Former House Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) said that Sen. Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE (D-Del.) is a "socialist" during a broadside on the Democratic veep nominee over taxes.

Gingrich, on Fox News on Thursday, ridiculed Biden's suggestion that it would be patriotic for wealthier Americans to pay more taxes. In criticizing Biden, Gingrich referred to Biden's ties to former British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, whose speeches Biden had plagiarized during his first campaign for president in 1987.

"Well, first of all, every once in a while when you listen to Joe Biden, you know why he used to like Neil Kinnock's speeches, because in his heart, Joe Biden is a good English socialist," Gingrich said.
Gingrich, in the exchange with Fox News host Alan Colmes's, added: "I'm just saying that I think for Biden to decide that his desire to rip off people and take their money should not be disguised as their patriotism when, in fact, it's about his desire for bigger government."

Gingrich, who was touting his new book calling for more domestic offshore oil drilling while on Fox News, also criticized Barack Obama for receiving more donations from troubled companies Fannie Mae and Lehman Brothers than most senators.

"He clearly is tied into crony capitalism," Gingrich said.