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Wednesday
May152013

GOP Sees the World Through Google Glass

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- This week’s Republican House meeting was a little more exciting than weeks past, and it wasn’t just because of what was on the agenda.

At the request of the GOP, Google representatives held Google Glass demonstrations at the beginning and the end of the meeting, allowing Congressional members to try on the sought-after technology. A Google spokesperson told ABC News that the company offered the same demonstration sessions to Democrats, but have yet to schedule any official group presentations.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was among those who tried on a pair of the new glasses. In an email, a representative for Bachmann told ABC News that the congresswoman enjoyed trying on Google Glass because she “likes being ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative technology” and believes “it is a testament to just how much the industry has evolved.”

Bachmann’s first query when trying on the glasses? The Drudge Report.

Earlier this year, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich won a Twitter contest to be one of the first to try out the technology as a Google Glass explorer. His winning Tweet mentioned plans of zoo and museum visits.



ABC News has been unable to confirm whether Gingrich has received his pair of Google Glass, but a Google representative confirmed that contest winners were notified of how they could claim their prizes over the span of the past few weeks.

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Sunday
Feb172013

Newt Gingrich: ‘I’ll Take a Paul Ryan Position’ on the Possibility of a Political Run

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Former House Speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich discussed his relationship with the Clintons, the battle over the sequester, and the possibility of him running for office again in a web exclusive interview after his appearance on ABC’s This Week roundtable Sunday.

Gingrich holds a lasting legacy in the House of Representatives, where he represented Georgia for 20 years until 1999, before his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. But speculation swirled recently about Gingrich pursuing a position on the other side of the legislative branch, after Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss announced he would not seek re-election in 2014. While fellow Georgia native Gingrich’s name was quickly mentioned as a possibility, his spokesperson announced via Twitter that Gingrich would not be a candidate for the seat.

But does that mean Gingrich has completely ruled out another political run? When ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked whether Gingrich was open to another run for office, he first responded firmly, “Yeah, I don’t think I’ll run for office, no.”

But Gingrich then revised his statement by poking fun at Rep. Paul Ryan’s attempts to dodge the same question earlier on This Week. “It strikes me as unlikely – I’ll take a Paul Ryan position, it’s not on my current list,” Gingrich said.

When Ryan was asked about his 2016 presidential ambitions on Sunday, he responded, “Will I or won’t I? I don’t know… I’m not foreclosing any opportunity. I may or I may not.”

 

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Thursday
Jan242013

Gingrich, Santorum on Women in Combat: Infections, Emotions

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Wednesday’s announcement that women will be allowed to serve in combat was hardly the first time the subject has come up.

When it cropped up during the Clinton administration, it drew opposition from the likes of then House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who offered a now-infamous medical assessment of why it was a bad idea to let them fight.

“Females have biological problems staying in a ditch for 30 days because they get infections, and they don’t have upper body strength,” The New York Times quoted Gingrich as saying in early 1995.  Men, on the other hand, ”are basically little piglets; you drop them in the ditch, they roll around in it.”

More recently, Rick Santorum caused a minor controversy by bringing “emotions” into it.

“I do have concerns about women in front line combat.  I think that could be a very compromising situation where, where people naturally, you know, may do things that may not be in the interests of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved,” he told CNN in February 2012, in the heat of the GOP presidential primary.

He later clarified.

“I was talking about men’s emotional issues; not women,” Santorum told ABC soon after.  “I mean, there’s a lot of issues.  That’s just one of them.”

Opponents of women serving unrestricted have always risked offending their political adversaries, regardless of whether their words blow up into controversy.

“What I think was most troubling to us was less the comments of pundits and more the policy in place,” said one attorney who has pressed the Pentagon on female service, saying the combat-service ban sent a “message that … women were somehow less than” male soldiers.

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Tuesday
Jan222013

Republicans Express Skepticism Following Obama's Address

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Given the statements made about President Obama's second inaugural address, it appears that he won't have an easy go of it with GOP lawmakers this term either.

