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The former speaker promised to reverse what he described as Obama’s “anti-American energy policies” by encouraging and allowing further use of the nation’s vast energy reserves. While generally respectful of the president and the office he holds, Gingrich reverted to a harsher tone on a couple of occasions.
He was very offended by Obama’s critical tone with regard to Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan’s proposed budget plan. The president said that Ryan’s plan would force many disadvantaged Americans, like those suffering from Down’s Syndrome or autism, to go it “on their own.” Gingrich called that assertion a “falsehood” and said that Obama demeaned the office of the president by fabricating such a yarn.
Gingrich was also very critical of Attorney General Eric Holder and the cozy relationship that Holder had with suspected terrorists before joining the Obama administration. Holder continues to pursue cases against intelligence professionals in agencies like the CIA, on the grounds that they violated the “rights” of accused enemy combatants. “Americans should be outraged that the people in agencies like the CIA who are working to protect us are being attacked by their own Attorney General,” Gingrich said.
There is no doubt that Newt Gingrich will be a force in the race to pick a Republican nominee for President. Whether or not this conservative icon can attract enough votes to take on Barack Obama remains to be seen.
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