Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Surprisingly moderate-seeming Newt drops in on House

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Newt at the podium
  • Newt at the podium
Presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich must've gotten up on the right side of bed this morning because when he made a surprise appearance at the Gold Dome just minutes ago he was unusually non-partisan in a 8-minute speech, even giving props to the late Speaker Tom Murphy, a Yellow Dog Democrat if ever there was one.

Newt began his talk with a Bible reference, a Reagan reference, a plea for job creation and a plug for newt.org. So far, so predictable. Then he segued into our failed policies in the Middle East, but, instead of calling Obama "pro-Islamic," as he did the other day, he added, "and this is not just the current president; we've been sleep-walking since the seventies." Hmm, that's a change.

Then he pushed the notion of domestic oil and natural gas production, even plugging a "Democrat idea" by Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia that proposes profit-sharing between the federal and state governments.

After promising to send more federal dollars directly to the states if elected president and arguing that the U.S. should be tougher with its Middle Eastern allies, he reminisced for a moment:

"When I first won [election], Speaker Murphy lived about nine miles from me and had me in and actually gave me great advise. I probably would not have become Speaker of the U.S. House without the advice Speaker Murphy gave me. And so I've always looked fondly on coming back here. I look fondly very much on serving all of you. And I believe that what I learned here, representing Georgia, will serve me very well in the White House."

In all, a surprisingly gracious address, without a single word about Obama wanting to wage war on the Catholic Church or accusing the president of driving up gas prices.

Yesterday, Gingrich gave a speech at West Georgia College, where he once taught history. Tomorrow morning, he's speaking at a Cobb Chamber breakfast meeting at the Cobb Energy Centre. Will it help him win his home state on Super Tuesday? USA Today says yep; Politico says naw.

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