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Gingrich still fighting
GOP presidential candidate comes out swinging in spirited Wilson campaign stop




Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came to Wilson on Saturday to ask Wilson Republican voters for their support and to let them know although he is the underdog he isn’t giving up his fight for the presidency.

"I want you to know that I am the last conservative standing in this race, and that I intend to be the last conservative campaigning in this race,” Gingrich said.

The Wilson County Republican Party held a kick off for the election Saturday afternoon at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Other candidates also stood before the crowd of about 400 people and talked about why they are the best person for the job in which they are running.

Many of the candidates present said Gingrich was good for helping to build the Republican Party in Wilson and in North Carolina.

Rick Santorum recently dropped out of the Republican race and Mitt Romney is considered the all-but-certain nominee. But Gingrich is still fighting. He tore through North Carolina on Saturday, also making stops in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh.

The primary election is May 8.

Gingrich talked about getting gas prices lowered, putting more money in the economy and not being beholden to the Middle East for oil.

 

GRADING THE PRESIDENT

Gingrich took the time to aim criticism at President Barack Obama and said he was troubled by the president’s understanding of America.

"National security really matters and that is why as your president, and as commander in chief, I would never apologize to a foreign radical while they were killing young Americans,” Gingrich said to applause and cheers.

Gingrich said he disagrees with Obama’s decision to apologize when Qurans were burned at a U.S. military base.

The burning of the Qurans sparked protests in Afghanistan and caused U.S. Muslims to question the actions of those involved.

"I thought it was profoundly wrong for Barack Obama to apologize to radical Islamic extremists while he was waging war on the Catholic Church and other right-to-life groups, and it made me troubled by this White House and its total lack of understanding of what America is all about,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich told the group the Qurans that were burned had already been defaced.

"As you will remember, the Qurans that were burned in that famous incident were actually Qurans that had already been defaced and mutilated by political prisoners who were using them to send out messages,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich said that the president should have called on Afghanistan religious leaders to condemn extremists who defaced the Qurans.

"Let me make a point, this administration has adopted as one of its slogans to that incident, ‘we will hold sacred that which others hold sacred,’” Gingrich said. "Now, I’m prepared to accept that. And I ask the president, does that mean we can put crosses back up? Does Obama pledge to honor that which is sacred to only radical Islamists? Or is he willing to apply it to Christians and Jews in the United States?”

Gingrich then said the president needs to withdraw all the anti-religious orders that are involved in Obamacare and respect the right of religious liberty in the U.S.

 

RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

Gingrich told the group he had just been the guest speaker at a National Rifle Association event and gave them a challenge.

"I said it wasn’t enough just to defend the Second Amendment,” Gingrich recalled. "There’s a worldwide effort under way to pass a small arms treaty that would ultimately be used to take away our right to bear arms. It’s not enough just to oppose that treaty. The Gingrich administration would propose what Chris Cox of the NRA called the Gingrich treaty.”

Gingrich said that the "Gingrich Treaty” would say that the right to bear arms is a human right that belongs to every person everywhere on the planet.

Gingrich said when the Declaration of Independence states "they,” and it talks about all men being created equal and endowed by their creator to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, "they” doesn’t mean just Americans, but all people on earth.

"It doesn’t mean we have to go out and enforce it,” Gingrich said. "But we have to at least advocate it.”

He said the Founding Fathers were in favor of the right to bear arms for a practical reason.

"They weren’t college professors of some tenured Ivy League university living in a fantasy land,” Gingrich said. "The English knew how to deal with rebellion. But they had never faced Americans who were armed and organized in a militia.”

Gingrich said the Founding Fathers believed having the right to bear arms was a natural right.

"None of the other rights are enforceable, if you are disarmed,” Gingrich said. "This is not about hunting. This is not about skeet shooting. This is a political right at the center of defending your liberty from tyranny.”

Gingrich said if you consider the predatory gangs in the heart of Africa, those gangs would behave different if every village they entered had the right to bear arms.

"I’m arguing that we should communicate to the world that American values are universal,” Gingrich said. "We are not subordinate to the United Nations. We are not going to bow to some foreign ideology. We are not going to have federal judges who believe the Constitution is obsolete. And we’re not going to have secretaries of defense who say that we don’t need the rule of Congress as long as some foreign government or some foreign agency say its OK.”

Gingrich said that Leon Panetta is secretary of defense for the U.S. and not the United Nations.

"If that’s not good enough for him, he should resign,” Gingrich said.

 

THE INTERVIEW

In an interview with The Wilson Times, Gingrich said he represents two things that would help Wilson if elected.

