During the CNN/Heritage debate, Gingrich said he would bomb Iran’s nuclear facility then replace its regime. He also advocated the US stop giving billions of dollars in aid to countries like Pakistan who claim to be our friend when they are our enemies. Pakistan sheltered Osama bin Laden for over 5 years. Gingrich said Pakistan should earn its aid by proving it’s a real partner in the war on terror and providing US with real counter terror intelligence.
During his time as Speaker of the House, Gingrich balanced the federal budget, reformed welfare and forced President Clinton to govern toward the center. Fact not fiction, even though left wing media fantasizes otherwise. On debt reduction, Newt derided Obama and Congress for creating the deficit reduction Supercommittee, calling it a “dumb idea” and doomed from the start because how 12 members be anointed as to be the super negotiators who supplant the opinion of the rest of the 435 members of Congress. As he said, “Congress didn’t do its job.”
What could be an Achilles heel for Gingrich is immigration. During the recent CNN/Heritage debate, Gingrich surprised liberals and conservatives alike by responding to a question on immigration reform, "If you've been here 25 years and you've got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out."
To many conservatives, picking an arbitrary number of years for illegal immigrants to live in the US to qualify for earned citizenship appears to be a slippery slope towards endorsing carte blanche amnesty for the 11 million people living illegally in this country. Gingrich will need to explain his position more fully to ease some conservatives anxiety over his initial comments.
But despite this shortcoming, Gingrich is truly the only adult on the stage among the GOP contenders. As the New Hampshire Union Leader put it “Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate” but he has strong convictions, courage and is “best equipped for the job” of President of the United States. This is more than we can say for Obama or Romney.
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