Could it be a coincidence that GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich describes his upcoming speech on space policy Wednesday as a "visionary" address "in the John F. Kennedy tradition?"
Perhaps not. After all 2012 is the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's iconic "we choose to go to the moon in this decade" speech, where he performed a presidential Babe Ruth. Like the Sultan of Swat, Kennedy dared to point out a seemingly impossible goal and swing for it - hitting a home run.
Gingrich, aiming to maintain political momentum after Saturday's primary victory in South Carolina, is expected to outline his vision for America in space following the U.S. loss of its more than 30-year-old shuttle program.
Reversing the falling numbers of Florida’s space-affiliated jobs will be a likely message of Gingrich's speech, say industry experts. But more than that, they say the address will be Gingrich's chance to make a very public and detailed commitment to what American space exploration might look like under a Gingrich administration.
The former House speaker offered a hint during Monday’s debate when he suggested cutting bureaucratic fat from NASA and using cash prizes as incentives to reach national space goals.
“There’s every reason to believe that there’s a lot of folks in this country and around the world who would put up an amazing amount of money and would make the Space Coast literally hum with activity because they’d be drawn to achieve these prizes: going back to the moon permanently, getting to Mars as rapidly as possible, building a series of space stations and developing commercial space,” Gingrich said. “There are a whole series of things we could do that could be dynamic that are more than just better government bureaucracy.”
The idea would save Washington hundreds of billions of dollars, says top Gingrich adviser and ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker. “It may well be that if we put a prize on the table that encouraged entrepreneurs and adventurers to go do it - and develop all the technologies - that we ought to offer them a prize that would be worth their while.”
Now age 68, Gingrich’s generation came of age as America’s space program triumphed over troubled growing pains to achieve historic orbital successes during the Mercury and Gemini manned space missions.
Those who know Gingrich well say he sees space exploration in sweeping historical terms - a new frontier as important as the Old West and comparable to the building of the transcontinental railroad.
"He's not for tripling the NASA budget,” says James Muncy, longtime Gingrich adviser and friend. “He's for investing in space in a way that will open the frontier and make it possible for more and more Americans over time to go live there and work there and prosper there."
Early in Gingrich’s congressional tenure he supported increases in NASA’s budget. He supported funding for the International Space Station and worked with President Clinton to preserve funding in the 1990s.
However, now, that support for funding NASA appears to have diminished.
At a GOP debate last summer, Gingrich accused NASA's bureaucracy of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars since the 1969 moon landing. Without the waste, he said the U.S. “would probably today have a permanent station on the moon, three or four permanent stations in space, a new generation of lift vehicles." Instead, NASA has produced "failure after failure," he said.
Gingrich’s presidential rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has warmed up to space exploration as Florida’s Tuesday primary closes in.
During a December debate, some say Romney appeared to mock the former House Speaker’s support for future lunar mining colonies. "I'm not in favor of spending that kind of money to do that," Romney told Gingrich.
At Monday’s debate in Florida, Romney said space exploration “should certainly be a priority.”
Then Romney went on to blame Obama, saying his lack of “plans for NASA” have “failed miserably the people of Florida.”
He called for NASA’s mission to be determined by a president and a collection of people from NASA, Air Force, universities and commercial enterprises. Romney called for a mission that “excites our young people about the potential of space” with commercial potential” that “will pay for itself down the road.”
Space industry analyst Jeff Foust of spacepolitics.com told CNN that Romney was talking about a "centralized, in some respect, space program centered on NASA but also bringing in the military and commercial sectors to help select priorities and to help fund those programs. Gingrich is talking basically about getting rid of a lot of the NASA bureaucracy setting out some large prizes and telling the private sector, 'OK get to it.' That's a fairly strong contrast between the two."
Another GOP candidate, Rick Santorum, has been virtually silent on space issues, says Foust, although he may offer insight into his space policy views during this week's Florida campaign stops. Likewise, Ron Paul hasn't said a whole lot about it, Foust says. "His Libertarian political philosophy would suggest that he would be opposed to big government programs." But Foust says Paul has voted in Congress to support some NASA programs.
President Obama cut NASA’s Constellation program - which was aimed at returning Americans to the moon - but preserved Orion, a multi-purpose manned space vehicle designed for long distance missions.
Two years ago, Gingrich came out in support for Obama’s 2011 NASA budget in an editorial co-authored by Walker. Specifically, the two praised a proposed program to allow private companies to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
NASA’s 2012 budget – $17.8 billion – is about the same as 2009’s – the final budget hammered out during the Bush administration.
