By Henry Decker

WATCH: Newt Gingrich Explains Why GOP Really Opposes Obama’s Immigration Plan

February 18, 2013 11:09 am Category: Memo Pad 11 Comments A+ / A-

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich confirmed the source of Republicans’ opposition to Barack Obama’s immigration plan: they just don’t like the president.

Over the weekend, USA Today published the details of the Obama administration’s alternative immigration proposal, which could be introduced if the bipartisan Senate plan stalls in Congress. Despite having broad similarities to the Senate plan, Senator Marco Rubio immediately denounced the plan, saying it would be “would be dead on arrival in Congress.” On Sunday, Gingrich explained Rubio and his Republican colleagues’ reasoning.

“An Obama immigration plan is not going to pass the House,” Gingrich declared. “An Obama plan led and driven by Obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility towards the president and the way he goads the hostility, I think is very hard to imagine that bill, that his bill is going to pass the House.”

Video of Gingrich’s comments is below, via NewsBusters:

Gingrich’s assertion backs up a recent Washington Post poll, which found that Republicans are 21 percent less likely to support an immigration bill  that includes a path to citizenship if President Obama’s name is attached to the proposal.

Perhaps, as Taegan Goddard suggests at The Cloakroom, reverse psychology may be the president’s best hope of passing his legislative agenda.

WATCH: Newt Gingrich Explains Why GOP Really Opposes Obama’s Immigration Plan Reviewed by on . During an appearance on ABC's This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich confirmed the source of Republicans' opposition During an appearance on ABC's This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich confirmed the source of Republicans' opposition Rating:

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  • AFV

    Newt should learn to balance a checkbook before pontificating on anything.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DKWSXHQIDBW5PUAPZ2HZAYYUY Baron Cormac

      Unfortunately in this case he is right. If John Boehner and Mitch McConnell came out with a proposal on anything, and Barak Obama said it sounds good and he would support it, they would immediately try to come up with the exact opposite because of Obama’s liking it.
      The President has proposed some legislation that comes right out of the GOP platform, and what happened? Because BHO said he wants it, they are suddenly against somehting they ratified as part of their plan for America. Of course, in about four years, Hillary will have the same problems as Barry O!

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        For some reason, I don’t think Hillary will be as polite and accomodating as Barack Obama has been. She will fight fire with fire and will make the entire GOP look as pathetic as the GOP senators looked during her recent testimony on the Benghazi tragedy. Clinton-Warren 2016

      • Samizzy

        PURE NONSENSE

  • MISS SUN

    The Rupublican Party All Unified Behind This, Carries The Exact Same Sentiment Against
    President Obama……., As That Evil Mr. Hundley…….man who slapped that baby on the airplane
    and called him the N-word……, This President including his wife and daughters, mother-in-law,
    have all probably been called this same word along with some very henious analogies, by most
    of GOP AND THEIR BASE. Calling people Names is what makes those doing it…..,feel wonderful
    and great about themselves, including Mr. Hundley….just because he felt he had that right, against
    a defenseless 19 month old child.

  • MISS SUN

    By way of the 2012 election results, and the rainbow groups that came to the polls in earnest….,
    the country as a whole, is slowly inching in common reality, as to what’s going to be more important…… to every man, woman and child in this country’s in seeking our rights to life,
    liberty and the pursuit of happiness; The Choice is this, for today and the next 100 plus years,
    based on the vile conduct of the senate, and house republican party, with mostly all of them more interested in “show boating , & political theater in front of the camera, and showcasing
    their mental insecurity and non-confidence in their looks and masculinity (victims of diverse
    good and better looking current political leaders) aka; Obama, L.A’s mayor Tony Villagaroses vs GOP’s Limbaugh, Gingrich, Stantorum. …just how far into moving this country and it’s
    population foward along into the 21st century achieving our rights…..with politicians hunkerd
    down in mental bunkers housed in pettiness, hate, bigotry, child-like temper taturms, total
    anger and outrage at the United States as a whole, for not being able to keep it looking a “certain
    particular way” in the eye-sight…..so take-it out anybody and everybody!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    The fact that Republicans don’t like President Obama is one reason for their opposition to effective and broad immigration reform – and just about every other legislative initiative put in front of their noses. The real reason for their opposition to immigration reform is the fact that if illegal immigrants are granted permanent residency they will fall under the protection of Federal and State laws and their employers will be forced to pay them at least minimum wage for their labor. The GOP is fighting for the people that contribute to their campaigns, they could care less about moral issues, humanity, or what the majority of Americans want. They are the party of the top 2% of earners, the rest of us are just a commodity they use skilfully, when absolutely necessary, to achieve their narrow goals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.kieselryan1 Debbie Kiesel-Ryan

    I guess these buffones just don’t understand, when the go to these lengths to go against the President, the person that a majority of voters put into office, they are just making a case for the democrats to get more voters to the polls to get these obstructionists out of office. We need to especially get rid of Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Ryan, and now Rubio!!!!

  • JDavidS

    Newt the nut… My favourite is still Newts’ claim that “By the end of my second term (as president) we will colonize the moon.” Newts’ reality must include the roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.

  • Ayaya Worenwu

    Dear Gingrich, please take your republican party with you to the planet of Mars. Marco Rubio may change party affiliation. Republican party is at the verge of collapse. People like Hannity, Karl Rove, Michelle Bachman and Limbaugh see things with mysterous eyes but not the same eyes like other humans. Best advise for Republican party will be to hire James Carville from Democratic Party as new strategist to revive Republican party for them.

  • bchrista

    I am pretty sure the President is aware of the name calling and the fact that anything he proposes they will shoot down, and that’s what puzzles me why he treats them so nice, in his shoes I would be smacking them down every chance I got and robbing their faces in it, hey the nice guy ended with his first term, now he doesn’t have that hanging over his head, now it’s time to get down and dirty, make life a living hell for them every chance he gets. No more breaks and no easing up the work of the people must get done, until they do let them earn their money that’s why they were elected, any other Black man in his shoes would be busting ass until they came up with a budget that he would sign. He’s my President and I stand behind him but he’s too nice a guy and the Republicans know it, he needs to roll up his sleeves and tell them it’s time to shit or get off the pot.

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