By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Speaker Newt Gingrich spent Saturday campaigning in Alabama. His campaign had stops in Dothan, Robertsdale, Orange Beach, and Hoover. ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ was in attendance at the Hoover Winfrey Hotel where former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addressed 170++ supporters.
Speaker Gingrich told the enthusiastic crowd, “Barack Obama believes in the radicalism of Saul Alinsky. I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Barack Obama’s policies lead to unemployment and food stamps. I want policies that lead to job and paychecks.”
Speaker Gingrich said, “Barack Obama appoints people who are very confused about their jobs. For example his Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that international organizations supersede congressional approval. I believe if he believes that he should be fired immediately. I believe we want a Secretary of Defense of the United States and not a Secretary of Defense of the United Nations.
Presidential Candidate Gingrich said, “Barak Obama appointed a whole series of unconstitutional White House Czars I will sign an executive order to abolish every single one of them.”
Speaker Gingrich said, “It is very important to nominate someone who can take Barack Obama head on in a debate.” “We have to have someone who can articulate the things that are going on in this country. Barack is going to have a $billion. The only way we can beat him is to get him in the debates and show that Barack Obama combines being a radical with being incompetent.” “My goal would be to run an American election.” Speaker Gingrich said that Republicans need to “appeal to everyone of every background on some very basic issues.”
“Barack Obama believes it is ok to apologize to the people who are killing young Americans. As commander in chief I will never apologize to terrorists,” Speaker Gingrich said.
Speaker Gingrich said that he and President Obama want to “lead the country down two very different paths and I want to lead us down the path of constitutional self-government.” “In our system, power comes from God to each one of you personally. You are sovereign. You loan power to the government. Government never loans power to you.” “The Constitution begins ‘we the people’ not we the lawyers, not we the politicians, not we the judges, or we the bureaucrats.”
Speaker Gingrich focused his attacks on President Barack H. Obama but he did comment on his Republican primary opponents as well. “I like Rick Santorum personally.” “When we had a team Rick Santorum was a good member of the team. When I left the balanced budgets disappeared, the surplus disappeared, he helped pass Sarbanes-Oxley which was a disaster for the American People, he voted five times to raise the national debt ceiling, and he lost Pennsylvania by the largest margin of any sitting Senator in any state.” Speaker Gingrich said of Mitt Romney, “I think it is impossible to be the author of Romneycare and plan to debate Barack Obama over Obamacare.”
Gingrich said that when he was in the Congress, “I helped developed winning campaigns at a national level.” He said that under his leadership they increased the number of Republicans by 9 million, balanced the budget four years in a row, won the first Republican majority in 40 years, reelected the first Republican majority since 1928, cut taxes, reformed welfare, and passed the largest capital gains tax decrease in history, which created 11 million new jobs and brought unemployment down to 4.2%.
Speaker Gingrich said, “The 8.3% unemployment rates that came out yesterday is only 8.3% because so many people have dropped out of the workforce. It would be 10.8% if we had the same size work force we had when Barack Obama was inaugurated. The real unemployment rate is 19% when you count the people who are underemployed or who have given up. Young blacks have 43% unemployment.”
“We have a President who just doesn’t get it,” Speaker Gingrich said. “He is a genuine left winger.” Gingrich said that Obama suffers from cognitive dissonance. “That is when you believe something so strongly that you reject the facts.” “Barack Obama really wants expensive energy. His political advisors are telling him high gas prices are hurting him and he would like to get reelected” but he doesn’t do anything to increase domestic energy because of his ideology. “In 2008 his slogan was ‘Yes we can’ in 2012 his slogan is ‘Why we couldn’t.’
Presidential Newt Gingrich again extolled his energy plan: “I have been campaigning on an American energy plan that will free us from the Middle East.” “He (President Obama) could sign three things tonight that would help lower gas prices. He could sign approval for Keystone XL pipeline. That is 700,000 barrels of Canadian oil a day. He could reopen areas of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf as the Governors have asked him to do and that is 400,000 barrels of oil a day. Open up more of Alaska: 1.2 million barrels a day. 2.3 million barrels of oil a day 800 million barrels a year and that is just a beginning.” “He could also open up federal lands, he could open up offshore, and could change the rules to build new refineries.” Speaker Gingrich said that Barack Obama won’t do any of that. Instead “algae is his solution.”
“The President (Barack Obama) does this whole thing about drilling will not work, then he offers up his idea about algae. Two pages after he tells us drilling will not work he goes off about natural gas.” Speaker Gingrich said that there has been a revolution in natural gas technology. “We were going to bring liquefied natural gas from the Middle East.” Ten years ago we had 7 years of supply left. With new exploration and new recovery techniques we have over 125 years of supply and are developing plans to ship liquefied natural gas to China. 600,000 new jobs were created from developing the natural gas. “How does the President think we found the natural gas?” “On the one hand he is telling us that drilling will not work and then he tells us a story of great success that only occurs because drilling occurred.” Speaker Gingrich said that our natural gas success proves his case for $2.50 a gasoline. An 11% increase in supply of natural gas led to a collapse in the price of natural gas. “$2.50 a gallon is enough incentive to open up offshore or federal lands.” The price of gas “was 1.13 a gallon when I was speaker. It was 1.89 when Barack Obama was sworn in. There is no natural reason why gas price always go up it is supply and demand.” Increase supply and price will go down.
“North Dakota drilled on private land where Obama can’t stop it.” “They found 2500% more oil than they thought.” “North Dakota alone doubled the known reserves of the United States.” North Dakota now has 3.5% unemployment, 16,000 oil field jobs they can not fill, the North Dakota state government has had 7 consecutive tax cuts and they have a multi-million dollar rainy day fund.
Speaker Gingrich said that the guy who developed the North Dakota field estimated that “over the next generation we could generate $16 to $18 trillion in oil royalties” from developing Alaska, federal lands, and off shore to its fullest energy production potential.
Speaker Gingrich said if we could impose discipline on Washington, balance the budget, and put all the royalties into the debt repayment fund and in the lifetime of the younger people in this room we could pay off the entire debt of the federal government. It would strengthen the dollar, we would run a trade surplus and in one step take care of the Saudis and the Chinese.
“If you watch the news you will see that the Iranians are practicing closing the straits of Hormuz where 1 out of 5 barrels of oil flows.” “Any effort to close the straits would be an act of war and the end of their government.” “In the long run we want to be the #1 energy producer in the world, so we can tell the Chinese, the Indians, the Europeans, and the Japanese you have a problem with the Straits of Hormuz you handle it.”
Speaker Gingrich was introduced by his long time friend and Alabama Campaign Chairman State Senator Jabo Waggoner. Sen. Waggoner said, “If we win Alabama and Mississippi it is a new ballgame.” “This fall when he is on the stage with Barack Obama, can you imagine that guy standing toe to toe with our guy? Talk to your friends and family.” Sen. Waggoner told the gathering of Newt Gingrich supporter to make getting out votes for the Tuesday Primary a priority.
Rep. Jack Williams also spoke. “We are ready for no more years for Barack Obama.”
Saturday Speaker Gingrich received endorsements from B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott and former Gov. Fob James (R). His website is claiming that new polls show the former speaker leading in both Alabama and Mississippi.
Candidate for President Newt Gingrich will be back in town Monday for the Republican Party Presidential Forum in the historic Alabama Theater in Birmingham at 5:30. Senator Rick Santorum will also be there.
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