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    Nov 2011 - Gingrich defends immigration policies

    Presidential hopeful states at town hall meeting: 'I am not for amnesty for 11 million people'

    Author: By Ashley Killough CNN
    Published On: Nov 25 2011

    "I do think if somebody in your neighborhood has been here 25 years and they belong in your church, and they have three kids and two grandkids, and they've been paying taxes and working hard the entire time, it's going to be very, very hard to get the American people to believe that we ought to tear up those families and expel them," he said.

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    GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich sought to stand strong against illegal immigration Friday after rivals blasted him this week as a supporter of amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants.

    "I am not for amnesty for 11 million people," Gingrich said forcefully at a town hall event in Naples, Florida. "But I am for a path to legality for those people whose ties run so deeply in America that it would truly be a tragedy to try and rip their family apart."

    Gingrich drew fire at Tuesday's CNN Republican National Security Debate when he said he was "prepared to take the heat" for arguing that the GOP should take a "humane" position on longtime illegal immigrants by finding another way to "legality" that avoids breaking up families.

    His opponents onstage pounced on his comments, and on Tuesday Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took to the airwaves to blast Gingrich as "liberal" on illegal immigration and as a proponent of amnesty.

    Earlier Friday, he engaged in a back-and-forth with fellow GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, pointing to a 2007 interview in which the former Massachusetts governor said longtime illegal immigrants should "be able to stay, sign up for permanent residency or citizenship."

    Romney's campaign fired back, arguing that the video had been taken out of context and provided a fuller clip of the interview, in which Romney later said: "But they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to stay here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally."

    The former House speaker insisted Friday night that he was anything but soft on the issue. He said controlling the border and making English the official language would be among his first tasks as president. He also called for a guest worker program, but only if it imposed harsh penalties on anyone who hires workers without documentation.

    "I would have very, very stiff economic penalties for anyone who hires somebody who is not legally inside the system," Gingrich said. "I would be very tough."

    Talking about Tuesday's debate, Gingrich said his opponents had grossly twisted his words and he chided the GOP field for being unable to have an "honest, serious discussion about real solutions."

    He said the point he tried to make on Tuesday was that he believes the vast majority of illegal immigrants should be deported -- with a few exceptions.

    "I do think if somebody in your neighborhood has been here 25 years and they belong in your church, and they have three kids and two grandkids, and they've been paying taxes and working hard the entire time, it's going to be very, very hard to get the American people to believe that we ought to tear up those families and expel them," he said.

    Instead, he proposed that the country adopt a system used during World War II, in which communities made the decision as to who stays and who goes.

    "They really tried to take general policy and give it a human face," Gingrich said.

    He insisted, however, that anyone who remains would qualify only for legal status and not American citizenship, "unless they go home and they apply through the regular procedures back home and get in line behind everybody else."

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    Apparently Gingrich defends all of his actions, video at link below.

    Angry Newt" Takes the Night Off
    By Ron Fournier
    January 23, 2012 | 10:35 PM | 750 Comments

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    "Angry Newt" took the night off. In a striking role reversal, Newt Gingrich looked more like a firefly than a firebrand in a high-stakes debate Monday night, while rival Mitt Romney called the surging former House Speaker a disgraced, influence-peddling, Washington insider.

    Somebody must have awakened the cool-and-nonchalant Romney out of his debate slumber and told him the GOP nomination was slipping away. Gingrich stunned the political world -- and frightened much of the GOP establishment -- with a landslide victory in South Carolina on Saturday night that erased Romney's lead in national and Florida polls.

    The former Massachusetts governor waited 30 seconds to attack Gingrich and then used the phrase "resigned in disgrace" twice in the same answer to describe the end of his rival's tenure as House Speaker. He called Gingrich a creature of K Street, the corridor of Washington lobbyists, who cuddled on a couch with liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi over cap-and-trade policy and attacked conservative Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan.

    (CAMPAIGN 2012: Palin: Christie Got His 'Panties in a Wad' Over Gingrich)

    While Gingrich roamed K Street, Romney said he "fought" against cap-and-trade, he "fought" for Ryan and he "fought" for GOP values. Get it? He's a fighter.

