Gingrich to Newsmax: I Don’t Agree With Boehner, But He’s Safe

Friday, 14 Dec 2012 04:27 PM

By Bill Hoffmann and Kathleen Walter

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Newt Gingrich strongly disagrees with John Boehner’s proposal to increase revenues — seen by some House Republicans as nothing more than a sneaky tax increase — but he’s adamant the House Speaker won’t be ousted.

“I’m confident that he’ll get re-elected as speaker,’’ the former Republican house speaker tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

Video to come.

“I do disagree with him. I don’t think that backdoor tax increases are any better than front door tax increases but that’s just a fundamental difference about philosophy.

“I don’t believe we are under taxed. I believe we’re overspent. And every time we try to find a clever way to raise taxes, we weaken the economy further.’’

Gingrich said GOP lawmakers must prepare to fight out-of-control government regulations such as a new healthcare plan surcharge of $63 per person, which amounts to a $25 million tax and was enacted without a congressional vote.

“This is a president who is going to regulate everything. He’s going to tax everything. He’s going to spend everything. He wants the government to control your life,’’ said Gingrich, who led the House from 1995 through 1999.

“What House Republicans have to do is decide that they are going to defend freedom and they’re going to defend the Constitution.

“Sooner or later that means that they’re going to have a huge fight over appropriations and they’re going to cut off the money for the president to implement these things.’’

While Boehner and Obama appear to remain worlds apart in a fiscal cliff deal, Gingrich said it’s not the first time the federal government has been on the brink.

“Everybody forgets that we closed the government for six days in November of 1995 and we closed the government for 21 days in December and January,’’ Gingrich said.

“It’s only after those two closings that [Bill Clinton] agreed that we would cut spending . . . Until the House Republicans draw a line in the sand that’s real and stand behind it and fight – and under our Constitution, they can fight the president to a draw.’’

He said Republicans should not pay attention to polls that might suggest they compromise or cave.

“You’re not going to get re-elected until November of 2014. So you don’t have to get up every morning and stick your finger to the wind and say, ‘What do the polls tell me?’’’ he said.

“Do what you believe is right, fight for a smaller government and indicate that you’re prepared to not fund and completely cut off appropriations if that’s what it takes. At some point, you’ll get the president’s respect. And once you get his respect, you can negotiate seriously.’’

Gingrich, who lost out to Mitt Romney in his bid to capture the Republican presidential nomination this year, says he is continually asked by people about whether he will attempt to conquer the White House in 2016.

“And I tell them we’re gradually paying off the debt from 2012. If we get it paid off then [my wife] Callista and I have both indicated we’d be willing to look seriously at the future,’’ Gingrich said.

“It’s so uncertain what’s going to happen that I don’t think any wise person would close every door.’’

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