Newt Gingrich

(Newton Leroy Gingrich)

Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
  • Born: June 17, 1943
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Newton Leroy Gingrich is an American politician who served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. A member of the Republican Party, he was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district from 1979 until his resignation in 1999. In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the presidential nomination of his party.

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New York Times Mr. Gingrich's injunction represents the worst of American political discourse, which reached a low during the dispiriting presidential campaign of 1988. Then, more than ever before, negative argument displaced reasoned discussion about how a nation might best be governed. The sound bite reigned. Attack commercials flourished. The signs this year aren't any better. Evidence that negative campaigning can come back to sink the sender has had little impact. The races for governor in California and Texas have already seen the same slash and burn. No doubt the proceedings will grow more rabid still as November nears. Negative discourse serves democracy poorly. The temptation to avoid serious debate is already great. It increases as the stakes soar and slander becomes a rewarding, easy option. The issues of the day go untended. The whole affair takes on the character of the gladiator's art. The GOPAC glossary [{35756}] may herald a descent into even lower levels of discourse. It comes blessed by a politician of some influence—the Republican whip in the House—and it is intended for candidates on the state level, many of them presumably running for the first time. Even though Mr. Gingrich himself may not have seen the list before it was mailed, this is a disturbing document. The nakedness of the GOPAC offering also makes it useful. There must be limits to the negative politics that voters will bear; the bald appeal to invective will certainly probe those limits. For now, it should be said that some adjectives in the glossary aptly describe the glossary itself: shallow, sensationalist, and, yes, shame(ful).
Barry Goldwater … talks too much.
Lee Howell ... a bloodthirsty partisan who'd just as soon cut your guts out as look at you.
Nancy Lee Johnson Representative Gingrich failed to exercise the discipline and caution of his office and so is subject to penalty today.
Michael D. McCurry The Speaker the last time I checked, is probably one institution in American political life less popular than the IRS.
Peter T. King Newt Gingrich is road kill on the highway of American politics.
Molly Ivins I used to think that James Kilpatrick and Barry Goldwater were really conservative, but now we’ve got people to the right of them. They want to use government to be punitive.
Robert Reich Early childhood education packs a real wallop in terms of the return on the investment.
Brantley Harwell I personally think that Newt is amoral when it comes to politics. He'll do anything to get elected.
Colbert King Admiral General Gingrich
George Will Newt Gingrich can bring the two parties together like no one else. They will be together against him.
Mark Shields Newt Gingrich has incredible intellectual flexibility. He has been on both sides of almost every issue.
Patricia Schroeder If Olympia Snow and I were talking together on the floor of the House, Newt Gingrich would send his boys over to tell her to get back to the Republican side of the aisle.
William Schneider Gingrich’s violation of House rules was not an inadvertent error. It was a systematic pattern of deception, carried out with hubris and defiance over several years.
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[We have to make] a distinction between dangerous violent criminals and people who are engaged in non-violent criminal activities….Your taking somebody out of the economy, breaking up their families, and putting them in a place with hardened criminals. I think that it is pretty hard to argue that has been a positive long-term result. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
A generation of entrepreneurs will mop up poverty at a rate that no government ever could. Poverty
A mere forty years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about. Freedom & Liberty
A President in a sense is an elected kingship. Media, Journalism & The Press
Adolescence is a failed 19th century idea. Families, Children & Parenting
Aid corrupts. Foreign Aid
All politics is not local. All politics is personal. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Americans are instinctively grandiose. Miscellaneous
Being Speaker [of the House] is hard work. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Children are not ‘those children’; they are our children. Discrimination & Prejudice
Civilizations are a matter of the mind. Miscellaneous
Class warfare is a necessary requirement to be a modern certified liberal. Liberals & Conservatives
Congress can’t discipline itself. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Congressmen are not bribed anymore. They simply have a lot of friends who are willing to help them out whenever they find it necessary. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Congressmen take an independent oath to protect and defend the Constitution. They work with the President; they do not work for the President. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Do something good and you won’t make page one. Find something bad and you might make page one. Media, Journalism & The Press
Even when you’re in charge, you’re not sure who’s in charge. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
He’s not a real president…He is a false president. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am inclined to believe dictators. Not to is dangerous. Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I believe in peace through strength. I would prefer to rely on the military rather than diplomats to protect our homes. War & Peace
I believe that [Bill] Clinton is the best tactical politician, certainly in my lifetime. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't object to polarization if it achieves an objective. Political Parties & Machines
I regard most of my speeches as opportunities to teach rather than traditional political speeches. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I think that the mother killing the two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things. The only way you get change is to vote Republican. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I was not a presider; I was a leader. Leaders & Leadership
I’m a hawk, but I’m a cheap hawk. I want to cut the Defense budget by 20 percent. Budgets & Budgeting
If the United States were attacked by rockets from one of our neighboring countries, we would be a lot tougher on them than Israel has been on the Palestinians. When we were attacked, we sent an army abroad and took over Afghanistan from the Taliban. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If you destroy the middle class for the sake of the economic institutions, you guarantee instability and danger. Miscellaneous
