Qualifications: Former U.S. House member from Georgia, Speaker of the House, and leader of the Republican Revolution. 1995 Time Man of the Year.
Unique Ideas: Applying Lean Six Sigma business strategies to cut costs on Medicare and Medicaid. Defunding the National Labor Relations Board. Challenging Barack Obama to a series of Lincoln-Douglas-style debates.

Editor’s Note: We asked each candidate to write a direct appeal to South Carolina voters. This response is from S.C. Representitive Peter McCoy, who is the Lowcountry Chairman for Newt Gingrich 2012.

South Carolina voters will go to the polls on Jan. 21 to choose the 2012 GOP presidential candidate. If history is any indicator, the winner of the S.C. primary will be the Republican nominee and will face off with Barack Obama in November 2012. This means that S.C. voters must make the right choice and choose the best candidate to defeat Barack Obama. Thus, we need a proven leader, an effective communicator, and a real conservative who will take charge and inspire Americans to greatness again.

The choice is clear: America needs Newt Gingrich. A proven leader who understands the challenges facing America in this time of economic instability and global unrest, Newt has real solutions and effectively articulates these solutions in town halls, churches, and debates. Newt is a bold, Reagan conservative who can actually beat Obama and start the rebuilding of America.

After a disastrous three years of the Obama administration — with runaway deficits, high unemployment, and job-killing regulations — the nation faces severe challenges at home and ominous threats from abroad. Only one candidate has the resumé and track record to get the job done: Newt Gingrich.

As Speaker of the House, Newt successfully transformed a ruined economy strangled by regulation and the Washington status quo. He led the efforts to pass legislation that reduced the size of government, promoted lower taxes and greater entrepreneurial activity, and enacted sweeping welfare reform. Newt also achieved something we need so desperately now: a balanced budget.

It was action, not words, that created these successes. And it is action, not words, that we need today to get our neighbors back to work and to transform Washington yet again.

As he did as speaker, Newt offers real solutions to today’s problems with his 21st Century Contract with America — a bold plan that will begin the rebuilding of America. It starts with a quick repeal of Obamacare and offers a replacement that will improve healthcare and allow doctors and patients to make decisions again instead of bureaucrats and politicians. Newt’s plan will streamline the process and remove unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients. Particularly, Newt’s plan supports emphasizing research spending toward urgent national priorities, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, mental illness, and other conditions that touch all of our lives.

Newt will preserve the sacred contract with our retired citizens. He will save Medicare and Social Security by making bold changes now to ensure that these programs are viable today and tomorrow.

To get our economic house in order, Newt will institute a robust set of tax cuts and regulatory reforms to give American entrepreneurs the ability to invest and create jobs. Newt will reform the Federal Reserve and will lead efforts to balance the federal budget by growing the economy, reforming entitlements, and eliminating waste and fraud.

Newt understands that our economic and national security interests are best served by a strong energy sector and is committed to opening up America’s energy production in all areas. This includes new drilling for oil, gas, and coal, as well as carefully thought-out biofuel initiatives. Not only will it lower gasoline and other energy prices, but it also will create good manufacturing jobs, keep our money at home, and bolster national security.

National security needs are constantly evolving. Newt’s plan will restructure and allow for adequate funding of our security agencies to meet these new threats. Newt also understands that no country can be secure if its borders are porous. Thus, he will secure the border, reform the visa system, and deport criminals.

Newt knows that activist judges are not empowered by the Constitution to create laws. Thus, he will use the clearly delineated powers available to the president and Congress to correct, limit, or replace judges who violate the Constitution.

Newt is committed to an orderly transfer of power and responsibility from the federal government back “to the states respectively,” or to We, the People, as the Constitution requires.

We, the People, need someone with proven leadership. We need someone who has actually balanced budgets, cut taxes, and reformed entitlements. And, we need someone who can defeat Barack Obama. We need Newt Gingrich.

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