In 1994, when Newt Gingrich took office as the first Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives in four decades, he introduced himself to the nation by implementing a sweeping “Contract with America.” Like Gingrich himself, the contract was bold but divisive. Following the 1998 midterm elections, Gingrich resigned as speaker and left the House to focus on consulting and political advocacy.
But Gingrich, who converted to Catholicism in 2009, never remained far from the public eye. A former professor and scholar, Gingrich has written 23 books, including alternative history novels and nonfiction accounts of his time in office. His entry into the 2012 presidential race was marked by strong debate performances, in which he challenged media elites as much as his opponents. Gingrich achieved a come-from-behind win in the South Carolina primary prior to his withdrawal from the race in April.
Gingrich sat down with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas after the first presidential debate and spoke about the significance of the Benghazi embassy attack on Sept. 11, the implications of what he sees as cultural imperialism, President Obama’s leadership and more.
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