"First, I’ve helped create jobs twice, 11 million new jobs with Clinton, 16 million new jobs with Reagan and so I have a job creation program that would be directly helpful,” Gingrich said. "Second, I believe that what I’m doing in energy will bring the price of gasoline down to under $2.50. (That) is important for folks in communities like this who have to drive a fair distance to work. Having less expensive gasoline really matters.”

High energy prices also drives up the price at the grocery store.

He said what he would do with jobs and gasoline would put more money in the pockets of Wilson residents.

Gingrich said he is in favor of hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. Some states have residents who say during the process of fracking their well water leads to polution, Others believes it’s an untapped source of energy and economic growth.

"Obviously we would have to study fracking to make sure that it is not a serious problem,” Gingrich said. "We have to be concerned about fracking. But I think we ought to do it from a scientific basis.”

Gingrich said low-cost health insurance must be found that allows people to purchase policies.

"We can do it, probably by letting them to buy in as a group, rather than by small business or by individual,” he said. "In addition, we have to find new ways to allow doctors to provide very low services – possibly by giving them tax breaks if they are willing to take care of people on a charitable basis.”

Gingrich said his message has a positive answer on jobs and a whole range of issues that offer new voters a chance for a better future.

 

REACHING OUT

Gingrich went to Parker’s Barbecue in Wilson to meet and greet patrons there.

He didn’t eat there, but was given a package of food that included traditional eastern North Carolina barbecue.

One group of patrons said they weren’t necessarily happy to see Gingrich but very surprised.

Bess Knopp said she doesn’t believe Gingrich’s promises of lower gas prices.

"He has no authority over OPEC. He can’t make that decision because that’s between OPEC and the New York Stock Exchange,” Knopp said. "And as far as jobs, I want to know what he’s going to do different. He can say it and that’s fine, but what’s his plan?”Knopp said she is tired of hearing the complaints about the president when he walked into the presidency during a financial collapse of the world.

Lorri Remmert said she would have loved to ask Gingrich how he can talk about morals when his record doesn’t show he has lived that way.

 

janet@wilsontimes.com | 265-7847
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Real Deal said...

Newt Gingrich came here to defend marriage. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The Truth said...

Newt Gingrich is a large man with a lightweight brain. His ideas flutter like confetti.

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:31 PM
twindad said...

Newt Gingrich went to his (then) second wife and said the only way he would stay married to her is if she would agree to an "open marriage" (i.e., havin sex with anyone he wanted to). When she said now, now we are ready to pronounce that Newt Gingrich has "returned to Christ".
Hollerlooyeah!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM
Wilsonian said...

If this story was about the Republican kick-off why is it that only Gingrich is interviewed and talked about? There were numerous local politicians that were there to meet and answer questions yet this entire story is about one person. Other stories in today's paper highlighted responses from democratic candidates running for local office yet this reporter chose to focus only on one republican contender who has nothing to do with Wilson. Having been unable to attend the rally, I'd really been hoping to read about all that went on, not just one candidate who does not fully represent all factions in the republican party.

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM
Manuel Little said...

Only people who follow morality perfectly can talk about MORALS (morality)? That's a strange thing to say. That would mean NO ONE can talk about morals. In fact, someone who has seen the physical consequences of immorality can better speak about the necessity of morals. Don't be a Pharisee.

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:04 AM
REGISTERED DEMOCRAT said...

A NEWSPAPER SHOULD PRINT NEWS, NOT OPIONIONS THAT THE WRITER WANTS TO SHARE. I'M SURE THERE WERE SOME POSITIVE COMMENTS AS WELL AS THE ONES PRINTED AT THE END OF THIS PIECE. I AM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, BUT WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR ANY DEMOCRAT THAT SUPPORTS THE NATIONA PARTY. (EXCEPT FOR MAYOR ROSE, THE OTHER 3 ARE A JOKE)


Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1:34 AM Morals?!?! said...

Well, Ms. Remmert does your poop stink? I think so. Or, maybe, Gingrich's stinks more than everyone elses simply because we give ourselves a pass and throw rocks at everyone else. What Gingrich did was wrong, but you clearly haven't kept up with him to know that he has been quite faithful to his current wife and has openly shared his struggles and return to faith in Christ. Oh, but wait, maybe we should sit on our thrones and deem his words bonk simply because we don't like him personally. That is so much better (sarcastically speaking).

Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM cindi pate said...

HATED you ended it with three negative statements from the public and didn't print one positive comment (I find it hard to believe that here in the South there was not one person who supported a man that was there for a REPUBLICAN Party Kickoff) - Newt is the only Conservative in the race...He could do better than Mitt and much better than the socialist we have in office now.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM citizen2 said...

In order to bring gas prices down the plan would be to "marginalize" speculation and open up ANWR and other federal lands for drilling. The ideas and plans are out there but regulation is holding production and jobs back. I give Gingrich credit for his persistence to present his ideas and his attempt to educate others.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM
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