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In Miami, Gingrich calls for ‘Cuban spring,’ renews criticism of Romney on jobs

by George Bennett | January 13th, 2012

Newt Gingrich gets a Cuban coffee this morning at the window at Versailles in Miami's Little Havana.

MIAMI — Newt Gingrich visited the heart of Miami’s Cuban-American community this morning and said that as president he’d like to create a “Cuban spring that is even more exciting than the Arab spring” on the communist island.

Gingrich has faced harsh criticism from many conservatives this week for accusing GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney of profiting by “looting” other businesses and laying off workers when Romney headed the private equity firm Bain Capital.

Gingrich sought to regain the offensive on the issue this morning, saying he’s merely questioning Romney’s claim that companies Bain invested in created more than 100,000 jobs.

“I’ve gotten huge pushback. Some of you have seen this on television. So let me be clear, to question a presidential candidate’s claims to have created jobs is not to attack capitalism, it’s to question a candidate. The idea that some candidate can make a claim and then yell foul when you ask him to prove it is just silly. If he can’t stand up today and defend his claim, how’s he going to stand up to Obama in the fall,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich is heading to Orlando to open a campaign headquarters, then plans to return to South Carolina, where he’s hoping to win the state’s Jan. 21 primary and derail Romney’s momentum before Florida’s Jan. 31 primary. Polls show Romney with a big lead in Florida now, but current polls and past history suggest Sunshine State primary voters are influenced by results in earlier states.

“We’re going to win in South Carolina. When we win in South Carolina we’re going to come here and we’re going to campaign everywhere and I need your help to do that,” Gingrich told a packed room full of supporters and the media.

Romney campaigned in West Palm Beach Thursday and raised more than $1 million at a Palm Beach fundraiser on Thursday night. His campaign quickly fired back at Gingrich on the Bain issue.

Said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams: “It’s not surprising that a career Washington politician like Speaker Gingrich is resorting to desperate attacks on a subject he doesn’t understand. We expect attacks on free enterprise from President Obama and his allies on the left – not from self-described ‘fiscal conservatives.’ Speaker Gingrich seems to think that parroting dishonest liberal talking points and running against the private sector is the only way to revive his floundering campaign. Governor Romney will continue talking about his experience in the real economy, his vision for getting America back to work, and how important it is that we defeat President Obama in November.”

13 Responses to “In Miami, Gingrich calls for ‘Cuban spring,’ renews criticism of Romney on jobs”

  1. Give me a break Says:

    Most Cubans are only Republicans because the party has had a history of being “tough” against communism when in fact it was JFK who broadened trade restrictions (first implemented by Eisenhower) with Castro’s Cuba in 1962. The Republicans do not favor foreign immigration into the United States (at least not the way many Cubans have entered this country-illegally) So they wouldn’t have even been in this country if it weren’t for the “Wet Foot-Dry Foot” policies of the Clinton administration that allowed them to stay. What a way to say “Thank You”; supporting a party who, if had been in power, wouldn’t have allowed you to stay in this country anyway. Get educated, compadres!

  2. Go Back Says:

    Cubans don’t know why they are Repubicans in the first place. The party doesn’t support the working class, which many Cubans are. What a bunch of sheep.

  3. drewsco Says:

    Yeah, I agree. Most Cubans are so disillusioned as to what the American dream really entails. They have no problem when our laws are applied un-democratically in their favor (wet foot/dry foot, bilingualism in Miami government e.g.) and complain vehemently whenever a government benefit is bestowed to Haitians or any person(s) of African descendant. One reason why Newt might be so popular among the Cubans is because he probably appeals to their racists attitudes towards African Americans. Racism is such an integral part of the Cuban psyche, which it is pathologically denied, to the point that people create a false reality for themselves. Racism is brushed-off as being part of the culture, or most say that Cuban culture doesn’t conform to the “stifling” political correctness of American society; or best of all, that Afro-Cubans don’t complain about these things like Afro-Americans do, so it’s acceptable.

  4. shawn kersey Says:

    Unelected officials have taken over Washington and are orchestrating the daily news. 90% of the comments and replies you’re reading online come from an NSA software program spamming the internet. Comments are created before the stories are ever reported. The oldest, first, highest, best, and most popular rated comments are all propaganda. They are conducting Psy-ops (psychological operations) for domestic spying. They have 1000′s of handles and are determined to bury the truth and attack anyone leaking it.

    The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.
    http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com

  5. Jereiah Says:

    Is Shawn Kersey a software program spamming the Internet?

