In his latest campaign ad, Newt Gingrich suggests he knew from the start that the deficit “super committee” would be a failure. The ad, which weaves together clips from a Republican primary debate last August, features Gingrich describing the super committee as “dumb,” “irrational,” and “phony” and sarcastically referring to the committee members as “brilliant.”
Watch it here, via newt.org:
At the GOP Thanksgiving Family Forum debate on “family issues” on Saturday, Newt Gingrich accused Occupy Wall Street protesters of acting entitled. “All the Occupy movements start with a premise that we all owe them everything,” he argued:
They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park so that they can self-righteously explain that they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything.”
First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden received a hostile welcome at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Finale in Homestead, Florida, on Sunday, where they made an appearance to show support for military families.
The audience cheered loudly when the announcer asked servicepeople, veterans, and their families to stand for recognition. But when Obama and Biden were introduced, boos from the crowd drowned out most of the cheers.
Saturday’s Republican debate on “family issues” kicked off with Michele Bachmann pouring water for all the men sitting around the table.
As the candidates took their seats, Bachmann politely poured water for Ron Paul, who was sitting to her right and herself, when moderator Frank Luntz said, “I want to begin by thanking Representative Bachmann for taking care of the water for today’s event.” She laughed and walked the length of the table, pouring water for Luntz and the rest of the candidates.
On Friday Herman Cain, explaining his stumble on a question about Libya in a recent interview, suggested the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan are “going to be part of the government” in Libya.
“The question was too broad,” he told journalists at a stop in Florida. “And so I paused. And what they didn’t show was, I asked the reporter to be more specific. Well, he didn’t get more specific. His question was — and I hope you all show this or write about it — ‘Do you agree or disagree with President Obama on Libya?’ But what part?”
Six of the Republican presidential candidates met at the First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa, last night for a dinnertime “family discussion” at the Thanksgiving Family Forum. Gathered around a wooden table garnished with a centerpiece of artificial pumpkins, moderator Frank Luntz asked Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum about their views on social issues, morality, personal responsibility, and God. Neither of the two Mormon candidates, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, were in attendance. Here are some of the most memorable moments:
1. Gingrich tells OWS: “Go get a job — right after you take a bath.”
Asked about the role of personal responsibility in society, Gingrich quoted John Smith (of Pocahontas fame): “In 1607 in the first English speaking permanent colony, [Smith said] to the aristocrats who had paid their way and didn’t want to work: ‘If you don’t work, you won’t eat.’”