What Would Newt Do?

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The surging professor has a long paper trail--and a tendency to test conservative orthodoxy. Where he stands today on the top issues:

CHINA

Gingrich is less hawkish on China than many of his saber-rattling rivals. He proposes two responses to its growing power: education and military preparedness. He says America must invest in math and science curricula to keep pace, but also believes the U.S. needs to beef up its defenses to guarantee that the American military remains preeminent.

HEALTH CARE

Gingrich would transform Medicaid funding into block grants for states and offer private accounts for Medicare. He would also expand credits or deductions for insurance. Though he has backed an individual-insurance mandate in the past, Gingrich says he now opposes the Obamacare mandate.

THE ECONOMY

Gingrich wants to eliminate the capital-gains and estate taxes and slash the corporate income-tax rate from 35 percent to 12.5 percent. Like Rick Perry, he wants to let taxpayers choose between traditional brackets and a flat tax payable on a postcard. …