To be or Newt to Be

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       Newt Gingrich makes run for GOP Presidential candidate

       To be or Newt to Be

       Newt Ginrich attempts to win the GOP candidacy and VCU students react to his campagining and ideas.

     By: Michael Schuster

        With the Republican presidential nomination in full swing, the Virginia Commonwealth University community has been under immense pressure to align with one political ideology and select the candidate best fit to lead our nation.

            One Republican candidate who has been at the forefront of this political battle for popularity is former U.S. Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Gingrich has had a storied career as a politician, which began in 1978 when he won a seat in the House of Representatives for Georgia’s sixth congressional district. He held this position for nearly 20 years, eventually becoming the House Minority Whip from 1989 to 1995, and followed by his appointment as the Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999. Gingrich has certainly had an illustrious political relevance over the last several decades and is now looking to make the ultimate leap by taking control of the GOP and earning a selection as the next Republican presidential candidate in 2012. However, it’s important to gain a better perspective into how people really look at Gingrich here at VCU and how they believe he might fare as the next U.S. president.

            “[Newt] Gingrich seems to only be concerned about private sector economics and big business enterprise. He doesn’t really seem that alarmed with overwhelming domestic issues and social programs to better progress our nation. When he speaks, it seems like he’s just saying what people want to hear. I want more in a president than someone who just babbles,” said VCU business major, Alex Ross.

            With the presidential election just under nine months away, there has been a string of media attention surrounding Gingrich’s ability to facilitate the needs of the entire nation in a productive and meaningful manner.  There is an overwhelming sense of skepticism surrounding his political takes on foreign affairs as well as domestic issues, such as environmental concerns, economic undertakings, and social development programs for much of the student body here at VCU. “He [Gingrich] puts a lot of emphasis on his previous political positions and his ability to balance the federal budget. But most of the young voters today are more concerned with social reforms in education, the health care system, and the environment. If he’s elected, I think that it’s going to be a lot like the Bush era of politics, which is something that our country needs to move away from,” said VCU graduate student, David Williams.

            On the contrary, some of the older voters in Virginia are more open-minded about Gingrich’s capability for leading our country.

VCU Academic Advisor, Claire McMullen, said: “It’s important to recognize that every candidate is going to have flaws. Newt Gingrich is someone with a lot of experience in economic development and financial stability. Compared to Mitt [Romney], he has the political prowess and strength to rebuild the effectiveness of the federal government.”

As the primary nomination continues to heat up and the presidential election creeps closer, the VCU community and the country are going to have to weigh the pros and cons of each candidate responsibly. The executive is the leader of our government body and in taking on that honorable position must exhibit a strong degree of moral fiber, character, and makeup. Avoiding apathy and embracing the political structure of our government and the many issues facing us today will ultimately be the determining factor in how people vote in 2012.

Reporter: Michael Schuster, schusterms@vcu.edu, (703)-909-3513

Alex Ross: Rossam@vcu.edu, (703)-501-2477

David Williams: Williamsdc2@vcu.edu

Claire McMullen, McMullenct90@yahoo.com

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