Special Report Online: Newt Gingrich
GOP presidential candidate takes Center Seat
- Duration 16:06
- Date Nov 8, 2011
GOP presidential candidate takes Center Seat
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Welcome to another edition of special report on line I'm Bret -- this is a special special edition of senator seat.
With former house speaker Newt Gingrich Republican presidential candidate answering your questions thanks for sticking around.
More -- rights bust a move mr.
speaker he likes that kicker.
When you were finishing with a wanna had to cut you off before the end.
He was asking you do you think that that's an issue do you how do you get to voters about personal baggage it doesn't matter -- -- -- -- -- -- -- She's did the thing he's describing is 31 years ago and I think we have to say to people lose I've been through a lot a lot of things in my life I'm 68 years old and grandfather.
I'm very very close to my wife very close to my two daughters in their husbands and very close my grandchildren.
And people to look at that total reality and decide is this a person I trust to lead the United States.
And so far.
We're having you know people say I've they they they look at me and look at what I'm doing and how I'm doing it and we have as you pointed out increasingly positive response.
The speaker just heads up this is a new record for online presence.
And when you.
-- congressman Paul as far as people logging online that's a significant feet Charles.
Let's go back to -- to foreign affairs.
The president has failed to negotiate.
An extension of our presence in Iraq we're going to be as accurately and in the end.
What is your opinion -- -- what that would do as president.
Course if you went and arms and be in 2013.
What would you do to reverse that if you think it's erroneous and where do you think we went wrong.
Well does have two very big different questions and first of all I believe.
That the whole challenge of radical Islamism has dramatically bigger and harder than we've been prepared to deal.
And I believe that across the whole reason -- -- I worries much about Pakistan.
Does that worry about Iraq and I worries much about Saudi Arabia as -- worry about Iran and Saudi Arabia -- the largest exporter of hatred.
On the -- and is about two billion dollars a year financing madrassas teach hatred.
And I think that -- just not only -- and so I saw the promise of the the first three things you have to do for national security.
Are you have an American energy policy that does explicitly designed.
To make through the straits of Hormuz less important.
And -- enable you to withstand whatever that program vacations are for policy in the region second to have -- science and technology policy.
And it was you pull away from Chinese as -- -- with the Japanese and ninety's.
And third to rebuild your manufacturing base so that we can we -- in media arsenal democracy those actually.
Domestic orientations to set the framework for foreign policy.
I believe that we the way I would describe this I think we've lost the third Iraqi war.
The first war was in 1991.
It took four days we drove him out of Kuwait.
The second war was in early 2003.
It took 23 days you broke the back of the regime.
Then Bremer for reasons that I frankly still don't understand decided that we would radically change Iraqi society.
We didn't have the force the will file power or the ruthlessness.
To radically change Iraqi society and this wasn't MacArthur and Japan after total war this wasn't.
-- in Germany after total war.
And and yet he undertook things we can't believe you watch the next few weeks the Shia are gonna go after the Sunnis.
I mean the second -- out of that country this year this is their first chance and hundreds of years you drank -- that as a result.
That I think unity yeah I think I think there's and there's no short term advantage for us being there so you're naturally thought -- -- -- trying to at least 3000 troops.
Was an invitation to a total disaster so you approve the agreement was the place with a -- -- -- -- -- I think we -- or -- If this president had been serious we'd be in a different place.
The fact is the surge worked the fact is we were on the edge of breakthroughs but you've -- -- -- of the finest military may be in history.
Surrounded by civilian instruments that are utterly incompetent.
And and so in this is true and Afghanistan it's true in Iraq and is an enormous difficulty.
The speaker a lot of questions online here about health care.
Mark from long boat key says if obamacare is found to be constitutional.
By the Supreme Court this term you were elected -- -- How do you repeal it when Republicans are unlikely -- -- -- veto proof majority in the US sent lot of different questions about health care.
What what's your take on that wellness.
First if you go to new donor -- look at my proposed 21 century contract with America the first -- to -- -- -- -- I think that'll be the campaign theme in September and October of next year.
One of our goals has to be to win a decisive majority in the senate.
I think we will either win 59 and sixty seats or will get close enough DPO one or two Democrats to go you.
