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Newt speaks to 4,000 people in The Villages, FL

January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012

Gingrich respalda la estadidad

January 29, 2012

Gingrich respalda la estadidad

Por José A. Delgado / jdelgado@elnuevodia.com

WASHINGTON – La campaña de Newt Gingrich afirmó ayer que ningún aspirante a la Casa Blanca ha hecho un compromiso más contundente con impulsar la estadidad para Puerto Rico en el Congreso que el exspeaker.
“Si la gente de Puerto Rico decide que quiere ser un estado, trabajaré activamente para ayudarles a negociar el proceso de admisión a Estados Unidos. Le daré la bienvenida a esa decisión, pero no les diré lo que deben decidir”, dijo Gingrich el viernes, en el foro de la Red de Liderazgo Hispano, según el vídeo del evento celebrado en Miami (Florida).

“Esa es la misma posición que mantuve como presidente de la Cámara de Representantes”, agregó Gingrich, al indicar que está dispuesto a trabajar con el gobernador Luis Fortuño, quien tenía previsto regresar al atardecer de ayer a San Juan después de respaldar a Mitt Romney en Orlando.

El puertorriqueño Javier Ortiz, quien asesora informalmente a Gingrich en las primarias presidenciales republicanas, resaltó que el exspeaker sentó la pauta en el foro hispano del viernes en Miami y habló antes de Romney.

Romney también dijo que promoverá la estadidad en Washington si gana el referéndum local de noviembre.

En 1997, Gingrich se unió como coautor del proyecto del republicano Don Young (Alaska) que impulsó terminar con el actual status y promover que los puertorriqueños decidieran entre la estadidad y su soberanía política.
La medida fue aprobada por la mínima diferencia (209-208) el 4 de marzo de 1998 en el pleno de la Cámara baja, pero fue engavetada por el Senado. Ahora, según una entrevista que concedió ayer a Univisión Radio, cree que el proceso de status debe ser reglamentado, como hizo el gobierno de Fortuño, en San Juan.

En Orlando, mientras, Carlos Méndez, alcalde de Aguadilla y presidente del Partido Republicano de Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico, oficializó ayer en la tarde su respaldo a Gingrich.

Gingrich tuvo un conversatorio en la institución Centro de la Familia de Orlando y Méndez le presentó al público. En privado conversaron sobre la posibilidad de que Gingrich vaya a Puerto Rico el 17 de marzo, en la víspera de la primaria presidencial republicana de la Isla.

“Tiene mucha experiencia y debatirá muy bien con Barack Obama”, dijo Méndez, en entrevista telefónica, quien estuvo acompañado por otros boricuas, incluido el empresario John Regis, quien está a cargo del comité de Gingrich en la Isla.

En la entrevista de ayer con Univisión Radio, Gingrich, quien ha sido claro en que bajo la estadidad el Gobierno de Puerto Rico debe funcionar en inglés, sostuvo que su intención es ayudar a los estadistas, si ganan en noviembre, a ver “bajo qué circunstancias pueden ser admitidos”.

El estratega Ortiz recordó además que en 2005, Gingrich se declaró a favor de la estadidad en una audiencia de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos en que se discutió el caso de Puerto Rico en las Naciones Unidas.

“El pueblo de Puerto Rico, y los puertorriqueños que viven en Florida, tienen la evidencia de que Newt está totalmente comprometido con el pueblo”, dijo Ortiz, quien tiene una estrecha amistad con el exspeaker Gingrich.

Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich in West Palm Beach

January 29, 2012

Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich in West Palm Beach

By ALEXANDER BURNS |

Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich for president in West Palm Beach Saturday, calling him the right person to address the “crisis of leadership in the White House.”

“I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States,” Cain told the cheering crowd here. “Speaker Gingrich is a patriot. Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas. And I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage-grinder– I know what this sausage-grinder is all about. I know he is going through this sausage-grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America.”

Cain’s support is a welcome development for Gingrich at a moment when his Florida campaign is working to regain traction. Cain had a decent-sized following in the Sunshine State before he dropped out of the 2012 race, and the endorsement will certainly draw plenty of free-media airtime.

How sizable Cain’s following is now – after a fairly ignominious withdrawal from the campaign – is another question. Many of Cain’s voters may already have settled on an alternative candidate without the former pizza executive’s help.

Cain joins something of a rogues’ gallery of ex-presidential candidates to back Gingrich in recent days: Rick Perry and Fred Thompson have also gotten on board with his campaign. And while Sarah Palin hasn’t exactly endorsed Gingrich, the 2008 vice presidential nominee has made supportive comments about him on television and urged South Carolinians to vote for him in order to keep the primary going.

All that adds up to quite a bit of conservative signaling on Gingrich’s behalf. If voters on the right fail to coalesce behind him on Tuesday’s primary, it won’t be because no one told them to.

Why Newt’s the Best Candidate to Beat Obama

January 27, 2012

Michael Reagan: Newt Gingrich is a Reagan Conservative

January 27, 2012

State of the Union – extended cut

January 26, 2012

State of the Union 2012

January 25, 2012

FACT CHECK: Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

January 25, 2012

FACT CHECK: Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

| Associated Press

WASHINGTON – It was a wish list, not a to-do list.

