November 26, 2014
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Why Newt is the best candidate

To the Editor:

I want to attend the Republican Convention in Tampa as a Gingrich delegate, and I hope to get your vote on April 24.

It's no secret that Newt Gingrich has drawn attention to himself for a number of comments, including one he made about colonies on the Moon. Funny, I don't remember such mockery of JFK back in the early 1960s when he suggested similar space exploration projects.

No candidate is perfect. I have serious disagreements with my fellow Republicans on issues like birth control and gay marriage. Funny how some members of my party are “pro-choice” when it comes to charter schools, but not when a woman wants to make decisions about her own body. Conservative Republicans demand an end to government intrusion in our private lives – except when that includes the size of our family, or whom we want to marry. If it were up to me, the GOP would focus its energies on the economy and job creation, leaving us freedom to get on with our lives and the pursuit of our own individual happiness.

If I’m elected as a delegate, I intend to share these views with Newt and his team when I get to Tampa. It's time to pull out the stakes, widen the tent and welcome more citizens to the GO-Party! You’ve heard the talking heads say Newt won’t help the down-ticket candidates. Well, in 1994, he helped Republicans win control of both chambers of Congress for the first time in 40 years, picking up more than 50 House seats and 10 Senate seats. He knows how to do it, and can do it again this November.

Anyone who's ever gotten a doctoral degree can tell you it involves lots of reading and analyzing points of view with which you don't necessarily agree to come up with a better solution. Newt Gingrich has a PhD in European History from Tulane University. In the end, my decision is easy. I'm going with the smart guy.

Joe Thompson
Candidate for Newt Gingrich, 2nd RI District
North Kingstown


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