(Huffington Post) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he wants a running mate who “can help [me] with legislation” on Capitol Hill, where Trump, a truculent political novice, has few allies.
This week, Trump whittled his list of potential running mates down to just a few contenders, among them New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). And only one of them has ever steered the passage of a bill through Congress.
In his 20 years of representing Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, however, Gingrich did far more than pass a few bills: He devised and led a populist Republican renaissance. In 1994, Republicans won a majority in the House for the first time in 40 years, thanks in large part to Gingrich and the policy proposals he dubbed the GOP’s “Contract with America.” Over the next four years, Speaker Gingrich put his mark on everything from welfare reform to tax cuts to term limits.
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