Newt Gingrich: GOP Will Win in 2022 by Exposing Dems as 'Big Government Socialists'
Former House Speaker suggests path to victory
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said the only way Republicans can win back the House in 2022 is by exposing the Democrats as “big government socialists” for supporting Biden’s $3.5 trillion social welfare spending package.
Gingrich told The Washington Times:
“To have an issue of this size involving $3½ trillion in spending and about $3 trillion in taxes, and to have every single Democrat having voted lockstep in favor of it, gives you a weight of argument, unlike anything I’ve seen in recent years."
The Republican former speaker said the conservative American Majority projection is “clear and devastating” for Democrats if Republicans define them as big-government socialists.
Republican pollster John McLaughlin found free-market capitalism is preferred over big-government socialism by a margin of 59% to 16%.
That margin increases from 82% to 18% among swing voters.
The polling revealed that a strong majority of those swing voters believe Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill defines them as socialists.
Gingrich said Republicans need to develop “a new way of talking” about the issue.
He added Republicans can’t allow some Democrats who voted for the package to present themselves as moderates.
“Every single Democrat in the House and Senate voted for what is literally Bernie Sanders’ bill,” he said.
“Bernie Sanders, for Pete’s sake, is an open and avowed socialist.
"It’s not slandering him to say that he’s a socialist.
"So you’re in a position where you can literally pin every single Democrat running for reelection against that reality.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted Democrats for “barreling through an additional $3.5 trillion (more like $5.5 trillion) in reckless spending in order to remake the U.S. economy into a socialist utopia completely.”
“Will Senate Democrats like Maggie Hassan [of New Hampshire], Mark Kelly [of Arizona], Raphael Warnock [of Georgia], Catherine Cortez Masto [of Nevada] and Michael Bennet [of Colorado] finally speak out against their party’s inflation-inducing spending, or will they continue to turn a blind eye to the negative impacts their far-Left policies have on American families?” the NRSC said.
A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman said the proposals in the package are popular.
“Democrats will deliver on highly popular, once-in-a-generation investments in infrastructure, access to child care and health care, and energy independence for the American people,” said DCCC spokesman Chris Taylor.
“Americans agree: The uber-wealthy and corporations should pay their fair share to support these investments in America’s future."
“Meanwhile, House Republicans are stuck shifting from one half-baked message to the next because [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy and his extremist circus have zero ideas and even less moral integrity to campaign on,” he said.
House and Senate Democrats supported moving ahead with the framework in August.
“Never has our government wasted so much to kill so many American jobs, drive prices even higher and hook a whole new generation of the poor on government dependency,” Rep. Kevin Brady, Texas Republican, said during the committee’s sessions.
“Coming out of a pandemic, the last thing Americans need are higher prices, fewer jobs, and the largest expansion of our welfare state in our lifetimes,” he said.