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Gingrich Urges GOP to Expand Base

Orlando, Fla. — Newt Gingrich stressed inclusiveness and big-tent thinking in his CPAC speech this morning.

“We always talk about outreach,” he remarked. “Outreach is when five white guys have a meeting  and then call their friends.”

Gingrich sees a way to change that.

“[Obama] is the best food stamp president in American history. I want to be the best paycheck president in American history,” he said. “There is not a precinct in Florida, there is not a neighborhood in Florida, there is not an ethnic group, there is not an ideological group that wants their children to spend their life on food stamps instead of paychecks.”

“We have to have the courage to include every American who wants to have paychecks in our coalition,” he continued. “And we will be the largest majority in modern history if we have the courage to include everyone and listen to everyone.”

Gingrich acknowledged that such a huge coalition — which he estimates would include 60 to 70 percent of citizens — would be “tumultuous” and lead to internal squabbling.

“We have to learn to be happy and casual about the fact that we’re going to have a lot more arguments internally because we’re going to be so big,” he said. “It’s inevitable that we’re going to argue occasionally. But that’s fine. That’s what governing’s all about in a free society.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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