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article imageGingrich calls Obama ‘food stamp president’ in Friday speech

By Lynn Herrmann     May 14, 2011 in Politics
Macon - GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich called President Obama the country's "most successful food stamp president" in its history and said the 2012 election will be the biggest since 1860, when the Lincoln and Civil War era began its scar on the country.
In a no holds barred speech in Georgia on Friday evening, his first since announcing his presidential candidacy, Gingrich also said General Electric (GE) created “a very clever strategy” that allowed the company “to pay zero corporate taxes,” Salon reports.
GE recently made headlines when it was reported the company reached global profits of $14.2 billion in 2010, with $5.1 billion coming from US operations and no taxes paid.
Gingrich gave the speech in the state where he first began his political career, and is relying on its decidedly red leaning to help launch his campaign. Speaking before a crowd at the Georgia Republican Party’s annual convention, Gingrich said: “President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history. I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history,” according to the Washington Post.
True to his combative nature, Gingrich added that Obama “does not have a clue” about foreign issues.
In his speech, Gingrich also called for eliminating the estate tax and extending the Bush tax cuts beyond 2013 for the nation’s wealthy.
Married three times and the participant in an extramarital affair, Gingrich told the GOP audience the corporate tax rate of 35 percent should be lowered to 12.5 percent, making it more fair and rational. He also said the Environmental Protection Agency should be changed to the “Environmental Solutions Agency” and made more business-friendly.
On an apparent roll, Gingrich called the United Nations “an astonishingly corrupt institution” while noting “the Arab League is a cluster of dictatorships, monarchies and various people who have no authority to tell us what they think,” Salon noted.
Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, called Obama’s re-election campaign “Chicago machine politics” and said the president is attempting to buy the election.
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