Newt Gingrich spoke at the Iowa Reagan Dinner on November 6th, 2011. Talk about a statesman, Gingrich is stepping up. He says among the Republican slate, he has no opponents, only fine competitors. “We have only one opponent, and that’s Barack Obama.” He took time to mention each of those in attendance by name, with an attribute that he sees as important.
“In my acceptance speech, if the President has not yet agreed [to Lincoln-Douglas-style debates], I will announce from that date forward for the rest of the campaign, The White House will be my scheduler and wherever the President appears, I will appear 4 hours later,” in reference to how Lincoln would follow Douglas until Douglas agreed to the debates.
No one has had a more powerful voice, or shown more courage year after year on warning America of the dangers of radical Islam, Syria and Iran, than Rick Santorum.
Michele Bachmann stood up to Republican leadership, with virtually no support, in the effort to repeal Dodd-Frank.
Rick Perry was Gingrich’s mentor on the importance of implementing the 10th Amendment. He agrees with most of Perry’s energy policy and looks forward to debates on the Flat Tax and 9-9-9.
Ron Paul has been consistently right to call for an audit of the Federal Reserve, for limits to their power, and the call for the return to “a dollar as sound as gold.”
Gingrich says the Republican House is working on a new version of his 1994 Contract With America, which is evolving and growing and will be released on September 27th, 2012, the anniversary of the original.
Here are some snippets from Gingrich’s excellent remarks in no particular order:
“I am the only candidate in this race, who at a national level, has balanced the budget four consecutive years, lead an effort across the system for the first tax cuts in 16 years, lead an effort which lead unemployment to drop from 5.6 to 4.2 percent and created a national majority for the first time in 40 years, and the first re-elected national majority for the first time since 1928.”…
“Then on October 1st, we’ll release executive orders which we will implement on day 1 of a Gingrich Administration. The first of which will abolish all of the White House czars as of that moment,”…
As your nominee, I will challenge Barack Obama to seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates of 3 hours each, with a time keeper and no moderator. I will coincide that he can use a teleprompter.
And I predict to you, and many of you will find this surprising, I predict to you in the end he will accept for two reasons. First, a matter of ego.How can a Harvard law review editor, the greatest orator in the modern Democratic party admit to being afraid to be on the same platform with a West Georgia College professor. The second, because I am a historian and I actually study history, and unlike President Obama I actually study American History. I know how Lincoln set up Douglas.” (hear more in the video)
In my acceptance speech, if the President has not yet agreed, I will announce from that date forward for the rest of the campaign, The White House will be my scheduler and wherever the President appears, I will appear 4 hours later.
Newt Gingrich at the Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner (video)