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Will Newt Gingrich Play Peacemaker Between NAACP And Tea Party?

The Huffington Post   Jeremy Binckes First Posted: 07/15/10 01:06 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:05 PM ET

Newt Gingrich

Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich entered the back-and-forth between the Tea Party and NAACP in an unlikely role: possible peacemaker.

Gingrich, who appears to be considering a 2012 presidential run, reached out the the NAACP on Thursday.

"The naacp has opened up a wonderful opportunity for the tea party movement," Gingrich wrote a tweet. "Local tea party leaders across america should reach out."

He continued:

If tea party leaders contact local naacp chapters and offer to cohost local townhall meetings a wonderful dialogue could begin
african americans want jobs, worry about deficit spending, oppose taxes, love freedom and america--tea party naacp dialogue will be exciting.

Gingrich's role as peacemaker may be vital. On Tuesday night, Sarah Palin denounced the NAACP for passing a resolution condemening alleged racism within the Tea Party.

In response, Tea Party leader Mark Williams fired back at the NAACP, calling it a racist organiztion.

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