Newt Gingrich was interviewed by David Gregory this morning on Meet the Press, in what several panelists later in the show described as an impressive appearance. One moment of tension arose however when Gregory repeated the claim of some that Newt purposely uses racial codewords to reference the country’s first black President.
Newt’s response to the racism allegation:
“Oh come on David, that’s bizarre. This kind of automatic reference to racism – this is the President of the United States. The President of the United States has to be held accountable. . . . And to hide behind the charge of racism? I have never said anything about President Obama which is racist.”
The particular quote in question was Newt’s description of Obama at a recent event as the “most successful food stamp President in history.” Newt argued the statement is factually true since one out of every six Americans is on food stamps, and urged that with him as President it would be paychecks instead of food stamps. And just to prove no accusations of racism could scare him away from firing up a good sound byte, Newt warned, “the Obama system is going to lead us down the path towards Detroit and destruction.”
Watch the clip from NBC below:
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