The Romney and Gingrich campaigns, and their super PAC supporters, waged a fierce battle during the GOP primary. However, Newt Gingrich fully supports Romney in the general election campaign against President Obama.
Gingrich, and his wife Callista, took the stage Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. As he often did during the campaign, Newt Gingrich harkened back to the days of Ronald Reagan. Together, Gingrich and his wife also hammered President Obama’s policies and compared him to another failed Democrat commander-in-chief: Jimmy Carter.
Newt: It’s striking how President Carter and President Obama both took our nation down a path that in four years weakened America’s confidence in itself and our hope for a better future.
Callista: Both weakened the respect for America abroad; both increased government programs, filled with waste and inefficiency that failed to produce results; both made promises they couldn’t keep; and, as a consequence of ineffective policies, both were unable to revive our economy and create jobs.
Newt: For example, both crippled American energy production when there were better ways to develop and use our abundant energy resources.
The Romney plan for North American energy independence is exactly the kind of bold, visionary leadership Reagan believed in, and it’s what we need now.
Callista: The Reagan presidency also teaches us that there is a better way to put Americans back to work, create millions of jobs and help every American achieve success. The Reagan program of tax cuts, regulatory reform and spending controls worked.
Newt: Reagan’s belief in small business owners and entrepreneurs is a remarkable contrast with Obama’s class warfare rhetoric, massive deficits and a passion for taxing those who create jobs. The Romney plan for a stronger middle class has deep roots in Reagan’s approach.
Callista: Reagan’s commitment to reform welfare and to create a work requirement was a major achievement when he was governor of California. His pioneering work led to the historic welfare reform bill Congress and the president passed 30 years later. This bipartisan legislation reduced the size of government, made our country more competitive and put millions of Americans back to work.
Newt: Tragically, President Obama gutted this achievement. And, like Jimmy Carter, over four years he produced little effective legislation that brought the two parties together in the interest of the nation. Obama’s waiving of the work requirements in welfare reform is just one example of his direct repudiation of President Reagan’s values.
Obama’s proud of what he’s done and of his politically motivated partisanship, but he should be ashamed for putting politics before people.
Callista: Governor Romney will return America to work, and to the principles that are at the core of President Reagan’s legacy.
This year the American people will once again have an important choice to make.
Newt: Now each of us must commit ourselves in the tradition of Ronald Reagan to come together. President Reagan said, “There is no substitute for victory.” And this November, we cannot settle for anything less.
This is the most critical election of our lifetime. Each of us must do our part now to ensure that America remains, in the tradition of President Reagan, a land of freedom, hope and opportunity. Thank you and God bless.
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