Republicans protest Obama inaction on entitlements but ignore previous proposals
As Republicans position themselves in their wrestling match with President Barack Obama, their refrain has been that the president must be the one to propose cost-cutting reforms to the government’s entitlement programs which now account for 42 percent of all federal spending. Full story
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Profile: Newt Gingrich
|Full name:||Newton Leroy Gingrich|
|Date of birth:||June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pa.|
|Family:||Married to Callista Gingrich, 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren|
|Education:||B.A. Emory University (1965), M.A., Tulane University (1968), Ph.D., Tulane (1971)|
|Resume:||History professor (1970-78), U.S. representative (1979-99), Speaker of the House (1995-99)|
Social: From the field
Profile: Newt Gingrich on the issues
- Jobs Gingrich's jobs plan relies on a series of tax reforms, regulatory reforms, the repeal of President Obama's health care and Wall Street reform laws, and a balanced budget - among other policy options - to create jobs. See more detail here.
- Taxes Gingrich would make the current income tax rates permanent past 2013, when the Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire. He favors an optional 15 percent flat tax, the elimination of the capital gains and estate taxes, cutting the corporate tax rate to 12.5 percent, and a 100% tax deduction on new equipment for businesses.
- Budget Gingrich has pledged to balance the budget through a series of unspecified spending cuts, entitlement reforms and other reforms to make government operate more efficiently.
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- Entitlement programs Gingrich would give seniors the option to choose private sector options in lieu of Medicare, and block grant Medicare funds to the states. He's said that Congress should consider giving younger Americans the option putting some of their savings into personalized Social Security savings accounts.
- Health care reform Gingrich has pledged to repeal President Obama's health care law and replace it with a series of his own reforms. Gingrich supports a "generous" tax credit for individuals to deduct the expense of their health insurance, medical malpractice reform, reforms to eliminate fraud, investments in medical research (especially into Alzheimer's Disease), extended health savings accounts, and making health insurance more portable across state lines.
- Foreign policy Gingrich wishes to eliminate military and national security red tape, and invest more in revamping military infrastructure to prepare for 21st century threats, like cyber attacks.
- Immigration Gingrich has pledged to secure the border by Jan. 1, 2014 and establish English as the official language of the U.S. He would also reform the legal visa system, and make it easier to deport criminals.
- Energy/Environment Gingrich would allow expanded development of oil, natural gas, coal, biofuels, wind, and nuclear sources of energy. He would loosen regulations to allow that increased development, and replace the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and replace it with what Gingrich calls a "pro-growth Environmental Solutions Agency."
- Abortion Gingrich considers himself an opponent of abortion rights, and would seek to defund Planned Parenthood.
- Same-sex marriage Gingrich has called same-sex marriage "a temporary aberration that will dissipate."
- Climate change Gingrich had previously appeared in a video with then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi advocating for solutions to address climate change. (He's said since then that he regrets making that video.) But Gingrich also opposed President Obama's cap-and-trade environmental proposal.
Data: A look at the candidates through social media
The left panel shows how many posts expressed a clear opinion about the candidate the previous day. The right panel breaks down whether the opinions were positive or negative and shows the issue that was the biggest topic in each category.
Numbers may not add to 100 percent because of rounding. The margin of sampling error is reported at plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Video: Meet the Candidate: Newt Gingrich
Historian, author, member of Congress and speaker of the House — a look back at his public life.
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