Gingrich fires back at Carter’s ’subtlety of racism’ charge

In an interview to air on Piers Morgan’s show tonight, Jimmy Carter suggests Newt Gingrich is engaging in “that subtlety of racism” when he talks about food stamps and “welfare mommas”:

Over the phone a few minutes ago, Gingrich gave me this response to Carter’s words:

It’s sad to watch people on the left who have no solutions for the problems of poverty and who automatically start talking about racism the minute a conservative starts talking about how to solve poverty. Carter tried The Atlanta Project*, it didn’t work. You would think he’d have a little happiness that someone was trying to solve poverty.

Gingrich sounded cautiously optimistic about his chances in South Carolina but did not commit to a particular share of the vote or ranking he thinks he needs to hit. (”I hope to come in first.”) If he does well there and in Florida on Jan. 31, Super Tuesday on March 6 — with Georgia as a major prize — will be a huge day in the campaign. Texas, too, “depending on where Governor [Rick] Perry is.” If Perry is out of the race by then, as many observers now expect, Gingrich expects to do well in Texas relative to Mitt Romney.

As for Georgia: Gingrich cited his friendships in the state, including his supporter in the governor’s mansion, and volunteers, many of whom are working for him in South Carolina at the moment. His campaign themes here are unlikely to differ from those elsewhere:

Jobs and economic growth will be number one. National security and American strength, number two; American exceptionalism, number three; and balancing the budget, number four.

*I have never heard of The Atlanta Project. Fwiw, this evaluation is not exactly boastful (”TAP doesn’t claim to have all the answers, or the solution for eliminating urban decay”) and it’s probably not a good sign that the link to the TAP page at the Carter Center doesn’t work and the most recent document about TAP on the Carter Center’s site is from 1999. If someone has more recent or complete information about TAP, post it below.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

January 18th, 2012
7:19 pm

carlosgvv

January 18th, 2012
7:20 pm

Newt has proved, many times over, that he will say anything to get elected. So, of course, he is engaging in subtle and not so subtle racism. Newt is a smart guy and he knows how many white votes he needs and how many black votes he doesn’t need to win the primary. When he gets into a primary where he actually needs substantial black support, he will say whatever he thinks will win him votes.

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
7:21 pm

Gingrich: It’s sad to watch people on the left who have no solutions for the problems of poverty and who automatically start talking about racism the minute a conservative starts talking about how to solve poverty.

Excuse me, but what exactly are Gingrich’s solutions for poverty? Eliminate child labor laws, fire the adults, and replace them with children?

Now THAT is sad.

short memories

January 18th, 2012
7:22 pm

Carter was the worst president in a long time. He was also our worst governor and George Busbee had to come in behind him and clean his mess up – in the midst of a horrible national economy of Jimmy Carter’s. I would think Carter would be embarassed to show his face, much less jump in with crackpot remarks. He was a complete and miserable failure and virtually every state acknowledged that after his pathetic one term.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

January 18th, 2012
7:24 pm

Dhimmi Karter is a bozo’s bozo. When he’s not pimping the elction of some foreign mass murderer, he’s playing the race card. This make’s him a two trick bozo.

Anything that comes from his mouth should be considered nonsense, nonsense that doesn’t even need to be fact checked. Which is why most dummycrats admire him.

saywhat?

January 18th, 2012
7:27 pm

I will believe Gingrich is innocent of using “subtlety of racism” when in a speech in front of Wall Streeters he states that the children of the rich white people who robbed us blind by causing the economic meltdown need to clean toilets at public schools. Until then, not so much.

Jimmy Carter second worst president ever behind current one

January 18th, 2012
7:28 pm

Typical liberal response. Scream racism. Can’t even talk about food stamps without being a racist. Good grief liberals are effing pathetic. Why is JC even listend to anymore. Didn’t he go senile in 78?

David Green

January 18th, 2012
7:29 pm

Well Kyle it seems that as a voter I have a choice to either vote for a food stamp president or for someone who wants to be a corporate welfare president who “calls the kettle black” in order to get votes. Personally I don’t care for either one but Obama seems to be the lesser of two evils. At least he is a dedicated family man who hasn’t been caught cheating on his wife as you know who.

carlosgvv

January 18th, 2012
7:30 pm

short memories – 7:22

And yet, he is absolutely correct in his assesment of Gingrich.

