The Most Controversial Newt Gingrich Quotes

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The most controversial Newt Gingrich quotes are just a sampling of the highly debated and sometimes off-color comments that have come out of the mouth of former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and 2012 Republican Presidential nomination hopeful Newt Gingrich. The Republican from Georgia is no stranger to controversial comments on everything from welfare to equal rights to child labor to immigration and much more.

As he made stops around various states around the United States in 2011 and 2012 in advance of the 2012 Republican Presidential primary, Newt Gingrich was criticized repeatedly for controversial comments he made about Americans and current President Barack Obama. After calling Obama the "food stamp President," Gingrich urged African Americans to demand paychecks instead of food stamps, comments that angered the African-American communities.

But that comment was just one of many from Gingrich on the financial problems in America. Among his ideas include teaching poor children the value of a hard day's work by having them work as janitors in schools. Of course his idea would include kids as young as nine but according to him would save schools a ton of money in the process. Needless to say, the insinuation that poor children know nothing about a good work ethic and proposals to scrap all child labor laws didn't go over too well.

While some of the most controversial Newt Gingrich quotes pale in comparison to the unconventional Ron Paul quotes and the highly controversial Rick Perry quotes, it's some that discuss those closest to him, his three wives, that might be the most damning. Though Gingrich denies the claims, he's been accused of asking second wife Marianne for an open marriage as well as leaving his first wife, Jackie, because she was too ugly to be a first lady, plus she had cancer." Ouch.

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