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Newt Gingrich: Election will be closer than the blowout the polls show

Newt Gingrich this morning attended services at Idlewild Baptist Church, the mega church in north Tampa, and then held a press conference to dismiss the polls showing him well behind Mitt Romney in Florida. The next few months, he said, will be campaign pitting the conservative grass roots against the GOP establishment - choice between some who would "genuinely change Washington" and someone who would "manage the decay."

“I think that the election will be substantially closer than the 2 polls that came out this morning. You’ll notice 48 hours ago there was another poll that showed us tied. I think there are a lot of things going on. The most significant thing in both the polls this morning is that when you add the two conservatives together, we clearly beat Romney. I think Romney’s got a very real challenge in trying to get a majority at the convention."

He dismissed the suggestion that a drawn out campaign could damage the GOP in the general election, saying Obama was a stronger candidate after a lengthy primary against Hillary Clinton and Reagan was a stronger candidate after his primary against George H.W. Bush.

"We have no evidence yet that Romney anywhere is coming close to getting a majority and I think when you  take all of the non-Romney votes, it’s very likely that the convention there will be a non-Romney majority and maybe a very substantial one. My job is to convert that into a pro-Gingrich majority," he said.

Gingrich was non-committal when asked if he's comfortable with Florida be a winner-take-all states where he would earn no delegates if he finishes in second place.

“I’m not going to get involved in an RNC procedural fight. They’ve got to decide what they want to do. I’ll play by whatever the rules are that are given to us," he said.

Gingrich is competing with Rick Santorum for many of the same voters, but he said he has had no conversations recently with the former Pennsylvania senator. “This would be a totally inappropriate time to do anything like that," he said, referring to Santorum's hospitalized daughter.
"Rick’s going to get a decent vote on Tuesday. I have no doubt the two  of us are going to collectively outscore Romney and at that point there may be a pretty good conversation."

“The case that is being made all weekend among most evangelical leaders in Florida, is that the only vote that can stop Romney is for Gingrich and we’ll see where we stand the day after the primary here.”

Posted by Adam C. Smith

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jefflz

am a Democrat but I must say that the Republican failure to field any credible candidates is a loss for the entire nation. The GOP can dis Obama all they want, it doesn't make their traveling clown show look any better. We can now expect vast sums of corporate money to prop up the campaigns of a sleazy Newt or Mitt, the bankster who pays 13.9% income tax on a $20 Million annual income.


Merrill Bender

If the conservative vote is really the majority of the Republican party and if you combine Newt's vote on tuesday with Santorum's and its still beats Romney, then why do pundits continue to say this is Mitt's to lose? He hasn't got 50% of the vote for his moderate establishment track record?

The establishment of the GOP is fawning over him when at best he is a RINO in the party and by policy and accomplishment a progressive.
Romney Care = Obama Care. Mitt is more qualified to be Obama's VP to replace Joe Biden then the GOP candidate.

T SMITH

Go Newt! Floridians stand up to the rino's and defeat romney with your vote. Get rid of the cowardly slime and vote Newt in to save this once great nation. He is the only one who can make the changes that we so desperately need. rOMNEY IS AS CROOKED AS OBUMMER. One proud SOUTH CAROLINIAN

T SMITH

remember people of florida, the polls had jimmy winning against President Reagan up until the voting began. Vote for the man who can do the Job not the one with the deepest pockets and the biggest lies. send him back to where he came from Newt is the best for the job and the country. Rino's make me puke and have no chance of beating the darkside

TechGuru

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COUP attempt against Gingrich

Newt did not take the REBELLION lying down.

Gingrich’s precipitous fall from power

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I first met Newt Gingrich 17 years ago at a Destin, Fla., fundraiser held in my honor ....


If, as Shakespeare wrote, what’s past is prologue — and it often is —


then Gingrich’s political history is particularly relevant now.


It’s a history I know well because I was there.....


Three years into his speakership, the man who helped draft the Contract With America began trying to undo some of that document’s key provisions. ...


In April 1997, Gingrich ... was ready to be a kinder and gentler Republican by negotiating away the very tax cuts that he had once called
“the crown jewels of the contract.”


Soon, conservatives were being pressured to vote for big spending appropriations bills.


In his final speech from the floor of Congress,
Newt Gingrich lashed out wildly at the same freshmen who had made him speaker — mocking us as cannibals ...


It was the last time Newt would attack
the most conservative members of his caucus
from the lofty perch as speaker.


