Newt Gingrich received a standing ovation from the audience at a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting on Wednesday for promising to appoint John Bolton to be secretary of state if elected president.
The former House Speaker pledged to appoint Bolton, the controversial former ambassador to the United Nations for President George W. Bush, to the top diplomatic post if he were elected.
Gingrich added that the appointment would be contingent upon Bolton's agreement to help reform the State Department and overhaul the foreign service to replace it with a more "entrepreneurial" organization.
(Ironically, Bolton had halfheartedly expressed interest in running for president, but never followed through.)
Gingrich offered lots of red meat for this pro-Israel audience, also getting a standing ovation for saying he would move the U.S. embassy in the region from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Gingrich also doubled down on his theory of offering janitorial work opportunities to kids, saying that liberals dislike the idea because, if young people are taught the value of money and saving, "You just made country dramatically more conservative." (He also made a pitch for inclusion, saying that he hopes to address the NAACP as president.)
Asked about ethics violations against him in the mid-1990s, Gingrich pointed out Nancy Pelosi's self-described involvement in the investigation. "If she was in the middle of it, how nonpartisan and just do you think you think the process was?"