Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives who is campaigning to be his party's nominee, told an overflow crowd in Cocoa, Fla., Wednesday that he wants to develop a robust commercial space industry in line with the U.S. airline boom of the 1930s.
Gingrich also said he wants to expand exploration of Mars.
"By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent on the moon and it will be American," Gingrich said to applause, Politico.com reported Wednesday.
Gingrich, 68, also said he would push to develop propulsion technology that would get humans to Mars, Politico also reported.
This obviously being a case of the classic "tell the people what they want then ignore them afterward" tactic aside, a couple things 1) I honestly don't care what political views you hold, but 68 is too got-damn old to be running for president. 2) "By the end of my second term..."?! Slow your roll, amphibian! I'm all for positive thinking but come on -- what if you ARE elected but DON'T get a second term, what then -- we settle for a f***ing tree fort? 3) besides me and the NASA employees you were talking to, NOBODY GIVES A SHIT ABOUT SPACE. Why do you think we just cut the shuttle program and all of NASA's funding? They can barely pay for a park permit to launch model rockets anymore! You try passing this moonbase idea of yours off on the general population AND THEY WILL RAKE YOU OVER THE COALS. "You hear that crazy Salamander wants to put some kinda clubhouse on the moon? All I want is gas under $2 again."
Thanks to Matt, who agrees we should probably just start with a moonbase on a really tall mountain and work our way up from there.