In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins. History ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins. And if the cliches continue to ring true when the party governs, then that party and those cliches can change history. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
In this cold and ruthless city [Washington DC] the center of hypocrisy is Capitol Hill Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Incumbents have too much power and challengers have too little opportunity. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Is supply-side economics finished? Only in the sense that General George S. Patton's army was finished in Germany in May, 1945. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
It doesn't do us any good to get paper agreements that collapse. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is more dangerous to be black in America. It's both more dangerous because of the crime ... but it is more dangerous in that you're substantially more likely to end up in a situation where the police don't respect you or where you could easily get killed. Race & Race Relations
It will do all of us good if every child begins to learn that they’re endowed by the Creator and, by the way, so is the person next to them … So if you’re a rapist, the person you’re raping is endowed by God. Miscellaneous
It's more dangerous to be black in America...If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don't understand being black in America, and you instinctively underestimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk in a way that you have to be corrected. Race & Race Relations
Liberals are the enemy of ordinary Americans! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
None of these guys in Silicon Valley would be very rich if you take away government funding for science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
None of us should sit in judgment in the way that anyone else practices his religion. Freedom & Liberty
One of my goals, is to make the House co-equal with the White House. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
People are going to come after you. They're not going to let you stand there and look pristine. Miscellaneous
Performance artists in a free society have the right to do the most extraordinary and bizarre things. That’s called ‘Freedom of Speech.’ Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Practice whatever the big truth is so that you can say it in forty seconds on camera. Media, Journalism & The Press
Raising taxes kills conservatives. Liberals & Conservatives
Representatives of Congress come to Washington representing their districts, but they don’t necessarily understand the complexities of the world. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Republicans are not going to replace left wing social engineering with right wing engineering. Liberals & Conservatives
Science and technology is going to change every day for the rest of your lives. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Science is the engine that drives the economy and drives national defense. Defense & National Security
Self government is the hardest thing that people can do other than fighting a civil war. Democracies & Republics
Social Security is the widest accepted contract in our society. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Social Security is unequivocally the one contract the country is overwhelmingly in favor of. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Sometimes you have to defeat your enemies—not just talk to them. War & Peace
The advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world. Freedom & Liberty
The American nation cannot reach across the planet and pick the leadership of other countries. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The first answer to having a healthy middle class is having a healthy economy Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The House of Representatives is the center of power of the most powerful nation in the world. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The idea that every subcommittee of Congress gets to question the [cabinet] Secretaries as often as they want to is an extraordinary waste of time. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The possession of knowledge has always been dangerous. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The press would rather cover a chanting demonstrator than cover the Speaker of the House. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
The Saudi funding of Wahabism and terrorism throughout the world has get to be met head on. Terrorism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The swamp doesn’t want to be drained. You have to be careful not to be sucked in. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The United Nations is a failed institution in its current form. United Nations
The Washington press corps is all too often the Praetorian Guard of the left. Media, Journalism & The Press
There are many people who would rather lose with what they are comfortable with than changing and doing what it takes to win. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There are two things we don’t like to talk about: bad government and bad culture. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
There is $2.6 trillion spent in Washington, with the authority to regulate everything in your life…. People will spend unheard-of amounts of money to influence that. Regulation & Deregulation
This [the Bush administration] is a print administration, not a television administration. Media, Journalism & The Press
This is the classic fight between the moderate Republicans who try to get to the middle by compromise and the conservative Republicans who try to create a new middle by driving the left away. Political Parties & Machines
This is the most dangerous summit for the West since Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in 1938 Arms Race & Disarmament
To change history you have to have very simple goals. History
To say that a millionaire son of a Black deserves a preference over a poor White is pure madness. Discrimination & Prejudice
Unemployment payments are now made for 99 weeks. That is the time it takes to get an Associate’s Degree. Establish the principle that we do not give money away for doing nothing. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Unlike his immediate predecessor, he is not a man whose word can be his bond. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Virtually all the civil servants voted for Hillary. Those who refuse to enforce the lawful instructions of the new administration should be fired, and we should understand that if you go to the Environmental Protection Agency, you are dealing with a very substantial population of fanatics, who are going to do everything they can to undermine Trump. We don’t have to tolerate people we pay undermining the people we elect .
