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Same Old Party: No Ideas, No Vision

As Republicans convene for the second day of the RNC’s summer meeting in Boston, they’re probably hoping day two goes better than day one.

On Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Republicans for having “zero answer” when it comes to alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.

The GOP has no answer for Americans who can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.  They have no answer for children who can stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26.  They have no answer for women who can no longer be charged more than a man for similar coverage and have access to free preventive care.

When it comes to the issues that matter to middle class Americans – from health care to immigration reform and energy policy – the GOP is simply out of ideas.


See below for a Roundup of the RNC’s bad day in Boston:

Gingrich: Republicans have 'zero' health care ideas
CNN // Peter Hamby

Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded his fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing "zero" alternatives to President Obama's health care reform law.

Newt Gingrich: Republicans Rip Obamacare, but Have ‘Zero Answer’ for Alternatives
ABC // Shushannah Walshe
Suggesting the Republican Party should be a party of ideas rather than just attacks, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told a gathering of GOP operatives that lawmakers who criticize Obamacare but offer no alternatives will be left with “zero answer” for constituents who ask for a policy solution to the president’s health care reform law.“I would bet for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks while your members of Congress are home and you look at them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ and they will have zero answer,” Gingrich told state party chairs, activists, and operatives at the Republican National Committee summer meeting. “We are caught up right now in a culture – and you see it every single day – where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious, as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to worry, so we don’t. “This is a very deep problem,” he added. “I’m being totally candid with you.”

Gingrich: 'Hope' key to progress for GOP
NBC // Frank Thorp

Newt Gingrich has a message for Republicans: Stop being so negative, and start talking about ideas – including alternatives to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.   When Republicans ask elected members of their own party over the August recess “What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?” Gingrich posited, “they will have zero answer.”

Gingrich urges U.S. Republicans to move beyond Obama opposition
Reuters // Scott Malone

Speaking at a Boston hotel adjacent to where Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney delivered his 2012 concession speech after failing to unseat Obama, Gingrich said the party needed to be more alert to ways Americans were changing, particularly in their use of technology."What happened last year? Why were so many of us wrong?" Gingrich asked the group.

Gingrich tells GOP gathering: ‘Get beyond being anti-Obama’
Boston Herald // Matt Stout

“We are caught up in a culture where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything,” Gingrich said, noting many Republicans who oppose the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, can’t offer an alternative. “It’s a very deep problem. Breakout means you have to do the homework.“We have to get beyond being anti-Obama.” Gingrich presided over the luncheon with RNC chairman Reince Priebus at the Westin hotel in the Seaport — the same place former Gov. Mitt Romney stayed during his Election Night defeat to President Barack Obama in November.

Newt Gingrich: No GOP health care plan
Politico // Tal Kopan

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday told party chairs and operatives at the Republican National Committee summer meeting that the GOP has “zero” ideas for replacing Obamacare.
“I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ They will have zero answer,” Gingrich told the Boston crowd, said a report from CNN.

Gingrich chides GOP for being too ‘anti-Obama’
MSNBC // Traci Lee

Gingrich spoke about the importance of moving beyond being the “anti-Obama” party, saying, “We are caught up in a culture where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious and can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything.”
The problem, Gingrich noted, is that current elected officials are too caught up in the culture, and less in actually offering voters “a vision of a future.”
“I will bet you, for most of you, that if you go home in the next two weeks while your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ they will have zero answer,” Gingrich said.

On Obamacare, GOP continues to struggle over tactics
MSNBC // Jesse Bergman

At an RNC event on Wednesday, former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich issued a warning to his party regarding their Obamacare quest.
“I will bet you, for most of you, that if you go home in the next two weeks while your members of Congress are home and you look them in the eye and you say ‘ what is your positive replacement for Obamacare’, they will have zero answer,” Gingrich said. “We are caught up right now in the culture, and you see if every single day, where as long as we’re negative and as long as we’re vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t need to learn anything. And so we don’t.”

Gingrich: GOP has 'zero' alternatives to ObamaCare
The Hill // Mario Trujillo

Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Wednesday criticized his fellow Republicans in Congress for having “zero” alternatives to President Obama’s healthcare law.
Gingrich, speaking at the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting, echoed a line often used by the president himself against the GOP.  "I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, 'What is your positive replacement for ObamaCare?' They will have zero answer," Gingrich said, according to CNN.