Discussing the controversial topics of unemployment benefits and how best to help those at poverty level gain meaningful employment, thus, lifting them out of poverty, Newt Gingrich said that all unemployment benefits must be tied to a work-training program. He also pointed out that 99 weeks — the maximum time allotted for receiving those benefits — could amount to an Associates Degree.

Gingrich also defended his “food stamp president” comment, asserting that no other president in America’s history has put more people on the government assisted food program.

“My Twitter has been inundated with people of all races asking if your comments are not intended to belittle the poor,” debate moderator Juan Williams began. He suggested that calling President Obama a “food stamp president” might sound, to some people, “as if you are seeking to belittle people.”

“The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps under Barack Obama than any other president in history,” Gingrich retorted.

“I will continue to find ways to help poor people find a job, get a job, and learn someday to own the job.”

 

Below are Gingrich’s comments via Fox Nation.