Many Republicans have tried to distance themselves from Dick Cheney’s sniping about Obama making America less safe—but not Newt Gingrich. The former House speaker is doing just the opposite, backing up the former VP’s belief that the GOP protects the homeland better than Democrats. “Between the court decisions about terrorists and the administration actions, the United States is running greater risks of getting attacked than we were under President Bush,” Gingrich said in a chat on Politico. Gingrich, rumored to be a potential presidential candidate in 2012, also blasted Obama for his handling of the North Korean missile launch, saying it was a “vivid demonstration of weakness in foreign policy...Not since Jimmy Carter have we had an administration this out of touch with reality.” Gingrich also scoffed at Obama’s call for nuclear disarmament, though an attentive questioner pointed out that Gingrich’s “hero,” Ronald Reagan, shared the same goal.
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