By Geneva Sands - 11/15/11 06:41 PM EST
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had some harsh words on the campaign trail for the deficit-reduction supercommittee.
"I am watching the supercommittee in Washington with amazement. This is the dumbest idea I've seen in a very long lifetime," said Gingrich at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday.
Gingrich, a former House Speaker, called the looming deadline and the threat of automatic cuts "artificial."
"God didn’t come down one morning and say, ‘If you don’t reach this deadline, terrible things will happen,' " Gingrich said.
Gingrich blamed lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for what he said was "failing to reach and intelligent solution" to reduce the country's deficit and debt.
"You don't have to have an automatic stupidity as a replacement for self-government," he added.
For more on Gingrich's criticism of the supercommittee on The Hill's Briefing Room blog, click here.