Gingrich: Changing Washington Requires 'Remarkable Leadership'

Friday, 23 Sep 2011 05:41 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says only “remarkable leadership” will change the way Washington does business. The presidential hopeful also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity following Thursday night’s GOP debate that, if elected, Americans will have to work with him to foment that change.
 
 “Well, I think, you currently have a lack of leadership and without leadership, which has to reach out to the American people, you can’t move Washington,” Gingrich said. “I tell everybody: I’m not asking you to be for me because that means you . . .  go home and say, hope he fixes it. I’m asking you to be with me, because it’s going to take an eight-year struggle in which American people engage [to] educate their members of the House and Senate.

“They help us police the bureaucracies, they help fill up the space if we take power away from Washington and send it back home,” he said. “So, you've got to think about this as taking remarkable leadership.

“I've seen it three times in my lifetime,” Gingrich continued. “Margaret Thatcher in Great Britain in 1979; Ronald Reagan in the 80s; and what we did with the ‘Contract with America’ — where we moved America’s debt projection from a $2.2 trillion deficit over 10 years when I came into office to $2.7 trillion surplus over 10 years when I left. So, I know you can have change — dramatic change —with effective leadership.”
 
Hannity asked Gingrich about his new “Contact with America,” which is expected to be released next week. Gingrich said it would encompass more than the 1994 contract, which helped sweep Republicans to congressional control.

“Brand new, much bigger, much deeper and much more profound because the problems are much bigger than they were in 1994,” Gingrich said. “I think there will be four different sections and the legislative section will have 10 very substantial bills.”

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