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Gingrich – on the rise and on the defensive – in Jax today

by Dara Kam | November 17th, 2011

With his popularity on the rise, conservative iconoclast Newt Gingrich will address a tea party crowd at The Landing in Jacksonville this afternoon.

The event takes place as Gingrich is on the defensive for his relationship with Freddie Mac. Bloomberg News reported this week that the former U.S. House Speaker earned at least $1.6 million over nearly a decade as a consultant for the beleaguered government-backed mortgage company. His GOP opponents in the presidential primary have hammered Freddie Mac for its role in the mortgage meltdown and the mortgage giant has symbolized for conservatives government overreach.

Gingrich himself has blamed Freddie Mac for the housing collapse.

Meanwhile, Gingrich’s star is on the rise among GOP voters, according to two recent national polls. One poll found that Gingrich has the best chance among GOP voters to defeat President Barack Obama next year. And another showed Gingrich’s popularity jumped 8 points from last month, trailing Mitt Romney by just two percentage points and making the race a statistical dead heat.

The First Coast Tea Party event in Jacksonville begins at 2 p.m. and was moved to riverfront site because of “the size of the event,” according to the Zamar Conference Center, where the gathering was originally scheduled, website.

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6 Responses to “Gingrich – on the rise and on the defensive – in Jax today”

  1. Shan Says:

    I guess the moral fiber of candidates mean nothing to some people. I could never vote for this man. Gingrich dumped his sick wife, his supposed “life partner” in her time of the most need. This shows a callousness on his part that, in my opinion, should not be overlooked when voting for a leader of a nation. He will be in a position to impact the lives of millions of people he doesn’t even know. If he can get rid of one he knew and supposedly loved, God knows what he’ll do in a position of power. His “history” of not caring has already been established. Newt’s not for me.

  2. Kelly Kellett Says:

    Does anyone vote on the issues anymore? We need someone that can run the country and bring us back from the brink of financial ruin. We don’t need to assume that we know the personal fiber of a man based on media rumors and hear say. No one knows what goes on between a man and his wife but them. I don’t care if they are good looking, if they are slick talkers or how nice they are. I care if they have the skill set needed to run a country. Wake up America!

  3. Downtown Danny Says:

    Newt is the biggest hypocrite and jerk of the Republican party in the last 20 years. His only rival in the last 50 is Nixon. This creep has lied about everything. He was kicked out of the House and the ethics committee put in writing that he was a liar. He resigned in complete disgrace. He was screwing his own employee while going after Clinton and screaming about “family values” on Fox TV shows. Know we know he acted illegally as a lobbyist the minute he left office – again violating ethics rules. Anyone who would vote to put this liar in the WH is an idiot.

  4. Searcher Says:

    Most politicians are better at “hiding” their flaws than NEWT. Serial ADULTERER! Lobbyist! Sucking at the government TEAT while telling us how bad that is. This man is BAD NEWS!

  5. Save the USA Says:

    Are we the people better served by this administration? Are you better off today than you were 3 years ago? Vote out all incumbents and let’s try this again.

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