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Gingrich on Israel, Clinton, and Obama

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Uploaded on Dec 20, 2011

Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Speaker of the House and candidate for the Republican nomination for President, made a campaign appearance in Hiawatha, Iowa, on December 19. In this third segment of his appearance, Speaker Gingrich takes and answers questions from the audience.

The first question is about Israel and the Middle East. Gingrich replies:

"Netanyahu is an old friend. And what I would say is that we would like to have a genuine peace process. A genuine peace process means you can't have eleven missiles fired into Israel as you did in November alone...I would really like to have a commitment from the Palestinian leadership that they will recognize Israel's right to exist, that they will cease encouraging terrorism, that they will cut off and hunt down people who are determined to wage war."

"When they hit New York City, we sent troops all the way over to Afghanistan. In the long run, you want to say to the Palestinian people, we want you to have self-government with the rule of law, not dictatorship. We want you to live in peace, without terrorism. We want you to be prosperous."

The next question is about allegations that Gingrich can't work with the other side politically. Gingrich responds:

"Four balanced budgets with Bill Clinton? Welfare reform, the Democrats split on welfare reform 101 to 101. We got half of them. When I worked with Reagan, Tip O'Neill was Speaker. If you couldn't get Democratic votes, you weren't going to get anything through the House...it took heavy lifting, it took really clear arguments where people couldn't hide. But we did it over and over again...you look at my record, I've consistently been able to work with Democrats without giving in."

Gingrich then speaks about working with Clinton compared to working with Obama:

"Frankly, working with the current president is kind of hopeless because he has no idea how to do this. Clinton had been governor for twelve years, he had negotiated with the state legislature, he understood how to do it...Obama is essentially a Saul Alinsky radical who has never actually served in government. He was hanging out in the State Senate while he ran for the U.S. Senate, and then he was hanging out in the U.S. Senate while he ran for President, and the result is he doesn't have any of the skills...Clinton and I spent 35 days face-to-face negotiating..."

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