ELGIN, Ill. -- Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean took part in Judson University’s World Leaders Forum Thursday.
The two men are polar opposites politically but engaged in students about bipartisan leadership.
“I think it takes a unique commitment to reach out to every American and to have mutual respect,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich, who while speaker of the House, fought a brutal war with President Clinton is warning about partisan media.
“You now get to pick the version you want so if you’re liberal you’re watching MSNBC or CNN,” he said. “If you’re conservative you’re watching FOX has created wider gaps about reality that would have existed otherwise. … I’m an unabashedly conservative.”
With President Trump’s approval ratings hovering around 40 percent Democrats think they can retake the House in November.
Dean, former chair of DNC, is encouraging party leaders to listen to young people.
“These are young kids who are out there running for something. Indivisible, Color of Change, Voter Latino, there’s about five or six or eight more of these groups,” Dean said. “That’s really where the energy or the juice is coming. So what I say to Democrats is let’s support them.”
Dean was the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. But the race changed after he lost the Iowa Caucuses and screamed on stage. At the time the loud outburst was replayed again and again. Some questioned the governor’s temperament. Years later, President Trump, who himself faced questions about his temperament, was elected to the White House.
“The ‘I have a Scream Speech’ had nothing to do with my losing,” Dean said. “It was I was a disorganized candidate and our campaign was not that well organized. I felt it slipping away when I was the frontrunner in Iowa three weeks before that.”
Both Dean and Gingrich say young people will unite America and that’s why they came here today.