House Speaker Newt Gingrich denied Saturday that his call for Republicans to work with President Clinton and congressional Democrats undermines the conservative agenda.
Gingrich was criticized recently by some fellow conservatives for his vow to encourage bipartisanship.
“To negotiate is not to surrender, to talk is not to betray,” he told supporters at the Georgia Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fund-raiser. “I sincerely believe they start where we do, with the safety of our children at heart.”
To critics who have accused him of turning soft, he said, “I did not get elected nine times and endure the last three months to betray the reason I came to Washington.”
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