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My God... what an insult to JFK's memory to have this clown with JFK's legacy.
I thought he was dreaming he was Ronald Regan, now its Kennedy? Who next Nixon? The very best the Republicans could dig up to run against Obama, sad very sad.
The worst Republican is better than the greatest Democrat.
If you look at all the benchmarks that define a great president, then in the past 50 years, the two best were Nikon and Reagan. Nixon, mostly because of his briliant foreign policy which offset much of Watergate and Reagan because of his economic policies and his ability to rally people. Clinton, whom Democrats like to showcase as a great economic president build an economic house of cards that consisted of hyper-speculation on stocks, many worthless, and deregulating derivatives, what lead directly to the banking and housing crisis that has destroyed America's economy.
That's really sad that you believe that.
Scott's obviously about twelve and really impressed with stuff his dad says at dinner.
Your unquestioning support to a party is what got us all here to begin with....How can there be so much Kool-aid in the world?
Wasn't Reagan probably the last republican president to have any kind of space vision? I mean sure his vision was about lasers rather than exploration, but it was still a vision.
Grinch gets a few things right, but oh so many other things wrong. Even if I agreed with him on tax cuts for the rich or going to war with Iran (which I don't), I wouldn't vote for him simply because he wants a "bigger" big brother government to snoop on us all, and to arrest any citizens that are "undesirables". He honestly things TSA, Homeland Security, and the new defense bill that allows the government to arrest American citizens with no right to trial *doesn't go far enough*!
What you can say. This is typical Newt. Big idea but not real! Compare himself to JFK. LOL!!!
I'll bet Newt the Nut is great at space speeches. Living on Mars and all.
Does Gingrich being like JFK mean being unfaithful to their wives. We have heard plenty about JFK and his escapades.Did not seem to influence his job and was the most popular President, except Reagan ,in our lifetime.
JFK: my favorite politician; Newt: the most loathsome. Nothing similar...and please stop with the Newt intelligence crap. He did not make tenure at West Georgia College! The man is a flat out bombastic dumbbell. His little head does the thinking for him.
You must be of the Democrat party, died in the wool.
His head is surprisingly large, actually. There's just nothing in it.
Interesting how he compares his speech to JFK, a Democrat, and his favorite 20th century president is FDR, a Democrat.
He is grasping at anything. His dumb advisers told him he should try since they have the same hair......really. Do they think people are stupid ? yes, evidently.
Remember Sarah Palin?....this guy doesn't need a ventriliquist's dummy (sic) to loose. That's one thing he CAN do all by himself. If republicans ever look at their candidates objectively they'd barf a river.
So this buffoon wants smaller government and claims government doesn't create jobs but wants the US government to create job in a space program it can't afford? Does anyone who likes this clown actually listen to what he says?
guys I think we were all blindsided and missed what was meant. look at the pictures again. I missed it too. the similarity refered to is they both part their hair on the same side,.
Let's see: he cheats on his wife (or wives), is a nominal Catholic, has a lot of hair, a lot of nerve, a lot of people hate him, he thinks he's smarter than everybody else, made a lot of money with questionable ethical bases...Yeah, they're clones.
funny....interesting. The way they are womanizers...maybe...catholic, deceptive and eager for power.....ok, that is some similarity. Politically .....nothing. Gingrich wants his greedy old trophy wife to be proud of him. She is using him like a garden tool. He is too ignorant to see it.
he's no JFK. He's more like Slobodan Milosevich... both hate mongering fascists
Ha Ha Ha Ha .... OMG .... Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !! .... Newt Gingrich a JFK ? .... Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ..... FOFLSH (falling on floor laughing so hard) Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha That's hysterical !! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!! How do you guys come up with these great jokes? OMG! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. It's not even April Fools Days! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!
Got that righ t!!! Ole Newt is losing his marbles ......
LOL Callista. is no Marilyn Monroe
"You can't out-promise a DIMocRAT!!!"
Just appalled but what can one expect!
David walks over to the fishtank to visit newt and sprinkles in a few flakes. "newt, I knew JFK, worked with him" he pauses to consider then adds "you aint no jay ef kay. besides your a fish" with that he leaves
Best one yet
The resemblance is striking!!!
Yeah, when pigs grow wings, Newt. keep dreaming!
