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Newt Gingrich on ImmigrationThough not overly controversial to everyone, Newt Gingrich came under fire for his "soft" stance on immigration, something that is frowned upon by many in his Republican Party. In November 2011, Gingrich stated at a GOP debate, "If you've been here 15 years and you've got three kids and grandkids and you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out."
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Newt Gingrich on the Proposed Ground Zero MosqueIn 2010, Newt Gingrich weighed in on the proposal to build an Islamic mosque in New York City near the site where the World Trade Center buildings were destroyed by terrorist attacks. Gingrich used a metaphor to compare what he called "radical Islamists" to "Nazis" by stating, "Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the holocaust museum in Washington."
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Newt Gingrich on PalestianiansDuring an interview with The Jewish Channel, Newt Gingrich contended that Palestininans are an invented people with no apparent right to their own state. He defended the statement later at a December 2011 Republican primary debate when he said "Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. [Palestininans] are terrorists. It's fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, 'Enough lying about the Middle East.'"
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Newt Gingrich on Bilingual EducationBack in 2007, Gingrich spoke out about how he felt language should be taught in schools, specifically bilingual education efforts. Upsetting Hispanics, Gingrich said that children should be taught "[English], the language of prosperity, not [Spanish], the language of living in a ghetto."
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Newt Gingrich on Women in the MilitaryWay back in 1995, Newt Gingrich, while speaking to a history class in Reinhardt College in Georgia, made what was perceived as sexist comments when he talked about how women should not go into military combat like men. He noted, "If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for 30 days because they get infections."
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