Gingrich: Democrats are ‘the party of food stamps’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (AP)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is advising Republican candidates on November’s ballots to frame the choice for voters between Democrats as “the party of food stamps” while selling the GOP as “the party of paychecks.”

With a month to go before the election, Gingrich brought his branding effort to Minnesota on Wednesday. He raised money for Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer and the state GOP during a private fundraiser.

He told reporters later that Republicans can campaign as the party of opportunity.

“Most Americans would like to get a paycheck,” Gingrich said. “Most Americans would not like to be forced to have food stamps handed out by liberal Democrats.”

Gingrich is considering a run for president in 2012 and is about to head off on a 12-city “Jobs Here, Jobs Now” tour with stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Iowa and Wisconsin, among other places.

Gingrich this week distributed a memo to Republican hopefuls saying they should use the final month to stress tax and spending cuts as a way to spur job growth while attacking Democratic policies as detrimental that effort.

He blamed policies by a Democratic Congress and President Barack Obama‘s administration for pushing the number of people receiving food stamps to historic highs. U.S. Department of Agriculture Data show 41.8 million people were on government nutrition assistance programs in July, up from about 32 million when Obama took office.

“It’s perfectly fair to say they are earning the title of the party of food stamps,” he said. “By contrast, we have historically since Ronald Reagan of 1980 been the party of job creation.”

Hari Sevugan, press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, said Democrats are pulling the country “out of the deep ditch” the current administration inherited from a Republican White House.

“Under Republican economic policies, nearly 800,000 Americans lost their job every month,” Sevugan said. “Under Democratic economic policies, we are adding jobs every month. That’s the choice.”

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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4 Responses to "Gingrich: Democrats are ‘the party of food stamps’"

  1. Paul  October 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Yeah, Dem’s have added many people to the Food Stamp dole. People who wouldn’t need them in the first place if it weren’t for the damage caused to the economy whilst Newt’s party had control.

    I hope Newt does run in 2012. His claims to honesty, integrity and family values would be of infinite comedic value.

  2. woody188  October 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Hey Newt, what was that Contract with America you tore up after getting elected all about? How many wives have you had? Didn’t you support alongside Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay the Northern Mariana Islands minimum wage of just $3.05 per hour even though they are a commonwealth of the United States?

    No Newt is good news.

  3. Thomas Bonsell  October 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    It would be more honest to say the GOP is the party of delusion.

    Look at facts.

    Since the Great Depression, every Democratic administration has produced jobs greater than every GOP administration.

    Gingrich’s praise of Ronald Reagan is bull tikki. In the 12 years of the Reagan-Bush the Daddy reign about 18 million new jobs were added. That is not much more than population growth would have produced if government did nothing and amounts to about 6 million per term. In Jimmy Carter’s one term, more than 10 million new jobs were created; a result 67% greater than the Reagan-Bush thing.

    Carter lowered the poverty rate to the-then historical low rate of 11.4% (Clinton got it down to 11.3%). Reagan-Bush handed a 15.1% poverty rate to Clinton.

    On nonjobs issues, Carter lowered the debt-to-GDP ratio to about 32%. Reagan-Bush passed a rate of more than 65% to Clinton.

    I remember comments on this site about a year ago praising voters in Virginia and New Jersey for turning to Republicans on economic issues. So why aren’t the economies in those two states outperforming the economies in other states by now?

  4. Matthew  October 11, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Let’s all keep in mind the Carter administration created the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 prompting banks to yield high risk mortgages to low income borrowers. Let’s remember how the Clinton administration further bolstered the CRA and thus promoting the housing market bubble.

    Face it, progressive liberal politicians and lobbyists create thier own fortunes from organizations like ACORN who take federal dollars from our income taxed hand, (away from hard working Americans) and subsidize the lazy peoples of this land of opprotunity. Many people have legitament problems that require a helping hand. But know this, the more you give the more they take. The more liberals spend the more they need to raise taxes. This current congress just increased their own spending budget to over a trillion dollars annually, not to mention passed healthcare over-welmingly opposed by the people. These bills are written by lobbyists! They are robbing us blind! Companies will rather choose fines and penalties rather than increase healthcare spending for their employees. Then people will be “FORCED” to enroll in a single-payer system from the federal government. And to fund this federal healthcare, taxes will raise and more of our own money will be taken from us. We work to eat and provide for our families, and Lord willing, extend charity to our countrymen and women, but sooner or later, our taxes will increase to 50% or more, up to 100% to fund government handouts. That my friends is communism.

    Every single American being born today will each be lawfully forced to account for over $43,000 from their first breath.

    We have allowed policticians in this country over the decades to systematically spend us into financial slavery. We are free men and women. We MUST demand an end to Washington’s disgraceful spending, or we will collapse.

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