Some prominent Republicans lawmakers criticized Obama’s inaugural address on Monday, saying he failed to reach out to their party.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said afterwards, "This is the eighth [inauguration] that I've been to and always there's been a portion of the speech where [the president says] 'I reach out my hand because we need to work together.’  That wasn't in this speech."

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, remarked that Obama "wasn't doing the kind of outreach that he needs to do if he wants to get things accomplished in a second term."

Meanwhile, Maine Sen. Susan Collins gave the speech a mixed review, saying it sounded partisan on one hand but that she'll give the president the benefit of the doubt that he'll at least try to meet Republicans half-way.

However, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an outspoken critic of the president during his first term, sounded genuinely surprised in a good way about the address.

While he heard a few things conservatives will outright reject, Gingrich added, "95 percent of the speech, I thought, was classically American, you know, emphasizing hard work and emphasizing self-reliance, emphasizing doing things together."

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Thursday
Nov012012

Errant Email to Newt Gingrich Supporters Says 'Obama Is Going to Win'

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An email message mistakenly sent to Newt Gingrich's list serve Thursday morning told subscribers that President Obama would no doubt win in 2012 and that they should be more worried about Obama's winning in 2016.

That's right, despite the 22nd Amendment, which limits any one person to two presidential terms, the email that went out to Gingrich's supporters suggests President Obama would be running again in 2016, and possibly serve through 2020.

The email, titled "What's really at stake this Tuesday ..." came from Gingrich Marketplace and went out to people who'd given their contact information to the Gingrich campaign when the former speaker of the House was still in the presidential race. Bygone candidates, such as Gingrich and Herman Cain, regularly rent out their email address lists to advertisers.

"The truth is, the next election has already been decided. Obama is going to win. It's nearly impossible to beat an incumbent president," advertiser Porter Stansberry wrote in the email to Gingrich supporters. "What's actually at stake right now is whether or not he will have a third-term."

Conservative news group Human Events manages the Gingrich Marketplace emails, but Gingrich has a say over which advertisers can have their messages go out to the list. And according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, Stansberry & Associates should have been on the blacklist.

"We do not rent to the entity in question," Hammond said, speaking by phone Thursday. "In fact, we go to lengths to vet where we rent."

Human Events Vice President Joe Guerriero said the email was "a mistake."

"It was actually scheduled to run on another of our lists," Guerriero said. His team has been investigating how the Stansberry message went out to the Gingrich group.

Stansberry & Associates is run by Porter Stansberry, who in 2003 was the subject ofan SEC lawsuit in which the court found he participated in an online newsletter scheme that defrauded investors out of $1 million. Stansberry was ordered to pay $120,000 in damages.

Here's the catch to the email. To learn how Obama would circumvent the 22nd Amendment, Gingrich subscribers were asked to click on a link to Stanberry's site and watch a video presentation. We won't bore you with those details. We're skeptical, to say the least, of the argument.

Gingrich endorsed Republican rival Mitt Romney when Gingrich left the race last May. At the top and bottom of his emails, there is a disclaimer for readers, in part saying, "the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our advertiser alone."

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Sunday
Oct282012

Newt Gingrich: Richard Mourdock’s Comments Reflect Position of ‘Virtually Every Catholic’ in the U.S.

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sunday morning on “This Week,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended the controversial comments made by Richard Mourdock, in which he suggested that pregnancies resulting from rape were “intended” by God. Gingrich said that the Indiana Republican Senate’s candidate’s words reflected the position of “virtually every Catholic” in the United States.

“My response is, if you listen to what Mourdock actually said, he said what virtually every Catholic and every fundamentalist in the country believes, life begins at conception,” Gingrich said. “Now, this seems to be fixated by the Democrats, but the radical on abortion is Obama, who as a state senator voted three times in favor of allowing doctors to kill babies in the eighth and ninth month who were born, having survived late-term abortion.”

Gingrich further defended Mourdock and asked why some people, including President Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, could not “get over” the comments.

“He also immediately issued a clarification saying he was referring to the act of conception, and he condemned rape.  Romney has condemned — I mean, one part of this is nonsense.  Every candidate I know, every decent American I know condemns rape.  OK, so why can’t people like Stephanie Cutter get over it?  We all condemn rape.”