Pander Pander Pander Pander. All the politicans pander. Pander to the Tea Party: "smaller governement"
Pander to the Florida Space Industry: "Fund Space travel." How can they promise both? I hope they order two lunches, one for both of their faces.
hmmm, jfk was unfaithful to his wife (to the MAX), both are very intelligent, both were/are quite brilliant, and both were/are great debaters/speakers. jfk wasn't around long to really know if he would have been a great president. heck the only intelligent candidate seems to be newt, as obongo is long on rhetoric and promises but, alas, has proved himself to be nothing more than an ideologue. to this mba he needs to go back and take eco. 101!!! my question is, why not newt? OBAMANOS!!!
"Why not Newt?" Well, I could give you 1,000 reasons why not Newt, but since you're an anti-President tr oll, what's the point?
Hey, if SuperPACs can buy the presidency, why shouldn't outer space be for sale too?
Hey Newt. We already have a new space mission. It's the same one we had in the 1960's – called Deep Space. And we're progressing nicely. Now that we're done with the stupid shuttles which were nothing more than a vehicle looking for a mission. In fact, we struggled to invent missions for the shuttles to do. Now we're headed to Mars. A planet that can actually be terraformed and made inhabitable by humans. These type of space missions are high risk, high reward, instead of this low-earth orbit merry-go-round shuttle stuff. And the moon? That's marginally useful, mostly as a base for some radio-telescopes on the far side.
"Newt, JFK was a hero of mine, I grew to be a better man because of JFK, Newt you don't belong in the same breath as JFK"
No kidding. Newt is delusional.
Oh just what we need another Republican getting us involved in expensive venture we don't need. Please nominate Romney the country is a financial crisis.
Bill, Bill, Bill. When will you libs ever get your nose out of everyone else's lelwats? If a rich person decides to waste his/her own money on something stupid it's their business, not yours.And if you're worried that this rich guy won't be able to relate and represent us underlings, why so mum about the rich Democrats in Washington?Suprdude again libs sticking their nose into other peoples lelwats. Provided the money was not ill-gotten, why do you want to make it your business where Newt spends or how much he spends. The money belongs to him, not the state. I'll bet your significant other would love to have you do some lavish spending on them. If you want to get angry at someone spending money why not your representatives and President they are spending YOUR money.
In your dreams Newt, in your dreams. I hate to tell you this but you ain't no John Kennedy.
Lloyd Bentsen, where are you when we need you?????
Last time I looked, JFK was a Democrat and Newt is what whatever he thinks a Republican is, depending on the audience. JFK was a military veteran, perhaps even a hero, while the closest Newt has been to combat is divorce court. JFK was a Senator, Newt is a former Congressman who resigned under a cloud of ethics violations. JFK created the Peace Corps while the best Newt could come up with is his "Contract with America" which he honored just like his wedding vows (twice). While both JFK and Newt are not perfect human beings, only Newt considers his flaws a compelling argument for being POTUS.
No need to qualify. JFK was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for actions saving his crew on PT-109. One can argue on their politics. Bu not many, regardless of their political connections, are awarded the CGoM.
Sorry Mike. Don't do any bar bets with that one. JFK has a Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions concerning PT109. If your make statements as fact here research first or you'll be taken for a "dim bulb" like the repubs who do the same thing. Mis statements only serve to generate more of the same from people who don't bother to retain what they've read or don't bother to question what they believe as truth.
Good post. I'm glad you mentioned the Peace Corps. Newt has not and would not create anything that would have such a good and long lasting impact.
How deluded! He thinks he is like JFK? He has to be nuts!
JFK was not in the business of taking away rights. Gingrich has Don't Ask, Don't Tell and The Defense of Marriage Act ruining his one man show concerning unalienable rights and the freedoms of ALL Americans. His own history negates his most deeply held views. A walking conundrum of immoral and unethical behavior for which few politicians can match.
When Kennedy made that speech there were not 47 million people on foodstamps. The US is no longer capable of supporting a space program.
So where's the cash going to come from for these "cash prizes" you plan to give out, Newt?
Maybe you can do some more "historian work" for Freddie and Fannie and then donate your fees. Or make it simpler. Just cut out Medicare and Social Security and you can use that money to fund NASA. After all, landing on Mars is a great deal more important than preventing poor and sick seniors from dying in the gutters, isn't it?
The closest thing they have in common, is their age.
Sorry but Newt is not a JFK. And not even dreams can make him JFK.
Now if only we could send Gingrinch on a one way trip into space
Oh why do we compare morons to JFK? Obama is no JFK and most certainly Newt is not either. I was mortified with Obama being compared but Newt also Oh Please.
It's that what he thinks?. This guy is given to lofty flowery empty rhetoric, but this one takes the cake. Newt is light years behind a man of the caliber of JFK.
