Gingrich: 'Two Words' Will Shape Election; One of Them Is 'Caravan'

By Susan Jones | October 18, 2018 | 6:06 AM EDT

Voters cast their ballots in a recent primary election. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

( - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, now a veteran political analyst, says the upcoming election is not about "are you better off" than you were two years ago.

"I think we are better off, but I don't think that's what this election is about," Gingrich told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night. "This election is a life-and-death struggle with a left-wing movement which wants to radicalize America."

Gingrich made a prediction:

I think two words are going to define the night of the 2018 election in the next three weeks. One is 'Kavanaugh' and the other is 'caravan'.

And the combination of anger over how the left smeared, engaged in character assassination, lied, used bullying tactics with Judge Kavanaugh is going to be one part of this; and the degree to which the left is eager to have 3,000 people in a caravan cross the American border, break American law, recognizing that if that happens, the next caravan will be bigger; and the next caravan after that will be even bigger.

And I think the American people are going to reject both the way they treated Kavanaugh and the way they are dealing with the border. And I think those will end up being the reasons the Republicans keep the House and dramatically increase the number of senators they have.

Hannity suggested that Democrats are running a stealth campaign on impeachment (shh!), open borders (shh!), tax hikes, Medicare for all, and "endless" Trump investigations.

Gingrich addressed the Democrats' plan for health care:

"If you look at their proposals for government-run health care, which would be impossible to pay for, would bankrupt the system, crush the entire health care delivery system and destroy Medicare -- if you look at all those things, you have to wonder what are these people thinking?

"And yet Democrat after Democrat has signed up for a program which I think absolutely would collapse Medicare and absolutely would eliminate all of the employer-based insurance systems, which is what Bernie Sanders says he wants to do. He wants to force you and me and everyone else into a single government system that he gets to define."

Elsewhere on Wednesday, various Democrats did indeed call for tax hikes; government-run health care; and continued investigations.

In an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night, young Democrat-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez drew applause for demanding health care as a right -- government-funded Medicare for all.

Ocasio Cortez told the audience about meeting a Missouri couple in a Cracker Barrel restaurant:

They told me the story about how their cousin actually is unfortunately diagnosed, she's battling cancer right now. And they're telling me, you know, she can't continue in her work because of her diagnosis. And she has to pay $500 a month for insurance. And then another $800 for her medications every single month. And they said, you know, even though they're all the way from Missouri, this is not a message -- advocating for health care as a right, fighting so people don't have to go bankrupt to go to the doctor, should be an American right.

She was enthusiastically applauded, and Kimmel quickly changed the subject. Previously, Ocasio Cortez has been unable to explain how she will pay for her dream of universal health care, aside from raising taxes on the wealthy.

Speaking of tax hikes, four Democrat lawmakers held a conference call on Wednesday to complain about Mitch McConnell's call for bipartisan entitlement reform.

McConnell on Tuesday said that the rising national debt and deficits cannot be blamed on Republicans alone, although Democrats do blame it on Republicans because of their tax cuts.

McConnell said the debt/deficits are being driven by Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, and he urged both parties to "get serious" about reforms.

In their Wednesday conference call, the four Democrats (Reps. Cheri Bustos of Illinois and John Yarmuth of Kentucky; and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both of Maryland) warned that McConnell and his fellow Republicans are going to "cut" the big-three entitlement programs, putting seniors "at risk," all for the sake of giving wealthy people and corporations tax cuts.

A reporter asked them, "What is the Democrats' plan to reduce the deficit?"

Yarmuth responded that one element of the Democrats' plan "would be to roll back some of the tax cuts that were passed by the Republicans -- particularly dealing with the wealthiest Americans and, to a certain extent, some of the corporate rates."

He also mentioned bringing more immigrants into the country to spur "enormous growth" and "a lot of (tax) revenue."

On the topic of investigations, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said, "I'd be in favor of opening an investigation into the allegations" Dr. Christin Blasey Ford aimed at Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Feinstein made the comment in a debate with State Sen. Kevin de Leon, who is challenging her in November.

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