Submitted by William
Newt Gingrich’s camp is on defense after the candidate said African Americans should want paychecks, not food stamps.
“And so I’m prepared if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps,” Gingrich said earlier today in Plymouth, N.H.
After a few tweets about Gingrich’s comments surfaced online, several blogs were written focusing on Gingrich’s comments. Some headlines included “Gingrich Singles Out Blacks in Food Stamp Remark,” “Newt: Informs African Americans They Should Not Want Food Stamps,” and “Gingrich to Blacks: Demand Jobs Not Food Stamps.”
The Gingrich campaign responds:
The Gingrich campaign immediately responded to the press over Gingrich’s comments by sending out an email that said Gingrich’s NAACP comments were an effort to reach out to the African American community. The Gingrich campaign pointed to Gingrich’s book Real Change, in which Gingrich was critical of President Bush’s “failure to address the NAACP.” Gingrich said it was a “clear signal to the African American community that Republicans did not see them as worthy of engagement in dialogue.”