Gingrich outlines his views in a policy paper provided Tuesday to The Associated Press.
He recalls that Republicans were denounced for twin government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 when he was House speaker. But Gingrich says the shutdown led to the first discretionary spending cut since 1969.
In his words: "Ultimately, standing firm led to the first four balanced budgets in our lifetime."
Gingrich says the choice today doesn't have to be between tax increases and draconian spending cuts. He says reining in waste and abuse and streamlining government management could help save money.