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article image'What we need is a president, not an athlete'

By Matt Harding     Apr 8, 2010 in Politics
New Orleans - Those were the words of potential presidential candidate Newt Gingrich during a Q&A after a speech he made at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
To his initial comments, Gingrich added, "Shooting three point shots may be clever, but it doesn't put anybody to work."
During his speech, Gingrich said Democrats in Washington had put together a "perfect unrepresentative left-wing machine dedicated to a secular socialist future." Gingrich, however, wasn't finished. Mr. Obama is "the most radical president in American history," he said. "He has said, 'I run a machine, I own Washington, and there is nothing you can do about it.'"
Gingrich also discussed passage of the health care bill. He said the "decisive" election of Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) sent a message that Democrats decided to ignore in order to "ram through" the bill against the wishes of the public.
"The longer Obama talks the less the American people believe him," Gingrich said, citing the decline in poll numbers for the health care bill as the president continues trying to sell it to the public.
With a Republican president, Gingrich said, the goal should be to "repeal every radical bill" passed by the Obama administration.
As for a presidential bid in 2012, Gingrich says, "That will be up to God and the American people."
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