Gingrich should stay focused on fiscal discipline, friend and former adviser says
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced he is running for president in 2012.
May 11th, 2011
08:39 PM ET

Gingrich should stay focused on fiscal discipline, friend and former adviser says

As Newt Gingrich prepares his candidacy for the 2012 presidential nomination, he needs to remind people of what he accomplished as speaker of the House dureing the Clinton administration, his former campaign chairman said.

Gingrich announced via Twitter Wednesday that he is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. His agenda includes overturning health care reform and eliminating the EPA.

Gingrich needs to remind GOP voters, especially the fiscally conservative, that he worked "to bring President Clinton to the table to bring a balanced budget, that he worked to reduce capital gains, that he worked to reform welfare," political consultant Matt Towery said.

At the same time, Gingrich should not talk up too many issues and ideas, just stay focused on the fiscal discipline matters that are driving much of the national debate, Towery said in an interview with CNN Radio.

Towery, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, served as campaign chairman for Gingrich and chief strategist for numerous national political campaigns. He said he is not working on Gingrich's campaign.

It won't be easy for Gingrich to deal with social conservatives when it comes to his personal life, which includes an affair while his first wife was stricken with cancer and a second while he was leading the Clinton impeachment proceedings. But the transgressions are not necessarily a deal-breaker, Towery said.

“Most people ... really don’t care about that issue,” Towery said. “They’re more concerned about whether they have a job, food on the table and the like.”

Gingrich has been facing up to his indiscretions in interviews, the Atlanta-based attorney and businessman said. Plus, “neither of his two former wives have come out against him.”

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  1. banasy

    I'm all for a 3 party system. Also, I have never understood why one has to declare one's party affiliation in the primaries.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alaskan1st

    Wrong........ His transgressions are a deal breaker. And, can you say hypocrite?........Newt is completely slimy. If this is all the GOP has then we are truly screwed.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    @alaskan1st:

    No, we are not truly screwed. The the GOPers are. The rest of us are just ducky.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bearclaw Palin

    WRONG..the chupacabras rug is now on display in my den..and yes you can see Russia out my window while standing on it... .

    May 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. drap

    Wish I had more time posting and reading these blogs than I do..

    May 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. drap

    cont: you bloggers always make my day... .

    May 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    @banasy – think of it like sports teams. Team A has no business picking Team B's captain. And vice versa. Obama would have never won the primary if republicans had a say in it.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deezy Hypno

      You're pretty much not a thinker are you? You keep the partisan sheep in their respective primaries and allow swing+independent voters to vote in the 3rd party primary. At the end of the day not many people will leave their own primary to sabotage another. Also you could not allow people who voted in one primary vote in another and maybe have their presidential choice locked in if their candidate makes it into the general election. It's not that difficult. I don't like to sound mean, but this country is going down the toilet because we are given a choice between loser 1 and loser 2.

      May 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @Deezy – what third party primary? Oklahoma doesn't even recognize a third party. Much to my dismay. And i was not supporting the primary process, i was trying to answer banasy's question as to why things are like they are...

      May 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @leeintulsa:

    Obama would have never *ran* if the Rupubicans had a say in it!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marti

    Sounds like it was exactly your intention to be mean, Deezy, otherwise you would not stared off your post that way.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fred

    U can try.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    Newts name suits him .

    May 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mmmmm

    And when the witches brew calls for an Eye of Newt was it referencing Gringrich??? Probally...about the only thing he is good for...a primary ingredient boiling in the cauldron!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      (smile) , thanks Mmmmm, I really need that and you wont ever know how much. God bless you.

      May 12, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. D Grant

    Newt Gingrich reminds me of someone who eats roasted babies and is married to a person who is of dubious morals at best.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    Wants to eliminate the Enviornmental Protection Agency, yeah because the health of the little people do not matter. These protection in place were to help us and regulate the corporations that poison the enviornment. Look at the Erin Brockovitz? cases and tell me that corporations can regulate themselves. Just another political ploy on the american public for the intent to give corporations owned by Mr. Koch and others like him to cut the credit money they have to pay to polute some more. I wonder whos pocket Newt the galout is in. Republicans should be outraged. Our health problems would increase and corporate wealth would go up at American peoples health would go down. This is class warfare. It may depend on republicans to lay down the gaunlet and join the dems. Will they care more for their party or for the people? I think Romney will win out over Trump and Newt, neither has a vision for the American worker in health, wages or bringing the American people together.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    It looks like we won't have anybody decent to vote for in 2012. Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama,what a pathetic twosome!!! This country is doomed!!!

    May 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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