Gingrich To Black People: "Paychecks, Not Food Aid"

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday he is willing to go before the NAACP and urge blacks to demand paychecks, not food stamps.

Gingrich told a town hall meeting at a senior center in Plymouth, N.H., that if the NAACP invites him to its annual convention this year, he'd go there and talk about "why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps."

He also said he'd pitch a new Social Security program aimed at helping young people, particularly African-American males, who he said get the smallest return on Social Security.

Gingrich routinely lambasts President Barack Obama as the "best food stamp president in American history." He also has spoken previously about welcoming an invitation from the NAACP to speak and has been critical of GOP candidates who have not accepted such an invitation.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had no immediate comment on Gingrich's remarks. His campaign spokesman, R.C. Hammond, said the former Georgia congressman has often said the GOP needs to be inclusive of all Americans. "He has said since he became a presidential candidate that any Republican should always accept an invitation to speak to the NAACP on any topic," Hammond said.

Gingrich's comments follow those by rival candidate Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania who said Sunday that he did not want to "make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money."

Santorum's comments were criticized by National Urban League President Marc H. Morial as pandering to racist elements within the GOP. Morial also said that 70 percent of people on food stamps are white. The Agriculture Department does not break down food stamp participation rates by race.

NAACP President Ben Jealous also criticized Santorum's remarks.

Food stamp participation and costs have risen under Obama, from $37.6 billion in 2008 to $75.3 billion last year, according to federal data of what is officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The increases followed the steep economic downturn that began in 2008.

Gingrich said if he has a chance to go before the NAACP, he would explain a "brand-new Social Security opportunity" for young people, "which would be particularly good for African-American males, because they are the group that gets the smallest return on Social Security."


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  • by Bertie on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
    What a racist pig.
  • by Kristen Location: New bern on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    What I don't understand is why his speech is only direct to African Americans? There are plenty of African Americans including myself working hard and avoiding government aid to make a living. There are other people from other races that are using government aid also so, why isn't he focusing on the people that are using government aid instead of just African Americans? I think his intentions are good but he really needs to broaden his horizons.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 8, 2012 at 04:25 AM
    And so again, posters hit with dissinformation and liberal hate angry rheatoric. Well, it doesn't matter that you are so dissinformed, we saw how you voted in 08 and look what we have to show for it after trillions were spent? Don't bother, nothing to see here.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    I know of several good black people that work hard and make a decent living for their families. It does seem in my community that more black people live in the projects and occupy the majority of our jails and prisons. Are we failing the black population or are they not trying to succeed because of the government handouts? I don't mind helping people but when they live off of my taxes for several generations of the same families while I work hard, part time and struggle to pay bills and college loans it's frustrating while the rich keep getting richer.
  • by Go Newt on Jan 7, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    I think Gingrich may have something. If he has a solution to poverty in the black communities in America, he should definitely "JOIN" the NAACP as a motion of good will. Then he wouldn't have to be invited to express his intelligent programs. He's an arrogant man than is on the losing end and just like Palin is sucking in the last dime to keep himself popular among those that will support him. Just a few idiots that will dole him out money will pay his bills and keep his saving account prosperous.
  • by Tax Payer Location: US on Jan 7, 2012 at 05:42 AM
    I quess Newt assumes the poor "welfare" recipitents will do as well as the corporations have done with all the "welfare" handouts that the government has given them. The gross billions that have been given to corporations like WAl Mart and The Oil industries have only proven to make them richer and controling. They have not used their billions of "subsidies" to create a better America. How Sad ? Hundres of Wal art store are being built across the world, funded off the backs of the US government and thier underpaid workers.
  • by Vee Location: Plymouth on Jan 7, 2012 at 04:20 AM
    See he is just ignorant because little does he know it's more whites and hispanics get foodstamps as well as the blacks. Don't make it look like only black people are the only ones getting them. I think someone needs to put these racist Republicans in there place..
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jan 7, 2012 at 03:57 AM
    So some of you didn't actually catch what Newt said to put it into context? I am surprised you even vote. You need to get informed and not run with the headlines of a story so full of spin, you fall down on the ground dizzy.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM
    You took the words right out of my mouth on this one. Newt is just appealing to the base bigot in the Republican party - the idiot with no real facts just a disdain for blacks and likely anyone who is not white. Blacks are not even the majority on welfare. Blacks only make up 12 percent of the population, it is absurd to believe they could be the majority on welfare. There is a high percentage of blacks in the system, but if you are talking about abuse you had better be talking about whites and hispanics as well. I expect nothing more from Newt or the panel of candidates pressented by the Republican party now. It will certainly win him votes within the party and garner support from the typical beer swilling, crouch scratching, Troglodyte in the Mahoning Valley.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    Gingrich has insulted all black people by assuming all they care about is getting food stamps. Just goes to show how out of touch he is with reality. What a toad!
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