Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addressed concerns that the GOP is falling apart.
Gingrich said that Representative Kevin McCarthy's inability to secure the speakership thus far shows that the party is engaging in "healthy, tough, serious conversation."
"After six ballots cast and McCarthy still failing to garner enough votes to be elected the next speaker of the House on Wednesday, he offered the 20 Republicans who have held out against him a new bid of concessions heading into Thursday’s vote," reports Washington Examiner. "McCarthy has offered concessions that would limit his power while also expanding the defectors' roles across additional committee assignments."
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"Most of the things they want are relatively reasonable. And that’s part of the legislative process," Gingrich said. "It’s really hard to explain to Putin or Xi Jinping or Kim Jong Un what’s going on. This is freedom. And freedom is messy and sloppy and also remarkable — remarkably creative. We’ll get there, and we’ll have a speaker."
Gingrich said McCarthy is a "solid conservative," and said he will work with those Republicans to sway their votes toward his speakership.
"Gingrich also noted the last time Republicans dragged out the speakership voting process was in 1923 and that it took nine ballots but that the following election the GOP picked up an additional 22 seats," reported Washington Examiner.
President Joe Biden called the multiple rounds of voting an "embarrassing" international display of the U.S. government, but Gingrich disagrees with Biden's opinion.
"I think the idea that Joe Biden, who has been lying consistently about his son who’s gotten rich by means that I think are probably illegal, who has never ... been to the border and is I think now going to finally have a visit next week — you look at his policies, you look at his weakness around the world, I don’t think we need to be lectured by Joe Biden," said Gingrich. "This is a healthy, free Republican Party."
"We’re not the Nancy Pelosi machine. We don’t have the culture of the Democrats. We’re not a collection of musk-oxen that get led around by our nose," Gingrich added. "If you want to be an independent, free-thinking person who has to get up and argue your case, you ought to be Republican. If you want to be part of a group that does all you’re told by a boss, you ought to be a Democrat."
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Source: Washington Examiner