In 1997, ten of my fellow classmates had
led a coup attempt against Gingrich,
shutting down the House over the speaker’s efforts to violate the Contract with America ....


Conservative stalwarts like Steve Largent, Tom Coburn
and Matt Salmon joined me and seven others
to demand a cut in spending and a promise to hold firm on tax cuts.


Newt did not take the rebellion lying down.
He immediately summoned the sergeant of arms
to drag the 11 rebels down to a Republican caucus meeting ...
where Newt lined us up in front of a packed room of seething House members ...
Gingrich then began screaming and demanded that the 11 of us account for our behavior.


As Steve Largent grabbed the microphone, ...
Steve spoke softly about how he signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks ....
A few years later, the NFL Players Association went on strike. But Largent told the mob, who were now transfixed, that he crossed those picket lines because he signed a contract and gave his word. ....
For Steve, it was a matter of principle.


Turning to the Speaker, ... Largent said, “Newt, you were the one
who drafted the contract and then told us to sign it.
Now, you’re the one pressuring us to break it.


But Newt, if I wasn’t intimidated by the thought of 250 pound linebackers
who wanted to kill me every time I crossed the field,
why would I be intimidated by you?”


And with that, the speakership of Newt Gingrich was over.


A year later, he would be driven from power
and sent into a political wilderness
from which he emerged 14 years later on a Saturday night in South Carolina.


Gingrich’s precipitous fall from power was the result of arrogance, ...
a fatal tendency to flit from issue to issue — and even from core conviction
to core conviction — in the seeming belief that if ....

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The Newt I know

By: Joe Scarborough 1-27-2012 POLITICO
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http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=926C15B6-0222-4ED1-B9DC-C88DE903A77A
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72084.html
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TechGuru

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Details unfold about
Gingrich’s Freddie Mac Role
 
Alana Goodman 1.24.2012
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New details are trickling out about Newt Gingrich’s role at Freddie Mac, and the latest reports continue to contradict his claim that he objected to the mortgage giant’s business model while serving as an advisor.

 
Last November, Gingrich’s campaign said that "on numerous occasions in meetings with
Freddie Mac, Speaker Gingrich advised that a business model that involved lending money
to people with bad credit and no money down was unsustainable and a bubble, and that
it was dangerous to buy securities made up of these mortgages."

 
But according to Politico, his activities weren’t just confined to advising and lobbying
on behalf of Freddie Mac. He also rallied an audience of Freddie Mac political action
committee donors in 2007:

 
New details from Newt Gingrich’s $35,000-a-year [ month ] contract with Freddie Mac
show that the Republican hopeful wasn’t just a boardroom consultant, but served as a
high-profile booster for the beleaguered organization.

He even gave a rallying speech to dozens of the group’s political action committee donors
in the spring of 2007.

 
Shortly after the "rah, rah" speech, as one source described it, Gingrich gave an interview for the Freddie Mac website, where he supported the group’s model at length.
The interview is no longer on Freddie’s site.

 
If Gingich was supposedly the internal critic of Freddie Mac,

what was he doing giving speeches to the group’s PAC donors?

 
The story doesn’t add up. Of course it’s possible that Gingrich brought up
his concerns at some meetings, but he gave no public indication that
he was trying to reform the group at the time. Everything that’s been released
has shown the opposite – him praising Freddie Mac’s business model and
trying to boost the group’s reputation.

 
Meanwhile, Reuters reported more details about the lobbying expert who
Gingrich says advised him back in 2000:

 
"He hired me to give him advice on state and federal lobbying requirements,"
[lobbying expert] Thomas Susman said.

 
"The subject matter," he added, "was simply to advise him and his associates in his business
what the lobbying laws were because he did not want to have to cross the line
to register as a lobbyist in any of those jurisdictions."

 
Which sounds like confirmation that
Gingrich hired an expert to avoid crossing the 20 percent threshold
that would require him to officially register as a lobbyist.
 

The drip-drip-drip will likely keep this issue in the news for awhile,
but it remains to be seen if Romney can make the controversy stick to Gingrich.
....

