Evan McMorris-Santoro wrote the following for Talking Points Memo:
Newt Gingrich fired up the crowd in this blue state with the promise that President Obama is so bad that he's made it possible for the Republicans to win over the African American vote in 2012.It sounds like Gingrich is just trying to spin his "food stamp" comment away...
Gingrich stopped off at an airport Marriott near Baltimore Thursday to keynote the Maryland GOP's annual Red, White & Blue banquet. Before the speech, he assured reporters that his campaign was still going strong. When he took the podium, he offered Republican donors a long, dense speech full of red meat and warnings about the state of the world around us.
He also said it was time for Republicans to tell African Americans how terrible Obama has been for them.
He broke out the "Obama is the food stamp president" line that got him in racial trouble earlier in the campaign.
But this time, he spun the line into a suggestion that the African American vote is ripe for the plucking.
Here's how the line works: Obama is the food stamp president, Gingrich says, whereas he wants to be the paycheck president. The difference comes down to creating jobs or not, and Gingrich says he knows how to create them.
And that's where the black vote comes in.
"No administration in modern times has failed younger blacks more than the Obama administration," Gingrich said.
He explained that "in May, we had 41% unemployment among black teenagers in America." That means if Republicans can put on a brave face, they might be able to turn the African American vote their way.