  6. Dan Says:

    What a complete nut job. What we need to do is drop all the sanctions on Cuba, trade with them, and just treat them as a neighbor. Over time, Cuba will moderate on its own and eventually they will choose to change their government to their own liking.

    We sure don’t treat China like this. We trade with them, and they’re still Communist. Yet we treat our small neighbor to the south like criminals. Ron Paul is the only guy offering to drop the sanctions and treat Cuba like they’re humans.

  7. Dave Owens Says:

    The Cuban power brokers in Miami are waiting for the chance totake Cuba back. They think the Republicans are their best hope, WRONG. If the Republicans get elected they will bleed you dry to open a business in Cuba by charging a surtax or aomething else they dream up.

  8. DemoNcRats Dominated S FL Says:

    DemoNcRats have dominated S FL and continue to do so. You can’t get balanced news articles.

    Corruption in PBC and corruption in S FL all at the hands of demoNcRats

  9. raspalena Says:

    I am Cuban. I am an American citizen by choice, not by chance. All GOP hopefuls go to Miami to drink a cup of Cuban coffee (they later puke it) and enchant ignorant voters with their rethoric. If all Cubans see the history of Republican presidents NONWE of them has done anything for Cuba. However, Kennedy, with the Pedro Pan, Johnson with the Fredom flights (halted by Nixon a Republican), Carter with the Mariel boatlift, and Clinton with the Guantanamo crisis, has done more for Cuba that all GOP presidents.
    I will never vote republican and I don’t care what my contrymen opinion of me is.

  10. Just D Facts Says:

    @DemoNcRats

    Crybaby trying to make excuses for why you guys always lose. Its because you guys have zero substance. Your policies are a joke and you do nothing for the American people. Your policies are completely unamerican and are opposed to everything this great country was founded on.The people are tired of your constant lies and treating them like you think we are that stupid. We are not and you have been exposed for what you really are.
    Simply you are the problem and the democratic party is the solution.

  11. Way to GO Says:

    Raspalena-You are a person of great intelligence. Many Cubans just jump on the Republican bandwagon because they “do what all the others in their community do”. If Cubans took the time to LISTEN to what the Republicans say and pay attention to their policies, they would see that the GOP is made up of elitist, wealthy, Anglo-Saxon businessmen who truly DON’T like immigrants. Marco Rubio is their Cuban “Poster Boy” who has NO clue as to what is going on in his own community. Lying about his parents year of immigration to appeal to the political refugees who came to this country after Castro took power? What for? The majority of Cubans are working class, productive members of society; but they need to remember which party allowed them to arrive, stay and become prosperous. It wasn’t the Republican party.

  12. DemoNcRats Dominated S FL is an idiot Says:

    WHAT HAS YOUR BOY ALAN WEST DONE FOR S. FLORIDA EXCEPT BE ABSENT TO VOTE ON NEARLY EVERY MAJOR ISSUE PRESENTED BEFORE CONGRESS? MAYOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ OF BOYNTON BEACH IS THE BIGGEST FRAUD IN THE STATE (HE’S A REPUKE-I-CAN) WHAT HAS YOUR SKELETOR GOVERNOR RICK SNOTT DONE EXCEPT PASS LAWS TO BENEFIT HIM AND HIS COMPANY SOLANTIC MEDICAL CENTERS? REQUIRING WELFARE RECEIPIENTS TO HAVE A DRUG TEST? EXTENSIVE STUDIES SHOW THAT THOSE WHO RECEIVE WELFARE BENEFITS ARE LESS LIKELY TO USE DRUGS THAN THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL POPULATION. IN FACT, THE MAJORITY OF WELFARE RECEIPIENTS ARE WHITE, NOT MINORITIES. IT WAS A RACIST LAW PASSED BY SKELETOR AND HIS BUDDIES BECAUSE GUESS WHERE THOSE WELFARE RECEIPIENTS HAVE TO GO TO DO THEIR DRUG TESTS? YOU GUESSED IT: SOLANTIC MEDICAL CENTERS. ALSO YOUR BOY PASSED UP FEDERAL MONEY TO BUILD THE HIGH SPEED RAIL SYSTEM LINKING MIAMI, TAMPA & ORLANDO THAT WOULD HAVE CREATED OVER 20,000 JOBS. HE ALSO SLASHED FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS, WHICH BY THE WAY, MAKES FLORIDA SCHOOLS ABOUT 42ND IN THE COUNTRY AS FAR AS QUALITY OF EDUCATION GOES. YEAH, I’D BE ON HERE BRAGGING ABOUT BEING A REPUK-I-CAN TOO.

  13. bluewally Says:

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