Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out something Sunday that many Democrats won’t admit – that every major poverty-stricken city is run by Democrats.
ABC’s Jonathan Karl, sitting in as host of “This Week,” asked if Republicans should be talking about income inequality and referred to the homeless problem in New York City.
“Absolutely,” Gingrich said. “And without talking about government, say, surely a society that cared, that believed every person was endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, would come up with a better solution than 22,000 children that are homeless.”
Republicans have to rethink their indifference to the poor, Gingrich said, but Democrats have to ask themselves why the war on poverty hasn’t worked over the past 50 years.
Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich attempted to place blame on Republicans for not passing jobs bills, supporting low-income housing or providing better opportunities.
Gingrich responded with a resounding, “This is baloney.”
“Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats,” he said. “Every major city. Their policies have failed, they’re not willing to admit it and the fact is it’s the poor who suffer.”
Watch the exchange here via NewsBusters: