Newt measuring the White House drapes? Gingrich talks about what he'll do in White House in St. Pete

Gingrich said after he's elected, he'd sign three executive orders immediately that would: 1) eliminate all White House czars; 2) direct the State Department to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; and 3) stop all federal efforts regarding Agenda 21 (Agenda 21 is a nearly 20-year-old action plan of the United Nations related to sustainable development that has become the bête noir of the Tea Party crowd).


And Gingrich said he intended "by the time President Obama lands in Chicago" to have dismantled "about 40 percent of his government."


Of course, there was the standard Mitt Romney bashing. Referencing Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, Newt called him "pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, pro-tax increase and pro-gun control. Now that makes him a moderate in Massachusetts, but pretty liberal in a Republican primary." Of course, Romney has reversed himself on most of those issues, which has led to his hard-to-discard reputation as a flip-flopper.


And Gingrich again challenged Obama to seven three-hour debates. He said he knows Obama wouldn't want to do that, so he'd intend to find out the White House schedule after he's the nominee and then follow him everywhere on the campaign trail.


Among those sitting on every word Gingrich uttered were Gulfport couple Robert and Libby Knupp (pictured above). Mr. Knupp said he loved the way Gingrich took on CNN's John King at the debate last week when King asked the Speaker about the comments made by his former wife Marianne.


The couple, who will soon be celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary, have no issues with Gingrich and his past wives. "I admire the man for getting out of a situation he was not comfortable in," Libby Knupp said. "I have no problem with his marriages. He's brilliant."


"Trust me, when you've been married," added her husband Robert, "a lot of times you say things you don't really mean. It just comes off the top of your head, and then it's forgotten about. Some people like to stir stuff. They [the media] did a good job of stirring."

  • Robert and Libby Knupp awaiting Newt's arrival

Fresh off his mediocre debate performance at USF, Newt Gingrich Tuesday morning addressed a packed assemblage of his supporters at the Tick-Tock restaurant on 4th Street North, where he fancifully began laying out the agenda for his first day in office if elected president in November.

The former House Speaker showed up nearly 40 minutes later than his scheduled 9:30 a.m. appearance, but that didn't seem to dull the spirits of his admirers, some of whom arrived at the restaurant at 6 a.m. to insure getting a seat. (In addition to the dozens who stood in the back of the establishment, dozens more waited outside in vain to catch a glimpse of Gingrich and wife Calista.)

Gingrich has been accused of exaggeration at times, and appeared to go down that route when criticizing President Obama for his rejection last week of a rapid approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.

"The president basically bowed to some left-wing extremists in San Francisco," Gingrich said, adding that the president rejected 20,000-50,000 jobs.

Although many Republicans have cited that 20,000 figure, no one has suggested 50,000 jobs were at stake, and in fact TransCanada, the pipeline's builder, told the State Department the pipeline would create just 4,650 temporary direct construction jobs for two years, according to a study by the Cornell University Global Labor Institute.

Then Gingrich, who's been written off twice this primary season, only to rise Lazarus-like to the top of the polls against Mitt Romney, started to discuss his plans — not if he wins the White House, but when.

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