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Gingrich: I'm more Southern than Romney
CBS News ^ | March 10, 2012 | Sarah Huisenga

Posted on 03/10/2012 10:47:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

...."I have had grits before," he told a crowd at a Mobile cafe on Saturday morning, making a not-so-subtle knock on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's joking admission to an audience that he was starting to like the favorite Southern food.

....The former House Speaker contended that was evidence of a larger problem facing his rival: "I figure if you don't understand grits, there's a pretty high likelihood that you don't understand the rest of the South, either."

...."We have momentum, but we haven't won," he told a crowd at his second cafe stop of the day - Mama Lou's in Robertsdale. "We still have to go out and finish the sale, we have to make sure, particularly in a county like this that has such a huge Republican vote, we need to make sure that everybody understands the opportunity."

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Newt Gingrich, stumping in south Alabama, presses attack on White House......"Addressing a packed crowd of breakfast patrons at the Captain's Table restaurant on the Mobile Causeway, Gingrich blamed the White House for failed energy policies and high gas prices.

At Mama Lou's restaurant in Robertsdale, Gingrich rapped Obama as a big-government liberal.

"I want to pit unemployment and food stamps against jobs and paychecks," he told an audience of about 200 from the restaurant's front porch."......


1 posted on 03/10/2012 10:47:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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UNLIKE Rick and Mitt, Newt Gingrich didn't sit on his laurels complaining about the liberal political landscape of his state. Newt CHANGED the political landscape in GA (as he did in Washington), brought Democrats into the party, rallied people to get involved in politics -- all by pushing conservatism.

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"ATLANTA — It wasn't so long ago that the Republican Party in Georgia was just an afterthought, and Democrats were in firm control of all the levers of state government. Back then, Newt Gingrich and other die-hard GOP stalwarts ventured across the state with the far-fetched message that Republicans could reverse the tide.

Now with commanding majorities in the Statehouse and control of all statewide offices, Gingrich is hoping his vision for how the GOP could overcome decades of Democratic dominance in Georgia will pay dividends. He sorely needs a victory when his home state votes Tuesday, along with a big chunk of its 76 delegates, to prove his stumbling presidential bid has staying power.

Many Republican figures in Georgia still credit him with championing conservative policies, outlining a framework for what a GOP majority in the state could accomplish and broadcasting talking points to a generation of up-and-coming conservative leaders. He's also applauded for lobbying conservative Democrats, like then-Rep. Nathan Deal, to switch parties.

"Everyone else was trying to lose as slowly as possible, and to die with dignity at the Alamo. He was talking confidently that the Republican majority in Georgia, in the South and nationally was right around the corner," said Ralph Reed, a veteran Georgia GOP operative who founded the national Faith and Freedom Coalition. "On the one hand it was crazy, but on the other it was just the most exciting thing you've ever heard.".....................In Ga., Gingrich helped build conservative base

2 posted on 03/10/2012 10:50:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Lazlo in PA; cripplecreek; writer33; AmericanInTokyo; ...

ah, how nice.

hopefully he doesn’t tucker himself out from all the campaigning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlW23ul5uv8

The only thing missing from this video is the lullaby theme.


3 posted on 03/10/2012 10:50:49 AM PST by parksstp (I pick RIck! (If he's good enough for Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, he's good enough for me))
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To: parksstp

I saw that video a few days back and was wondering how long it would take to appear here. LOL


4 posted on 03/10/2012 10:54:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sean Hannity endorses Newt Gingrich !!!
5 posted on 03/10/2012 10:55:02 AM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This ****s getting ridiculous

How can you win Oh or Pa if you havent had scrapple? a panini or perogies?
None of them has ever had city mock chicken

How do you win Ky or Tn if you never ate burgoo?
How you gonna win Tx if you never had an armadillo egg?

Am I watching an election or the food network?


6 posted on 03/10/2012 10:56:26 AM PST by mylife
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To: parksstp
Just a good ole boy...


7 posted on 03/10/2012 10:57:23 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: mylife

Romney can eat any damned thing he wants and say “y’all” twenty times a day.

His sh@t isn’t going to play in the south. Period.


8 posted on 03/10/2012 11:05:49 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

No, it isn’t. The political version of Ted Bundy is recognized for what he is. We will NOT be getting in the car with him.


9 posted on 03/10/2012 11:08:16 AM PST by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Governor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: humblegunner

Dear God I hope you’re right.


10 posted on 03/10/2012 11:08:42 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: humblegunner

Who cares if you’re a southerner or northerner.

They both need to quit this garbage of regionalism.

