On Wednesday, former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich (R-Ga) gave a scathing critique of the Republican Party in his statements at the opening session of the Republican National Committee's (RNC) summer summit in Boston, Massachusetts.
Gingrich, who was a GOP presidential candidate in 2012, accused the Republican Party in Washington of having no "positive" alternatives to offset President Barack Obama's agenda, especially in healthcare.
The former speaker of the House suggested that Republicans don't have any alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, even though they insist on repealing the law.
"We are caught up right now in a culture, and you see it every single day, where as long as we are negative and as long as we are vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don't have to learn anything – and so we don't," Gingrich said. "We have to do the homework."
Gingrich said that lack of new ideas and a positive message that would establish the Republican Party as the party of the future is the reason for "deep" problems that the GOP is facing. Instead, Gingrich said, the party rewards "negativity" and "obstruction" which doesn't sit well with voters.
Gingrich is one of the hosts of a new political talk show "Crossfire" on CNN. He is also scheduled to release his latest book "Breakout" this fall (Regnery Publishing, Inc.) in which he calls the Republican Party "prison guards of the past" as opposed to "pioneers of the future."