Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday called conservative radio host Rush Limbog “an iconic figure” and expressed doubts that Republicans would have won control of the House of Representatives in 1994 without the Late Broadcaster.

“He Made a lot out of modern conservatism and was actually the bridge from Reagan to where we are today, “Gingrich told Limbaug’s 70-year-old death of” The Story “host Martha McClum after a bout with lung cancer Has gone.

“Without Rush, I doubt if we would have won control of the House in 1994, because they clarified the issues,” Gingrich explained. “He Argued for running our candidates. He Made a large number of people – their influence exceeded 20 million listeners a week, it was from everyone they would talk to. I estimate that the ripple effect of Rush was on 80–90 million people every week because people would go out and say, ‘Have you heard what Rush said today?’

GINGRICH: RUSH LIMBAUGH was a conscript hero and a good friend

Gingrich credited Limbagh for exposing the work of House Republicans during the early years of the Clinton presidency.

“Rush was educating people every single day,” Gingrich said, “do you know.” [Clinton] Did you do that do you know [Clinton] Did that? ‘ So he was building a momentum of reluctance to accept leftist views and was also willing to talk about House Republicans at a time when they had not held the House for more than four decades.

“Without rush, I doubt if we would have won control of the House in 1994. He Clarified the issues. He Argued for running our candidates. “

– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

In addition to his Yeoman work for conservatism, Gingrich also praised Limba.

Gingrich reminded, “The thing to remember about Rush is that his heart never left Cape Girardeau, Missouri.” “He A very traditional sense of being completely grateful to a Central American is that God allowed him to find a career that he could do well …

“It was not a man who in any way considered himself special,” he said. “He He considered himself clever and hardworking and was doing something that was a mission. He He had a mission to help save America and was doing it in the medium he understood. “

Former President Ronald Reagan, Gingrich claimed, laid the groundwork for modern conservatism and he and Limbaugh stood on the shoulders of the 40th president.

“Rush and I both learned a lot from Reagan about how to interpret conservatism … Rush filled the vacuum that Reagan had left.”

Gingrich pays his tribute to Limbaug with simple, yet moving, praise. “He Was a normal American with a very big voice and brilliant mind. “