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Details unfold about
Gingrich’s Freddie Mac Role

Alana Goodman 1.24.2012

www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/24/details-gingrich-freddie-mac-role/
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www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71903_Page2.html
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www.nationalreview.com/agenda/285056/newt-gingrich-gse-model-josh-barro

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Gingrich hired an expert to avoid crossing
the 20 percent threshold that would require
him to officially register as a lobbyist.

www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/24/gingrich-admits-reddie-mac-lobbying/
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TechGuru

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Romney unloads on Newt
over debates, Freddie work
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Mitt Romney slammed Newt Gingrich for his role working for federal housing agency Freddie Mac [ .... ]


"You know, [ Speaker Gingrich ] is now finding excuses everywhere he can. He’s on TV this morning going from station to station complaining about what he thinks are the reasons he had difficulty here in Florida. But you know we’ve got a president who has a lot of excuses, and the excuses are over, it’s time to produce."
[ .... ]


"... I know how bad housing is here, how tough its been. You know that one quarter of all the foreclosures in America are in Florida? And you know how much home values have gone down.


And one of the greatest contributors to the collapse of housing here and across the country was government, and the intrusion of government into the housing market and the fact that you have Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae guaranteeing mortgages in some cases to people who couldn’t possibly pay them back, that contributed to the kind of crisis you’ve seen here.


And at the time some people were standing up and saying we need to reform the system, Speaker Gingrich was being paid $1.6 million to stand up and do what he did, which is to say these programs should continue the way they are. These institutions are fine.


The people of Florida have had enough of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and government interference and its time to get back to free market principles."


"So Mr. Speaker, ... Your problem in Florida is that you worked for Freddie Mac at a time that Freddie Mac was not doing the right thing for the American people. And that you were selling influence in Washington at a time when we needed people to stand up for the truth in Washington."

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Romney unloads on 'excuse-making' Newt
over debates, Freddie work

By MAGGIE HABERMAN 1/29/12 Politico.com
POLITICO's Reid Epstein reports:
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www.Politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/romney-unloads-on-excusemaking-newt-over-debates-freddie-112719.html
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San

I have worked for people like Mitt Romney in the past and I didn't like what happens. These people buy up companies that are in trouble. Once in power of these companies they try to fix things to resell and make a profit but most likely they rape the system by running accounts payable up with out paying any them. Next they make the receivables go up and pocket all of them along with workers retirement money before filing for bankruptcy. These people are ruthless and have no business in our government.
Newt is the only answer. Look at Newt's history as a leader with all efforts directed toward benefiting the country. Newt took nothing from Fannie and Freddie . Fannie and Freddie, as a government entity, paid Newts consulting company to consult and he did what he was paid for. That should be the end of the subject. If there is any fault, it should be with Fannie and Freddie if they mismanaged the money or contract.
I feel free that members in Congress that are voicing their dislike Newt now is due to their past working relationship where they were probably were asked by Newt at one time or another to get off their rear ends and do what they were hired "elected" to do in the first place. We all know they don't like that.
Vote for a leader - Vote Newt.

TechGuru

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Gingrich’s D.C. record: His Achilles’ heel?

By Jennifer Rubin 01/24/2012
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Just before the debate, Newt Gingrich released one contract with Freddie Mac for one of his years as an “historian,” as he likes to put it. But the contract reflects that he reported to the head lobbyist, in fact a registered lobbyist, Craig Thomas. Moreover, the contract is remarkably vague as to what he actually did for Freddie. ( The contract specifies that he was supposed to invoice Freddie with a description of services, but we haven’t seen any of those. They would be illuminating.) The contract says that he should provide services of the quality of other firms providing comparable service in Washington, D.C. (Since there are no “historian” firms, one can imagine the reference is to other K Street influence peddlers.)


What is most telling is what is not provided — contracts for other years of service, invoices or other documents that would reflect what he really did, and any support for the tale that his value was as an “historian.”


No wonder Mitt Romney pounced both in the debate and in a new ad. In the debate he repeatedly made the point that Gingrich got paid for singing Freddie’s tune while Floridians and other Americans got pummeled in the housing crisis. His ad piles on with references to his speakership as well:


Notice the quick segment at the end in which Gingrich refers to future plans with Marianne. That would be the wife on whom he was cheating with his current wife, Callista.


In the debate last night, Gingrich tried out a few excuses. He attempted to make his departure from the speakership seem voluntary. But Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) had him dead to rites last night; he was sanctioned for ethics violations and his colleagues did show him the door. He then tried exaggerating his own achievements during his four years as speaker, claiming credit for creating 11 million jobs. (He has not attempted to explain the government shutdown fiasco, for which he was directly responsible.)


