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Gingrich Promises Puerto Rican Statehood, Cuban Spring at Orlando Event

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ORLANDO — After keeping evangelical Puerto Ricans and bored Tea Partiers waiting in a half-empty church sanctuary for nearly an hour on Saturday, Newt Gingrich arrived at the Centro de La Familia in Orlando and promised to support Puerto Rico's bid for statehood; agitate for a Cuban spring; instruct Congress to repeal Sarbanes-Oxley, Obamacare, and Dodd-Frank; and personally shake the hand of—and take a picture with—every person in the room. 

Before Gingrich arrived at the center, Puerto Rican men in suits roamed the sparsely populated sanctuary and women wearing their Sunday Best gently fanned themselves with signs that read, "Don't believe the liberal media," while Chris Tomlin classics "Better Is One Day" and "We Cry Holy" trickled out of the PA system. The crowd came alive as Don Carlos Méndez, mayor of Aguadilla City, Puerto Rico, took the stage to introduce Gingrich. 

"I do believe that Newt Gingrich is going to be the next president of the United States," Mendez said, to wild applause. "And I do believe that Callista, his wife, Callista Gingrich is going to be a wonderful first lady. The best first lady ever!" 

Gingrich took the stage, shook Mendez's hand, and introduced a surprise endorsee, a "county commissioner" who wanted to "say a word or two." While Mendez's endorsement brought the house down, the second, supposedly more local one, resulted in a few lazy claps: The commissioner was from Longwood, which is not only not a part of Orlando, but not even in the same county. 

With endorsements out of the way, Gingrich got down to the business of bashing rival Mitt Romney for being in Wall Street's pocket. "My competitor on Tuesday has money power," he said. "There's no question on Tuesday he can raise more money from Wall Street than I can. What I want to have is people power. I want to ask each one of you to go out on Facebook, and Youtube, and Twitter, and on email, even by telephone and talking to people face to face—the old fashioned way," Gingrich said, because "this is a very important election."  

Gingrich then dipped his toe into policy, saying that repealing Dodd-Frank would "help housing get better literally overnight. It wouldn't get healthy, but it would get better." The real problem with Dodd-Frank, Gingrich said, is that people can't get housing loans. Perhaps if Floridians' chief problem were not repaying the loans they currently have, this proposal would have gotten some more applause. As it was, Gingrich went from Dodd-Frank, to Obamacare, to Sarbanes-Oxley without getting much applause (and absolutely none for Sarbanes-Oxley). 

The former House speaker struck his first chord by promising to support Puerto Rican statehood. "I want you to know that if the people of Puerto Rico have a referendum, and they vote for statehood, I will work with Congress to ensure that we work through that. I think in every way we have an opportunity here—I'm not urging people to vote one way or another, I think people in Puerto Rico have to make their own mind up—I will work with the governor and we will work with the Congress."

Perhaps under the impression that all Spanish speakers care about Cuba, Gingrich then promised to ignite a "Cuban spring."

"I find it amazing that President Obama can look east thousands of miles to Tunisia, Libya and Syria, but he can't look south 90 miles," Gingrich said (getting absolutely no applause from the largely Puerto Rican audience). "And I just think we've been far too slow and far too passive. You have my committment that we will work very aggressively and very directly in helping the people of Cuba, and also frankly in helping the people of Venezuela, where we have an opponent in Huge Chavez, where we need to do something to make sure he is not effective in undermining the United States." (This line got quite a bit of applause.)

Gingrich then laid out a case for not nominating a moderate, saying the GOP nominated moderates in 1996 and 2008. "I think frankly that Romneycare and Obamacare are so close together," Gingrich said, putting his left and right pointer fingers together, "that you could never distinguish them in a debate." 

"So I think we need somebody out here," he said, spreading his arms wide. From the crowd, a young Puerto Rican woman yelled, "That's you!" 

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  2. Does Newt know that the president has no role in admitting states to the union? Probably.

