Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich campaigned for his former rival Mitt Romney Monday in Arlington, VA, where he defended the former Massachusetts Governor on issues of tax returns and Palestine’s economic relation to Israel.
The former Speaker of the House headlined one of 18 Romney events on Monday billed as the “We Did Build This”campaign.
The press asked Gingrich if he still believes Romney should release his tax records, as the Speaker demanded just few months ago during the Republican primary.
“I’ve tried to raise the issue but frankly, I think the results of the primary also indicated that the American voters are pretty comfortable that this is a guy who has had good accountants, good lawyers, he has obeyed the law,” said Gingrich, adding that the electorate doesn’t seem to view the issue of tax records as a major one.
Gingrich was also asked about comments that Romney made today in Israel.
While visiting the region on his first foreign trip in this elections cycle, the Republican candidate said that that Israel has a higher GDP than Palestine because of cultural differences (which would imply their superiority) and “a few other things.”
Palestinian authorities, who blame their economic struggles on Israel’s occupation of their land, said Romney’s statement was ignorant and racist.
“I think that the whole issue of how do you encourage an economy based on trust and faith, how do you encourage the rule of law when you have Hamas and Hezbollah and Fatah and I think there is a legitimate question to say maybe these are antithetical to being prosperous,” said Gingrich trying to justify Romney’s comment. “I find it fascinating that nobody wants to ask the question, why is Hong Kong prosperous? Why is Singapore prosperous? Why is Israel prosperous? Why can’t we apply this same prosperity to Gaza? Why can’t we apply this same prosperity to the West Bank?”