On Freddie he again trotted out the excuse that Freddie and Fannie Mae are like “telephone cooperatives, rural electric cooperatives, federal credit unions.” This is poppycock, as Politifact points out:


We find no support for that and do find major differences in how they are created and operate compared with GSEs. Congress created Freddie Mac, as it does every GSE, by passing a specific law to bring it into being. Freddie Mac has stockholders and a direct line of credit with the U.S. Treasury. The term, Government Sponsored Enterprise, applies only to a handful of financial entities listed in the federal budget.


None of those characteristics apply to credit unions and electric cooperatives. Once again, we rate Gingrich’s statement Pants On Fire.


It remains to be seen how successfully both Romney and Rick Santorum will be in painting Gingrich as an ethically challenged creature of Washington. They certainly have a lot of material to work with. Moreover, when Gingrich tries to wiggle out of his own record he shows his worst qualities — self-aggrandizing ( he created 11 million jobs) delusional (a “historian” for Freddie) and dishonest (Freddie’s just like a credit union!). Rather than running ads with the accusations, perhaps Gingrich’s opponents should run ones with his excuses; they are as revealing and damning as anything others have said about him.

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By Jennifer Rubin

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/gingrichs-dc-record-his-achilles-heel/2012/01/23/gIQAB9tFNQ_blog.html
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TechGuru

________________________________________

Details unfold about
Gingrich’s Freddie Mac Role
 
Alana Goodman 1.24.2012
________________________________________


New details are trickling out about Newt Gingrich’s role at Freddie Mac, and the latest reports continue to contradict his claim that he objected to the mortgage giant’s business model while serving as an advisor.


Last November, Gingrich’s campaign said that "on numerous occasions in meetings with Freddie Mac, Speaker Gingrich advised that a business model that involved lending money to people with bad credit and no money down was unsustainable and a bubble, and that it was dangerous to buy securities made up of these mortgages."


But according to Politico, his activities weren’t just confined to advising and lobbying on behalf of Freddie Mac. He also rallied an audience of Freddie Mac political action committee donors in 2007:


New details from Newt Gingrich’s $35,000-a-year [ month ] contract with Freddie Mac
show that the Republican hopeful wasn’t just a boardroom consultant, but served as a high-profile booster for the beleaguered organization.


He even gave a rallying speech to dozens of the group’s political action committee donors in the spring of 2007.


Shortly after the "rah, rah" speech, as one source described it, Gingrich gave an interview for the Freddie Mac website, where he supported the group’s model at length.
The interview is no longer on Freddie’s site.


If Gingich was supposedly the internal critic of Freddie Mac, what was he doing giving speeches to the group’s PAC donors?


The story doesn’t add up. Of course it’s possible that Gingrich brought up his concerns at some meetings, but he gave no public indication that he was trying to reform the group at the time.


Everything that’s been released has shown the opposite – him praising Freddie Mac’s business model and trying to boost the group’s reputation.


Meanwhile, Reuters reported more details about the lobbying expert who Gingrich says advised him back in 2000:


"He hired me to give him advice on state and federal lobbying requirements," [lobbying expert] Thomas Susman said.


"The subject matter," he added, "was simply to advise him and his associates in his business


what the lobbying laws were because he did not want to have to cross the line to register as a lobbyist in any of those jurisdictions."


Which sounds like confirmation that
Gingrich hired an expert to avoid crossing the 20 percent threshold that would require him to officially register as a lobbyist.


The drip-drip-drip will likely keep this issue in the news for awhile, but it remains to be seen if Romney can make the controversy stick to Gingrich.
....

__________________________________________

Details unfold about
Gingrich’s Freddie Mac Role

Alana Goodman 1.24.2012

www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/24/details-gingrich-freddie-mac-role/
__________________________________________

www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71903_Page2.html
__________________________________________

www.nationalreview.com/agenda/285056/newt-gingrich-gse-model-josh-barro
__________________________________________

Gingrich hired an expert to avoid crossing
the 20 percent threshold that would require him to
officially register as a lobbyist.

www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/24/gingrich-admits-reddie-mac-lobbying/
__________________________________________

Jill

Newt Gingrich can not become President. A law should be written stating that fact. Why? BECAUSE HE'S NEWT FREAKIN' GINGRICH! Enough with this guy. It's over. It must be stopped. He is a sad little man who must just go away and write history books that revise American history to include himself. The world does not need or want Newt Gingrich in any position of power because that would be truly frightening.

http://mankabros.com/blogs/chairman/2011/12/13/newt-gingrich-america-is-seriously-f-cked/

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