New “Latinos for Newt” Arizona Ad Fails to Include Key Points About Gingrich’s Latino Hypocrisy

With the GOP presidential race now focusing on bigger swing states like Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona, candidate Newt Gingrich, who has pretty much disappeared from the national media's coverage, released a new "Latino" ad for Arizona, according to a campaign email.

Here is the video:

The campaign email goes on to say (bilingually, and we won't spare you the awful translation in Spanish of the email) the following:

"For Newt, Hispanic Inclusion has been front and center in his campaign since Day one," explains Sylvia Garcia, National Hispanic Inclusion Director. "He understands that just as all Americans, Latinos are greatly suffering from the high unemployment rate and empty promises of this administration. They demand a change and know the only candidate that can rebuild the America they love is Newt Gingrich," added Garcia.

The ad highlights President Obama's failure to get the economy back on track and how Latinos have been greatly affected as a result. Each testimonial discusses Newt's proven record in job creation and his concern for American Hispanics.

"Few people understand the true Hispanic market like Newt does," said Lionel Sosa, Senior Advisor to the campaign. "He gets Latinos and understands the diversity in language, age, and culture. Yet, one thing is very clear to Newt: Latinos are people of values. They are Americans who strongly believe in family, in religion, in hard work, and in right to life," explains Sosa.

Newt Gingrich has received unwavering support from the Hispanic community because of decades of outreach since he was Speaker of the House. Gingrich has actively worked with Hispanic leaders since leaving Congress, even launching TheAmericano.com in 2009 and publishing two books in Spanish.

Since the start of his campaign, Gingrich has had a Spanish site NewtPresidente.com and a robust Hispanic Inclusion team. Recently, he unveiled his National Hispanic Steering Committee comprised of top Latino leaders from different states.

Newt 2012 looks to win over the Latino vote in Arizona. This new ad is just one step to gaining their support. Unlike most campaigns, Newt Gingrich does not treat Latinos as a political convenience. His relationship is based on respect for the culture and the values of this community, as well as admiration for their history of hard work and contributions to the economic success of this nation.

"Seldom do Presidential candidates invest time in understanding our community rather they speak in platitudes that are not based on direct experiences or contact with the great and rich diversity in the Latino culture and community," added Sosa.

We are wondering what planet Sosa is living on since the ad makes no mention of the following Newtismos that contradict his respect of US Latino voters:
 

Gingrich told a gathering of business and community leaders that on the day he’s inaugurated, he will sign an executive order dropping lawsuits against South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona “because I think the federal government should be stopping illegal immigration, not stopping the states from enforcing the laws. Gingrich also said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from Seneca, will introduce a measure, possibly as a constitutional amendment, to address “birth tourism,” referring to people who come to the U.S. on a tourist visa to have children, who then can be considered Americans.

“That’s clearly not what the 14th Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution) implied, and I think it’s inaccurate to interpret that way,” Gingrich said, referring to the provision that persons born or naturalized in the United States are U.S. citizens.

A spokesman confirmed Graham is examining two approaches, including a constitutional amendment. The other would seek a new Supreme Court interpretation of a century-old case.

We’re still working on the i’s and t’s of it, but we are going to be introducing something,” said Kevin Bishop, Graham’s spokesman.

Last year, in an interview on Fox News, Graham said he might introduce an amendment to address birthright citizenship. It brought a barrage of criticism from supporters and detractors alike who interpreted it as a reversal of his stated positions on immigration reform.

South Carolina’s immigration law, which takes effect Jan. 1 and borrowed some portions from Arizona’s measure, would require that law enforcement officers, upon “reasonable suspicion” that a person might be in the country illegally, check his or her immigration status.

"I never used the word Spanish in the conversation."

Still, Gingrich issued an apology in Spanish, creating the impression that he was talking about the language, which is spoken by a substantial proportion of the Florida primary electorate. "I wasn't talking about any single language," he said Sunday. "Go back and read the text. I didn't reference any single language. English should be the language of every single student because it is the language" needed to "get ahead in America." 

"We don't want anyone trapped in America not able to speak English because English is the language of commercial success and gives you a better job," Gingrich said. Romney "turned that on its head and said something that was simply not true" in running an ad suggesting that Gingrich was specifically referring to Spanish."

 

The fact remains, Gingrich can talk about being so Latino-friendly, but on the issues of immigration and his previous disdain for languages other than English he fails. He is inconsistent, and no wonder he lost the Latino vote in Florida to a candidate who was even more anti-immigrant than he was. Yes, Speaker, THIS is all about political convenience and we find it laughable that your campaign is trying to pull a fleece job on Arizona voters. Maybe if you actually spoke out against SB 1070 for being an unjust law and take a stand on that issue, more Latino voters will notice. But to say that you are different now is inaccurate.

By the way, Mr. Speaker, as for those two books you wrote in Spanish, did you REALLY write them in Spanish? Seriously?

