Republicans in Congress should be putting options on the table to raise government revenues as part of fiscal cliff negotiations, but raising taxes should not be one of those options, Newt Gingrich said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV.

The GOP has given up on about 40 percent of the electorate in the last couple of elections, he also said, and needs to focus on inclusion of not just immigrants, but on states where Democrats automatically expect to win.

Every time Democrats negotiate a budget deal that includes tax increases and spending cuts, taxes go up but in most cases — such as with Ronald Reagan’s tax deal with Congress in 1982 and George H.W. Bush’s deal in 1990 — but nothing is ever cut from the budget, Gingrich explained.

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