Gingrich appeared on “This Week” following Cutter, who criticized Mitt Romney for not asking Mourdock to pull an ad featuring the GOP presidential nominee.

“Just this past week we saw it, when he wouldn’t take down his ad for Richard Mourdock, who had — you know, it’s a now famous comment that it’s God’s will if a woman gets pregnant through rape.  He’s not willing to stand up when it matters,” Cutter said.

I also asked Gingrich about the upcoming election and he predicted Romney would win the popular vote with 53 percent. He also pushed back against the idea suggested by some that an Obama victory in the Electoral College, but a popular vote loss would cause some in the GOP to characterize the win as illegitimate.

“I mean, we’re a nation of law.  We’re going to obey the law…I think he’s actually going to end up winning around 53-47,” Gingrich said. “And I think it’s very unlikely he can win a significant popular victory vote and not carry the Electoral College.”

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Friday
Oct192012

Joe Biden Channels Newt Gingrich to Attack Ryan’s Budget

ABC News(SUN CITY CENTER, Fla.) -- While going for the jugular on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plans, Vice President Joe Biden borrowed words from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who’d called the Wisconsin congressman’s budget proposals “right wing social engineering.”

“Now, all of a sudden, Congressman Ryan says his budget doesn’t actually cut vital programs and slow growth. …  He’s changed his whole view. …  He said, ‘I do not cut those programs, I just slow the growth of those programs,” Biden said at the Sun City Center Community Association Friday.

“Well, that’s the same budget that has already passed the House of Representatives with every Republican maybe but one or two voting for it, and the same budget that nobody accused of being a liberal -- Newt Gingrich -- called ‘right wing social engineering.’ That’s Newt Gingrich’s words, not mine. And all of a sudden, that’s not their budget anymore. They already passed it!”

Shortly after announcing his presidential bid in May 2011, Gingrich called Ryan’s plan for Medicare “right wing social engineering,” “too big a jump” and “radical change” in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.  "I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich later apologized, saying he used “language that was too strong” but whose “underlying principle … was right.”

Ryan defended his budget against Gingrich’s characterization at the time.  “Hardly is that social engineering and radical,” Ryan said in a radio interview. “What’s radical is kicking the can down the road, not doing anything to fix this problem and watching the whole system implode on itself.”

Since Ryan  joined the GOP ticket, Biden has used Ryan’s budgets to attack Mitt Romney.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the president said the day after the debate that Romney’s plans have become awfully sketchy. … I’m reluctant to correct the president on anything. But I would respectfully suggest they’re not sketchy, they’re Etch A Sketchy,” Biden said.  “You know those Etch A Sketch tablets that your granddaughters and grandsons have? Man, I tell you they’re shakin’ that sucker … and they’re dialing in a new sketch.”

Biden, on a two-day swing through Florida, a state he’s campaigned in eight times before and one that he predicted could solidify the election for Democrats, didn’t shy from encouraging his audience to participate in early voting.

“I want to remind you all, you don’t need reminding, but in Florida you can vote now.  Even before early voting starts on the 27th, just go to your County Supervisor of Elections and ask for an absentee ballot. Most places you can fill it out right there, and it is done.  And folks, if you look around the country, in places like Iowa, there’s early voting. I hope it keeps up, because we’re winning the early voting.

“We need you.  We need your help to win the state of Florida, and if we win the state of Florida, this election is over.  This election is done, so go out there now and vote.”

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Wednesday
Sep192012

Newt Gingrich to Fundraise for Todd Akin

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(ST. LOUIS) -- Newt Gingrich will be in St. Louis on Monday, fundraising for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, a source close to the former House speaker confirmed.

“If the Akin campaign can use his appearance to reach out through online fundraising, this can help,” the source said. “There will be no establishment $2,500 checks for Akin…If he is going to build it, it will be one dollar at a time — and time he is running out of.”

Nearly every prominent Republican, including Mitt Romney, distanced themselves from Akin when he made comments last month that he believes it is rare for a woman to conceive after a “legitimate rape.” Akin later apologized. Notably, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gingrich have defended the shunned congressman.

