I'll go first!!! Newt Gingrich: Claim "When I was speaker, we had four consecutive balanced budgets, the only time in your lifetime, Brian, that we've had four consecutive balanced budgets," Gingrich said. "Most people think that's good." Fact Newt was speaker from January 1995 to January 1999. The budget was balanced 98 and 99 - but there were deficits in 96 and 97. The budget remained balanced in 2000 and 2001 - but Newt was no longer speaker by then. PolitiFact | Newt Gingrich repeats claim that he balanced the federal budget four times as speaker Anyone else pick up anything blatantly untrue?