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Newt Gingrich defends – and extends – swipe at congressional staffers

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is not backing away from a swipe he took at young congressional staffers during a speech Wednesday. In fact, at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Thursday, he broadened the attack to include older staffers.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (right) appeared at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Thursday at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington.

Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is not backing away from a swipe he took at young congressional staffers during a speech Wednesday to the Atlanta Press Club.

In fact, at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Thursday, Mr Gingrich broadened the attack to include older staffers.

As reported by CNN, Gingrich took out after young Hill staffers in a speech that explained why he thought “no one was smart enough” to write a comprehensive healthcare bill. Gingrich favors an incremental approach to healthcare reform.

"Of course it's the nature of the modern Congress, which hires lots of nice young staffers who have never had a real job, who spent their entire life being arrogant to visitors from back home, who end up thinking they know a lot because they stay up until 3 o'clock working on a word processor, and who write legislation as though they have some contact with reality," Gingrich told the Atlanta audience, eliciting laughter according to the CNN report.

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