    1. Newt already believes the Presidency is equivalent to the Mandate of Heaven (at least when Team Red holds it).

      If he was ever elected President, he’d probably try to walk the Reflecting Pool.

      1. Wait… what?

    2. this is what makes Newt the right’s version of Obama – he believes that he is so much smarter than everyone else than he can say anything and folks will accept it as is.

      Policy wise, it’s time for PR to decide whether to be its own country or join the rest of us. The straddling needs to stop.

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  3. Of course, they’ll have to add another 9 states in order to keep the conferences and divisions equal.

    1. New Foundland? You originally wanted it. Please take it.

    2. Team Blue would like franchise rights to Baja California.

      1. No way. You would just fuck it up. Keep your greedy SEIU paws off of Baja.

        1. Hold off, both of you. We’ve got dibs on Baja as our new homeland (it’s just like our current crib was 65 years ago!) in case the unpleasantness around here gets a bit too much.

  4. More Titties fucking I see.

    1. “Newt Gingrich promises to put heavier loads on his tits”

  5. Gingrich then promised to ignite a “Cuban spring.”

    Gingrich seems to ignore the fact that Obama let the Arab Spring bus run through four countries before he tried to get on it.

    1. Should someone tell him that the Arab Spring resulted in dictatorships being swapped for different dictatorships, Libyan arms being sold to Hamas, and Black Africans being expelled from Libya?

      1. Quiet, you. You’ll interrupt the narrative. Now, pony up your taxes so we can send Egypt another few billion dollars.

      2. It was also the result of food prices exploding and people finally being hungry enough to do something. Ben Bernake, maker of the Arab Spring.

  6. Problem is, all the wannabe states are Democrat territory. PR’s not getting admitted unless a red state splits in half. Texas would be a good candidate as it’s too damn big as it is, but the legislature would never let it happen.

    1. Gingrich is just a nut.

    2. Texas would be a good candidate as it’s too damn big as it is

      ——

      Ridiculous. 🙁

    3. No. California would be better. There’s a bigger political divide between the coasties and inlanders. Not so much in te’jas.

  7. Is he sure Puerto Rico wants statehood? Right now they have the benefits, none of the problems.

    1. State quarters, ese. State quarters.

    2. They don’t have any representatives in Congress and don’t vote for president.

      1. Yeah, because we all know that voting matters and that each person’s vote is extra special and can totally make a difference.

        I, a registered California Republican, know all too well how my vote can change the presidential election.

  8. At this rate, he could even put his moon colony idea as a new state. Some peoples mentionned on this clip, it was a “jump the shark” moment.

    And I spotted 1 article who might be worth to read at http://www.unitedliberty.org/a…..ore-romney

    1. And an additionnal article from The Guardian about a Dukes of Hazzard star against Gingrich http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl…..t-gingrich

    2. SHEEEEIT!

    3. Newt’s moon colony is his grand solution to fixing the illegal immigrant problem. Newt was telling the truth when he said he doesn’t want to deport all of the illegals back to Mexico… because he wants to deport them to the moon.

      The moon will become the 21st centuries version of Australia!

  9. Herman Cain is endorsing…

    Newt!

    1. Everyone hates Willard.

      1. Seriously, I’ve heard some liberals call Romney “the most sane candidate left in the Republican race.”

        1. They are just concern trolling. When he gets the nomination that is not what they will be saying. Then he will be a crazy radical libertarian nihilist who heats his house with the blood of starving black children.

          1. For a republican, that is sane.

          2. When he gets the nomination, they will be claiming that there are actual differences between him and Obama, where as in fact, they will be the exact same candidate in all meaningful ways.

            1. I wouldn’t go that far. Romney doesn’t believe in the Green Unicorn energy crap. And Romney doesn’t have quite the contempt for the private sector Obama does.

              1. Dude, I’d be willing to bet Romney’s VP shortlist includes Gingrich. Once it’s “Romney-Gingrich 2012”, I think we can officially declare the Tea Party movement a complete and utter failure.

