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November 8th, 2011
06:02 PM ET

What's wrong with America? Newt Gingrich says we "got off on several wrong tracks"

Some candidates speak in generalizations – Newt Gingrich answered how he'd get back to work directly. During his interview with Piers Morgan, airing tonight, he said:

Repeal the Dodd-Frank bill immediately, repeal Sarbanes-Oxley, repeal ObamaCare, eliminate the capital gains tax, the 12.5 percent corporate tax rate, have 100 percent expensing for all new equipment for factories, farmers and all businesses, so you write it off in one year, abolish the death tax permanently, create a 15 percent alternative flat tax for those who want it, develop American energy, open up American lands in places like Alaska.

Gingrich also said that as a whole, America "got off on several wrong tracks." Watch the full interview tonight 9pmET.

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  1. tomas

    Newt just said that the Germans stole the Greek gold reserve during the ww2. It is patently false, the gold was shipped to England before the Germans could get their hands on it. The gold was returned to Greece after the war. Fact Free politics, again.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emer

      Gold was never returned to Greece. Hitler's regime made two payments to the Greek people but since then no payments have been made. Germany called it a loan and it is still due. Gold was used to finance Germany's reconstruction after the war. Germany was forced to make some small ridiculous payment to Greece to pay for the destruction it caused to her other assets (fleets ports, infrastructure). Germany also systematically wiped out the population of that country. In Athens alone 300,000 died in the streets as Germany forced starvation onto the population and Germany will have to own up to that one day as well. But the gold is separate to all of those issues and it was not paid back. Get your own politics right before you go out and start blabbing your soulless propaganda.

      November 9, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. John MacDonald

    I only watched Piers because Newt was on–and I have been a registered Democrat since 1964! The guy is brilliant, with a sterling record of success. In a word, the man is competent, as compared to the Community Organizer without a clue of what to do.
    Piers didn't know that the national debt is weeks away from $15 trillion. He cited it as $13 trillion. I was going to eaml him directly but can't find how to do it.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jacques

    there one Question that no one seem to ask those Republican that keep putting down Obama action all the time,
    the question is "What is the Republican doing Right Now to Help get American Jobs Right Now,
    there all saying that they will work hard to get Jobs ,IF Elected,But What about NOW,,
    to help cut Expense ,they should start paying for there owned Insurance Health care, like the rest of US
    All big Talk no Action

    November 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keith C.


      There are currently 15 bills passed by the House that are sitting in the Senate to be voted on (and they have another bill up for vote either this week or next week). All are different attempts at improving the job situation. Harry Reed will not even bring them up for a vote, even though the Dems have a majority in the Senate. The American people have the right to have bills voted on, regardless of the outcome. So that's what they've tried to do for jobs.

      This is the difference between Newt and most politicians. He and Pres Clinton actually decided to get things done, worked through hard problems and passed welfare reform where 2 out of 3 unemployed went back to work or went to school, tax cuts, and a balanced budget for four straight years (only time in our lifetime) where we went from a $2.7B deficit to a $2.2B surplus... and paid off more than $400B in our national debt (much smaller debt then).

      He is the only person up for President that has literally done all the things the country needs now to get back on track. Not theory, history. For everyone else, it's an experiment. We don't have time for another experiment or On the Job Training.

      November 9, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. vicky

    Newt is knowledgeable in history, therefore successful financially, however a failure in respect for humanity. As evidenced by his low ratings as a candidate for the presidency nomination. Also, not been able to keep his job as speaker. Did he resign as speaker or was he required to resign???? Proof. He f.... his sick wife because of his love of the country. Newt, you do not f.... with anyone, you work out problems/compromise, otherwise it comes to bite you. Religion teaches that we are all children of God, therefore we are to love and care for one another. Our country is failing because the people we are trusting in leadership are criminally insane.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ankur

    Newt Gingrich said one of his memorable moment was in the African Serengeti watching the lions and the cheetahs what an irony a REPUBLICAN who is not a friend of nature and the environment.Don't be a hypocrite. Piers it is sad that you allow people like him get away this bull.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ackman81

      There is a difference between worshiping nature and wanting to preserve and maintain as much wild lands as possible. Republicans understand that nothing will be maintained if we are poor. Only a wealthy people can afford to give a crap about the environment. Poor people are too concerned with living another day to care whether elephants survive or not. Look at the degradation of the environment in poor countries and you will know what I'm talking about. Farmers in Africa want to wipe out cheetahs to save their herds. It was only wealthy fat Americans who cared about saving the wolf in North America.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • suzy diamond

      Well, he ALLOWS Michael Moore to get away with the MOST BLATANT BS so I guess he's an equal opportunity interviewer!

