Editor's note: With Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both running around trying to claim the mantle of Reagan, it appears Newt didn't hold Ronald Reagan in the high esteem he now claims. And you Mitt supporters, do I really need to pull out your past statement on Reagan? Anyway, the only thing Mitt and Newt agree with Reagan on is "self assured destruction".
Just like when Newt went to the House floor during the Gipper's second White House term and declared the president's Soviet policy a "failure." Here is what Gingrich said: "Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire's challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing and without a dramatic, fundamental change in strategy will continue to fail. ... The burden of the failure frankly must be placed first upon President Reagan."
This was after Gingrich, as reported in the Congressional Record, had found Reagan responsible for our national "decay": "Beyond the obvious indicators of decay, the fact is that President Reagan has lost control of the national agenda." Students of Newt-speak will recognize that by "decay," Gingrich was generally referring to factors such as crime, illegitimate births and illiteracy.
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