                1. He will take Daniels, Pawlenty or Rubio. He will never take Gingrich. He can’t stand the guy.

                  My guess is Pawlenty or Rubio. He may have bought off Pawlenty with a VP offer to get him to quit so early.

                  1. I think Romney’s main concern has always been electability. So, while Gingrich may not be his first choice, if the nomination is heavily contested going into the convention, I think Romney is capable of reaching out to the Gingrich camp to build a solid Republican coalition going into the general election.

                    1. I also think, as power-hungry as the dickweed is, that Gingrich is also capable of kissing and making up as his last chance to reach the Executive Branch.

                    2. Well if you really think there will be that kind of deal making, I would bet on Gingrich being promised something else for his blessing and input on VP. This might be the case particularly if Paul has a strong delegate base that the establishment has to figure out how to negate.

                    3. Well if you really think there will be that kind of deal making, I would bet on Gingrich being promised something else for his blessing and input on VP.

                      Hookers?

                    4. There aren’t that many people who are enthusiastic about Newt; he’s just the latest “not Romney and not Paul”. Tapping Newt for the veep slot isn’t going to win Mitt many votes among conservatives, and then you’ve got a borderline insane embarrassment of a man who independents hate tagging along with you till November.

                      Mealy-mouthed moderates like Pawlenty and Huntsman really don’t complement Mitt either. I really doubt any governors or freshman senators (like Rand Paul or Rubio) are going to want the VP slot either.

                      Santorum or Bachmann would be a definite possibility. Maybe Paul Ryan, if he’s interested.

                2. I’m still betting Romney-Santorum.

                  Mitney needs to give a sop to the Christcons.

        2. And to add more salt on the table, I spotted this article about Romney and the libertarians.
          http://www.unitedliberty.org/a…..an-support

          1. I am beginning to think that another Obama term offset by Republican control of Congress is both the most likely and most optimistic outcome. Given the Republican candidates, they just don’t deserve the White House. Paul won’t win the nomination, but he will be a thorn in the side of the establishment at the convention.

            1. juris imprudent|1.28.12 @ 10:21PM|#
              “I am beginning to think that another Obama term offset by Republican control of Congress is both the most likely and most optimistic outcome….”

              Winna!
              Who knows? We might actually get a “do-nothing” congress. And president!

            2. You don’t like Heller or Citizens United, do you?

            3. 1. SCOTUS nominations.

              2. GOP may lose Congress in 2014.

              3. BO 2.0 won’t be concerned about reelection and will be even more dangerous.

              4. The “message” to the GOP will be that playing to fiscal conservatism is a complete failure.

              5. Romney would be a much lighter regulator of the private sector than BO. And given all the empty shell bills Congress has passed in recent years, there is a ton of mischief the prez can do without the help of Congress.

              6. The GOP has been able to block anything they want in Congress for over a year now, and BO has still managed to do some of his most egregious damage during that time, by ignoring constitutional limits on executive power, filling in shell-bills mentioned above, etc. Four more years of that will not be good.

              1. You need to think longer-term Tulpa.

                Romney wins. He gets into power, dresses the windows. Our debt crisis happens and everything goes to hell. Media gets to blame it on baby-eating GOPers and most importantly the free-market fundamentalists that have been put in power by free-market lover Prez Romney. The Democrats nominate someone with Obama’s hatred of capitalism and who is much better political operator and doesn’t have a Tea Party opposing him anymore. It’s FDR II and that’s a hundred times worse than Obama’s re-election.

                1. The media blamed the “obstructionist” GOP for the economic disasters of 2009-10 when the GOP controlled neither house of Congress nor the presidency.

                  It will have no trouble pinning a hypothetical debt crisis on the “obstructionist” GOP if they control Congress when it happens. So your strategy requires handing the federal govt car keys completely over to the Dems and hoping the brakes go out while they’re driving. And hoping the media and the historian-industrial complex are honest afterward.

