Gingrich to House GOP: Quit Threatening to Default
Instead, he suggests, focus on sequester, continuing resolution
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 11:47 AM CST
This Sept. 24, 2012 file photo shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaking, in Kirkwood, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich has a message for House Republicans: Stop making empty threats. Congressional Republicans are saying they'll gladly default if President Obama doesn't agree to budget cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal, but that's "a fight they can't sustain," Gingrich said today on CBS This Morning. Because in the end, "no one is going to allow the United States to not pay its bills," and making empty threats on the matter just "rallies the entire business community to the president's side," he said. "I don't think we should pick fights where ... we can't in fact in the end enforce our will."

Gingrich suggests that, instead, the GOP focus on the $1.2 trillion cuts set to be triggered March 1, and the continuing resolution currently funding the government, which expires March 27. "Those two fronts they can fight, and they have much less resistance from the average American, and it's much harder for the president to oppose them," he explains. But he also directed criticism toward Obama, saying the president is "going out of his way to bully House Republicans."

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Jan 16, 2013 6:32 PM CST
What would the GOP be doing if they were in the driver's seat. They can't stand being the passenger. 1942
Jan 15, 2013 7:21 PM CST
stop scaring seniors veterans and the unemployed as well. Maybe if you all did not get paid you might think different. JERKS
Jan 15, 2013 5:06 PM CST
The Newt knows how this will turn out for the GOP. He was there once and it hurt him badly.