Newt Gingrich Mocks Bi-Lingual Education

Some people I know say that if Rudy Giuliani self-destructs or bows out as a GOP presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich will step in. He has said he's open to stepping at some later point in the cycle.

Here's Newt's latest, on bi-lingual education, which he equates with ghetto-living:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education Saturday with "the language of living in a ghetto" and mocked requirements that ballots be printed in multiple languages.

"The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700 languages depending on who randomly shows up" to vote, said Gingrich, who is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. He made the comments in a speech to the National Federation of Republican Women.

"The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. ... We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto," Gingrich said to cheers from the crowd of more than 100.

He sounds like Tom Tancredo. Now, that's an idea for a frightening ticket combination.

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