NEW ORLEANS, April 9 (UPI) -- Republicans can repeal "virtually everything" once they regain control in the White House and the U.S. Congress, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.
Speaking before a crowd of about 300 in New Orleans prior to start of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Thursday, Gingrich said Democrats' power under President Barack Obama would crash in the next election, The Hill reported.
"The left has a very temporary moment in history when it has both Congress and the White House," Gingrich said. "I think we will repeal virtually everything they did."
Gingrich, who moved into the speaker's office when Republicans swept into power in the Congress in the 1990s, fueled anti-Obama rhetoric, calling the administration a "secular-socialist machine," the Washington publication said.
The former speaker said repealing the new healthcare law won't be feasible until the Republican Party regains the White House. Repealing the law has been the Republican mantra since the legislation was passed and signed into law without a single GOP vote.
Gingrich criticized Obama for not focusing more on jobs, an argument he says Republicans can use to win, the Hill said.
"If you start from asking the question, 'Is the next act of government going to increase the number of jobs or decrease the number of jobs' -- if that's your argument, then this administration is the biggest disaster since Herbert Hoover," Gingrich said.