Newt Gingrich with Tom Emmer in Minneapolis
Newt Gingrich with Annette Meeks & Tom Emmer
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
MINNEAPOLIS -- One day after Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for Democrat Mark Dayton in Saint Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came to the Twin Cities to stump for Republican Tom Emmer.
"I've been drawing a contrast in my newsletter today between the party of food stamps, the Democrats, and the party of paychecks, the Republicans," Gingrich told members of the Capitol press corps after a private fundraiser at the Marriot City Center Hotel in Minneapolis.
Gingrich took issue with Biden's remarks a day earlier that when Republicans are in power in Washington they typically don't live up to their budget balancing. He said Biden could learn a lot from Emmer's running mate, Annette Meeks, who was a key congressional staffer for Gingrich in the 1990's.
"The only time we've had four balanced budgets in a row Annette helped develop them, and so the next time Joe Biden comes to Minnesota I want to invite him to meet with Annette!"
The college history professor turned Congressman led the "Republican Revolution" in 1994's mid-term election. It elevated Gingrich to the role of Speaker of the House, and created a force to be reckoned with for President Clinton.
Gingrich said he expects history to repeat itself in the upcoming mid-terms in November, and that the two major parties present a clear cut choice voters when it comes to budgeting philosophies.
"Most Americans would like to get a paycheck. Most Americans don't want to be forced to have food stamps handed out by liberal Democrats."
He said the voters in Minnesota should apply the same standards, when choosing between Emmer, Dayton and the Independence Party's Tom Horner. The best way to erase government debt, he said, is to lower the unemployment rate so more people are paying into the system rather than drawing safety net benefits.
Emmer is the only major party candidate still pledging to solve the state's projected $6 billion deficit in FY 2012-2013 with spending cuts alone, rather than a mix of cuts and tax increases. Dayton proposes income tax hikes for the state's highest earners, while Horner prefers instead to broaden the sales tax to some items and services currently exempt.
"The choice that we offer is a more efficient smaller government that does deliver the services, that people expect government to deliver, but in an affordable and sustainable manner," Emmer told reporters.
Minnesota Democrats reacted to the Gingrich-Emmer-Meeks event by saying "birds of an extreme right wing feather flock together."
DFL state chairman Brian Melendez, in a statement to the media said, "Newt Gingrich has paraded around the country as a bombastic fearmonger trying to scare American voters into supporting his party's failed policies."
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