- Apr 4, 2006
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- The Other Side of Paradise
Hotline On CallGingrich: GOP Should Be "Party Of Yes"
By Reid Wilson
NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich will urge attendees at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference to offer solutions instead of simply criticizing Dem policies, his organization said in a media release this afternoon.
"To win in 2010 and 2012, it's not enough to say no to the radical agenda of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid," Gingrich said in a statement. "Tonight's speech will explain why real leadership requires Republicans to offer a compelling vision of safety, prosperity, and freedom that stands in vivid contrast to Obama's secular, socialist, machine now running Washington."
Dems have scored points by labeling the GOP the "Party of No" for a perceived lack of serious policy alternatives. And the label clearly rankles GOPers in DC, who point to a few proposals from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House and Senate leadership.
Meanwhile, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is spearheading efforts to craft a new version of the Contract with America, which Gingrich used in '94 as the GOP took back the House for the first time in 40 years. Party leaders have yet to say when they will unveil their agenda, and some worry that releasing it too soon will give Dems a target as they struggle with a tough political environment.