At an employees-only town hall meeting at PSNH in Manchester, NH today, Newt Gingrich opened up a strong salvo on President Obama. Gingrich dubbed the president a “Saul Alinsky radical” and called him “the most radical president in American history.” Gingrich also lauded New Hampshire’s history of firsts: Not only the first primary, but the first state to which British arms surrendered during the Revolutionary War, and the first state to draft its own constitution.
Later in the wide-ranging speech, which included Gingrich’s views on the FDA (it needs reform), the EPA (it needs to be given a new mission to keep it from harming the economy) and energy (our dependence on Middle Eastern oil empowers Iran), Gingrich also rolled out his line that Mitt Romney is a “Massachusetts moderate” who will not take the Republican Party or the nation in the right direction. Gingrich questioned how the GOP could run against Obama, a tax raiser who brought us ObamaCare, with a nominee who raised taxes and brought his state the forerunner to ObamaCare.
Behind in the polls to Romney in New Hampshire, Gingrich seems to be using the opportunity to speak to audiences here not to gain ground in this state, but to lay the groundwork for his campaign to capture the next state. He noted that as governor, Romney raised taxes on gun ownership on Massachusetts, and further noted that such a thing would be very unpopular in South Carolina.
Gingrich’s event was well attended, with about 100 to 150 PSNH employees and roughly as many press on hand. Also in the crowd: Harold Ford, the former Democratic representative from Tennessee.
I stepped outside to take a radio call, only to find MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski outside. That’s Joe walking towards me and heading into the event, and Mika posing in front of Gingrich’s campaign bus.