At a political rally near Cape Canaveral last night New Gingrich told the audience he would "establish a permanent colony on the moon, and develop a spacecraft that can get to Mars, by the end of his second term as president." Add to that the fact that he mentioned his self-described 'weird' proposal he initiated when he was in Congress for a "Northwest Ordinance for space". It called for a colony on the moon to become a state once 13,000 people lived there. Yet, he isn't so crazy about the idea of DC becoming a state, despite the many more residents who live here.
· Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency [WaPo]
· Supporters of Statehood [OfficialSite]