DULUTH -- The man given credit for the Republican party taking over Congress for the first time in 40 years in the 1990s says the party can do it again this Tuesday.
Newt Gingrich rallied a group of several hundred supporters Thursday to vote -- and get their friends to vote -- to bring a halt to the Democratic policies in Washington. As part of his American Solutions tour, Gingrich said the country has to rally around Republicans to bring jobs and pro-business policies back to the country.
"It's great to have Newt back in Gwinnett again," BJ Van Gundy said of Gingrich, who represented a small portion of Gwinnett while he served as House Speaker in the 1990s. "It feels like the good old days. We hope he can propel the Republicans back nationwide."
In his professorial manner, Gingrich talked about bringing practical strategies to government and gave a history lesson on the Declaration of Independence, saying President Barack Obama is trying to create an equality of happiness instead of allowing people to pursue happiness.
Along with touting Republicans down Georgia's ticket, including gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Gingrich talked about 2012, although he declined to say whether he would be a candidate in the presidential race.
"My goal is to have the Republican Party focus and become the party of job creation and the pay check," he said, calling Democrats the party of food stamps, since food stamps hit an all-time high this summer. "This could be the opportunity for us to (retake) the country."
Buford man Edward Bragg said the message resonated with him.
"Newt has a way of making the complex sound simple," he said, but he added that as a Tea Party supporter, he was interested in change, no matter what party. "If Republicans get in and don't do what they promise, we'll look to throw them out, too."
In an interview prior to the speech, Gingrich said the Tea Party movement has helped to create a tidal wave that he hopes the GOP will ride Tuesday.
Across the country, from Gwinnett's commission fiasco with an indicted board member and another's resignation to Illinois' Rod Blagojevich, people are frustrated with government officials, he said.
"That's part of why you want government to be smaller. That's part of why you want transparency, because you can't give people this level of power, this level of money without people some of them turning out to succumb to the temptation," he said about Gwinnett's situation.
"I think people are sick of big government and they are sick of high taxes, and they think they don't get their money's worth."