Based on the way he's been conducting himself the last few weeks, a more apt heading would be :
NEWT: ANOTHER SOB.!
He's also light years behind JFK in terms of mistresses!!!
Newt and JFK is an obscene comparison. Don't dare sully JFK's name with THAT association.
How is Gingrich going to pay for his ideal? Although he would anticipate private investment, but it would still cost the taxpayers billions to trillions of dollars.
Gingrich couldn't carry JFK's jockstrap.
Love or hate the Kennedy family, JFK was the last beacon of good against corrupt government and died because of it. JFK on his worst day is 100 times the man Newt could ever be on his best day.
After the debate in FL last night with Romney. I am sure NEWT (The Angry Little Attack Muffin) is seriously considering shutting this campaign down.
And all along I thought Newt wanted to be Reagan-who's up next;maybe Lincoln?
Newt did a very revealing article with Vanity Fair (Gail Sheehy) back in 2008 about his life, childhood, and beliefs. He is not telling the truth right now about his background. He was NO Army brat. He lived overseas in France for a just a few years, Most of his life was being shuffled among relatives. His father divorced his mother right after he was born. He was raised by other family members off and on while his bipolar mother was in and out of Psych hospitals. He tried to have a relationship with his father but he rejected him. His stepfather tried to be there for him but Newt refused him. It's very sad actually – but the most revealing part of the article is Newt revealing he is "hypomanic". It is not as severe as being bipolar but hypomania causes erratic outbursts (as we have seen) and irrational behavior. This is what his Republican colleagues in the House were referring to about his "unstable" leadership. They found him "scary" at times and wanted him gone as Speaker and it is why NOT ONE Republican who knows him and has known him for a long time supports him. His endorsements are from people who have barely met him and are judging him on his so-called debate rages. Newt is dangerous for America and it is why the Republican establishment is in a PANIC over his sudden rise in the polls. They know they cannot let him be the nominee for his erratic behavior is going to rear itself as more real pressure is applied to him. Stress bring out his mania. Let's stop all this drama, lies, hate, and racism right now. Just stand up for President Obama who has worked hard for ALL Americans, who has got this economy growing again, and who is the only real leader who can handle this complex Republican mess and has proven he can certainly handle foreign policy with brillance and success. OBAMA 2012
Right on Cynthia, If the RNC shoves Romney, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry down the aorhtts of the American electorate, Ron Paul must go third party, or we can write him in.As for me, it's Ron Paul only. I will not vote for the lesser of two evils ever again. If this puts obama in again, maybe the RNC will get the message and nominate a candidate selected by the people, not them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Of course both parties are so infiltrated by the NWO crowd they don't really care if it's obama, Romney, Gingrich, or Perry. We will have the same type of government, just a DIFFERENT bunch of crooks.
Democrats are such hypocrits. Do you relaly thing Obama is going to be feeling our pain while he's spending Christmas in Hawaii and playing his 89+ rounds of golf while president? How about all the other lavish vacations he and his family have taken at the taxpayers expense is that how he connects with the common people? Did you think he feels any pangs of guilt over killing the DC school voucher program while his his daughters are getting the best education? And you have a problem with Romney's $10,000 get real!
Really space? Because job growth education health and homes aren't worth GOP time
I guess as a history professor, he would know the meaning of hubris?
You mean hubistory professor
ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! THAT IS THE MOST OBVIOUSLY RIDICULOUS STATEMENT I HAVE HEARD!!!
What I'm hearing from most of these blogs..."Blah, Blah, Blah" Don't you Lefties ever get tired of your "Blah, Blah, Blah"? All I can say to you is SIUYA.
Blah blah bla....I thoght that was the republican platform = more of the same. Typical repub = angst and potty mouth instead of ideas.
Newt is a forcefull debater, who will not allow the Obama mainstream media run their shill show for their messiah.
Gingrich is no JFK. Nor has he ever implied that he was.You in Left wing media are positing that. Gingrich is extremely intelligent, as JFK was. JFK was infinitely smarter than LBJ when it came to VietNam. JFK consistently stated it "was South VietNam's war to win or loose". In good Democrat fashion LBJ lied to the American people, stating "he would not send American boys to do what Vietnamese boys should do for their own country".Five months after winning the election the U.S. was neck deep in the quagmire, thanks to the lying LBJ. Hence I will never vote for a Democrat under any conditions.
you're almost as funny as Newt. The exception being that you actually believe your own BS.
i came to laugh
One thing they do have in common is they are both adulters.
m sure if Romney gave a speech on space policy, Gingrich would castigate him for not thinking full-time about our problems here on this planet. This is another example of the way Gingrich flits from idea to idea, giving some glib visions and prescriptions but never delving deep enough to understand the full impacts and implications of what he urges. The guy is not deep.