You’re trying to be president of the UNITED states...


11 posted on 03/10/2012 11:12:30 AM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: parksstp

That’s nothing like playing kissy face with Babs Boxer and Hilly among a ton of other stuff:

“Senator Santorum in His Own Words”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELbCuLEe7Sw

LoL.


12 posted on 03/10/2012 11:14:21 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: humblegunner

Romney can kiss my grits.


13 posted on 03/10/2012 11:17:38 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Gingrich: I'm more Southern than Romney

Why doesn't Newt leave the divisional politics to Obama.

Besides, Newt sounds like where he came from: Pennsylvania

14 posted on 03/10/2012 11:18:41 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
UNLIKE Rick and Mitt, Newt Gingrich didn't sit on his laurels complaining about the liberal political landscape of his state. Newt CHANGED the political landscape in GA (as he did in Washington), brought Democrats into the party, rallied people to get involved in politics -- all by pushing conservatism.

Because Georgia was such a liberal state to begin with?

And because now it's solidly Republican, unlike all those other Southern states where Newt didn't work his magic?

15 posted on 03/10/2012 11:19:49 AM PST by x
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Newt CHANGED the political landscape in GA

What in the world does that mean? By all accounts, Newt actually had to move right from his Rockefeller Republican roots when he ran for his House seat in GA. It was held by a Conservative Rat. By his own admission, he was a Rockefeller guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJQsLFhuyOY

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/01/25/gingrich-rockefeller-republica/

You Newt people are just hell bent on slamming Rick whan there isn't even any logic too it. Do you people really think this is helping your cause? Can you cite to me where Rick "Sat on his laurels" complaining like you are claiming here? Very cheap shot.

16 posted on 03/10/2012 11:23:08 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: x

When was the last time he actually lived in Georgia?

I wish they would report the candidates accurately and say we have 3 running from “Virginia” or “Maryland” and one running from Massachusetts.


17 posted on 03/10/2012 11:27:19 AM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Last time we elected a candidate because he was a Southerner, we got Jimmah Carter.

I’m tired of identity politics. Just give me a conservative.


18 posted on 03/10/2012 11:33:38 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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Mark Steyn used to be my favorite EIB Guest Host ... he's refreshing, with a keen Shakespearean wit ...

Then came the 2012 Florida Primary, with Newt Gingrich leading in Florida ...

I (living in Florida) listened to Marjk Steyn day-after-day ... while he performed a hatchet-job on Newt Gingrich ...



So ... it's radio ... and everyone has a right to their expressed opinion ...

Of course ...



But Mark Steyn's "grevious" crime was lambasting Newt Gingrich, while leaving Mitt Romney virtually untouched ...

And all of this happened from behind Rush's (self-proclaimed) Golden EIB microphone of "GOP political primary neutrality" ...

It was disgusting to listen to ... day after day ...



I'm just calling Mark Steyn to account for this ... that's all ...

I could try to get in as an EIB caller ... but that's almost impossible ...

And besides, I'm beginning to suspect that Rush Limbaugh has his own cadre of "seminar callers" ...

who faithfully support Rush's "party line" for the day ...



Again (again, LOL) ...

Rush Limbaugh, Mark Steyn and Shawn Hannity have every right to say what they want ...

But (when appropriate) they should stop the "pious nonsense" of claiming "conservative" political neutrality ...



Did anyone hear Rush's defense of Mitt Romney's "southern grits" verbal gaffe(s) yesterday (Friday, 2012-03-09) ?

It was amazing ...

Rush has formerly "dive-bombed" Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry (et al) when they've tried to put on a "racial" or "regional" accent for a speech ...

Mitt Romney tried it ... failed MISERABLY ...

and yet Rush Limbaugh defended Romney to the hilt ...

Somtheing I haven't heard Rush Limbaugh do since ...

well, since he was (daily) defending Little Ricky Santorum's campaign gaffes ...



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19 posted on 03/10/2012 11:44:14 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I Like tasty food! (not untasty food)
Go AL!
Go MS!

Go Newt!


20 posted on 03/10/2012 11:44:44 AM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
So Romney's now a Southerner!! Perhaps he should use as The Man from the South as his campaign song.
21 posted on 03/10/2012 11:48:48 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: humblegunner

You got that right. A yankee trying to talk grits ain’t going to get elected in the deep south.


22 posted on 03/10/2012 11:49:23 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I bet you have one of those sweater vests and have a ridiculously high self opinion of yourself for no apparent reason too, right?