                  No sir, not a strategy for me. Maybe I’m just not a nuanced strategical thinker, but it always seems to be the best policy to try to get the best available candidates elected and then let the chips falll where they may. Leave the overcomplicated plans-within-plans to JJ Abrams and Frank Herbert.

                2. And I’m usually the wet blanket for apocalyptic predictions around here, but it’s quite possible that a second BO term would spell the end of America as we know it. Particularly if he wins reelection peddling the class warfare crap he’s peddling now.

                  1. Tony hated it, but he knows deep down the Occutards are capable of leading a massive, bloody revolt – and all they need is to continue to be pushed over the precipice by the likes of Michael Moore and Ed Goddamn Schultz.

                    1. Feck Ed Goddamn Shultz and the rest of those jabbering gobshites. Drink!

                  2. Those are all good points although I don’t Obama can do that. FDR was FAR worse and America survived him…with horrible after affects.

                    If Romney were to be forced into making concessions to Paul, I’d be down. Romney would also be the perfect front-man for (more) rational drug laws. Boring GOP White Mormom advocates MJ other drug decrim = instant mainstream. He could yet be useful to us…

                3. That scenario definitely worries me. I don’t see how we can avoid a major crash in the next five years.

                  Even if Ron Paul wins and cuts the budget by a real trillion, that will cause a recession.

                  And, of course, if anyone else wins, its trillion-dollar budgets until the bond markets collapse/the Fed overtly monetizes debt/very serious monetary inflation combined with brutal deleveraging/asset deflation.

                  The party in power at the time could well be vaporized. I won’t shed any tears over the corpse of the Republican party, but I’d rather not leave the OccuDem Party a clear field, either.

              2. 2. GOP may lose Congress in 2014.

                The only time the president’s party has made congressional gains in his 6th year was 1998 when the republicans were batshit insane with impeachment.

                3. BO 2.0 won’t be concerned about reelection and will be even more dangerous.

                Presidents 2nd terms are always weaker than their st terms.

                4. The “message” to the GOP will be that playing to fiscal conservatism is a complete failure.

                The GOP establishment will see that message in any result.

                5. Romney would be a much lighter regulator of the private sector than BO.

                There is absolutely no evidence to support this. Romney is a big government crony capitalist without any core conviction. Any regulatory rollback that he initiates will quickly be derailed by his rent seeking buddies and media sob stories.

            4. I am beginning to think that another Obama term offset by Republican control of Congress is both the most likely and most optimistic outcome.

              I came to that conclusion too.

              A Willard presidency would be horrible for libertarians-conservative. He’ll do all the same shit that Obama is and we’ll get blamed for the results. Kinda like the deregulation caused the bubble bullshit that progressives have successfully sold to the general public.

          2. From the link:
            “it would seem that Romney is the better option for libertarians.”

            Better than:
            Self immolation?
            Drinking hydrochloric acid?
            Playing Russian roulette?
            What?

            1. Presumably, better than Obama or Gingrich.

        3. As stupid as Republicans can be, they just don’t have that batshit insanity down like Democrats do.

          1. Are you serious?

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  10. Steve Sailer two days ago:

    This reminds me of when Newt Gingrich told House Republicans to vote for statehood for Puerto Rico to win over the Mexican vote. White people in Washington don’t really know much about Latinos, so they get worked up over wacky stuff.

  11. Newt’s tone-deafness stems from the horns tooting out how great he is.

  12. I wonder if the Conference of Catholic Bishops regrets supporting Obamacare now?

    Guidelines the Obama administration released as part of the implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stipulate that individual and group health insurance plans cover all FDA-approved contraceptive and sterilization procedures as preventive care. After evaluating public comments, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Jan. 20 announced that the contraceptive rule would stand.

