Newt’s Flip-Flops

Posted by | December 8, 2011 11:01 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Michael Cordes

The question is, has Newt Gingrich changed positions more than Mitt Romney? Dan Amira at New York Magazine has the Gingrich tally.

Health-Insurance Mandate:

  • Flip: “Personal responsibility extends to the purchase of health insurance. Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it.” — June 2007
  • Flop: “I am against any effort to impose a federal mandate on anyone because it is fundamentally wrong and I believe unconstitutional.” — May 16, 2011


  • Flip: “I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.” — February 2, 2007
  • Flop: “A carbon cap and trade system … would lead to corruption, political favoritism, and would have a huge impact on the economy.” — April 21, 2008

And there’s more.

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