23 posted on 03/10/2012 11:57:15 AM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They can’t take it, can they?

So they must distort beyond recognition, while they deny plain truth staring at them.

A man of vast accomplishment, but some will only say, but what of “the baggage” and try to ignore away the accomplishment.

As to the South, when people from elsewhere demand that a southerner quit caring about the south, my answer is that southerners care about it, and don’t care that you don’t.

But the last time I checked, southerners were still a big, and very important, part of the United States.

Their votes are precious to me, as they had long been downtrodden before they rose again and must be reckoned with.

For the nation’s survivival and the defeat of Obama and pals, may Newt do the same.


24 posted on 03/10/2012 11:57:35 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

Newt Gingrich’s “baggage”:

Education

PhD, History, Tulane University, 1971
MA, Tulane University, 1968
BA, Modern European History, Emory University, 1965

Political Experience

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1979-1999
Speaker, United States House of Representatives, 1995-1998
Chair, Republican National Convention, 1996
Republican Whip, United States House of Representatives, 1989-1994

Professional Experience

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, present
Founder, Center for Health Transformation, 2003-present
Honorary Chairman, NanoBusiness Alliance, 2000-present
Founder, Gingrich Group, 1999-present
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1999-present
News and Political Analyst, FOX News Channel, 1999-2011
Guest Professor, Kennesaw State College, September 1993
Professor, History and Environmental Studies, West Georgia College, 1970-1978
Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Professor, National Defense University

Organizations

Chair, American Solutions Political Action Committee, present
General Chair, American Solutions for Winning the Future, present
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member, Committee on the Present Danger
Advisory Board Member, Common Good
Co-Founder, Conservative Opportunity Society
Member, Terrorism Task Force, Council on Foreign Relations
Honorary Member, East Cobb Rotary
Advisory Board Member, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Editorial Board Member, Johns Hopkins University Journal, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Founding Member, Project Vote Smart
Founder, Young Republicans Club, Emory University
Former Chairman, GOPAC


25 posted on 03/10/2012 12:06:50 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Rome2000

What is with the “High Opinion” remark and what is it based on? Why is it you folks are always on the personal attacks the supporters of Rick or Rick himself? Yes I have the official Rick sweater BTW along with about 6 or 7 other sweater vests. I live in the NE where it get cold.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 12:09:01 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Red Steel

I’m keeping track of Romney’s robo-calls = 16 thus far.

Most folks might get tired of that nuisance.

Lord knows, I am.

Going to Newt Gingrich’s Rally in Brandon, Mississippi, at the City Hall tomorrow night!


27 posted on 03/10/2012 12:12:38 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

Looking forward to hearing all about it!


28 posted on 03/10/2012 12:15:57 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I hope this driver doesn’t fall through He’s my first friend here and I made him promise! I’m letting him drive my car. There’s no way I could find the place. It’s at 8:00PM tomorrow night!


29 posted on 03/10/2012 12:18:10 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
High self opinion is one of the symptoms of megalomania, and a guy who can't win reelection to the Senate but thinks he can be POTUS and uses Romney's allies money to finance his campaign is seriously mentally ill.

I can understand you supporting him though, sweater vest people need to stick together, I bet 95% of people who wear sweater vests are voting for him.

30 posted on 03/10/2012 12:20:12 PM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I got lost the other morning and couldn’t find the Jackson place so had to return home in tears, once I figured out how to get off the road to Memphis!


31 posted on 03/10/2012 12:21:20 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

Hope he gets you there safely, Onyx. Are you going to get the chance to meet Newt?


32 posted on 03/10/2012 12:22:34 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: onyx

16 beats me. :^)

I got a dozen robocalls from Romney. I only remember the first one a hit job. PMSNBC News Brokejaw stating that Newt was “guilty of ethics charges” by Congress.

As we all know now, it was all bogus charges.


33 posted on 03/10/2012 12:23:39 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: CatherineofAragon

I hope so!


34 posted on 03/10/2012 12:31:57 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Red Steel

Yep, I got that one too. One had a local number to call afterward, so I called it to complain and to tell them to remove my name and number.

One from Newt was a internal poll. Thank goodness I didn’t know that until afterward! I answered Newt all the way!

Four robo calls from Newt. The internal poll, one from Rick Perry, one from JC Watts and one from Newt Gingrich.


35 posted on 03/10/2012 12:41:43 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Unless something truly unexpected happens at the convention, I plan on voting for Newt twice this year.


36 posted on 03/10/2012 12:57:27 PM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey Newt... you are getting my vote and the vote of everyone that I have talked with... we will deliver Mississippi to you TUESDAY!