And you simply have to do -- Reagan used to do which -- you educate the country.
The country brings enormous pressure on the congress and the congress in the end only follows a country -- the alternatives to be defeated.
There was a moment in the debate where you're an exchange with Mitt Romney and you said that he is Massachusetts Health Care plan was for more big government and he talks about.
Then he said -- we got the mandate idea from you and he said -- this is you -- from heritage.
And you and you said well yes but what what is your stance on the mandate.
And it's clear that up but.
Heritage Foundation and most conservatives including me during the period of the fight over -- we care.
Accepted the idea of -- mandate and gradually virtually everybody came to conclusion than a mandate doesn't work can park.
Because it means more and more and more government definition what are you mandating.
Which is exactly the point I was making -- and -- -- -- Now amend my action that would be okay I may once have been -- advocated I concluded I was wrong why hasn't he concluded he was wrong.
He concludes you're wrong wasn't on the grounds that it's bad policy.
Or that it's unconstitutional.
Well I'm not a constitutional lawyer but I believe that it is unconstitutional for the congress to require you.
To to buy something so in the senate and congress -- equated to anything right so you're saying in principle it's a terrible idea in print and even if it as of this policy network.
That's -- change for you.
Has a change there's no question is a change -- heritage punishment a lot of us in 93 as opposed to Hillary care thought that was a less destructive alternative.
The longer we -- that the more we conclude it was hopeless.
Let me ask you mr.
France and Germany have imposed austerity message -- austerity measures on -- but.
And people have asked about this and you your responses this is blackmail.
It that's harsh rhetoric for people who are trying to save Greece and that the idea is -- -- if Greece collapses that could lead to our global recession.
And yet here we you are criticizing allies who are trying to save Greece from you know the -- trying to save Greece.
They're trying to save themselves.
It must be -- let you have the -- attitude is reasonable.
The Germans occupied the world would do so all of the gold and never repay didn't they were paid -- a compound interest that would actually you were paying about human the Germans and to be so.
Greek attitude is -- -- more greet him and assuming my prediction zero collapses.
And I said this -- the -- was created you have you have a series of Mediterranean cultures.
Who believe in a particular style of life which they like very much.
You have a group of northern European cultures who believe me fundamentally different style of life which they like very much.
If you have hard enough money for Germany you crash -- if you have soft enough money for Greece you have hyper inflation in Germany.
Tell us just a fact what the Germans the French -- -- the -- is we want you to be good little Germans.
Now we're gonna cut that in my early this is a 13 cut in the standing.
Don't understand that we're Americans and we don't want a global recession it will negatively impact their fragile recovery so I don't understand why you would be attacking -- Well first off -- if there are a number of different things we -- Greece could leave the Euro zone -- could say you know.
Mean what when banks take a 50% reduction.
And are told that's not enough.
That and the other day they -- -- -- a reduction the first reaction really was Books-A-Million.
So I'm just I'm just suggesting to you this is a harder problem.
Nobody wants to solve -- the French and the Germans want to prop grease up long enough for their banks to survive what America and they like -- like the rest of survivor we would.
But I also think there's a point here after all of these years of them total -- to -- -- of bankers are now.
You shouldn't make loans you can't afford to lose.
Green eyed lady agrees with -- the Euro was dumbest idea since the pet rock Steve -- this event.
There's nothing and -- -- -- thing.
Seeing I have about 85 different questions I'd like to ask but I'm not feeling -- he can't go back in the weeds a little bit on health care and -- Charles and talking about incentives.
When you talk about a -- and you talk about your preferences.
On Medicare reform specifically you want to include.
For traditional Medicare is one of many options that people confused and and imposing premium support would be a bad idea.
What do you make of people who are saying that that's sort of analogous to what the president is trying to do with the government option in the broader mandate.
He's in the same thing if you're talking about incentives within a government structured program.
Wouldn't you have the same perverse incentives.
And what won't as far as -- structure.
You know -- -- a lot of different ways to build incentives prison for example.
Jeb Bush -- of Medicaid.
Created a series of incentives for people who have diabetes who have asthma that said if you take care yourself.
And you don't use the emergency room on your long we will give you part of the money you just saved us.
And they -- they found their their shock the poor people were very responsive.
And they change their behavior.