    Nonprofits not providing the coverage because of religious beliefs will have until Aug. 1, 2013, to comply, Sebelius said. The rules offer an exemption for religious organizations, but Zubik said it was so narrowly defined that “Jesus Christ and his Apostles would not even fit the exemption.”

    Sebelius and the Obama administration “have said ‘To hell with you’ to the Catholic faithful of the United States,” Bishop Zubik wrote. “To hell with your religious beliefs. To hell with your religious liberty. To hell with your freedom of conscience. We’ll give you a year, they are saying, and then you have to knuckle under.”
    He called on Catholics in the Pittsburgh Diocese to “do all possible to rescind” the contraceptive mandate by writing to President Barack Obama, Sebelius and their members of Congress about this “unprecedented federal interference in the right of Catholics to serve their community without violating their fundamental moral beliefs.”

    1. Government-mandated abortion coverage is one of the better provision of the Affordable Care Act. At least if there is a hell, we can be sure the Federal Government is headed there.

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  14. If ever we needed the KKK, it’s right now, and it’s in the Oval Office, and it’s with a huge fucking barbed noose.

    Barack Obama must not be permitted to retain the Office of the President.

  15. Feck this. So Newt “Arsebiscuit” Gingri$h is “promising” Puerto Rico statehood. Sure, Newt…who running wouldn’t grant statehood to PR if they got off their butts and decided to take the responsibility of statehood along with all the freebies they currently get for doing essentially nothing? That’s supposed to be a big deal? I wanna hear which candidate WOULDN’T support PR statehood if the people voted for it. THAT would be news. Drink! Arse! Girls!

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  16. All actions towards Gingrich are from self-inflicted wounds. It’s so cute to see Gingrich being endorse by Perry and Cain. I’m sure Gingrich will watch with his own awe Perry’s “Deer in the head lights look” as he repeats “Oops” over and over again! And Cain’s endorsement reeks of complacency with Newton’s gregarious philandering. Gingrich – the defrocked speaker of the House, original godfather of government gridlock, two-faced philandering impeacher of Bill Clinton, fondler of six-figure Tiffany jewels and now in a dead heat with Romney? Not! I like the debates and wait for one or two go down in flames. This is bigotry and discrimination in America. This bigotry and prejudice is taught. From mother and father and friendships. It even emanates from our political leaders. Bigotry and prejudice are alive in 2012! Newton Leroy called Barack Obama the “Food Stamp President! Continuing with poor people should want paychecks, not handouts. In South Carolina, the center of bigotry and discrimination in the South as they still fly the Confederacy flag. His tactic in South Carolina smacks of the type of rhetoric used in his “Southern Strategy” and his “bread and butter” wordage bordering on racism. Romney and Gingrich sniping at each other proves how childish these guys are. Every politician running for any office any where in America should be held to the judicial standard of Voir Dire in every word they speak!

    1. Obama IS the food stamp president. The only folks who race in that are his dogwashers. When is it your turn to grab the bucket and sponge?

    2. And Cain’s endorsement reeks of complacency with Newton’s gregarious philandering.

      Nope,

      Cain figured out that the lying cocksucker Romney was behind the smears that drove him out.

    3. There’s a great campaign ad there: Loop Perry’s “oops” moment a few times, then show him endorsing Gingrich. Cut to some juicy Cain-denies-cheating bite, then to Gingrich’s ex saying he wanted an open marriage, then to Cain endorsing Gingrich.

      Hilarious. And, as a bonus, it would finish Perry and Cain.

  17. That dude jsut looks corrupt as the day is long.

    http://www.pc-privacy.tk

  18. this is what makes Newt the right’s version of Obama – he believes that he is so much smarter than all else than he can say anything and people will accept it as is.

    Policy wise, it’s time for PR to decide whether to be its own country or join the rest of us. The straddling needs to stop.

  19. Problem is, all the wannabe states are Democrat territory. PR’s not getting admitted unless a red state splits in half. Texas would be a good candidate as it’s too damn big as it is, but the legislature would never let it happen

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