    "Mitt's a lot more Detroit than Harvard tonight," tweeted GOP consultant Mike Murphy, who worked for Romney in the past but is not affiliated with a campaign this cycle.

    Humbled and humiliated in South Carolina, Romney used the 18th GOP debate to show voters that he wanted the nomination badly enough to fight for it. That is, after all, what GOP voters want most: A nominee with the guts and talent to stand up to President Obama.

    (CAMPAIGN 2012: Romney Morphs From Prey Into Hunter)

    In previous debates, especially the past two in South Carolina, Gingrich reflected the frustration of conservatives voters by lambasting debate moderators, members of the mainstream media so loathed by the GOP. Romney saved his loathing for Gingrich.

    "I didn't have an office on K Street. I wasn't a lobbyist," the former Massachusetts governor said during the NBC News/National Journal/Tampa Bay Times debate. "You have congressmen who say you came in and lobbied them... ."

    Gingrich replied: "You just jumped a long way over here, friend." The famously explosive former House speaker quietly seethed, pausing for a moment to control his anger before denying the charge. Gingrich apparently decided that he is the front-runner and so could take the high road.

    (CAMPAIGN 2012: Angry Newt Takes the Night Off)

    It was unclear whether the Angry Mitt and Confident Newt acts would change the race's dynamics. If nothing else, Romney showed some life but he failed to provoke Gingrich's fiery temper -- "The Moment" he really needed.

    Earlier in the day, Gingrich released his lucrative contract with Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant despised by small-government Republicans. The document blows a hole in the former speaker's claim that he was hired as a "historian." Whether or not Gingrich's services for Freddie Mac meet the technical definition of a lobbyist, the contract is a classic Washington bond between an influence peddler and client.

    Handed this gift, Romney initially failed to sharply draw the contrast between what Gingrich said and what Gingrich did. "We just learned today that his contract with Freddie Mac was provided by the lobbyist at Freddie Mac," Romney said, adding that it would be a mistake to nominate somebody who was working for Freddie Mac's lobbyists.

    "I have never, ever gone and done any lobbying," Gingrich replied.

    Only in Washington would Gingrich's activities not be considered lobbying. Gingrich himself has said he gave "strategic advice" to Freddie Mac, and his own contract shows that he gave that advice to the firm's top lobbyist. All for the small price of $25,000 a month, which means that in two months Gingrich made the annual U.S. median household income.

    Gingrich is splitting hairs: The contract actually provides for possibility that he would need to file as a lobbyist under Washington's forgiving ethics laws. And no matter how you read the contract, there is absolutely no way to justify Gingrich's initial description of his activities - that he was paid in his capacity as a "historian." '

    With barely concealed disdain, Gingrich swept aside every Romney attack by pointing voters to his web site and promising to rebut the charges there. "I'm not going to waste my time" responding to Romney, he said, calling the charges "the worst kind of politics."

    It was brash dodge that Romney initially let pass, but he circled back later in the debate and nailed Gingrich. "They don't pay people $25,000 a month for six years to be a historian," Romney said. He added that Gingrich was being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the mortgage giant while Freddie Mac was "doing a lot of bad" to Floridians.

    Gingrich's stunning South Carolina victory, coupled with his surge in Florida polling, has created near-panic among Republican consultants, lobbyists, elected officials and staffers, particularly in Washington, who believe Gingrich is too volatile and scandal-plagued to defeat Obama.

    "The basic case is that Romney has lost and we're f****d. That's what's going on," GOP consultant John Feehery said just before the debate. He was quick to add that he personally doesn't agree that the fundamentals of the race have changed, and that Romney will outlast Gingrich.

    "Newt can't stayed tied to this earth," he said.

    Both candidates struggled late in the debate with separate questions. Romney said he would not deport the 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and did not support amnesty. His solution? "Self-deportation," he said: in other words, deny illegal immigrants jobs and hope they return to their home countries. That phrase won't play well in the general election, if Romney gets there.

    Gingrich had a hard time squaring his support of English-only laws and campaign tactics that target Hispanic voters in their native language. "I think it's essential to have a central
    language," he said with typical sanctimony.

    And yet, not one nasty word for the moderator.

    "Angry Newt" Takes the Night Off - 2012 Decoded

    Now were talking "Strategic Advice", been there done that Gingrich no repeat performance for me!!!

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