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Gingrich has sought in his recent comments invoking the NAACP to demonstrate his commitment to reaching beyond traditional GOP groups to Democratic constituencies.
But Oscar Eason, president of the NAACP State Conference of Alaska, Oregon and Washington State, called Gingrich’s most recent statement racist.
“It goes right to the heart of real racism — that African Americans are lazy and don’t want to work and depend entirely on handouts,” Eason told CBS Radio.
Gingrich, in remarks to reporters Friday in Newport, N.H., continued to insist there was nothing racist about what he said. “If you talk openly and honestly about the failure of liberal institutions and the way that they hurt the poor, there becomes a sudden frenzy of a herd of people running over screaming racism, racism.”
He added: “I think you would have to be nuts to read those two paragraphs to conclude anything except that I was saying that every young American deserves the right to pursue happiness, every young American deserves the right to get a job. Every neighborhood in America deserves a chance to get paychecks instead of food stamps. And I was saying something which I thought for a Republican candidate was refreshingly positive, which is I would be happy to go to the NAACP convention and talk about creating greater opportunities for all Americans.”
Obama Ag Secretary: More People On Food Stamps Means More Jobs
Tom Vilsack, President Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture, appeared on MSNBC and said that foodstamps are putting people to work and are acting as an ‘economic stimulus’.
“Well, obviously, it’s putting people to work. Which is why we’re going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we’re going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that’s never happened in this country — something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.”
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