As President Kennedy so ably demonstrated (and as seen with other presidents who lead on other issues), a president is the one person most able to rally the nation and Congress to support space, and perhaps Gingrich can make a difference in making the case for a bold space program to the other candidates.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is also promoting a bold space program and specifically calling for increasing the NASA budget to 1% of the Federal budget--"one cent for space." Together, these two individuals are making an impact; are inspiring others, and everyone is urged to support and promote their goals.
Key excerpts from Gingrich's speech: "I am cheerfully going to take back up the issue of space." "The fact is, if we’re going to be the leading country in the world, we have to be the leading country in space." "This is not a trivial area. This is a fundamental question of whether we are still a country that dreams and goes out to pursue great adventure, and has the courage to say to young people; yes you ought to go into math and science, because there is a wonderful future doing really important things." "I happen to think that's a better future than methamphetamine and cocaine; and I’m going to argue for a romantic American future of doing things that matter; that get to the human spirit." "I think, in the Reagan tradition, there’s a shining future ahead."www.spacepolitics.com/2012/05/03/gingrich-ends-his-campaign-but-not-his-interest-in-space/
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