Coral Springs, FL – Speaking to a crowd of more than 1200 South Floridians, Newt Gingrich inspired belief in a return to greatness for the United States –“I stand for American Exceptionalism, not because you and I are exceptional - we’re normal- but because the system we have inherited from the Founding Fathers is the most exceptional system in history.”
Here’s the video:
video courtesy of EyesOnPolitics on YouTube
The event held at the popular political hotspot, Wings Plus in Coral Springs, drew attendees from all over South Florida, to hear the man whom many in attendance believe will be the next President of the United States. Their expectations were well met.
Despite a delay in arrival, the Former Speaker arrived to a massive crowd of enthusiastic voters and participants cheering and applauding. After a brief introduction by grassroots leader Karin Hoffman, Newt Gingrich started by challenging Obama’s State of the Union address. “..When he [Obama] proposed a 30% minimum tax, if he actually means it…the President last night proposed doubling the tax on capital gains which is THE engine which drives job creation in the United States, so he’s talking about killing job creation in America, something he’s been really good at doing for 3 years, and now wants to continue .”
It was at this point that Gingrich was interrupted by the one heckler, yes just one, (identified and a likely plant <appreciation to Red Broward >) in the crowd of well over 1000 people. Sadly this interruption has become the focus of much of the ‘gotcha’ media.
Gingrich responded to the lone heckler with facts and humor, and continued focusing on the issues facing our nation “We’re not going to let her disrupt us from having a rational conversation” He continued “I believe that to defeat Obama we need someone who is a conservative and who can stand up to him in a debate, and who can clearly draw the contrast – between the Declaration of Independence and the writings of Saul Alinsky, between the Constitution and European Socialism, between citizens and subjects, and between job creation and food stamps”
The GOP candidate is backing up his words with an expectation of victory and challenge“… in my acceptance speech [of the Republican Nomination] I will challenge the president to 7 three-hour debates”. He outlined that the debates should be staffed with a timekeeper but no moderator, and he expects the Obama to accept the challenge.
Gingrich also outlined the three major points he believes are distinctions between his campaign and that of the Obama Administration – Economics, Values, and National Security
See the video here
Economics – Gingrich spoke about working with Reagan, spending cuts, and in 1997 the balanced budget amendment he passed – resulting in 11million jobs and $405 billion in national debt paid off
Values – Gingrich stressed the differences between American Exceptionalism of individual soveriegnty and the European Model where Government is soverign and people are subjects. “Obama is confused about what country he’s in” Gingrich said
National Security – The former Speaker stated that “…the lesson of History is that when dictators tell you horrible things, they probably mean it… what’s the answer to that? The answer is an America so consistently strong, that no one would be foolish enough to take us on.” See the video below:
video courtesy of EyesOnPolitics on YouTube
Gingrich outlined these clear distinctions between what he believes, and what the Obama Administration has enacted. He appealed to the voters in attendance, and made it clear that this Primary and general election is not just about voting. Gingrich wants to reach all Americans, and stand side by side with them in the business of getting the country back on track. “I’m running to be the republican nominee, but I want you to understand that during the General Election I want to run an American Campaign… I did not come here today to ask you to be for me… I came here to ask you to be WITH me… it’s a big difference- No one person, even the president, can get America back on the right track… but if you’re willing to be with us…side by side…Together, we are going to start getting America back in the right direction…”
Newt’s speech was inspiring, had strength, and was exactly what the attendees were hoping for – a clear direction for the country, and a candidate capable of leading in that direction. One male attendee said that the Speaker had made up his mind by saying “I was really impressed with what Newt said today… I think he can unite America around itself, because we are the right country and the right people, we just have needed the right plan and the right leader. Newt’s it…”
The Republican Primary is on Tuesday January 31st, 2012.