Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks Oprah Winfrey campaigning with Barack Obama will be a big advantage for him over Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“I think she helps him a lot, because he’s already proven he’s a real candidate,” Gingrich told host Steve Doocey on the “Fox and Friends” morning program. “She’s now coming on top of what he’s already achieved,” he said.
Gingrich says for millions of Americans, Winfrey is one of the most respected people in the country. “They like her as a person, they respect her judgment; her endorsement for books and for other things is enormously powerful.”
Gingrich notes that Obama is ahead of Clinton right now in Iowa and “That’s real trouble for Senator Clinton,” he said.
Asked what a Republican has to do to win, Gingrich said he has to “Stand for real change.”
“They have to have an energy strategy because people don’t like a 90 dollar, hundred dollar barrel of oil,” he said.
About illegal immigration, Gingrich says Republicans “Have to have a strategy for the border because people don’t like having people pour across the border.”
Gingrich says Republicans hurt themselves in the last election because they failed to control spending and were “Spending money like liberal Democrats.” He thinks that was the “greatest thing” that hurt them and “really offended the conservative base of the Republican party.”
Gingrich says while Democrats say they’re for change they “Can’t in the end be for real change; they can be for change from George W. Bush.” He notes the backing Democrats get from trial lawyers and public employee unions.
“They can’t be for controlling the border, they’re even confused about whether or not you should give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses,” Gingrich told Fox.
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