President Obama’s array of plans in his State of the Union speech was light on a key piece of context — namely, that his hands are so tied until after the election that it is doubtful many if any of them can be done in the remainder of his term. There can be little more than wishful thinking behind his call to end oil industry subsidies — something he could not get through a Democratic Congress, much less today’s divided Congress, much less in this election year.

A look at Obama’s rhetoric Tuesday night and how it fits with the facts and political realities of the day:

OBAMA: “We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”

THE FACTS: This is at least Obama’s third run at stripping subsidies from the oil industry. Back when fellow Democrats formed the House and Senate majorities, he sought $36.5 billion in tax increases on oil and gas companies over the next decade, but Congress largely ignored the request. He called again to end such tax breaks in last year’s State of the Union speech. And he’s now doing it again, despite facing a wall of opposition from Republicans who want to spur domestic oil and gas production and oppose tax increases generally.

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OBAMA: “Our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a government program.”

THE FACTS: That’s only half true. About half of the more than 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage through the health care law will be enrolled in a government program. Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, will be expanded starting in 2014 to cover childless adults living near the poverty line.

The other half will be enrolled in private health plans through new state-based insurance markets. But many of them will be receiving federal subsidies to make their premiums more affordable. And that’s a government program, too.

Starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to carry health coverage, either through an employer, by buying their own plan, or through a government program.

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OBAMA: “Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.”

THE FACTS: Economists do see manufacturing growth as a necessary component of any U.S. recovery. U.S. manufacturing output climbed 0.9 percent in December, the biggest gain since December 2010. Yet Obama’s apparent vision of a nation once again propelled by manufacturing — a vision shared by many Republicans — may already have slipped into the past.

Over generations, the economy has become ever more driven by services; not since 1975 has the U.S. had a surplus in merchandise trade, which covers trade in goods, including manufactured and farm goods. About 90 percent of American workers are employed in the service sector, a profound shift in the nature of the workforce over many decades.

The overall trade deficit through the first 11 months of 2011 ran at an annual rate of nearly $600 billion, up almost 12 percent from the year before.

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OBAMA: “The Taliban’s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.”

THE FACTS: Obama is more sanguine about progress in Afghanistan than his own intelligence apparatus. The latest National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan warns that the Taliban will grow stronger, using fledgling talks with the U.S. to gain credibility and stall until U.S. troops leave, while continuing to fight for more territory. The classified assessment, described to The Associated Press by officials who have seen it, says the Afghan government hasn’t been able to establish credibility with its people, and predicts the Taliban and warlords will largely control the countryside.

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OBAMA: “On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs.”

THE FACTS: He left out some key details. The bailout of General Motors and Chrysler began under Republican President George W. Bush. Obama picked up the ball, earmarked more money, and finished the job. But Ford, which Obama mentions as well, never asked for a federal bailout and never got one. It’s managed to get along on its own. Also, as part of its restructuring, Chrysler is not really a U.S. automaker anymore. Italian automaker Fiat now owns a 30 percent share, and it will eventually go to 51 percent under terms of the U.S. bailout and its bankruptcy restructuring.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/24/fact-check-obamas-2012-state-union/#ixzz1kTr79ypb

Newt Gingrich Response to State of the Union

January 25, 2012

Newt Gingrich Response to State of the Union

Coral Gables, FL – Newt Gingrich released the following statement responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

We have a crisis of work in this country and tonight President Obama proposed nothing in the way of policy changes that will get us to robust job creation and dramatic economic growth.

Instead, the president described his conviction that his big government is built to last and should be paid for with higher taxes.

But bigger government and higher taxes will not lead to jobs and growth. Bigger government and higher taxes will instead lead to more people on food stamps, a situation which the President and his party defend as a fair outcome.

Here we have to confront the truth about President Obama. Economic growth and prosperity is not really at the top of his agenda. He will always prefer a food stamp economy to a paycheck economy and call it fair.

For the president and a large part of the political class, it’s about their power, their right to rule. They just want to take money from Joe the Plumber – the small business people who makes over 90 per cent of the new jobs — and redistribute it to the government bureaucracy and their political friends and allies. That’s why so much of that nearly trillion-dollar stimulus didn’t create jobs but just went into the pockets of special interests who support President Obama and the leadership of the Democratic Party.

No better example of this exists than in the crisis of American energy. President Obama and his political allies – not of few of whom love living in energy inefficient houses or driving gas-guzzling luxury vehicles – openly admit they want gas prices to remain high so that the rest of America will learn to live more modestly. They think it’s good for rest of us. Only recently, the president canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline that would have created countless new jobs and helped America on the way to energy independence because he wanted to appease the far left of his party. And yet not a single word on the Keystone XL pipeline tonight.

To create jobs and growth in this country, we must start with dramatic tax reform that lowers taxes and maximizes capital investment and job creation. We must return to a dollar as good as gold whose purchasing power is the same in thirty years as it is today. We must dramatically expand American energy production. We must have smarter regulation at the same time we abolish destructive and costly regulatory systems beginning with Obamacare,Dodd-Franks, and Sarbanes-Oxley. And finally, unlike the current administration, we must have faith in job creators.

With these policies the state of the union will be much better. They will create an explosion in job creation and lead to robust economic growth and a return to prosperity. Furthermore, a paycheck economy will put us on a path to balanced budgets and paying down our national debt.