Washington – Sounding more and more like a presidential contender, Newt Gingrich came out swinging Sunday against the Obama administration’s foreign policy.
“I’ve never seen an administration, even the Carter administration was never as routinely chaotic,” Gingrich told CNN in reference to Obama’s recent trip to Afghanistan. “Every time you turn around, this administration is fumbling somewhere around the world.”
He said there appears to be a gap between “the clarity and focus of that campaign and the confusion of the presidency.”
“He just suffered a stunning defeat, and yet he’s behaving as though nothing has changed,” Gingrich said earlier on “Fox News Sunday.”
When asked about the current congressional tax fights, Gingrich said the president “is choosing class warfare and political rhetoric over job creation.”
He also said it will be more difficult for Obama post-midterm elections to soothe the left wing of his party than it was for former President Bill Clinton because of the GOP leadership.
Gingrich, who served as House Speaker after the 1994 midterm elections, said he was “too aggressive” and too willing to fight with the former president at the time, adding that his behavior gave Clinton cover because he could always say, “at least I’m not Newt.” On the other hand, Gingrich said House Speaker-to-be Rep. John Boehner will be a less polarizing figure.
“He’s a disciplined team leader, and that’s been his background,” Gingrich said. “I think he’ll be very effective as speaker.”
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