Chuck Finley

January 18th, 2012
7:32 pm

Really Bart? That is about as ignorant a comment as I have ever read on here. And THAT’S saying something!!

David Green

January 18th, 2012
7:32 pm

Besides Kyle it really is hard to take seriously the family values of a serial adulterer but then again that is a conservative family value isn’t it.

saywhat?

January 18th, 2012
7:35 pm

Jimmy Carter blah blah blah
Typical conservative response. Scream like a stuck pig when your racism is exposed. Can’t even talk about food stamps like a racist without being called on it.. Good grief conservatives are effing pathetic. Why is JC even listened to anymore? Perhaps because he has more character, intelligence, humanity and dignity in his little finger than Gingrich has in his whole corrupt bloated body and fat misshapen head?

Mishap

January 18th, 2012
7:37 pm

So every time he switches from fixing the poor by having their kids work as janitors to talking about black teenage unemployment, he isn’t trying to draw a connection? Or when he talks about food stamp president and then says he’ll go to the NAACP to tell them to demand paychecks, he’s not implying blacks utilize food stamps? Why not address poor rural white Americans? Do the poor only live in inner city neighborhoods?

The dude is absolutely pulling the race card out…albeit in weakly coded form. BTW, I’m not black…I just someone that can’t stand this type of political code and the bigoted cheers from the SC audience. No wonder they battle it out w/ Mississippi to be last in education.

Carter was in the last week of his presidency when I was born so I can’t comment on his presidential acumen but is he lying to say Newt’s playing the race card he knows that goes so well in the south?

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
7:39 pm

Really Bart? That is about as ignorant a comment as I have ever read on here.

Don’t kill the messenger Finley. Here’s a direct quote from Gingrich’s mouth in the South Carolina debate: “You could take one janitor and hire 30-some kids to work in the school for the price of one janitor,…

Sorry buddy, but not liking the facts, doesn’t change them.

Carter loves Obama

January 18th, 2012
7:45 pm

Carter thinks Obama is doing a great job, just like he did.

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
7:46 pm

Being lectured on racism by Jimma Carter is a joke. The man ran as a segragationist when he ran for Gov of this state. Either he is a liar for masking his beliefs, or he really felt he was better than one segment of society.

Barney Strickland

January 18th, 2012
7:46 pm

Gosh, Kyle !! Sure gotta lot of Newt haters in Ralphie McGills old paper !! Oh, well what can you do ? I enjoy your column and that Mr. Bookman is OK also !! Out here in Cobb, we’re gonna vote for Newt anyway !! All that race code stuff obscures the original criticism…. what has Carter/Obama done about poverty ?There, I’ve made up my mind…. like so many others in this paper…. Newt 2012 !!

short memories

January 18th, 2012
7:48 pm

Gingrich brought Clinton kicking and screaming to welfare reform. The 3rd time Clinton signed it. Gingrich in congress and Clinton as President balanced the budget. Do I think either one of them are saints – no I don’t. Today one could argue that Carter and/or Obama are good men. They also are economic idiots. We need economic help now. Obama may replace Carter as the worst president in modern history if he keeps up his pace.

bob

January 18th, 2012
7:49 pm

“During the nasty 1970 Democratic primary for governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter’s campaign mass produced photos of his opponent, Carl Sanders, with the black members of the Atlanta Hawks”

“Also that fall, Carter’s home church, the Plains Baptist Church, voted to ban blacks from joining. Carter did not quit in protest, knowing it would undermine his “Southern Strategy” in the election. Weakly, he said he would attempt to change the policy from the inside.”

Jimmy sure does forget his and his democrat party past.

A dad

January 18th, 2012
7:53 pm

I agree that Carter was our worst president of the modern era, well, Obama might end up giving his a run for his money. Gas crisis, inflation, Carter mismanaged it all. I wasn’t in Georgia when he was governor, but looking at the post re Carter showing pictures of Sanders with the Hawks, well, I guess he’d know a racist when he sees one. And Newt’s from Georgia too. What’s wrong with folks round these parts?

