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Jonathan Serrie

Atlanta, GA


On the Job Hunt: Newt Gingrich Weighs in

December 3, 2009 - 9:36 AM | by: Jonathan Serrie

As President Barack Obama prepares to host economists, business executives and labor leaders at the White House to discuss ways to boost employment, Republican Newt Gingrich is holding his own series of forums on jobs.

At 4 p.m. CT today, the former House speaker plans to host an open meeting at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Billed as the “Real Jobs Summits,” Gingrich kicked off the effort yesterday in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he held a town hall style meeting that drew hundreds of attendees.

Gingrich discussed the importance of cutting taxes, controlling government spending and reducing regulation and litigation in order to stimulate the creation of new jobs. He also stressed personal responsibility — saying that many Americans have contributed to the nation’s economic woes by running up debt and buying homes beyond their means.

The White house says its forum today will also stress the importance of private sector solutions. And President Obama has acknowledged the importance of tackling the nation’s $1.4 trillion deficit.

President Obama plans to hit the road with a “White House to Main Street” jobs tour. His first stop is scheduled for tomorrow in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Gingrich, considered by some political analysts to be a potential 2012 presidential candidate, said he plans to hold more “Real Jobs Summits” across the country next year.

These meetings come after fall unemployment figures hit 10.2 percent — the highest level since 1983.

While critical of President Obama’s economic policies, Gingrich did offer praise for the commander in chief for increasing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. He said the president’s decision to send an additional 30 thousand troops “took considerable courage” because it will split his supporters. However, the former House speaker predicted President Obama’s plan to start pulling troops out of Afghanistan in 2011 will run into trouble, and that there will still be U.S. troops in that country and Iraq in 2012.

This afternoon’s “Real Jobs Summit” is open to the public and will be held in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall on the campus of Millsaps College.

In a press release, the college states that, while it does not endorse any candidate or political party, it does encourage students, faculty and staff to engage in critical thinking and analysis. The Methodist Church-affiliated college has played host to a diverse list of world leaders including former presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.

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