Nancy Pelosi accuses Newt Gingrich of waging class warfare
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck back Wednesday at Newt Gingrich over comments the former GOP leader made urging Republican candidates to make next month's election a fight "between the Democratic Party of food stamps and the Republican Party of paychecks."
In an appearance in her hometown of San Francisco, Pelosi said Gingrich and the Republicans are trying to use class warfare in order to gain electoral advantage.
"There is some subliminal message that is being sent out there about us and them, meaning people who need food stamps and the rest of the country, which I think is an unfortunate course to go down," Pelosi said.
"It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance — the biggest bang for the buck," she added.
On Tuesday, Gingrich — the former House speaker and mastermind behind the GOP's 1994 Contract With America — penned a letter attacking Democrats and their handling of the economy and giving generic advice on how Republicans in 2010 can repeat their success from more than 15 years ago.
"It is an unassailable fact that in June, more food stamps were distributed by the government than ever before in American history. (It turns out that Barack Obama's idea of spreading the wealth around was spreading more food stamps around.)," Gingrich wrote. "Most Americans would like to get a paycheck. Most Americans would not like to be forced to have food stamps handed out by liberal Democrats."
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