Newt Gingrich has branded himself a visionary politician since his days in Congress and prides himself on his grand—some would say even grandiose—ideas for transforming the nation. That propensity to think big extends to all parts of his presidential platform, from tax reform to the space race, and occasionally puts him at odds with his party’s resolve to slash government spending. We take a look at some of the former House speaker’s most ambitious ideas – including two-track tax and Social Security systems --- and how much they would cost. From least expensive to most.
Immigration, Moon Base, Tax Reform, Social Security
Republican Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999, which placed him in an adversarial position to Democratic President Bill Clinton. He made the decision to step down in 1998, in part -- as outlined by a phone conversation excerpt transcribed by the AP and published by the New York Times -- "to get the bitterness out." With his politics considered divisive by his own base, it is interesting to look at Gingrich's positions on social issues, in particular gay marriage and abortion, which are highly divisive even among Republicans.
Abortion, Gay Marriage, Religion, Language, Drugs
Newt Gingrich is telling conservative audiences in Florida that, if elected, he will ban all human embryonic stem-cell research, including research done on excess embryos from fertility clinics. He regards embryonic stem-cell research as "the use of science to desensitize society over the killing of babies."
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