Gingrich: GOP must paint Hillary as enemy

Newt Gingrich is urging Republicans to paint Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ expected 2016 nominee for president, as an obstacle to economic progress in order to win back the White House.

Gingrich told activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday that Republicans should identify themselves as the party of innovation and draw a clear contrast with Democrats.

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“What I’m trying to do is set up a conversation in America among everybody on our side so that by 2016 Hillary Clinton is the leading prison guard of the past propping every failed bureaucratic institution,” he said. 

Gingrich laid out his strategy in his new book, “Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle that will Decide America’s Fate.”

Gingrich argues the key to winning over younger voters is to explain how government regulation impacts them.

“If this is a fight between the future and the past and we truly represent for the average American a better future and they truly represent for the average American those forces blocking that future, we will win decisively,” he declared.

He held up Bill de Blasio, the recently elected mayor of New York City and a liberal Democrat, as an example, criticizing him for withdrawing permission to allow charter schools to share space in public schools. 

Gingrich asked how many members of the audience now rely on smart phones instead of paper maps while driving.

He said Republicans need to emphasize proposals in Washington to begin regulating smart-phone apps, predicting that smart-phones will be the leading public health, learning and management devices of the 21st century. 

“If you want to see a fight where we can be on the side of younger Americans and the left is hopeless, you go out and talk to any college campus and say, ‘How would you like Washington bureaucrats slowing down the number of new applications you can get?’” he said, noting the Food and Drug Administration has proposed regulating health-related smart-phone apps.