Appearing Tuesday night on Sean Hannity's TV show, Newt Gingrich brushed off the recent mass resignation of many of his top staffers. In response, Gingrich said that this occurred because his vision of an inclusive, grassroots campaign was too different from the traditional Republican model -- and that he feels "liberated" now.
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"Look, I think that was the key to it, Sean: My vision -- the one that I learned with Goldwater in '64, learned with Reagan in '76 and '80, that you saw in '93, '94, with the Contract with America. My vision is of a people-oriented grassroots campaign where Newt.org becomes the center of new solutions, new ideas, new energy -- a campaign that's inclusive, that brings together everybody in America, of every ethnic background, who wants to change Washington.
"And I think that that was so different from the normal Republican model, that there just wasn't a fit. I frankly feel liberated.