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ETSU organizations plan Newt Gingrich visit

The Honorable Newt Gingrich

(WJHL) – A few ETSU organizations are preparing to host to a popular politician this spring.

ETSU’s College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom organizations will host former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on campus in March.

The organizations’ chair, Brandon Johnson, says the purpose of Gingrich’s visit will be to speak about the topic of political civility in the midst of political leaders that spread hate.

“I’m really inspired by the generation that I belong to, that seems to be preaching something a little different and maybe having a little more respect and civility for one another and recognizing that even if you don’t agree eye to eye politically, we can still come together and agree to disagree and respect each others’ opinions and that’s really what this event seeks to do.”

Johnson said the event has many co-sponsors including Milligan College Republicans, King University, ETSU’s Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. The Washington County Republican Women organization will also co-sponsor the event, in addition to holding a book signing after the event.

The event will take place on March 31st at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp Auditorium. While the event is free and open to the public, priority will be given to students and seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

Johnson said, “We really want to incite more people and get them excited about the upcoming political process.” “Now is the first time, with my generation (the millennial generation) are larger than the baby boomers,” Johnson said.

Johnson said, “We are the largest generation in American history and so how do we exert that and get people excited about the political process?” “With so much chaos going on right now with the primaries, people are starting to get excited but we really hope that this will bring it home and make everybody realize what a full picture this is and how folks can get involved in the process,” he said.

Johnson said they expect a great turnout and are preparing overflow rooms in preparation of if the event fills up.

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