VIDEO: Newt Gingrich At The Republican Presidential Forum on Manufacturing

Newt Gingrich participated in the Republican Forum on Manufacturing, sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers and broadcast by Iowa Public Television, that took place on Tuesday, November 1. Candidates for the Republican nomination for president gathered at Vermeer Corporation headquarters in Pella, Iowa for a forum sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers. Iowa Public Television produced the broadcast of the forum.

The candidates that participated in the forum, moderated by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Nightly Business Report Co-Anchor and Managing Editor Tom Hudson, were Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA).

Here is the video of Newt Gingrich:


William Petroskin writes for the Des Moines Register

Newt Gingrich promised today that if he is elected president, he would oversee a revival of the nation’s economy based on expanded worker training, a tax system that would encourage development and free trade policies.

“There is no reason we cannot rebuild America at a remarkable speed. We have done it before, but we need a totally new attitude” in Washington, D.C., the former U.S. House speaker said.

The Georgia Republican told a presidential candidates’ forum sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers that he would bolster job training programs to offer a workforce that would be the best trained in the world. That would be coupled with tax policies that would allow companies to write off purchases of manufacturing equipment, encouraging them to modernize their industries, he said.

Gingrich harshly criticized President Barack Obama, calling him a “left-wing radical who believes in class warfare.” He claimed that federal labor officials are anti-manufacturing and that federal policies are “anti-coal” and “anti-petroleum.”

He said he favors a repeal of Sarbanes-Oxley, a law regulating financial practices and corporate governance, along with getting rid of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The government should consider a fundamentally new tax code, including zero taxes on capital gains, eliminating double taxation on dividends and other changes, he added.

Gingrich said that Americans hire presidents to be “salesmen for the United States,” adding he supports free trade agreements. He also promised to find the “toughest trial lawyer in the country” to become the U.S. trade representative.

On energy, Gingrich said he would abolish the U.S. Department of Energy, describing it as a failure, and he called for other reforms which he believes will contribute towards making the nation energy independent.  He expressed support for renewable fuels, and he said he favors more development of American sources of oil, natural gas and coal.

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