ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says the recent controversies surrounding his campaign are distortions.
Gingrich spoke with KMOX host Charlie Brennan and callers, fielding questions ranging from the resignations within his campaign team to his plans for economic recovery.
Gingrich said the people that resigned from his campaign two weeks ago were outside consultants, and the core of his staff remains with him.
“We had an exciting, idea-oriented operation and we made the mistake of bringing in some traditional political consultants who sort of find ideas frightening and they didn’t want to develop ideas,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich said the 2012 presidential race is between “Obama’s European socialist model and a return to the traditional classic American view that power is centered in the citizen, the citizen is sovereign, and the citizen loans power to the government.”
Click below to hear Gingrich’s entire interview with Charlie Brennan.
Gingrich referenced the economic growth experienced under President Ronald Reagan, saying that the same principles of lower taxes and lower spending could be applied to today’s economic troubles.
“That [economic growth] came out of ideas,” Gingrich said. “It didn’t come out of negative thirty second attack commercials.”
He said cutting government programs would aid in job growth as well as cutting the national deficit.
“When you take people off of welfare, off of food stamps, off of Medicaid, off of unemployment compensation, they get a job, they go to work, they take care of their family, they start paying taxes,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich also defended his much-discussed comments on Meet the Press regarding Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare.
“People greatly distorted what I said on Meet the Press,” Gingrich said. “I said on Meet the Press, ‘We should not run over the American people.'”
“No politician, right or left, should adopt policies which are not, in some broad way, acceptable to the American people.”
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