      November 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jacqueline

    I was disappointed to hear Mr. Gingrich explain that the problem with education is that the teacher's union is so powerful and bad teachers are not fired. I am certain that there are teachers that are better than others, as well as, there are some doctors that are better than others. When politicians criticize education they continuously leave out the parent variable. I have observed other teacher's students and experienced my own students coming to school without lunch because a parent forgot. Folders with the papers that were sent home still in the folder because a parent did not bother to open the folder to see what their child was learning. More often than I want to recall have student not completed homework. I take it very personally when my profession is blamed for the problems in education. If I were selling a product, for example, I would make the best product possible, but I would have control of the materials going into the product. As a teacher I don't have control of this "product". I only have 7 hours a day to work on my "product". I seems to me that many parents are accountable for a large part of the problem. After all they have their child for the other 17 hours. The problem is that most parents aren't doing much with the time. They just blame the teacher. Funny thing is when the children are succeeding they applaud themselves, when they fail they blame us.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keith C.


      You must have missed the part of the interview when New said that we have gotten soft on grades. He may not have said it in this interview, but he has said on others that's a problem on multiple levels... parents not taking the time with their kids, a dept of education that has a one size fits all approach, and a problem with teacher unions where bad teachers can't be fired (they can but the amount of red tape necessary makes it more than difficult). No such concept occurs in the private sector where once you get tenure, you're almost fire proof, and hiring/firing is on a Last in First Out basis rather than some measured standard (like students evaluations or grades). If you go to his web site ( and look at his contract or watch his short video, he proposes a voucher system or pell grants so parents can send their kids to the schools they want. When schools don't perform or loose kids, either changes have to be made or they should be closed. I have three kids in school and one of my wife's niece's is a teacher, so this is a subject that's close to me. Our education system gets more money per student than any other nation and yet our ranking in the world is horrible.. so it's not a money issue. I do believe that good teachers should get much better pay, but bad teachers have to go, period, just like the private sector. You go to your classroom everyday to make a difference and you should be paid based on the difference you make. Some people need a different profession, and our education system needs to be fundamentally restructured.

      November 9, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • suzy diamond

      Everything you said is quite true BUT it's ALSO TRUE that there ARE some BAD teachers that we can't get rid of. This was even acknowledged by other teachers. That's a problem!

      November 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. David SSugarman

    Newt as a fundamantal Ghristian undoudtedly recognizes that the primary motivator in capitalism is the basic human characteristic of GREED. As such , doesn't he think the business environment should be regulated to control abuse? So, why does he feel so stongly that Dodd Frank should be repealed?

    November 9, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. gluis

    As to Republicans not caring about people or the environment, give me a break! If you do some research you can find out that more people on the right give to charities than those on the left - too many on the left who think that only the govt. should support people. But all the stimulus money so far has done nothing to bring real jobs to real people. And the garbage generalizations that only people on the left CARE about anything is a former Democrat and educator, I no longer support the party. It has been hijacked by extremists who REALLY care about nothing but taking control of everyone's personal rights. Talk about Orwell's projections coming true, the Dems want BIG BROTHER only to take care of us, to pander to those who will give them votes, do nothing that is long-standing except pad their own pockets and power trips. There is as much wealth on the left as on the right when it comes to politicians and those who promote the cause of socialism. Do a little independent thinking and real's pretty scary that so many people only get their news from 24 cable news stations.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dee

    I think Newt is smart. There is no doubt that he is well educated and proud of his service in this country's government. I think he is looking for another angle to put himself in a better light. I know the education, space program, and science are a concern for this country's success and future. I don't know if his ideas are going to fix the USA today. He has shown discipline in trying to improve his personal appearance, as well as appeal to the public. I just don't think he is the answer and should know emotions and getting along with people are important when governing and leading.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mike L.

    Newt is the smartest guy in the room, period. Obama doesn't have a clue about how to create jobs, in fact, he is driving us toward european socialism, just as it is failing, and he doesn't seem to see it. Newt has great ideas about creating jobs! WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    November 9, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Theophilus

    November 9, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jen

    Newt just said the Germans don't want to pay for Greece, That is FALSE, I don't know why this myth keeps being reported. I am an American living in Germany. Perhaps there was some resistance months ago, but after a short period of complaining, the Germans are now supporting the plan to help Greece and the Euro. I am tired of hearing what Newt just falsely claimed, especially since he said he is a politician who informs himself.

    November 9, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Chris

    I am a big fan of Newt. They have the ful cain-Gingrich debate at along with videos and articles on Newt, amond other things.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. vicky

    The jobs that Bill Gates created that contributed a great deal to the economy. Newt takes all the credit.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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