Republicans 2012

Gingrich: Obama is 'most radical president ever'

By RON FOURNIER, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, called Barack Obama on Thursday “the most radical president in American history” who oversees a “secular, socialist machine.”

Gingrich reminded conservative activists why he was one of the nation’s most polarizing leaders in the 1990s, opening the Southern Republican Leadership Conference with a biting assessment of Obama’s policies.

“The most radical president in American history has now thrown down the gauntlet to the American people: ‘I run a machine. I own Washington and there’s nothing you can do about it,'” Gingrich said. He urged his fellow Republicans to stop what he called Obama’s “secular, socialist machine.”

Highly charged words, for sure. But that’s standard fare at the three-day GOP gathering that is drawing several presidential hopefuls. Friday’s headliner is former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

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