Newt Gingrich on 'Campaign of Solutions'
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
- Duration 9:07
- Date Nov 9, 2011
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
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Tonight we welcome to our senator seat former house speaker current Republican presidential candidate.
Newt Gingrich the speaker thanks for being here great to be here.
Well listen there are some in the Washington pundit arena who in the summer.
Said -- campaign was all but dead.
Some of the may have even been sitting on this panel.
Now you look at national polls.
USA today Gallup Europe to -- 12% currently in third place.
In the Des Moines Register poll.
You're at 7% although anecdotally in Iowa you're doing very well from the crowd size what is the path what is the path to the nomination.
What do you tell supporters out there who were questioned whether you have the support staff.
And the ability to make this happen well.
First of all this -- came close to not survive and so.
I think there was a period there when it was reasonable to wonder what was going wrong.
-- we've built a campaign of solutions -- -- at a -- dot org you'll see proposed 21 century contract with the Americans pretty elaborate -- most substantive.
Many campaign in view recent times.
And we are now methodically doing better and better.
People both from the debates and from the -- speeches.
Are responding very strongly were three major speeches in Iowa in the last ten days people just I think in -- recent news stories and I won all three.
Eventually we're there were multiple -- movements.
And we're seeing -- -- fund raising we've we've already raised.
Two million dollars in five weeks which is.
Almost as much -- isn't perfect -- almost -- -- -- -- campaign and it's accelerating.
Largely on line.
We're opening offices in Iowa New Hampshire South Carolina we -- have offices in Georgia and Florida.
And I think will continue to accelerate.
You have to win Iowa.
I -- of the top two or three in Iowa we have to be competitive in New Hampshire where Romney problem may -- be -- stronger state and country.
Either that -- Massachusetts.
Then we should you know our goal is to win South Carolina and then we want to win Florida and then from that point on.
Be in a very very competitive environment.
-- may depress you were asked about Paul Ryan's Medicare plan this is what you said.
I don't think right wing social engineering.
Is any more desirable than left -- social and -- I don't think imposing radical change from right to the left is a very good way for free society -- Prince Charles.
The radical engineering in that case I suspect was the fact of the Ryan plan would substitute existing -- -- For a subsidy.
Was -- government would give the subsidy for individuals to buy private insurance.
Romney's come out with a plan that incorporates.
When Ryan is doing that would add.
The alternative of keeping Medicare as it is that your position and is that.
Is that not radical social engineering or is it less radical social and.
You know you should go back and play David Gregory's question.
David Gregory says if there's a very unpopular plan.
You'd say Ryan if it's something about Eric Adams -- and now we know he said if there's something is very unpopular.
Should Republicans ram it through -- we have just lived through obamacare being rammed through.
My advice having successfully pass welfare reform headed by the way successfully reformed Medicare so well in 96 nobody noticed it.
-- balanced the budget for -- time year's growth -- -- your lifetime.
My advice is that you want to make sure people understand -- -- doing.
And they support it.
Now I actually do think Romney has improved and I and I suspect Paul and -- -- Romney has improved Paul's proposal because he does allow you to say.
You can take the money and stay in the current system.
Or you can go over and you can get the brand new is that your position what.
That's not but by but I wouldn't object to that that's a piece of it but it it it's a much larger question -- -- -- health care.
But there's a dozen other parts of that.
I would actually make that offer next year.
Claimed that I'd -- fine if if if the choices let's allow people.
To have the choice of a private sector insurance plan.
Which they buy and I would also is congressman Tom price does allow them to pay more of their own pocket as we want to.
You can go to a voluntary premium support plan this next year.
That is assuming you think people want it.
Now and -- people -- I think some people will want it I think a lot of people will be very cautious.
But I think imposing it is a real gamble.
And that's the radical social -- giving militant.
-- I think when you impose upon people no alternative.
About a plan they don't understand.
That they think is at the center of their life is very dangerous for any party.
speaker you started to drill here drill now movement through your group solutions now.
And I don't know if -- -- but over the weekend there were several hundred protesters outside the White House demonstrating against that keystone XL pipeline.
And you're aware of that than previously you -- pipelines.
Like Prudhoe Bay they've been spills accidents.
Do you have any reservations about backing up pipeline or more drilling given the bad track record.
First it was a very -- -- any Alaskan would suggest to them close the pipeline and in the any Texan would suggest to impose upon one's in Texas.
If you look at a map of the US who Wear their pipelines run this country it's astonishing how much.
Natural gas and how much oil we -- rooms country.
We would -- an extraordinarily safe record.
And most of it most of the allegations about the Keystone Pipeline I just plain baloney.
They have volleys and suppose a threat to an aquifer which is clearly -- -- impossible.
Is not gonna have.
So what the president is doing is the president doesn't want to make environmentalist man.
And he doesn't want to infuriate everybody who wants a job.
So in the middle of 9% unemployment he's doing exactly what he used to do.
When he was a state senator he voted present so you think -- basically on Prudhoe Bay and what happened around the golf and Oprah.
I don't know anybody in Louisiana who is an angry.
That that the president has crippled their economy -- -- over a 100000 jobs and and basically forced the major big deep.
Drills to leave you don't want when a company -- a report that says.
Because of political and -- states we're now moving to the Congo.
There is something profoundly wrong with an Obama station.
speaker -- stick with energy policy and play a clip from an ad that you start in just a couple of years ago.
We don't always see I -- I.
Do we -- No.
But we do agree our country must take action to address climate change we need cleaner forms of energy and we need them back.
That was striking hand for me -- -- I think a lot of Republicans around the country.
Is the earth -- and if so why has it warming and what is that urgent action we need to look for excellence for the dumbest Singleton have done.
And who -- this it is inexplicable.
As this though there's somebody uses a you know.
That there aren't enough.
Hay wagons to stand on -- to get people understand that -- seriously you can relax you know that was done we are being -- Nazis films.
Just don't I don't -- I was trying to do something I felt a bit.
-- -- -- I do think it's important for consumers to be in the middle of the debate over the environment I think and I think we can then I would welcome to maple.
-- contact with the earth outlining -- pro market pro entrepreneur or innovative environmental -- I'm safer -- volume into the and so much pension payments.
I actually don't know with a global wounds and current the vast majority the National Academy of Sciences and is Asian minorities says it is not.
Science is not actually voted on science is a function truth.
What I do know is that that if you look at exactly what was said in that had.
Finding innovative new ways of getting cleaner energy.
Ought to be something most Americans feel pretty comfortable out.
I guy testified against cap and trade the same day that I would testify in favor American solutions fought to defeated in the senate where part of defeating.
I do not think he should have a gigantic.
Central government model solution.
And I don't think you should spend going to join and nearly warming are now nobody backed Kenseth said look -- I'm an amateur paleontologist.
I wanna be averted -- -- -- -- The Earth's temperatures go up and down over historic -- over geologic times over and over again.
As -- has 111000 years ago the 600 years.
And for -- -- and ice -- in Europe.
Because there was no warm water coming up and then -- startup that nobody knows why quit nobody knows what start -- so -- I'm agnostic but what I'm saying I would sit all my concern difference.
Don't assume automatically the international academy of sciences is wrong it's in the national academy don't assume that a vote by renowned scientist is necessarily truth.