Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that President Obama’s State of the Union address showed that Obama plans to run for re-election “as a left-wing populist on class warfare.”
“I think what you saw the president do is lay down a campaign speech, which is how he's going to run this year,” the former House speaker said on NBC’s Today. Obama, he said, is going to "try to say big government is a better solution than free markets."
“The rhetoric was terrific. His actions haven’t been,” Gingrich said of the speech. “I find the gap between President Obama's words and his deeds to be astounding. He ran on bringing us together, yet last night he seemed to set up a year of divisiveness, of getting nothing done.”
Gingrich said that Obama had failed to explain why he vetoed developing the Keystone pipeline and why government investment in solar power company Solyndra failed. Gingrich also touched on the release of his consulting contract with housing giant Freddie Mac, saying that the released contract confirms that he never lobbied and merely “offered strategic advice.”
Gingrich also responded to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's assertion that he will never become president because "there is something I know" about him. He said he had "no idea" what his former House colleague was referring to: “She lives in a San Francisco environment of very strange fantasies and very strange understandings of reality ... I hope -- if she knows something I have a simple challenge, spit it out. Tell us what it is."
Sarah Huisenga contributed