ABC News’ Arlette Saenz reports:
In a speech that evoked rounds of laughter and applause, Newt Gingrich returned to his professorial style, lecturing the crowd on why President Obama’s policies are negatively impacting the country and how he plans to help Republicans return to power in the executive and legislative branches.
“I certainly want to win the presidency, but we want to win it as a team in which we have House and Senate candidates who are on the same page going in the same direction, and the team arrives in Washington, and on Jan. 20, 2013, the team begins to change everything,” Gingrich said in his speech at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
Gingrich, whose 41-minute speech was delivered without teleprompter or prepared notes, spent a large portion of the speech lambasting the “bad policies” Obama has adopted as president. He criticized Obama’s energy policies for “killing jobs in Louisiana” along with condemning Obama’s statement that “shovel-ready” projects weren’t as “shovel-ready” as he anticipated.
“Mr. President, it wasn’t very funny to the 14 million unemployed Americans to learn that you didn’t know what you were doing and that your plans didn’t work,” Gingrich said.
“He’s a natural secular European socialist,” Gingrich said. “He is the opposite of freedom.”
Gingrich has been criticized in the media for calling President Obama the “food stamp” president, but he vowed to continue using that title because he believes it’s true.
“I got criticized a little bit in the elite media, who seem on some occasions not to be as fond of me as they could be, because I said Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history," Gingrich said. "Well guess what? Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history. I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history.”
The former speaker of the House pledged to create a section on his website where people could submit ideas for executive orders, and by Oct. 1, 2012, he will post which executive orders he will agree to sign. Gingrich said if President Obama agreed to sign any of those orders in a debate, he would say to him, “Terrific, here’s the executive order. Sign it,” which garnered laughter and approval from the crowd.
Gingrich argued that bad policies adopted by the Obama administration will spur voters to push for Republicans to be elected in 2012.
“We’re going to be able to compete everywhere in America," he said, "because everywhere in America people will be tired of bad policies killing jobs, bad policies killing American energy, bad policies crippling housing prices and we should have the courage as a party to say no precinct, no neighborhood is going to be off limits. We’re going to give every American a chance to have a better future by voting for freedom and the Republican Party instead of servitude and the Democratic Party.
“When we get done, we’re gonna sweep the Senate, we’re gonna sweep the House, we’re gonna win the White House, and then we’re going to clean out Washington,” Gingrich said, as he left to a crowd chanting, “Newt! Newt! Newt!”