Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said Saturday that the Republican Party needs to stop being defined by its opposition to President Obama.
Echoing former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who the night before told the Conservative Political Action Conference crowd that the GOP needs to stop being viewed as anti-everything, Gingrich told the same crowd the GOP needs to adjust its focus away from the president.
“We are not the anti-Obama movement,” he said.
Gingrich said that the Republican Party, which is currently debating how to move forward and whether to reinvent itself, doesn’t need to redefine itself but does need to think new thoughts.
“You’re going to hear a false attack that we don’t need new ideas,” Gingrich said. “I’d like to draw a distinction. We don’t need new principles.”
Gingrich praised RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for taking stock of where the party is, but said the GOP establishment doesn’t have the answers.
“We must disenthrall ourselves from the establishment’s anti-idea” philosophy, he said. “The Republican establishment is just plain wrong about how it approaches politics. The Republican consulting class is just plain wrong about how it approaches politics.”