Gingrich: 'We should care about the very poor'

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  • The Politics of Listening A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 2, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    The former House Speaker is framing his so-called insurgent campaign as resembling that of Ronald Reagans run in the 1976 primaries against incument President Gerald Ford, who had never proven himself in a national election.

    The Michigan Republican was appointed vice president in 1973 after Spiro Agnew resigned, and Ford became president a year later when Richard Nixon resigned because of the Watergate crisis..

    The Journal wrote this about Gingrichs self-proclaimed Reaganesque strategy:

    Reagan didn't win the presidency until 1980. What he managed to do in 1976, though, was stun the political world by challenging his partys incumbent president and presumed nominee, Ford all the way through the primary season and into the national Republican convention, where he came tantalizingly close to winning enough delegates to claim the nomination.

    So Reagan decided to challenge Ford as the truly conservative alternative, much as Gingrich portrays himself today in the fight against Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts.

    Republicans in 1976 increasingly were split down the middle.

    WE THE PEOPLE are tired od Newt's corruption, and "crony capitalism."

    He's fired before he gets started.

    Mitt Romney

  • The Politics of Listening A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 2, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    This is the reason I voted for Mitt Romney in Florida.


    The Apocolypse has arrived. I guess Newt still wants to build a 5 star resort yet on the moon, and for security guards do more research and then development for "star wars." We know that Reagan is famous for preaching that helping the wealthy would help the rest of us, but since that time they did not create any jobs for the middleclass. In case Newt pushes for the new world order and wants more guns and much more deregulation's, he'll massively increased military spending, and never lower taxes with a balanced budget. Yes Newt should admit that Reagan was a pragmatic moderate. But "moderate" is the dirty name, it would let the cat out of the bag, of true American Exceptionalism" (aka) bow down to K Street and Wall Street Corporate sneakiness, outright-scams and con-games. Koch Brother's and ReaganBushClintonBush-villes economics, deregulated for kickbacks for the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist, in their "Field Of Dreams," (of corn and sugar cane), with more corruption, and "crony capitalism." What about Reagan's illegal immigration policy and Newt's?. Anarchy and a complete-collapse of Society with-Newt.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    @ David King

    Very well said!

  • David King Layton, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    "Republicans. The only time they care about the in sparring matches."

    Do you truly believe that? Or is that comment intended only to provoke? You can find no example of a Republican donating to charity or giving of his or her time to help the less fortunate? Is care for the poor irrelevant if it happens outside the realm of government force? Is lobbying for higher taxes the only way to care for the poor, or could there be private avenues that accomplish the same goal voluntarily and without the bureaucratic overhead? Let's be real. The vast majority of humans, irrespective of political party, care for the poor and struggling. You may disagree with their methods, but you shouldn't question their sincerity. Jesus told the rich young man to take all he had and give it to the poor. He didn't say, "Go lobby Rome for a more progressive tax structure," or "Give your money to the tax collector, who will distribute it appropriately". True charity and concern for the poor should be born of our own volition, and is most effective when individuals can apply their resources where they think is best.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    Hopefully people will read the entire quote from Romney, who does care about the poor. What he said was that the poor have support (a safety net) and help in the form of food stamps, medicaid, etc. Romney was saying that he also won't focus on helping the rich, because they don't need it.

    What he would focus on is helping the middle class because they have been hurt the most during the recession and the Obama years in office.

    The super poor and the super rich together represent a small minority. The majority middle class represents 94% of voters. So this is an appeal to a majority of voters. He just said it poorly.

    But I feel I know Romney's intentions, and his philosophy. He has my vote.

    I feel I know Obama's intentions and philosophy. He has to go.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 2:24 p.m.


    The only time they care about the poor...

    is in sparring matches.

  • N.C.Y. Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 2, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    If you care about the poor, strenghthen the middle class, it will open windows of opportunity for the poor. I think Gingrich just is trying to be a bully.