Second place for Newt Gingrich in last nights Florida primary came as no surprise. Given the intense struggle between the top two Republican titans, Gingrich did better than some expected taking 31% of the vote. Mitt Romney won 46%. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul placed a distant third and fourth.
The night ending speeches given by the presidential contenders provided insight into their future campaign strategies. Overall Mitt Romney gave an excellent speech pointing to the vast differences in how he and President Obama view America. He clearly defined his desire to restore real hope in a country so devastated by increasing government interference in people’s lives and business.
Rick Santorum rightly addressed the need to improve the dialogue in order to win the prize. The goal, he reminded America, is to defeat Barack Obama. That is more easily accomplished when not tearing each other apart. Through his points about the Romney/Gingrich slugfest, Santorum articulated why voters may want to look more closely at him. While not a bad effort, he still finished third in the winner takes all state. That’s fifty-five delegates Florida did not give to Rick Santorum.
Ron Paul, with zero chance of becoming President, was folksy and typically humorous noting in his speech that, “Well if enthusiasm wins election (sic), we’d win hands down.” It doesn’t. You won’t. Good-by.
Newt Gingrich was on message last night. There was no pessimism when the former Speaker appeared before an enthusiastic group of supporters who clapped and cheered as he laid out his vision for Inauguration Day, 2013.
Gingrich began by reminding America what President Lincoln declared in 1863 – government of the people, by the people, for the people. Newt believes people power trumps money power, a direct shot at Mitt Romney. He feels that a combination of his experience in the Reagan administration and his ability to develop ideas will pave the way to victory.
The history lesson began the main thrust of what could be Newt’s latest resurrection.
Returning to his Reagan days, Newt reminded Americans of his work on the successful, 1994 Republican Contract With America that promised to shrink the size of government, lower taxes, make the country more business friendly and move forward with both tort and welfare reform. Voters gave that Contract a 60% approval rating
Not surprisingly, Newt offered an “equivalent” version, a new Contract, this time between Newt Gingrich and America. The two part deal requires supporters to do what it takes to get Newt elected President along with a Republican Senate and Congress. That’s part one. Part two is a “to do” list for his first day in office.
Gingrich Inauguration Day promises include: immediately signing previously prepared legislation repealing Obamacare, the Dodd Frank Bill & the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, all three of which are seen in conservative parlance as extreme government interference and heavily responsible for killing the American economy. Newt also promised to use Presidential Executive Order to abolish all White House czars immediately, sign without delay a deployment of the Keystone Pipeline deal with Canada, order the State Department to open the US Embassy in Israel, block all US dollars from going outside America to pay for abortion and repeal all anti religious legislation passed under Barack Obama.
Newt Gingrich hit on exactly what conservatives want to hear. In order to win the nomination he must choose now to turn his aim away from Mitt Romney and become entirely focused on removing from office, America’s worst President, Barack Hussein Obama.