When Rush Limbaugh Craps on You, Mitt Romney Has Got Problems

Yesterday in an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien (who is quickly earning Rebelde status with us), GOP candidate Mitt Romney said things about the country's classes that he probably regretted saying.

According to reports, Romney had to spend most of the day clarifying his statements. Sure, he got pummeled by the left, but it is interesting to note that he also got heavily criticized by the right, particularly Rush Limbaugh, who basically identified the elephant in the room: Romney as the prototypical rich Republican who continues to give Obama 2012 a portfolio of campaign gems. This is what CBS reported:

”Sometimes things don't come out exactly the way you'd like them to," Romney explained. "That's not exactly what I meant to say. My focus is on middle income Americans. We do have a safety net for the very poor, and I said if there are holes in it I want to correct that."

Opponents on the left jumped on it, saying it shows Romney is out of touch. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh noticed, as well. "Everyone knows what he was trying to say," Limbaugh observed, "but he didn't say it. He makes himself a target with this stuff. He comes across at the prototypical rich Republican. … It's gonna make it harder and harder and harder to go after Obama."

Romney's comments also gave an opening for his Republican opponents to attack.

Newt Gingrich said he is "fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other. I am running to be the president of all of the American people, and I am concerned about all of the American people."

GOP Primaries Hit New Low: Banning Kosher Food and Singing “America the Beautiful”

Ok, imagine that you are in Florida, you are speaking to elderly voters, most of them who are of Jewish descent. The nation is facing a critical budget crisis and a spiraling economy. What is the most important issue you want to discuss?

Banning Kosher food.

Yes, that is what GOP candidate Newt Gingrich said in Florida yesterday.

But since this is an equal opportunity blog, here is Mitt Romney, the Small Government Guy, do yet another flip-flop on Medicare and Social Security in front of elderly voters. Where your Pandering hat, Governor? This is what Romney said yesterday:

 

I understand a few of you here are on Medicare. Is that true? [Laughter]

"That being the case, I hope you tell your friends who always fear that Republicans somehow might go after Medicare. You can tell them a couple things. Number one: We will never go after Medicare or Social Security, we will protect those programs. But also, you make sure and tell them this. There's only one president in history that's cut Medicare 500 billion dollars. And that's Barack Obama. And guess what he did it for? He did it to pay for Obamacare?

"So if I'm president, I will protect Medicare and Social Security for those that are currently retired or near retirement, and I'll make sure we keep those programs solvent for the next generations coming along. We will protect America's seniors and America's young people with programs that are designed to keep them well and safe. And I will make sure that we protect Medicare and Social Security."

 

End the event with "America the Beautiful" and you are done. Thank you, Florida! 

Gingrich and Romney Clash Over Immigration During Florida Debate

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney continue to clash over immigration, as they both try to become the Rey Latino of the Sunshine State.

Here is the video from CNN.

Crazy GOP Day to Culminate with Gingrich Ex-Wife Telling ABC That Newt Wanted “Open Marriage”

The day started with Rick Santorum being certified as the winner of the Iowa Caucus.

Then Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped out of the race and tossed his support into the ring of New Gingrich.

Tonight the Final Four will debate on CNN.

But the biggest bombshell could be the interview that ABC News will run tonight at 11:35 EST with Marianne Gingrich, who is the former Speaker of the House's ex-wife.

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As ABC reports:

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an "open marriage" arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.

"And I just stared at him and he said, 'Callista doesn't care what I do,'" Marianne Gingrich told ABC News. "He wanted an open marriage and I refused."

Marianne described her "shock" at Gingrich's behavior, including how she says she learned he conducted his affair with Callista "in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington."

"He always called me at night," she recalled, "and always ended with 'I love you.' Well, she was listening."

All this happened, she said, during the same time Gingrich condemned President Bill Clinton for his lack of moral leadership.

 

Romeny Responds to Gingrich and Perry, the New Champions of #OWS

Hey, if someone is going to crap on you, you hit back. So it is no surprise that after both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry started painting Romney as a "vulture capitalist" that would fall in line with the agenda of the #OWS movement, Romney wouldn't stay silent.

Here is what the Romney campaign is running right now in South Carolina:

This is what the Romney campaign is saying:

"We expected the Obama administration to put free markets on trial," the ad says. "But as The Wall Street Journal said, 'Mr. Romney’s GOP opponents are embarrassing themselves by taking the Obama line.'"

As for the now infamous ads and documentary that Gingrich's PAC is running about Romney and his corporate raider ways, this link from The Washington Post provides an excellent analysis of the facts.

Who knows where this GOP Frat War will go, but it is clear that the Obama 2012 campaign is watching and taking notes. 

 

 

Meet The Two Newest Members of #OWS: Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich

Riding off the heels of a New Hampshire win, GOP front runner Mitt Romney appears to be facing one major Republican fraternity fight with Texas Governor Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. As the race enters into South Carolina, both Perry and Gingrich are going all in on the poker table, and even though Romney has the highest chip count, these two candidates are now questioning Romney's venture capitalist experience, when he was a principal at Boston's Bain Capital. Kind of ironic, coming from two guys who just months ago were criticizing #OWS just two months ago.

