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Gingrich: Get Rid Of Federal Employees "Who Are Ideologically So Far To The Left"




Newt Gingrich explained how he plans to weed out bad employees in the federal government at an undecided voters event hosted by Mike Huckabee on FOX News Saturday night.

Gingrich said one of the ways to modernize the government a deliver services in a hugely sufficient way is to "get rid of those folks that are, in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left." Transcript below.

Question: Hi my name is Kimberly Williams. I have been a federal employee over 20 years, which is not a popular job to have right now. But, I want to thank you for coming. And my question is this: There's been a lot of talk among all of the candidates about the increase in federal jobs with the Obama administration and the average federal employee's salary of $120,000, which I do not make, nor does anybody make that I work with. And my question is how are you going to cut the federal deficit without cutting federal jobs.

Newt Gingrich: Kimberly, let me start by pointing out, to be fair to everybody, you know, we talk about federal employees but we like to control the border. We talk about federal employees but we're really proud of the young men and women in uniform who are serving this country and the people in our intelligence community and candidly, many State department people who risk their lives.

So, I think, we need to think a little bit about the customs agent who makes sure trade goes in and out of South Carolina, is a federal employee. The agricultural agency who brings new products to the farmer is a federal employee. I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly sufficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks that are, in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.

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