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[Editor’s note: Below is the transcript — and video — of Newt and Callista Gingrich discussing their new film at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend in Palm Beach, Nov. 18-21.]
David Horowitz: This presentation is going to be made by Newt and his wife, Callista, who is his partner now in the wonderful films that they’re producing and the programs they’re putting on.
But I wanted to say a word about Newt to begin this. As you all know, I’m always talking about that Republicans and Democrats are not the same people with different views of issues. They’re different kinds of people. Republicans learn their politics in the Boy Scouts and Rotary Clubs and Chambers of Commerce. And they go to Washington to fix government. Democrats learn their politics in socialist children’s camps, socialist organizations, trade unions, which is the same thing; and apocalyptic crusades to save the environment.
For Democrats, politics is a mission to change the world. And when they lose, it’s like their lives are over unless they become college presidents and indoctrinate students and recruit them. Whereas for Republicans it’s a business activity.
My benighted state of California, which has gone to the dark side and stayed there for a long time — we had a a Republican senator, Pete Wilson. He became governor. He appointed a businessman to the Senate seat — he lost it. We now have Boxer and Feinstein as a result. We don’t have a statewide seat.
We just lost a gubernatorial election. How? Well, the Democrats ran somebody who got into politics when he began to walk. He grew up in a household of a Democratic governor. Even his sister ran for governor. He ran for governor [in 1976]; he won. Then he became Chairman of the Democratic Party, then he became mayor of Oakland. We ran a business executive who had never voted, until she ran for governorship.
I’ve known Newt for 20 years. And actually, it’s Newt who sought me out because Peter Collier and I had written a book called “Destructive Generation.” Newt understood politics the way the Democrats do — as a war conducted by other means.
We had a sit-down dinner with him. He didn’t tell me at the time that he was planning to take over the House and start, really, the second wave of conservatism. This is no longer the party of Bob Michaels, and Newt is responsible for that.
When Newt lost five seats, only five seats, he resigned as Speaker, as leader of the congressional party, for the good of the party and the good of the cause. But Newt didn’t go over to K Street and start a whole new business career. He stayed in the battle. I can’t keep track of all the things that he’s done, but he’s formed this organization, American Solutions. You see him, he has tried to do all the jobs that are necessary to defend this country and win it back. The policy — he has policies, he’s figured out the very complex problems that we face. But he stayed in the battle.
This is the most brilliant presenter of our case. You see him practically every night on television. He is the most visionary architect of the conservative future. And he is the most dedicated and courageous battler in the cause of freedom.
I am just privileged to have Newt here and Callista.
Callista Gingrich: Thank you. Thank you. Good afternoon and welcome. Thank you for coming to our screening of “America At Risk — The War With No Name.”
Newt and I would like to thank our producer, David Bossie; and our Director, Kevin Knoblock; as well as the entire team at Citizens United, with whom we produced this film.
“America At Risk” vividly reveals the truth about the dangers facing our country today, nine years after the attacks on 9/11. The stories shared by the victims’ families are heart-wrenching and highlight the powerful human impact that radical Islamism has had on our country. Unfortunately, radical Islamism continues to threaten America, as proven by the Christmas Day bomber in Detroit, the massacre at Fort Hood, and the car bomber in Times Square.
We made this movie because we believe America is at risk. And the dangers facing our country today are real and growing. It is clear that the freedoms we cherish are at stake. Yet today, Washington refuses to tell the truth about the war we’re fighting.
According to experts, many of whom you’ll see in the film this afternoon, we are at war with an enemy that the current administration refuses to identify and does not understand. If we can’t understand and accurately describe our enemies, how can we develop a strategy to defeat them? Only by being honest about our enemies in this war can America summon the clarity and courage to win.
We are long overdue for a serious global strategy in fighting terrorism and the ideology behind it. We must have the courage to tell the truth and to act on that truth. “America At Risk” is designed to begin an important and necessary dialogue about the threats we face today, in an effort to preserve a safe, free and prosperous America.
Thank you, and God bless.
Newt Gingrich: Let me, first of all, say that after David was done with that rather over-the-top introduction, I began getting excited about hearing from the person. And Callista leaned over to remind me it was me and not to get too excited. But it was a very generous introduction.
I also want to take just one moment — Callista and I both want to recognize Lauren Fleming, who’s a key part of the Citizens United team. And we’re thrilled that she’s here with us today and that she represents the entire team that David Bossie has assembled.
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