Newt Gingrich says reason campaign staff quit is he’s ‘very different’

By Eliza

Jun 22, 2011 1:56pm

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) reports:

At a speech in Atlanta today, Newt Gingrich chalked up the departure of his campaign staff two weeks ago to the fact that he is “very different.”

"I am very different than normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with," Gingrich said in a speech to the Atlanta Press Club. 

“I believe in big ideas,” Gingrich said.  “I actually think that’s part of how you campaign. You talk to the American people about big things."

Gingrich noted that in July 2007, Clinton and Giuliani were the frontrunners for their party’s nominations and referenced thirteen top staffers that quit Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980.

"If I had to choose Reaganomics or 13 staffers quitting, I think for the average working American, Reaganomics was a much better deal," Gingrich said referring to the economic policies Reagan implemented as president.  

The former house speaker opened his speech saying he would only address the state of his campaign once and referred any questions to his spokesman, R.C. Hammond.

“The fact is campaigns go up and down.  I’m not running to talk about the nuances of the campaign.  I am running because we have enormous problems,” Gingrich said.  “I think we have big things to talk about and I’m  happy to answer questions about big things.”

“Those of you who are desperate to have analytical questions can talk to R.C. and he is eager to answer those kinds of questions

Earlier this week, two top fundraisers for the campaign quit and the campaign acknowledged Gingrich held a second line of credit up to one million dollars at Tiffany and Co. Sixteen senior staffers quit the campaign in early June.

After the speech, Gingrich refused to answer questions regarding his second line of credit at Tiffany and Co.

“No, I’m not going to answer that.  Talk to R.C.”

Taking a page from Rep. Ron Paul’s playbook, Gingrich used his speech to call for the repeal of the Dodd-Frank Bill along with an audit of the Federal Reserve.  Gingrich even praised Paul for his work.

“We all owe him a debt of gratitude for focusing our attention on the very real erosion of American freedom and prosperity caused by the actions of the Federal Reserve,” Gingrich said.  “The same policies that the Fed uses to encourage job and economic growth are also the mechanisms that most dangerously weaken the value of the dollar by promoting inflation.”

Yesterday, Gingrich released a video called “Who Got the Money?” pressing for greater transparency of the Federal Reserve.

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