Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of demonstrating a “level of hypocrisy” that the GOP “can’t match” with their attempts to paint the Republicans as the political party of the rich.
TheDC asked Gingrich how he responds when he hears Democratic leaders like Reid and Pelosi say the Republicans only care about the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.
“First of all, this is a politics that goes all the way back to William Jennings Bryan. It is in the genetic code of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. They say it every four years and have forever. It is ironic when a Nancy Pelosi who is a multimillionaire says it. It’s a little bit like John Kerry saying it,” Gingrich told The Daily Caller in a video interview.
“They are geniuses at a level of hypocrisy which Republicans can’t match because we get ashamed. I mean, if you just watch Harry Reid in the last week, the attacks he made on Romney in this last week are pure fabrication. He has no proof, he has no witnesses.”
Reid claimed Romney has not paid taxes for 10 years but would not reveal his source.
“He just went to the floor of the Senate and lied but because he’s a professional Democrat, lying is considered a legitimate behavior and so he has no lost energy,” Gingrich said.
“Republicans flinch when they have to lie like that because they have some residual belief that it’s bad. Guys like Harry Reid just think it’s the price of doing business.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called on Romney to release additional years of his tax returns.
“Remember, Pelosi’s released zero years, Reid has released zero years, so they’re setting a standard neither of them lives up to. My prediction is if Romney does release 10 more years, that’ll be inadequate and they’ll then say where’s the rest? Why isn’t he releasing his tax return when he was 17? They have found a gimmick that allows them to make a case that they’ll keep making,” Gingrich said.
“Romney’s got to make a bigger case which is what you really care about is your tax return and under Barack Obama, you’ve earned less, you’ve kept less, you’ve had less and wouldn’t you like to have a better tax return with a higher income with an economy that’s growing?”
Pelosi said she would release her tax returns only when she runs for president.
“They’re automatically held to a different standard because they’re Democrats. My point would be what Romney wants to have is an argument about your taxes, not his taxes and what they want to have an argument about is his taxes, not your taxes,” Gingrich told TheDC.
“They [the Obama campaign] can’t win if the issue is, ‘What has happened to you personally and can you afford four more years like this?’ I mean, they could get beaten as bad Jimmy Carter was beaten by Ronald Reagan if that’s the issue. They can win if the issue’s Mitt Romney.”
Watch TheDC’s full interview with Gingrich: