Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Saturday, telling the assembled crowd that attacking President Barack Obama can’t be the sole basis of its policies, while taking several vicious pot-shots at the president along the way.
Huffington Post reported that Gingrich sarcastically “defended” Pres. Obama’s decision to travel to Florida this week as Russian forces amass and prepare to potentially invade Crimea.
Obama, said Gingrich, “can be as ineffective in Key Largo as he was in the White House.”
He went on to lambaste Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an extension of her ex-president husband.
“If we spend the next three years being primarily anti-Hillary, we will virtually guarantee her election as the first Democrat in almost 70 years to hold the White House for a third term,” he said as the CPAC audience guffawed.
Gingrich, long known — and some would say erroneously known — as the Republicans’ “idea man” said that the GOP needs fresh ideas to draw in young voters.
“If this is a fight between the future and not the past, and we truly represent for the average American a better future and they truly represent for the average American those forces blocking that future, we will win decisively, and we will govern for two generations,” Gingrich said.