Road Scholar

January 18th, 2012
7:53 pm

Carter did a lot for Habitat for Humanity. Newt wouldn’t know which end of a hammer to use. Newt’s solution for the economy includes Tiffany”s! I wonder if they employ children in their rest rooms?

Jack

January 18th, 2012
7:53 pm

Carter needs to tend to his peanut crop. No one really cares what he thinks.

Michael H. Smith

January 18th, 2012
7:55 pm

Only one small problem with this Jimmy Carter liberal implicit line of bigoted thinking, if you can call it a linear rational thought process.

It is White people receive the majority of the government assistance in this country.

So the stereotypical assumed norm of so-called RAAAACISM is erroneous.

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
7:55 pm

Obama may replace Carter as the worst president in modern history

Actually, George W Bush was the worst president in modern history. It should be noted that the Bush administration consulted with Gingrich throughout his term. Essentially, Gingrich wants to continue and build upon Bush’s tax cuts for the rich/corporate welfare/deregulation policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

It’s also worth remembering that Gingrich was a cheerleader for the Iraq war and he wants to applied his failed judgment to Iran and other foreign policy issues.

I don’t know why anybody thinks that we need Bush 2.0, but apparently, some do.

short memories

January 18th, 2012
7:56 pm

re: Road Scholar

Carter needs to stick with habitat for humanity. Hell I bet even Rosalyn thinks he was bad

Jimmy62

January 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

I can’t quite figure this out. Are the liberals here actually arguing that it’s a good thing that more and more people are on food stamps, and that Obama should be applauded for it? And that not wanting a third of the population on food stamps is racist?

short memories

January 18th, 2012
7:58 pm

Tell the six million who lost their jobs under Obama that they are better off with him in office. Obama’s best vote was when he was in the Senate and he voted against an increase in the national debt ceiling

bob

January 18th, 2012
8:00 pm

Bart, are you against kids having part time jobs ? I didn’t think that was a problem and when Newt said his 13 year old did I believe him. What age is acceptable for kids to start learning resposibility Bart, or is that govs job now ?

Michael H. Smith

January 18th, 2012
8:00 pm

I think liberals want everyone dependent of government Jimmy62. That is the ultimate goal of all Marxist is to have the State control everything and everyone from cradle to grave.

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
8:01 pm

No Jimmy62. We’re arguing the Gingrich couldn’t care less about those in poverty and the middle class. He talks about eliminating food stamps so that he can get the racist vote and a mandate to eliminate the safety net, not to empower anybody, but to lower taxes for the rich while increasing welfare for the rich.

Jimmy62

January 18th, 2012
8:08 pm

So the fact that more white people are on food stamps than black still makes him racist? And who said anything about eliminating the safety net? An economic safety net is fine, but when near half the country is using it, it’s not a safety net, it’s a mass entitlement/income redistribution scheme. I’m not sure how that empowers anyone. Nor am I sure how being against that is racist. The only racism I can see here is you guys who manage to insert race in to every argument, which is why we will never be able to have an honest discussion about poverty in this country.

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
8:09 pm

What age is acceptable for kids to start learning responsibility

Are you seriously asking me this question? Do you seriously want to have the same debate about child labor laws that our country had a century ago? Do you seriously need to be educated on why child labor laws were put into place in the first place?

If you want kids to learn responsibility, send them to school year round, send them to school all day, and make them study. If making kids clean toilets in public bathrooms is your idea of teaching responsibility, then please, don’t have kids.

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
8:11 pm

So the fact that more white people are on food stamps than black still makes him racist?

Take it up with Gingrich: “And so I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

BigDawg

January 18th, 2012
8:15 pm

We so need better education so that so many of the ignorant people will understand politics and the economy. Give me something! Oh wait, I can’t get any relief because I work and pay my bills on time. Socialism and Europe, Nobama Hussein is ready to join your European Union!

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

Nobama Hussein is ready to join your European Union!

Actually, Europe is ground zero for austerity. It’s the Republicans who seek to import Europe’s bad ideas, not Dems.

Her they come in their clean white suits and they're coming to take him away...

