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Florida voters bring Gingrich back to earth

Business Times - 02 Feb 2012


Florida voters bring Gingrich back to earth

Former House speaker's grandiose planetary vision fails to find much of an audience there

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

WELL, it seems that Republicans in Florida have not warmed up to Newt Gingrich's plan to establish an American colony on the moon during the next eight years and turn it into America's 51st state.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives had hoped to exploit the political momentum generated by his earlier victory in the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, and was trying to woo Floridians who work in the space industry in the state by pledging that 13,000 Americans would be living on the moon by the end of his second term as president. And, as president, he would grant them statehood.

But notwithstanding his grandiose planetary vision, Mr Gingrich was back on earth on Tuesday, after voters denied him victory in the Republican presidential primary in the Sun…