Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Gingrich agrees with Kristol: ‘Yeah,’ Republicans should ‘go for the kill’ on health reform.

By Lee Fang  

"Gingrich agrees with Kristol: ‘Yeah,’ Republicans should ‘go for the kill’ on health reform."

Share:

google plus icon

Earlier this week, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol urged conservative activists and Republicans to “resist the temptation” to work with Democrats in crafting health reform and instead “go for the kill.” Kristol famously wrote a memo before the Clinton health care debate similarly urging Republicans, and then Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), “to defeat any Democratic health reform bill” as a political strategy to “send them to voters empty-handed.” At a press conference this morning, ThinkProgress asked Gingrich if he agrees with the “go for the kill” strategy Kristol is advocating:

Q: Bill Kristol said that conservatives should ‘move for the kill’ on what is being proposed in the House and the Senate. How do you feel about that?

GINGRICH: Well I’m not quite sure what he means by that. I mean, If you’re asking me if it would be a good idea to beat a bill that I think will ration care, increase government control over your life, strengthen the power of politicians, run up the deficit, raise taxes and kill jobs, yeah I think we ought to stop that proposal.

Watch it:

On Monday, Gingrich also accepted Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) view that blocking health care reform “could be” Obama’s “Waterloo.”

‹ TP’s Igor Volsky debunks Lou Dobbs’ myths about health reform.

Blackburn: “We’re not going to cry ‘emergency’ every time we have a Katrina.” ›

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.