Who the heck wrote this piece of garbage? Callista?
Cut this budget for a year and send every college age teenager to college who wants to go for 4 years. That is an investment.
JFK had Charisma. Gingrich has Chuzpah. There is a difference.
that he will repeal Roe V Wade, good luck with the ealfme vote if he feels that way. He gets an F on Immigration of all the candidates, same as Obama has. And saying that he will send all Illegals packing, is actually an impossible task. So there goes the Hispanic vote.He says that Iran or any other country that wants a Nucleur Bomb has a right to have them. Eve in the face of the Iranian Mullahs saying that if they get the Bomb they will use it to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.And is nome of his interviews, he has made some gaffees that make Joe Biden look like a intellectual giant.His wanting to turn the US into an Isolationist country and close down all the bases we have throughout the world is another big scare. Did not we do that after WWI and get reminded that if we stay hjome our enemies build to harm us? If Paul gets the Nomination, Obama will indeed win. And his threat of running as an independent again if he does not get the nod, makes it even worse.
Good thing CNN withheld the name of the article writer: Such drivel, such stupidity! (you could perhaps draw parallels to JFK when it comes to women...).
Gingrich doesn't have an ounce of the sense of serving the public that JFK had, or the Kennedys as a clan. Newt is in it for himself, nobody else, Newt is in it for Newt. His speeches are decorations, flowery fluff. Of course, desperate lemmings will follow him, over the cliff.
JFK served in the Pacific, Newt deferred... JFK had appeal around the world, Newt grosses out most Americans minus the desperate flock of followers.
The Kennedys sacrificed for this country, Newt skims it.
JFK pulled people and nations together, Newt divides.
The Kennedys appealed to civility, supported Civil Rights, Newt flaunts the supreme court and taunts the black community.
Let's not bring up such comparisons anymore. What's next? Sarah Palin compared to Jaqueline Kennedy????
You're gonna support Obama in November? Got welfare?
Wooten, I don't have 'welfare', I Work for a living, I got a job , and I pay a higher percentage of taxes than Romney does.
No Palin comparisons please We already had Bachmann comparing herself to Margret Thatcher
I've studied about JFK. I've had my kids do reports and watch videos about JFK. "Newt", YOU'RE NO JFK!!
South Carolina's embrace of Gingrich makes them look cynical at best and unethical at worst.
The only thing they both have in common is infidelity. Although, Newt is more of a playboy. I would never vote for the guy
hiliarious headline. Newt. huh!
Gingrich should forget about space and try to make it possible for more and more Americans over time to live here and work here and prosper here.
Gingrich is delusional, a legend in his own mind.
maybe so.is it really any different from obama.
NEWTS SPACE RACE:
"Gentelmen, I have brought you here to participate in our new cutting edge space program. Each of you will be designated to a team, teams will be given an objective, the first team to complete thier objective will be treated to a Domino's pizza party on me! Now get to work and good luck gentelmen."
Newt as JFK? Reminds me much more of Nixon.
I was no fan of Nixon's but he was a helluva lot brighter.
WAYYYYYY.... While Nixon was not the brightest bulb in the box, Newt couldn't wipe his ..............nose. "I am not a crook". Try sayin' that 100 times Newt.
Wow! Gingrich is going to try to wrap himself in the John F. Kennedy cloth. Doesn't he know that the stink of his past personal indiscretions, ethics violations, and unprincipled and mean-spirited behaviors will still seep through no matter how tightly he wraps himself in other people's accomplishments. Shameful and pathetic.
How can they mention JFK and Gringrich in the same breath? This just ruined my lunch.
Why not? They both cheated on their wives
Yes, their record with females is not very good. That's where every comparison ends.
Hmmm, here is where we need side-by-side pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Callista!!!
It's very easy to compare Newt to JFK. Both are despised by the opposite party, as well as seen as a possible destructive force to their own party.
And why is south carolina still a part of the usa?!?! Get rid of it!
While Kennedy look very presidential. Newt looks like he just won the Krispy Kream olympics. Looks aren't the only measure of these two men. Unfortunately the GOP candidates are making Obama look good.
Despite having been House Speaker, these two aren't even in the same league!! Leadership, basic knowlege of politics and the world in general, a first class Ivy League education and established relationships with the opinion leaders of the world are the hallmarks of JFK.... Gingrich isn't even in that class and never will be.
