ABC’s Steven Portnoy reports: With an ABC News/Washington Post poll this week painting a dismal picture for the country’s opposition party, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blamed his fellow Republicans for their own sorry state.
“They’re not consistently, methodically, offering positive alternatives,” Gingrich said Tuesday in an interview with ABC News Radio.
Only 19 percent of those polled said they had confidence in congressional Republicans to “make the right decisions for the country’s future.” Just 20 percent in the survey identified themselves as Republicans – a low in ABC-Post polls dating to 1983 – continuing a precipitous decline in Republican self-identification that began in 2004.
Gingrich acknowledged that Republican leaders have “not done a very good job” of effectively communicating their message to the American people.
“I think they’re very, very good tactically,” Gingrich said of the GOP leaders in Congress. But he suggested they should employ better strategy in refining and selling their positions.
“I think they’ve got to find a way to have a positive message component that requires the kind of repetitive, boring, continuing focus on the same language,” Gingrich told ABC News.
The former Georgia congressman who led his party to victory in the 1994 midterm elections said the current crop of Republicans would do well to follow his example.
“The Contract with America was totally positive,” Gingrich said. “I think the Republicans have done a very good job of being the party of opposition. But they have not yet done a good job of being the party of an alternative.”