LLS


37 posted on 03/10/2012 1:31:13 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

>> I (living in Florida) listened to Marjk Steyn day-after-day ... while he performed a hatchet-job on Newt Gingrich ...

Agreed. He was annoying, but still entertaining in his jocular way. I did tune out, however.


38 posted on 03/10/2012 1:35:35 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Its a shame Yankees wont vote for the man. I’m sure newt would make a great president.


39 posted on 03/10/2012 1:37:18 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Red Steel; onyx

>> stating that Newt was “guilty of ethics charges” by Congress.

Because he bucked the establishment. Exactly the guy we want!


40 posted on 03/10/2012 1:37:42 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Rome2000
and uses Romney's allies money to finance his campaign is seriously mentally ill.

Isn't Adleson the one who said he is fully willing to support Romney when Newt flames out? I also seem to recall one of his people saying they were only pushing Newt to make sure Rick didn't beat Romney. I know of no Romney supporter pushing Rick. The insurance guy backing Ricks PAC is 100% behind him. Maybe you should get your facts straight instead of making things up.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/adelson-gingrich-romney-israel/2012/02/05/id/428494

41 posted on 03/10/2012 1:46:09 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Great news!

Our idiot governor endorsed Romney.
I knew he would. I can’t stand either.


42 posted on 03/10/2012 1:48:41 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx
"I got lost the other morning and couldn’t find the Jackson place so had to return home in tears, once I figured out how to get off the road to Memphis!"

Holy cow, you must have been SO disappointed. But tomorrow will make up for it. Tell Newt FR is behind him all the way!

43 posted on 03/10/2012 1:48:55 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Gene Eric; Red Steel

The establishment and the democrats fear Newt Gingrich.

This primary has been all about stopping Newt Gingrich, but he said he’s not dropping out.

So there.

GO NEWT!


44 posted on 03/10/2012 1:52:16 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Monorprise

I’m a Pennsylvanian and voting for my homegrown Yank Newt. ;)

Newton Leroy McPherson was born at the Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 1943. His mother, Kathleen “Kit” McPherson (née Daugherty; 1925–2003), and father, Newton Searles McPherson (1923–1970),[citation needed] married in September 1942, when she was 16 and McPherson was 19. The marriage fell apart within days.

In 1946, his mother married her step-brother, Army officer Robert Gingrich (1925–1996), who adopted Newt.[11]

Gingrich was raised in Hummelstown (near Harrisburg) and on military bases where Robert Gingrich was stationed.

In 1961, Gingrich graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia.


45 posted on 03/10/2012 1:55:42 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: onyx
The establishment and the democrats fear Newt Gingrich.

They have for a long time...

As a result of the 1990 United States Census, Georgia picked up an additional seat for the 1992 U.S. House elections. However, the Democratic-controlled Georgia General Assembly eliminated the district that Gingrich represented, splitting its territory among three neighboring districts. Much of the southern portion of Gingrich's district, including his home in Carrollton, was drawn into the Columbus-based 3rd District, represented by five-term Democrat Richard Ray. At the same time, the Assembly created a new, heavily Republican 6th District in Fulton and Cobb counties in the wealthy northern suburbs of Atlanta—-an area that Gingrich had never represented. However, Gingrich sold his home in Carrollton and moved to Marietta in the new 6th.

46 posted on 03/10/2012 1:57:36 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: CatherineofAragon
LOL. I can laugh now, and I will tell him all about us here if I get the chance to speak with him again, like I did in Tampa! We're leaving early to be right up in front at City Hall and I can be pushy when I want to or have to and my driver pal is a big, 40 year old guy.

:)

47 posted on 03/10/2012 1:59:47 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: JediJones

Thank you very much.


48 posted on 03/10/2012 2:01:48 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

Your governor endorsed Romney? That’s horrible.

My governor (Scott, I live in Florida) didn’t endorse anybody. My real regret was that Rubio, whom I liked a lot and helped elect, basically supported Romney. He didn’t actually endorse anybody, but he shot Gingrich down with Hispanics. I think he wants to be Romney’s VP...bless his heart.

Romney probably won’t be the candidate, and if he is, he most surely won’t win the general election. Bad choice for all the idiots who endorsed Romney.


49 posted on 03/10/2012 2:10:29 PM PST by livius
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To: onyx

Yes, Newt is resisting the GOP-E. Newt’s very confident he will sweep Mississippi and Alabama. :-)


50 posted on 03/10/2012 2:10:31 PM PST by Red Steel
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