Gingrich wants a top notch space program without spending any money on it? He needs to go down the road to Disney's Fantasyland.
Gingrich is actually anothe rNixon – not a kennedy. Narcisistic to the core.
Newt as JFK? Is the writer delusional? The only way would be a fantasy in Newt's brain! Gingrich is no where near the stature of JFK and to even suggest something so awful is a terrible affront to JFK's legacy. Gingrich is fit to wak in JFK's shadow!
Will someone who knew Jack Kennedy please inform Newt he is not Jack Kennedy? Please?
Omg!!! JFK was NOT the best president that the USA has ever had!!! WOW ahahahaha!
Secondly, Newt, you're next to be eliminated off the island. No one on the right will be able to beat Obama thank lordy.
I'm assuming as usual CNN did this in another lame attempt to increase page views on their web site, further turning it into the online equivalent of the National Enquirer . Either that or they're going into the comedy business.
Naturally the Republicans would be worried about shoring up investments to their friends at NASA. How will getting to Mars improve our current problems here on Earth? The urge for more nationalistic bragging rights always outweighs the concerns of the poor. Let us dig deep and double up on education in this country. Mars can wait and Gingrich can twiddle his thumbs and dream of the day he sends all gay people to Saturn for an extended vacation. That would be his biggest dream come true. I'm certain he could "lead" with that "vision". What a small and pathetic man.
Ron Paul is a strong evlibeer in Defense. What he does not support is troops all over the world which have nothing to do with the defense of the United States. It is these foreign entanglements that get us into trouble. Ron Paul also recieves more in financial contributions from those in the military than any other candidate. So perhaps he is not as anti military as you think!
"Gingrich Another JFK?"
JFK? No. JERK would be more accurate.
Newt another JFK? Romney another Mother Theresa? Santorum another MLK? Ron Paul another Hitler? I love CNN.
Newt is the ultimate prototype of a dictatorial leader. His official position on anything is do as I say, not as I do. When he was the Speaker, everything good that happened in the country was because of his awesome leadership, and everything bad that happened was attributed to the Democrat's policies, just ask him.
Newt like JFK??? When's he going to Dallas??
I do not like him either, but that was not cool.
I coulda written this article with just one word: ...NO.
Newt Gingrich =/= JFK unless you're counting people that would like to put a bullet in his head.
Also not cool.
JFK? No I don't think so however he does bear a strikingly resemblance to the Pillsbury Doughboy. Maybe Mitt can poke him in the stomach with his finger and see if he giggles.
Nighthawk1950:.....u so silly :)
Speaking of moons, if I ever see Gingrich I'm going to give him one.
Health care isn't the only reason to cosdiunt Willard as a Republican candidate, but it's more than enough.Anyone notice that Willard just seems to want to fix what's in DC, opposed to seeing a NEED to revamp and CUT OUT much of what's happening.You can't fix socialism-Marxism. It needs to be eradicated!!!Newt makes me very uncomfortable because he flirts a little too much with the left. I don't mean to compare him to Obozo, ideology wise, but I fear the general public is making the same mistake with Newt as they made with Obozo They're overtaken with his articulation and glib talk about history, and not necessarily hearing WHAT he's saying. Newt seems to like the terms empowering vs imposing but it's too easy to impose a govt goal with selective empowerments. One needs to listen very carefully to what Newt is saying so as to discern WHAT he's actually saying, oppose to HOW he's saying it.
funny, I was thinking that that might be a job for which Newt IS qualified!!!!!!
Newt is no JFK but I would still vote for him over Obama. Obama will not get my vote a second time. If this is the change Obama was talking about he can keep it.
Hang in there, Romney has one of those Domino's jobs he likes to brag about waiting for you.
Sorry but I think I will stick to being in Healthcare. Working for Cardinal Health Pays alot more but I could make even more but they have had cuts. Why you may ask? OBAMACARE
Rodney, you need to step outside the box and THINK FOR YOURSELF instead of voting the republican ticket just because you always have (an assumption), Pres. Obama is the only candidate who will work towards YOUR best interests!
I stepped outside the box when I voted for Obama. I thought I would give him a chance. I can't believe that people cannot see what is happening.
"I can't believe that people cannot see what is happening."
Well, why don't you list some of this conspiracy?
Oh, because there is not one.
And that's something I can't understand for the life of me. Obama is gradually digging you out of the huge hole that Bush and the GOP put you in over 8 years, going from a huge economic surplus to massive debt and virtual economic collapse, and you want to put them back in the WH just as you're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's mind boggling.
