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The 10 Most Important Things Newt Gingrich Has Ever Said

Now that Newt has officially thrown his hat into the 2012 presidential election ring, it's time to brush up on what former Speaker Of The House has spoken about in the past. In all fairness, Michelle Bachmann's been doing his act all along.

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  • The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.

  • I raised so much money over the years, from so many different people that ... I don't owe anyone.

  • I love the environment, but I'm cheap on the environment.

  • I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics.

  • I'm not a natural leader.

  • The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.

  • In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins.

  • We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.

  • It may just be because I get homesick, but I have concluded Washington's cherry blossoms are just plain overrated.

  • It's going to be a bummer if Mars turns out to be like us.

Claims not to give a damn. Secretly cares too much.

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