James Hohmann interviewed Newt Gingrich about President-elect Trump's transition into the White House and what to expect from a Republican Washington. (Washington Post Live)
The Daily 202 Live with James Hohmann and Newt Gingrich
On Friday, December 16, former Republican Speaker of the House and Trump campaign surrogate Newt Gingrich joined The Washington Post’s James Hohmann to discuss President-elect Trump’s transition into the White House and what Washington might expect from the new administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.
Speaker
Speaker Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich, was the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. He is chairman of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm that specializes in transformational change, with offices in Atlanta and Washington. He serves as general chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future (www.americansolutions.com), is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and is an honorary chairman of the NanoBusiness Alliance. Gingrich is also a news and political analyst for the Fox News Channel.
Interviewer
James Hohmann
James Hohmann is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post.
Program Highlights
Speaking to The Washington Post on Friday, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the Department of Veterans Affairs “a disgrace.” He cited people who deleted V.A. reservations in California, possibly causing veterans to suffer severe health consequences, as a part of the problem. “It is embarrassing that the senior veterans’ organizations endorse the current Secretary because he has failed totally to clean it up,” Gingrich said. “And they did it because they’d prefer the current status where they have access to the V.A. offices and they have access, rather than make sure that veterans are taken care of.”
  • Dec 16, 2016
Speaking to The Washington Post on Friday, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made it clear how he felt about his former Republican nominee rival Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012. “If I had Romney’s money I would’ve crushed Romney. He outspent me by some amazing number in Florida, most of it by the way, on lies,” Gingrich said. “I will never forgive Romney for the depth of dishonesty in his campaign.”
  • Dec 16, 2016
Speaking to The Washington Post on Friday, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized President Obama and Americans generally for not being truly concerned about human rights. “Obama is so concerned about human rights in Syria that in the evenings he watches TV and he thinks badly,” he said. “This is nuts. This is insanity,” Gingrich added. “If you wanted to minimize the number of people killed in Syria, you would’ve supported (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad, because the truth is if Assad had won very quickly fewer people would’ve died.”
  • Dec 16, 2016
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  • Dec 16, 2016
Program Highlights from The Daily 202 Live with Kevin McCarthy
Speaking to The Washington Post Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the GOP would like to see Rep. Nancy Pelosi re-elected as House Minority Leader because he “firmly believes” that if she retains her seat, Republicans will maintain the House majority. “I want to help her,” McCarthy said. “I think that’s a good place for her to be.” He added that he believes Rep. Pelosi, (R-Calif.), "may have more support in the Republican conference than maybe in her own."
  • Nov 29, 2016
Speaking to The Washington Post Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that it will be a lot easier to repeal Obamacare than replace it, due to Senate procedure. “Repealing it easier and faster because that could be a 51 vote," McCarthy said. "Replacing is going to be 60 votes." Asked when Congress would begin the process of repealing or replacing the law, McCarthy said he doesn’t want to put a time limit to get it done by a certain date. “I want to make sure it gets done right,” he said. “You need to make sure you replace it properly.”
  • Nov 29, 2016
Speaking to The Washington Post Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he trusted the results of the election in his home state of California. “I looked at this election. I saw the results come in. I trusted them (the results) just as I’ve trusted them in the past,” McCarthy said. "I don’t have a problem," Asked if he saw any signs of fraud, McCarthy did not say yes or no, but replied, “I say let’s govern.” He added that he didn’t think a recount would make any difference in the election outcome. “The election to me is over," he said. (Washington Post Live)
  • Nov 29, 2016
Speaking at a 202 Live event on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Daily 202 newsletter author James Hohmann that he reads his note every day.
  • Nov 29, 2016
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Tony Allen of Bank of America delivers sponsor remarks at the beginning of November's 202 Live event with James Hohmann and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
  • Dec 1, 2016
Program Highlights from The Daily 202 Live with Gary Johnson
Asked to clarify his comments in September about not being able to name a world leader he admired, Gary Johnson provided a pivot, saying it is hard to admire politicians because they often wear “empty suits.” Within the U.S., Johnson said most politicians are more concerned about getting reelected than foreign policy.
  • Oct 24, 2016
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson argued Monday that the way to reform Medicaid and Medicare is to "devolve those functions to the states." Johnson argued that a “one size, fits all” entitlement strategy doesn’t work in Washington. The former Governor of New Mexico also called Social Security “bankruptcy” for the United States. Offering two solutions in means-testing and raising the retirement age, Johnson said he would like to see parts of Social Security “self-directed.”
  • Oct 27, 2016
Speaking at The Washington Post Monday, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said several government agencies should be removed due to lack of function and purpose, including the Department of Housing Urban Development, which he said has “more than outlived its usefulness.” Additionally, while acknowledging that there are productive areas within The Department of Commerce, an agency he has previously said should be removed, on Monday Johnson said the agency is made of “crony capitalism.” He also said he didn’t know what the Department of Homeland Security actually does.
  • Oct 24, 2016
Program Highlights from The Daily 202 Live with Tom Vilsack
Speaking to The Washington Post's James Hohmann Tuesday, Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said Democrats struggle to reach rural voters. "We don't do as good of a job at speaking directly to rural voters," he said, noting that the party generally reaches other minority groups. Despite this, Vilsack says there is an opportunity for Clinton to "drive a wedge" between her and Donald Trump in Iowa, who he says has wavered on his position on renewable fuel standards, an issue important to rural voters in the Midwest.
  • Sep 27, 2016
Speaking to The Washington Post's James Hohmann Tuesday, Hon. Tom Vilsack said rural America and its agriculture economy are "not appreciated enough" for its positive impact on the economy. "We have a functioning agricultural economy and because of that successful agricultural economy we've bben able to urbanize," Vilsack said.
  • Sep 27, 2016
Speaking to The Washington Post's James Hohmann Tuesday, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said rural populations are disproportionately served by addiction treatment centers in the U.S. "This is an issue that costs us $25 billion unnecessary healthcare dollars," Vilsack said. "It is incredibly important for us to focus on this."
  • Sep 27, 2016
About The Daily 202 Live
James Hohmann, a Post national political correspondent and author of The Daily 202, will interview Beltway power players and political operatives about the issues and news shaping Washington.
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