We don't want to get rid of Medicare in round one because we don't think it's politically smart .... But we believe it's going to wither on the vine. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We should execute 27, or 30 or 35 people at one time. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
We’re trying to create the first democracy in the Arab world. Defense & National Security
We're [Congress is] a little like Sears Roebuck or any other consumer oriented company. We have a wide range of people who want our help, and we have a steady increase in customer service. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We're now married to the world. But we keep acting like we're on a big date. Foreign Trade ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We're prepared to place our trust in the people to reshape the government. Our liberal friends place their trust in the government to reshape the people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What I reject, out of hand, is the idea that by 5 to 4 Supreme Court judges can rewrite the Constitution, but it takes two-thirds of the House and two-thirds of the Senate and three-fourths of the States to equal 5 judges. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
When the President picks up the phone and calls the Prime Minister, what does it mean to be an ambassador? Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When you’ve changed the budget, you’ve really changed the government, and until you change the budget, you’ve just talked about changing government. Budgets & Budgeting
Whichever side looses is horrified at the outcome. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
You can’t give people enough pork to make them happy about a failure to reform. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
You can’t have a corrupt lobbyist if you don’t have a corrupt Congressman or staff member…. It’s a team effort. Corruption
You cannot be the arsenal of democracy if you don’t have an arsenal. We must build up our manufacturing base. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
You don’t know today which country is going to matter in three years Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You have to approach life every morning either as a victim or as an opportunity. That is a big psychological difference between liberalism and conservatism Liberals & Conservatives
All unemployment compensation should be tied to a job training requirement. Now the fact is, 99 weeks is an associate degree.
An energy tax punishes senior citizens, it punishes rural Americans, if you use electricity it punishes you. This bill will increase your cost of living and may kill your job.
And by the way I don't object if people want to attack me, that's their right. All I'm suggesting that it's not going to be very effective and that people are going to get sick of it very fast. And the guys who attacked each other in the debates up to now, every single one of them have lost ground by attacking.
And my point was one I think that you'd agree with, which is there's no room in America for a black racist, a Latino racist, or a white racist, or an Asian racist, or a Native American racist. Now, we're either color blind or we're not color blind.
Frankly, Governor Romney in his career has created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about it.
Have you heard a single national figure tell you all of the crises of the recent past are not economic, they're cultural?
I believe we are now in a struggle over whether or not we are going to save America.
I believe we will elect a new President in 2012.
I discourage a cult of personality. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. Families, Children & Parenting
I think every religious person should have a deep sense of respect for other people's religious documents and religious symbols just as we were deeply opposed to the Taliban destroying the two historic buddhas which they blew up. So I think we ought to all oppose burning the Koran. Respect
I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. Nature
I think to close half of Magic Kingdom for the purpose of a White House invitation town hall meeting on a phony main street on behalf of a phony president just strikes me as weird.
I will continue to find ways to help poor people find a job, get a job, and learn someday to own the job.
I will focus on being substantive and I will focus on Barack Obama.
If the Obama administration is this afraid of Glenn Beck, how do they deal with the Iranians?
If the Soviet empire still existed, I'd be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.
If you're not brave, you're not going to be free.
I'm going to be the nominee. It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee.
I'm not a natural leader. I'm too intellectual; I'm too abstract; I think too much. Leaders & Leadership
Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.' Wouldn't they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism.
In the middle of a recession no tax increase is justified because it kills jobs, and any tax increase is a job-killing measure and should be defeated.
It is time we passed a balanced budget amendment and return this government to limited spending. Time ;Government
My theme is going to be: Together we can win the future. The right policies lead to the right results. And I'm going to argue that President Obama will lose the future because the wrong policies lead to the wrong results. Future
Now, I know among the politically correct, you're not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable.
One morning, just like 9/11, there's going to be a disaster. I have yet to see the United Nations do anything effective with either Iran or North Korea. Morning
Only the elites despise earning money. Money, Coins & Minting
Part of why the Tea Party so deeply threatened the elite media is the tea party looked around and suddenly realized, there are more of us than there are of them.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Politics and war are remarkably similar situations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
President Obama has created at least three jobs that I know of - Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, and Scott Brown.
President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history. I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history. History ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Should the Catholic Church find itself discriminated against by the Obama administration on key delivery of services because of the bias and the bigotry of the administration?
So I'd be quite happy to have a three-hour Lincoln-Douglas-style debate with Barack Obama. I'd let him use a teleprompter. I'll just rely on knowledge. We'll do fine. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Surely the President can agree with us, that theft from government is not good. I know it's bold. It's out on the edge. I know from a Chicago-Springfield background it's hard to fully grasp that honesty could be part of government. Government
The bigotry question goes both ways. There's a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side. None of it gets covered by the news media.
The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument. Money, Coins & Minting
The most important social welfare program in America is a job.
The secular elites are so terrified of telling the truth about radical Islam. When you talk about the radical Islamists, we have got to get straight and get serious and talk about it in the right way. Truth
The time has come to tell the truth about the corruption of the government employee unions in this country. Truth ;Time ;Government
We don't we agree that litigation reform to lower the cost of healthcare would be a good starting point?
We tried to have diplomas without learning, we tried to have jobs without work, we tried to have houses without savings, we tried to have government without responsibility. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We're all human and we all goof. Do things that may be wrong, but do something.
We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future. Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism. Future
What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority. If voters care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots.
Without Jimmy Carter we might not have gotten Ronald Reagan, without Ronald Reagan there would probably still be a Soviet Union.
You can't trust anybody with power. Trust ;Power
You have to give the press confrontations. When you give them confrontations, you get attention; when you get attention, you can educate.
You know, modern liberals are just, I think frankly, totally off the deep end... their only answer is to yell racism and hide.