Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich rolled out seven tasks President Barack Obama would need to complete to earn an invitation to keynote the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next year in his speech Thursday afternoon at the conservative conference. He said conservatism is the center of American politics and, if Obama was really moving to the center, he’d be moving to conservatism.
“President Obama could be bipartisan, could move to the center and could be invited to keynote CPAC,” Gingrich said. “I think there are seven steps to the center for Obama.”
First, Gingrich said, Obama would have to sign a complete repeal of Obamacare.
“Fifty-eight percent of the American people in the most recent poll favor the repeal of Obamacare,” Gingrich said. “Fifty-eight percent ought to be the center. I mean, where is the center if it’s not where the majority is?”
Then, according to Gingrich, the president would need to complete comprehensive tort reform for doctors, push a permanent repeal of the death tax, and support a new Hyde amendment to stop taxpayer-funded abortions. After that, Gingrich said Obama should take Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s plans for a conservative balanced budget, enforce and control the U.S. border with Mexico now and give more power back to local and state governments through the Tenth Amendment.
“If President Obama would do those seven things, he would have come to the center and would deserve the invitation to be the keynote speaker next year,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich also called on the administration in his speech to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and replace it with an Environmental Solutions Agency, to “cut through all the red tape” so effective solutions can actually be accomplished.