You must be kidding. Are you even in America?
Go bite a pillow pal; it is going to occur.
Then you and your "Daddy" can try to find some common ground to bond and cry over.
Perhaps toting that mop bucket is hard, but if you work hard, you can be promoted to urinals!
I was out of work for almost months under during the last year of the Bush admin – stuff happens.
Now I am fully employed and actually making almost 26 thousand more than I was in my previous position.
I would say that is positive change.
Yes Mr. President made some big promises, but what I like about him, is that he never gave up on trying to keep those promises. You have to understand that it's alot harder to fix things in such a short time. Spoiled brats like you that wants everything now is what's wrong with this country.
On another subject; money needs to circulate to make the economy better. Money horders and destroy our economy. Now who do you think is hording all the money? (very rhetorical question, I hope you can figure it out.)
Yes Rodney We need a MAAD! FEARMONGER ANGRY RACIST HYPOCRITE FUNDEMENTALIST ADULTER like newt to send this country to HELL!
Yes Rodney We need a RAGING- MAAD! FEARMONGER ANGRY RACIST HYPOCRITE FUNDEMENTALIST ADULTER like newt to send this country to HELL!
Give me a break – he could not carry JFK's shoes, little alone try to fill them.
Gingrich is against wasting public money, but it's okay to spend it on space exploration. None of the Republicans are fiscal conservatives (except maybe Ron Paul – sadly he's crazy too). Obama is spending too much money, but at the same time it is his fault he isn't spending enough money on NASA. Come on! I hope people in Florida see how obviously they're pandering to the primary voters there. "Oh we'll totally throw billions of dollars into your state if you elect us, but we'd never promise money to people like Obama did as a communist!"
is there a book were CNN gets all this BS ???
Yes, it's called- The book of "how to build page views and dumb down a web site by using lame gimmick headlines". They read this cover to cover. They also read "The Masses Are Asses- How to produce news content for people with low IQ's" I believe this was written by one Rupert Murdoch.
my two cents.
Some could argue that "Space program = Government welfare for the white collar"...
Also, JFK's speech and goal of reaching the moon was made in different times, particularly as it relates to our government's ability to actually pull together (willingly or not) and move in a single direction. With the vitriol and partisanship that IS politics today (of which Newt is a leading practicioner), anything he says will be empty words with no follow up or action afterwards.
Say anything, do anything to get elected.
SO TRUE! Gingrich is a slime ball!
My slime ball never hurt anyone. Please do not bring Gingrich up to its level.
Case 1. Newt states his team's refusal to turn negative during IOWA
Point 1. Two days later, Newt goes on the offensive after Romney and Santorum with attack ads.
Case 2. Newt calls on OBAMA to return "the Fannie Mae funds he received".
Point 2. Newt has still not repaid the 1.6 million he received from Freddie Mac.
Whatever this guys says, he BELIEVES the polar opposite.
Despite the obsession with the Individual Mandate, it is not the crux of the Obamacare angst. The crux is the taeeovkr, by the Federal Govt, of a whole sector of the economy that needs to be governed as a free market (which it is not, at present). In addition, the COST of Obamacare was deceitfully uber-understated in another example of Washington corruption. As an aside, the amount of new bureaucracy dedicated to minority coddling and class warfare is ridiculous.This is the NUMBER ONE issue in the 2012 election, and if the GOP candidate cannot convince us that it is his (or hers), it will probably blow the election open with a third party a true disaster.However, Obamacare is really NUMBER TWO the true NUMBER ONE issue is BHO, and he must go.
Left off the punch line of the closing..
"Say anything, do anything to get elected."
Because that is where the REAL money is made.
In the words of our departed U.S. Senator Lolyd Bentsen- Gingrich your no J.F.K.
Beat me to it...
No ! No! Please do not compare Newt with the greatest president of the entire American history. JFK was the last president who tried to stand up against the corruption that runs our Gocernment today. Both he and his brother gave their lives to try and end the organized criminals who own our Represenitives.
It was the ideals JFK inspired in Americans that made him a great man.
To paraphrase Lloyd Benson, I remember John Kennedy and Newt Gingrich is no John Kennedy. Gingrich sullies the name of JFK just by comparing himself, however remotely. His policies are nothing like JFK's. He cares nothing for the disenfranchised, as Kennedy did. He does not inspire those around him, as Kennedy did. He is not the visionary JFK was.
What an insult to JFK!!!
