Politics & Policy

Newt Gingrich Coming To Harrisburg to Preach ‘Power of Ten’

 

Newt Gingrich wants voters to understand their Election Day choice very clearly. As Robert Costa reported last week, Gingrich is framing the voice as between “the Democratic party of food stamps and the Republican party of paychecks.”

And now he’s taking that message on the road, coming to Harrisburg on Tues., October 26 as part of a 12-stop nationwide tour. The Harrisburg event is expected to number in the thousands, just days ahead of a critical election.

American Solutions, the self-described “tri-partisan citizens action network” that boasts an e-mail membership of more than 1.5 million, is organizing the tour as part of a wider campaign called the “Power of 10.”

Dan Varroney, chief operating officer at American Solutions, spoke with Battle ‘10 about the “Power of 10″ campaign that Gingrich will be advocating, which seeks to turn-out 10 million votes for challenger candidates to flip control of Congress.

“There are 15 million unemployed Americans,” Varroney told Battle ‘10 in explaining the thinking behind the campaign, “and there’s a need for the center-right to have the same capabilities as the Obama campaign had in 2008.”

“We wanted to take a lesson from history,” said Varroney, “and understand what it took in 1994 and 2006 to achieve [electoral] change. From 1990 to 1994, it took 10 million additional votes” to flip Congress. And 2006, Varroney said, was a similar story.

“So we said, ‘How many votes do we need to win majority control?’”

The American Solutions “Power of 10″ campaign centers on a few “10″ related challenges, including recruiting ten friends, making ten phone calls, knocking on ten doors, and soliciting $10 donations to support candidates.

“Our focus was to take concern with absolute lackluster economy, and need to mobile center right and utilize technology,” said Varroney, “and deliver the highest possible magnitude of change.”

Citing Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, which is pumping tens of millions into television spots across the country, Varroney explained “they’re doing the air game, and we’re doing the ground game.”

“We want to mobilize, energize, and activate ten million voters, and we’re doing that,” he said, starting with “a 1.5 million member e-mail list.”

Echoing the frequent warnings of Pat Toomey on economic lethargy, Varroney bemoaned a “lackluster, poor performer” economy, saying “in 2011, two-thirds of GDP will be public debt, with 3 trillion created by this administration.”

In coming to Harrisburg just prior to Election Day, Varroney says they are seeking to spur a “tidal wave of change.”

The “Power of 10″ campaign, declared Varroney, will help “leverage this election to take this country back on every level of government.”

Reservations for the Harrisburg rally can be made here.

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