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Newt Gingrich Still Keen On Traveling To Space

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The former House speaker said his competitors "deliberately distorted" his plan, which they characterized as a moon "colony," and said now he'd like to see NASA innovate by turning to private sector funding.

“The one period of glory in NASA was the first nine years when they weren't a bureaucracy yet … and they haven't gotten back to that excitement, that adventurism, and won't,” he told Yahoo News. “So, I would take most of the NASA budget, and I would turn it into prizes for private sector.”

Gingrich also addressed the flurry of primary opponents cropping up within the Republican Party ahead of 2014 midterm elections, calling those intra-party challenges "a sign of a very vibrant movement."

"I like the turmoil," he told Yahoo News. "You're going to see a lot of tension and a lot of primary fights, but I don't think that's not healthy."

[h/t Huffington Post]