JFK didn't accomplish squat as POTUS. And the liberals that are blasting Newt's adultery, while ignoring the fact that JFK was an even bigger womanizer than Clinton are the ultimate hypocrites. He's only remembered fondly because he got his face blown off.
Gingrich is not only an adulterer, he is a blatant LIRE!!!!
Personally, the only problem I have with Newt's infidelity is that he is trying to pass himself off as a pillar of "family values". Everyone makes mistakes and I don't think that his love life has anything to do with his ability to govern. But don't be a hypocrite about it.
Yes, it is true. But JFK inspired people to act on the behalf of America.
Today's politicos are in it for the bucks. period.
You should be ashamed of yourself for debasing the President of the United States in the fashion you so immaturely displayed.
Whether you personally care for the person or not, the President is the highest position in the land and we as true Americans should respect that office to the best of our abilities.
Shame on you.
Scott and a few others. Yes. JFK didn't do a lot during his presidency...because he was murdsered part way into his first term. But very little is accomplished by a first/single term President (look at each presidential record). It takes a long time for a President to get his feet wet and learn how to pull two disparate parties together. And that's at best! Add in the recession President Obama found at his opening bell, an opposition party so focused on defeating the President they instigate economic disasters, and his own party unwilling to toe the line. JFK experienced horrible pressure because he was a Catholiuc; Romney is already feeling a tinge of the religious spite because he's a Mormnon. Gingrich is an insult to his party, the USA, and the male gender. Dumping on a dead man is a chump action by a chump. I guess you must be without sin since you cast the first stone. Shut up and get out of Mama's basement. Old Soldier, out!
Are you kidding? It shows you know nothing of JFK to make a post like that. He kept us out of nuclear war – when all his advisers and cabinet wanted him to attack Cuba. He KNEW that meant a nuclear proliferation. That, in and of itself, made him a great president, let alone all the other things he accomplished in his short time as president – Peace Corps, Civil Rights.
NEVER, and I repeat, NEVER mention Newts name in comparison to JFK.
AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!! I was horrified when I read that headline.
Why not? Adulterers are all alike.
I agree. Whoever made this comparison is unbelievably insulting to American history!
If JFK was also a liar, crook, rasist and hated the poor, I could see the comparison.
The only way that Newt is like JFK is the eyes. They both have two eyes on either side of their nose. There the similarities end.
Ask not what your country can do for you (like they haven't ripped us off enough already). i'm moving.
You are not in the US anyway, so ....
"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist..."
America new JFK Mr. Gingrich. You sir are no JFK.
Another JFK? Well, he's got the womanizing part down.
Both Romney and Gingrich are shining stars of the end of America. Gingrich should be in Jail for theft of public funds and Romney should be in jail for income tax evasion. In addition, all those politician who rewrote the tax structure allowing them to avoid paying taxes " legally" should be brought to Guantanamo as threats to US National Security. Thanks to these idiots China's standing army is 22 million now being modernized with American funds.
Newt, We still all remember you are from Georgia. Remember the last President from Georgia? At least he had a job as a farmer. You have never had a job and We the People are not prepared to give you one. As far as a connection to JFK. None at all. You see, JFK was a Naval Officer, educated, athletic, and intelligent. Some qualities you, Newt, will never have.
Go back to Georgia and eat another jelly donut.
JFK was not a low-life bully. He could make a point with well thought out words and didn't have to scream at people and use name-calling in an unintelligent and unfiltered way.
Well said....comparing Newt to JFK is like comparing Winston Churchill to Stalin or a leader like that...doesn't work.
Your analogy makes no sense whatever. Newt as Churchill, JFK as Stalin ??
JFK is probably the best president ever and the person who could come a close second to him is Romney:)
up the dosage.
Yeah, best president if you are a 1%er. Bend over and pull your pants down if you make below 100K a year.
Really? Why less than $100k? It's hilarious how left people think the deck is always stacked against them. Grow a sack and be the best you can be and maybe you can be a 1%, and have idiots like yourself visibly jealous of your success.
The epitome of pure evil, Newton Grinch, compares himself with the epitome of pure good, JFK. What is the world coming to?
LOL! so true!
I think giving him that kind of credit is a little undeserving. He shouldnt be compared to JFK just because he wears his hair the same!
Obama has basically compared himself to JFK by the same types of arguments, but then again, Obama is your savior so its ok...
Which arguments electroboy?
No really, which ones?
I thought he was comparing himself based on his bedroom prowess.
Newt's quote"Ask not what you can do for your country"Ask how you can sell it down the river for profit"
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