In a call hosted by the Republican National Committee, the former House Speaker said he would work extensively to defeat President Obama because he regarded him as a threat to economic future of his family:
I am determined to do everything I can to defeat Barack Obama who I regard as a direct threat to my two grandchildren’s future. I think a second term by Obama will be an absolute disaster. So I am prepared to do – this has gotta be Mitt Romney’s campaign. He is the nominee. It has got to fit a rhythm and pattern he believes in. But within that framework, I’ll do anything I can to be helpful to them.
That’s a distinct change from the beginning of the year when Gingrich and Romney fought a brutal primary for the nomination. It was Gingrich himself who first raised the issue of Romney’s background with Bain Capital as a negative. Many believed that Gingrich’s attacks on Romney had damaged his future with the party. But 3 1/2 months after he suspended his campaign, all that seems to be fading rapidly into the background.
Gingrich used the call to attack Obama’s recent actions undoing some of the 1990s welfare reforms. He argued that the administration was using a gimmick to undo it too, saying that the reform’s legislative language was written “not to be waivable.” He made a point of unfavorably comparing Obama with President Clinton, who worked with Congress on the issue and ultimately signed the reforms into law:
Remember that hardcore liberals like Obama were deeply opposed to the bill. Even after Bill Clinton agreed to sign the final version, half the Democratic Party in the House voted no …
Obama’s entire record as president has focused on increasing the number of people on foodstamps, increasing the amount of dependency, attacking the people who create jobs…
In many ways, Obama is the anti-Clinton. Clinton tried to move the party to the center. Obama has moved it to the left. Clinton balanced the budget. The policies we implemented in ’97 lead to four balanced budgets. Obama has had the largest deficits in American history. Clinton worked with the legislature on a bipartisan basis. Obama has tried to use executive authority in ways that I think are unconstitutional. It really is kind of remarkable. I really hope every American when they watch Bill Clinton speak will realize how much weaker and less effective a president Obama is than the man who is nominating him.