Monday, March 16, 2009

Newt speaks to “Essence” about GOP future

by Princella D. Smith

My boss, Newt Gingrich spoke to Essence Magazine’s Cynthia Gordy about the future of the party including the ridiculous Limbaugh/Steele situation. If anyone is trying to figure out how to lead the party, then read this interview.

ESSENCE.COM: You’ve been an advocate for the Republican Party reaching out more to African-Americans. Do you see the election of Michael Steele as RNC chairman as a sign of the Party’s interest in achieving this?

NEWT GINGRICH: I think that a number of members reached the conclusion that we had to develop a much broader party with a much broader appeal. Of the candidates who were running, Michael Steele presented the best hope of communicating that you could be a Republican and be part of a broader coalition than the historic Republican Party. I would expect Chairman Steele to be comfortable going to the NAACP, the Urban League and any place in America talking to people about why having a private sector-oriented party that had lower taxes was in your interest. Or why, for example, from the standpoint of many inner city African-American parents, having the right-to-school choice so your child could go to a school that was safe and get a good education mattered to you.

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