Bill Clinton Praises Old Foe Newt Gingrich. Clinton continued: For example, I watched the national security debate last night. And Newt said two things that would make an independent voter say, Well, I gotta consider that. He said, OK, I dont want to legitimize immigrants who came here undocumented, illegally. On the other hand, a lot of those people have been here for years, they worked hard, they paid taxes, theyve got kids in the schools, theyre not criminals, were going to have a hard time sending them all home, theres millions of them. So, Id like to have a process where they could be here legally but not have a path to citizenship. That sort of splits the difference between the immigration reforms proposed by President Bush and President Obama, which would give a path to citizenship, and would be a version of what President Reagan did. Clinton was impressed that Gingrich devised a red card system that would be used to stop normalizing the immigration status of illegals if efforts to control the border proved ineffective. That was a thoughtful response, Clinton said. The former president also credited Gingrich for innovative thinking in his plan to give workers an option to invest their Social Security retirement funds privately. Gingrich said there should be a guarantee, so that, if markets nose-dive, workers would not receive less than they would have received under the old Social Security system. See, thats a new wrinkle on this, Clinton said, crediting Gingrich for thinking out of the box. So hes always . . . I think hes doing well just because hes thinking, and people are hungry for ideas that make some sense. If Newt wins the nomination I bet Clinton pulls the lever for him in the general.