Newt Gingrich: 8 of the GOP idea man's more unusual ideas
Newt Gingrich is a big ideas guy. Ask anybody. Some of the ideas end up working, like the one a couple of decades ago that the Republican Party could actually take control of the House after 40 years of Democratic rule. Others are a little out there. An elaborate system of space mirrors to light highways? Check. Say what you will, but at least the former House speaker â€“ and now the clear front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination â€“ has a fertile imagination. Here are some of his more unusual ideas.
1. Establishing a moon colony to extract minerals
Mr. Gingrich loves the idea of establishing a lunar colony to exploit the moonâ€™s mineral resources. Mitt Romney, Gingrichâ€™s top challenger for the nomination, chose that as his top example of an area of disagreement with Gingrich at the Dec. 10 debate.
â€śI'm not in favor of spending that kind of money to do that,â€ť said Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.
Gingrichâ€™s response: â€śI'm happy to defend the idea that America should be in space and should be there in an aggressive, entrepreneurial way.â€ť
The former speaker mentioned moon colonies at a recent town hall meeting in Bluffton, S.C., when a student asked about working for NASA. But itâ€™s not clear that Gingrich believes lunar colonies should be funded publicly. In the past, he has proposed cutting back on NASA and incentivizing private companies to offer space travel.
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