Newt Hopes To Use Debate to Focus On Job Growth

By Eliza

Jun 13, 2011 3:17pm

ABC News' Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports: At tonight’s debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, look for Newt Gingrich to draw attention away from his vanishing campaign structure and direct it to the need to fix the economy and spur job growth by posing a challenge to President Obama.

“Action is needed on the economy now, not in January 2013,” R.C. Hammond, Press Secretary for Newt Gingrich said.  “Newt will put forth and call for action on a jobs plan and challenge the President to act.”

An often forgotten fact is that Newt was the first candidate to release a jobs plan.  At his first campaign event, he unveiled the “Jobs and Prosperity” plan, which outlines eight steps to bolster job growth in the U.S. They include halting the 2013 tax increase; fostering business investment; implementing an optional flat tax of 15%; strengthening the dollar; eliminating destructive and ineffective regulations, programs and bureaucracies; implementing an American energy policy; balancing the budget; and reforming entitlement programs.

As Newt relaunched his campaign yesterday in Beverly Hills, he issued a nine point strategy for the Middle East and Israel.  Newt voiced his determination to carry on his campaign, paraphrasing from a William Faulkner speech.

“I will endure the challenges.  I will carry the message of American renewal to every part of this great land, no matter what it takes.  And with the help of every American who wants to change Washington, we will prevail,” Newt said.

Despite the loss of 16 senior staffers last week, Newt still has some staff left that will accompany him to the debate tonight. He'll be joined by five staffers, including Hammond and a campaign coordinator, as well as his two daughters, Jackie Cushman and Kathy Lubbers, and his wife, Callista.

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