“I think Todd Akin was the choice of the people in Missouri, and Todd Akin has publicly apologized,” Gingrich said. “I just think people ought to be a little cautious about saying the voters of Missouri don’t count.”

Gingrich could also have a monetary benefit behind defending Akin. Akin’s senate campaign is one of the many purchasers of Gingrich’s large email list, one way Gingrich is paying down the debt from his failed presidential campaign.

Akin will face Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in November.

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Wednesday
Sep052012

Rahm Emanuel: Gingrich Comments on Clinton DNC Speech ‘Ridiculous’

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it was “ridiculous” for New Gingrich to say that having former President Clinton speak Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., was an “enormous risk” that would remind voters of how “pathetically bad Obama has been.”

“That is ridiculous,” Emanuel said Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America of the former House speaker’s comments.  “A former president who is very popular who can explain about the policies and the parallel tracks the two presidents have had in the sense of investing in education, investing in research and development, alternative energy and green energy and a responsible way of balancing the budget.  I think he can do nothing but help and the notion that Newt is going to give our party strategic advice, no thank you.”

Emanuel -- a veteran of the both the Clinton and Obama administrations who is known for his sharp tongue -- also took at shot at the GOP presidential ticket.

“Let me say this, my only advice to them, not that they would take it is I would not have Paul Ryan’s fact-checker looking over Mitt Romney’s tax returns,” Emanuel said, referencing Romney’s unwillingness to release more than two years of his tax returns and certain aspects of Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention last week that some found misleading.

The Chicago mayor was also asked about a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that found that 47 percent of registered voters see Obama favorably overall (down 7 percentage points from his recent peak in April), while 49 percent rate him unfavorably.  Emanuel did not express worry, but did say that the president needed to lay out his vision for a second term in the White House.

“There’s no doubt that the president needs to talk about his vision for a second term and what it would mean for America. That’s a requirement.  I wouldn’t call it a State of Union but I would call it about a clear choice in the direction he wants to take the country. He owes the country because if he gets elected, that kind of clarity,” he said.  ”Clear policy choices, clear implications for the American people, different directions and this is a choice and I think that’s what it’s going to take and to finish that conversation the president will lay out his vision, not just for the next four years but the consequence for America going forward into the future.”

Emanuel, citing his Jewish heritage, also called Republican attacks on Democrats’ removing language from their party platform calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel a “red herring.”

“As a person who has been to Jerusalem 20-plus times in his life, whose son just a couple of years ago had his bar mitzvah at the wall, this is a red herring, if I’ve ever seen one,” he said.

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Friday
Aug312012

Fact Check: Obama ‘Gutted’ Welfare Reform, Gingrich Says

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Newt Gingrich, speaking alongside his wife, Callista, Thursday night in Tampa, Fla., revived the Romney camp’s claims that the Obama administration had “gutted” welfare reform by offering waivers for states seeking more flexibility in meeting federal work requirements.

On Aug. 7, Romney released an ad claiming that “under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job.  They just send you your welfare check.”

But as Gingrich himself told CNN just two days later, “We have no proof today, but I would say to you under Obama’s ideology it is absolutely true he would be comfortable sending a lot of people checks for doing nothing.”

On Thursday night, Gingrich doubled down.

“Tragically, President Obama gutted this achievement and, like Jimmy Carter, over four years he produced little effective legislation that brought the two parties together,” he said.  “Waiving the work requirements in welfare reform is just one example of his direct repudiation of President Reagan’s values.”

The language from the memo in question, though, belies much of the Republican claim.

The Health and Human Services department “will only consider approving waivers relating to the work participation requirements that make changes intended to lead to more effective means of meeting the work goals of [the 1996 reform legislation],” it says.

In effect, the Obama administration has stated it would be willing to give states the option to propose more efficient ways to get welfare recipients back to work.  Any such plan would require the state to increase the number of people moving from welfare to work by 20 percent.

Among the states to file for the waivers so far are Utah and Nevada.  Both have Republican governors.

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