The Obama 2012 campaign would like to thank Perry and Gingrich for this content.

First off, Perry, who didn't even garner 2,000 votes in New Hampshire.

But the doozy of all doozies is Gingrich, whose main PAC, Winning Our Future, bought the right to a 28-minute documentary called "When Mitt Romney Comes to Town." According to reports, Gingrich's PAC out bid Jon Huntsman's PAC for the video.

Here is the trailer. 

Here is the full 28-minute version (some of the video has minor audio troubles, but it is the FULL documentary):

As for Romney's initial response to all this? You're just jealous.

Gingrich Supports Controversial South Carolina Immigration Law and Will Address “Birth Tourism” if Elected

Just weeks after he preached a more 'humane" approach to immigration that was seen as an political olive branch to US Latino voters tired about the GOP's negative rhetoric, GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich is sharing a different message in a key primary state where the Latino vote is non-factor: South Carolina. Yesterday, Gingrich, who in essence has become the leading Republican presidential candidate, declared that if he were elected President, he would sign an executive order his first day in office dropping federal lawsuits against South Carolina, Alabama, and Arizona.

In addition, Gingrich also said that he would support a possible "birth tourism" measure that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham would introduce. As reported by the GreenvilleOnline.com:

Gingrich told a gathering of business and community leaders that on the day he’s inaugurated, he will sign an executive order dropping lawsuits against South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona “because I think the federal government should be stopping illegal immigration, not stopping the states from enforcing the laws.”

Gingrich also said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from Seneca, will introduce a measure, possibly as a constitutional amendment, to address “birth tourism,” referring to people who come to the U.S. on a tourist visa to have children, who then can be considered Americans.

“That’s clearly not what the 14th Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution) implied, and I think it’s inaccurate to interpret that way,” Gingrich said, referring to the provision that persons born or naturalized in the United States are U.S. citizens.

A spokesman confirmed Graham is examining two approaches, including a constitutional amendment. The other would seek a new Supreme Court interpretation of a century-old case.

“We’re still working on the i’s and t’s of it, but we are going to be introducing something,” said Kevin Bishop, Graham’s spokesman.

Last year, in an interview on Fox News, Graham said he might introduce an amendment to address birthright citizenship. It brought a barrage of criticism from supporters and detractors alike who interpreted it as a reversal of his stated positions on immigration reform.

South Carolina’s immigration law, which takes effect Jan. 1 and borrowed some portions from Arizona’s measure, would require that law enforcement officers, upon “reasonable suspicion” that a person might be in the country illegally, check his or her immigration status.

 

Gingrich Supports Controversial South Carolina Immigration Law

Newt Gingrich's latest backpedal takes place in South Carolina where he strongly supported the tough anti-Latino Arizona-like anti-immigration law. The 

new law requires proof of legal U.S. residency from anyone who is arrested or pulled over by police.

Gingrich stated, "South Carolinians have actually passed a law that I think is a pretty reasonable law – that basically says if you pull somebody over for legitimate reasons, you can ask them whether or not they're a citizen." He goes on to say "This is the opposite of sanctuary states. Think of it as enforcement society rather than a sanctuary society."  After watching police officers pepper spray, beat and unlawfully manhandle peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters, one would think we are already living in a enforcement society. 

In another not so surprising statement, Gingrich said,  "Here's a simple way to pin it: President Obama sided with Mexico. I will side with South Carolina." 

If anyone had any doubt that these anti-immigration laws racially profiled, the proof is in Newt's latest statement. He reestablished his stance on Tea Party extremism and confirmed these anti-immigration laws are nothing more than anti-Latino racist laws stamped with the Republican party's approval. 

Gingrich Campaign Tries to Pull a Fast One on Romney and Immigration

Sure, the Newt Gingrich campaign is right. The video below did indeed happen.

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This is what Mitt Romney said in 2007 on Meet the Press:

And if that is all Romney said, you would think that he is supporting an amnesty-like solution to the estimated 14 million undocumented in the United States. But in fact, if the Gingrich campaign played the whole clip, this is what you would have heard Romney saying:

"My own view is, consistent with what you saw in the Lowell Sun, that those people who had come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so that are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship, but they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to stay here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally, and that, I think, is the great flaw in the final bill that came forward from the Senate."

So, in essence, even though Romney is known for his flipping and flopping, he has been fairly consistent when he comes to immigration. Although he now wants to build a fence. Why not. And the day after the GOP debate, Romney expanded on this stance at an campaign stop in Iowa:

"My view is that people who come here illegally should not have a special break or a special pathway to become permanent residents or citizens of this country," Romney said Wednesday during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa. 

"They should be in line or at the back of the line with other people who want to come here illegally," he added, as first reported by ABC News.