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Gingrich Refers to Obama 'Bigotry' and 'Dishonesty' in Suwanee

The former U.S. House speaker describes his plans for jobs and energy independence. He also calls Georgia important to election success.

Updated 9:16 a.m., Feb. 19, 2012

Newt Gingrich worked with the Clinton administration when Gingrich was U.S. House speaker. He does not see any similarities in the administration of Barack Obama.

Asked Saturday in Suwanee to compare those administrations, Gingrich told Suwanee Patch, "You can't. ... President Clinton had a streak of practicality. He had been a governor ... he was used to negotiating with the legislature. ... (Obama) tries to dictate everything."

Gingrich was just as critical of Obama during his speech to about 400 people at Collins Hill High. He criticized what he called "bigotry" and "dishonesty" of the Obama administration. (See the attached video and Patch coverage of Gingrich's appearance in Forsyth County.)

"You can't put a gun rack in a Volt." -- Newt Gingrich (see attached video).

And referring to the president's policies on national defense, Gingrich called Obama "the most dangerous president in modern American history."

Gingrich's speech followed a meeting of the Gwinnett Republican Party. At that meeting, Ron Paul won a straw poll, and Gingrich finished second. Also Saturday, Gingrich spoke at a rally in Forsyth County before heading to Suwanee. At both rallies, Gingrich was accompanied by Atlanta-based businessman Herman Cain, who ended his presidential bid last year and threw his support behind Gingrich.

In Suwanee, Cain said his ideal job in a Gingrich administration would be as a "senior adviser in charge of nothing."

Gingrich, an Emory University graduate and former West Georgia College professor, made it clear that his former home state is crucial to his presidential hopes. The state has 73 delegates that will come into play on March 6 (Super Tuesday).

"I need your help," he told the Suwanee crowd.

Regarding his criticism of Obama's defense policy, Gingrich said the president has cut the defense budget "that guarantees that America will be at risk."

"(Obama) refuses to tell the truth about people who want to hurt us."

Energy independence also was a strong point of Gingrich's speech. Stressing his record as U.S. House speaker, he said he feels a gasoline price of $2.50 is "realistic."

He referred to North Dakota as a state that has done well in developing oil reserves. The state has "25 times more oil than people thought 20 years ago."

As a goal of energy independence, Gingrich said that "no American president would ever bow before a Saudi king."

J.E. Ogburn February 19, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Let me get this straight....Newt Gingrich is calling our President dishonest? Anyone else see the sheer insanity in this?
Chris King February 19, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Whatever Gingrich. You are a cheater and no better says www.sci-burr.com.
Huge Bullbone February 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I guess my previous comment about Newt telling his Georgia folk what they think they want to hear rather than telling them what they NEED to hear was deleted as "inappropriate". Historical truths and facts have NO place in the Patch. Now it's time to go with the image so as not to adversely affect ad revenue. Sorry, my bad.
Jackie Marianne February 20, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Was he at Collins Hill looking for his next wife?
Lynn Griffeth February 21, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I find it kind of funny and sad to hear Newt trying to squirm on top of the slimy rock that he is under right now and has always been since I knew him at West Georgia. He'll try any way he can.

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