy.

Gingrich crafted an economic plan with the intent of instantly boosting new business investment in the United States. His plan proposes eliminating the capital gains tax, bringing the corporate tax rate to 12.5 percent, shifting to an optional 15 percent flat tax for all Americans, and abolishing the death tax on a permanent basis, all while reforming the FDA and EPA and repealing Sarbanes Oxley, Dodd-Frank and President Obama’s healthcare plan.

In his campaign, Gingrich has also emphasized the need to expand initiatives in developing American energy as a mechanism for creating new jobs.

These weren’t new ideas for Gingrich, who in 2009 released a jobs plan with similar goals -- shifting the corporate tax rate to 12.5 percent, ending the capital gains and death taxes, and calling for a balanced budget and an American energy plan. Gingrich also held a Real Jobs Summit in December 2009 at the same time President Obama held the White House Jobs Summit.
Saenz also had this quote from Newt's spokesman:
“The question isn’t what to do, it is, Who can do it? We need leadership now that can implement the right policies to put Americans back to work. Republicans should act now on several fronts and let the President explain why his policies create more food stamps than they do paychecks,” R.C. Hammond, spokesman for Gingrich, said.

Picture of a Newt 2012 Yard Sign

Here is a great picture I saw on Twitter last night:

(Video) 'There's Something Sad About a President This Ineffective'

Link.

Monday, August 29, 2011

U.S. News & World Report: Newt "Could Be the New 'Comeback Kid"

Paul Bedard of the magazine writes:
Either way, the big-thinking Republican, his supporters, and presidential political experts sense that Gingrich, left for dead by the political class weeks ago when his staff abruptly quit and stories surfaced about his big-dollar Tiffany's account, is on the way back. The reason for the emerging Newt 2.0? His effective performance in the last debate that inspired supporters to boost online donations after he assailed the deficit "super committee" while spelling out detailed solutions to fixing the economy.

"He moved out of the irrelevant category and now he has some standing," says a GOP analyst. "His strengths are his ideas and translating them at a debate. Given that there are lots more debates, he has a chance to win."

The Gingrich surge is seen in some polls. In Missouri and Louisiana, for example, he is fourth behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

"The general response to the campaign has gone up significantly since [the Iowa debate]," says Gingrich. "There's been somewhat of an uptick in polling numbers, not gigantic yet, but starting us back on the road to building a unique case. What I'm trying to do is show leadership now, show how you could actually solve problems and do it in a way that is totally compatible with conservative values but is also common sense and in some ways bipartisan," adds the Georgian.

"A number of people say that I'm just different and that they are glad to see somebody who isn't just articulating slogans without trying to develop solutions and my hope is that will grow," says Gingrich.

He feels he can come back and take the GOP nomination because the economy is so bad that voters more than ever are looking for new ideas.

Some suggest that his effort is similar to Sen. John McCain who in 2008 staged a comeback after being written off. Gingrich rejects that model. "I'm actually closer to [Barry] Goldwater and [Ronald] Reagan," he says. "They were arousing new groups, new organizations, using new issues and doing it new ways and it took a while to build momentum."
Also in the article, when asked about being a "Comeback Kid," Newt replied: ""Well, I may be that, but I may be more like a comeback grandfather."

Newt's campaign is promoting the fact that there will be five public discussions of issues in September -- four debates and Jim DeMint's Presidential Forum next weekend in South Carolina -- and those will shine light on the fact that Newt is the one with the real solutions to renew America.

Newt: let working Americans keep more of their money. Bachmann: no.

An article from IowaPolitics.com goes into the different Republican Presidential candidates' views on extending the payroll tax cut. Hannah Hess writes:
Both Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich agree with the extension, their campaigns confirmed to IowaPolitics.com this week. They support keeping the tax on workers’ wages at a 4.2 percent rate, rather than the normal 6.2 percent rate, as a way to keep more money in the pockets of middle-income Americans.
Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachmann, apparantely, oppose working Americans keeping more of their own money. Rick Perry could not be reached.

With Bachmann, this is nothing news. She wants the "perfect" bill -- though won't do any actual work to improve the bill (hasn't even chaired a subcommittee in almost five years in the House) -- and when it's not there, she stands up and says, "No!"

She can do that because she knows her vote will not be the deciding one on any of these issues. If she was President, I can almost guarantee she would sign the bill -- because she couldn't hide. (It's the same principle that allowed Senator Barack Obama to rail against raising the debt celing only a few years before President Obama said not raising the ceiling would result in doomsday.)

Writes Hess:
Supporting the payroll tax cut extension aligns with the views of conservative leaders in Iowa, including Polk County GOP Chairman Kevin McLaughlin of Des Moines. McLaughlin serves as president and founder of Iowans for Discounted Taxes, a nonprofit that advocates for lower tax rates.

"They can make it permanent as far as I’m concerned," said McLaughlin, who has lobbied for state property and income tax relief. "If you really want to get the economy up and running, you want to discount the income taxes too, so that all the consumers that use those businesses have more to spend."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

(Audio) Newt on New Hampshire radio station WKXL 1450

Link (mp3 file).

Newt, among other things, discusses Social Security, his campaign, and two big upcoming appearances (Jim DeMint's Presidential Forum, followed by a debate two days later.)

Audio of Newt on Jeff Katz Show

Link (click either "play" or "download," whichever is your preference).
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