By Samantha Edwards–1/8/2012
Newt Gingrich is saying “no” to handouts. But the former House Speaker says he wants all Americans to have a shot at success.
“Most Americans want paychecks, not food stamps. Most Americans want a chance to take care of their family, to be independent. And whatever their initial job is, they want a chance to get a better job, a higher income, and have a better future,” said Gingrich during his Hispanic town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The Republican hopeful claimed more people are receiving food stamps under President Obama than any other Commander in Chief. He has been under fire with minority groups after he reportedly said that African Americans should not be satisfied with food stamps. Gingrich is claiming the media are twisting his words.
During the event, Gingrich spoke about the importance of Latinos in his campaign and in the community. “I think it is very important for us to make a case that we are in favor of many people from many places having the opportunity to become Americans…that this is truly a land of opportunity.”
If he becomes president, Gingrich says he wants to control borders, modernize visa programs, and improve the lives of immigrants.
Changes in immigration have been at the forefront of presidential campaigns, but Gingrich said he would be the first successful president to make changes in immigration policies.
He has promised to implement his plan in his first 100 days in office. He said he can succeed where President Bush and President Obama did not. Gingrich went on to say he would want 99.99% of immigrants to be legal.