Okay so I I believe in markets I believe and transparency of costs and an -- and quality.
I think you ought to find ways to adopt better practices of lower costs and and I helped found the center for health transformation -- what hit me.
Why sit down -- speaker having chaired the Medicare task force in many -- and and military health -- is is nineties and before I was really intrigued I decided focus on two things health and national security.
Both enormously complex of both life and -- I discovered over -- health is -- ten times more complicated the national security.
And as I did I began to realize everybody in this city talks -- finance.
Nobody talks about the underlying how do you improve the health system.
So this half -- -- -- which I hope I hope he's just the process of bringing out a book on how people develop advanced directives from the end of life.
-- -- very caring way and a personal level where it's the doctor the family and the patient know Washington bureaucrat.
Saves a substantial amount of money because people when they talk it through.
Have a remarkable amount of common sense.
A lot of questions here -- -- about your tax plan and people.
A number of different people.
Type in that they want to know why yours is different and better and why.
You don't differentiate.
As much with other candidates.
You don't go after them I guess one of the guest says you seem like you're nice guy.
To all of the candidates how -- how are you going to differentiate yourself why is your tax plan different.
That's what the -- types.
I would say first of all -- presidential campaign was people start complaining that I'm too nice.
Is a historic event in his own right but you do that at bats you know you do that deliberately mean massively because I think we've got to remember -- the primary opponent this.
The media not enough.
That's -- sat there on the Obama.
But but if you if you think about it okay let's talk about -- my tax plan has two primary goals create jobs.
-- -- and empowering choice.
So to create jobs we have zero capital gains tax to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in the country a 100% expensing for all new investment will be a -- -- farmer doctor.
-- office you write -- equipment -- hear the twelve and a half percent corporate tax rate which is the Irish rate.
Which would probably deliberate about 700 billion dollars in profit -- of overseas the end of the death tax because it's fundamentally wrong to.
-- punish people who were consumed almost and a 15% optional flat tax model and Hong Kong where they've had an optional flat tax for the last.
Thirty or forty years and -- -- works pretty well.
-- you get to keep all your current deductions and all your current paperwork and all the payments to your -- or your attorney or.
You know it's a lot of very simple form.
With a very clear standard.
And pay a flat so it's sort of like governor -- but with different on -- -- but it's much more aggressive on the job creating sides and Perrier or Romney.
And but like period has a flat or solo minus his flatter and has a lower rate.
The speaker and I you have to go to another interview we do a quick lightning router -- finish up Charles.
Any sympathy with Occupy Wall Street and in -- that.
Who do you think is the main culprit in the financial.
Collapse the banks the government misguided policy or the Fed.
No I think I think the Fed played the largest -- starting in 98 in creating a series of inflated bubbles.
And sending monetary signals -- the lead people to grotesquely.
Over and over -- and if you're looking at is a story and as you said the Fed was the largest single corporate and number two.
Number two I think is the and it is actually the that the people who escaped -- which are -- the firms that do the analysis who fundamentally lied about the value of the put of the assets.
Any sympathy with the moderate if you like occupy wall -- enough -- Are enormous sympathy for the anger.
And I think anybody looking of this mass.
When when you realize that Goldman Sachs cut thirteen billion dollars to the back of managing with the Goldman Sachs secretary of treasury.
The Goldman Sachs chief of staff and the Goldman Sachs chief of the bail -- -- treasury always under bush -- There's not a partisan attack and -- and you look at that you think -- -- I'm I'm paying off my student loan I'm under water and my mortgage and Goldman Sachs had thirteen billion through the back door.
And and the bank of -- got five billion and a bank in Paris had nineteen billion.
And we've never had an auditing and accounting world when he went.
I don't mind he will be an angry they ought to be angry but but I'm not innocent right handed me -- -- and some comments some recent -- -- that -- I identify with a 100%.
The American tradition is that we're all in this together.
That all of this matter Henry Ford mattered and all the jobs he's created and all the opportunities for -- for -- creative matter.
Bill Gates matters and all the people who use all of his technology matter.
And I think this idea of 99 vs one is antithetical to the entire American system.
Can I get an agreement now I am still alive he's 54.
Speaking loudly we can hear it I'm adopted -- give me a stethoscope how I.
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