A: I promise, if after the September 27th American Solutions workshop, I do decide to run, I will come back and be on “Meet the Press.”
Q: So you’re thinking about running?
A: Well, I’m thinking about thinking about running. But I won’t do anything at all about the possibility of running until after September 29th when we have our second workshop.
Q: So by October you should have a decision?
A: By October I’m confident that we’ll be chatting.
The Republicans finally were being held accountable for both the budget impasse and the shutdowns, and the drop in their approval ratings led to a fracturing of the party's united front. By January, Sen. Bob Dole, likely looking ahead to the launch of his presidential campaign, started talking compromise. Gingrich's strategy of "playing chicken" with Bill had failed, and I felt great relief that we could reopen the government and get workers back on the payroll now that Bill had prevailed.
As Congress opened on Jan. 3, 1996, only three minor pieces of the Gingrich Contract had been signed into law. Bill had sustained 11 vetoes. He had managed to stave off disastrous cuts to Medicare and to save programs like AmeriCorps and Legal Aid services
Prior to the election of 1994, the Democrats had held a majority in the House of Representatives for four decades. Working with a team of grassroots activists, Newt selected and trained candidates, shaped a political message--a genuine movement leader." To the left, that meant one thing: he had to be eliminated.
Back in the 1990s, Democrats had Newt in their sights. And strangely enough, the more influential he became, the more "unethical" he became--at least if you counted the number of complaints filed against him. Over time the cloud of ethical questions hanging over Newt reached critical mass. Instead of defending their own, Republicans on certain committees forced Newt to concede to one charge.
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