January 18th, 2012
8:19 pm

“Jimmah…come on back now…we’ve got good meds for you. The American people made it VERY CLEAR in 1980, exactly what they thought about you AND your policies! What did you win? 2 states? Now, come on Jimmah…time for bed. Look on the bright side, Jimmah…you’re now the SECOND worst President ever!”

All I'm Saying Is....

January 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

Amen to Mishap as he speaketh the truth on this blog.

Beth Merkleson

January 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

It’s not that more black people are on food stamps, it’s that only black food stamp recipients need a fat white d00d to lecture them. ‘Splaining everything to darker folk is the White Man’s Burden and Newt is heroically shouldering the load.

Newt's Soon to be 3rd Mistress & Soon to be Fourth Wife

January 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

Newt, you are irrelevant and have no shot at Romney……go ahead and cheat on your wife again so you can divorce her and met yet another mistress….then talk about how you apologized to God so all is good.

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
8:25 pm

Bart Abel

I know you know this, but just a reminder the former Bush Tax Cuts were for every tax payer, not just the wealthy. 85% of the money went to the middle class and poor. And since he extended these cuts, they are now known as the Obama Tax Cuts. If he did not want them extended, he could have vetoed the bill, the GOP does not have the votes to override a veto.

Michael H. Smith

January 18th, 2012
8:26 pm

So the fact that more white people are on food stamps than black still makes him racist?

Of course not, it just means the liberal lairs need to get their facts straight before someone catches them race baiting and playing the race card.

Here they come in their clean white suits and they're coming to take him away...

January 18th, 2012
8:26 pm

Coming from who is now the SECOND worst President ever. The American people made it very clear in 1980, exactly what they thought of Jimmy Carter AND his policies—what did he win? 2 states? He was a sorry Governor, AND a sorry President.

Once again...

January 18th, 2012
8:28 pm

Jimmy Carter, the Village Idiot.

Michael H. Smith

January 18th, 2012
8:30 pm

Good night to all, including America’s food stamp President.

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
8:35 pm

Rafe,

Here’s the Tax Policy Center talking about the effects of the Bush tax cuts if made permanent: “…the tax cuts would be regressive, raising after-tax income by a greater percentage for high-income households than for all others…Several other commonly used measures of the distributional effects also suggest that the benefits of making the tax cuts permanent would be tilted toward high-income households in general and toward households in the top 1 percent of the income distribution in particular.”

As I’m sure you know, Obama’s concession to extend the Bush tax cuts was ransom for ratifying START (which Republicans supported until they found they could demand a ransom), passing a budget, and passing payroll tax cuts. As much as you’d like it to be so, paying the GOP’s ransom does not convert the Bush tax cuts into the Obama tax cuts.

Newt's Soon to be 3rd Mistress & Soon to be Fourth Wife

January 18th, 2012
8:38 pm

Why don’t these liberals understand that we Republicans are not racist….we just prefer that latinos mow our yards and African Americans should prepare our meals at restaurants and clean our homes….thats not racist….it is just wanting to put Americans to work

@@

January 18th, 2012
8:38 pm

I’m not sitting through a commercial just to hear what Jimmy Carter has to say.

Carter’s nut was cracked long ago.

I dare say (not so subtly)…that Jimmy wants to take ownership of African Americans.

Weird!

So, Mr Carter

January 18th, 2012
8:41 pm

Why don’t you challenge the ol Newtie to a real debate? He could give you facts, and you could drool, and uh…and uh….and um..and drool ..and um and uh.

td

January 18th, 2012
8:44 pm

Looks like Jimmy is starting the Obama campaign playbook a little early. Race this race that and racist around every corner. Obama can not win without getting minorities, single women, youth and the poor frothing at the mouths thinking the Republican nominee will hang them from the nearest tree.

Get ready conservatives for the dirtiest campaign in since Andrew Jackson.

BTW: Was it not Jimmy that also claimed Bill Clinton of the same thing 4 years ago during the SC primary?

td

January 18th, 2012
8:47 pm

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
8:35 pm

You do understand that the current tax cuts were extended under a Democratic house, Filibuster proof Senate and signed by Obama?

Are not they now the Obama tax cuts?