Election 2012: Home Sweet Home for Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House campaigns in Atlanta
The next presidential primaries are next Tuesday in Michigan and Arizona. But the four remaining Republican candidates are already looking to one of the biggest days on the primary calendar: Super Tuesday.
On March 6, 11 states will hold primary elections: Georgia, Idaho, Alaska, Massachusetts, Tennessee, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wyoming, and Virginia. There are 466 delegates up for grabs, and whoever wins biggest on Super Tuesday will have the inside track to the Republican nomination.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday to begin his Super Tuesday push. As a congressman, Gingrich represented Georgia's sixth congressional district. Georgia also has 76 delegates at stake, the most of any state on Super Tuesday.
Gingrich spoke to hundreds of supporters crowded in a Marriott Hotel at a rally in Cobb County. The event began with one-time presidential candidate Herman Cain pumping up the crowd. After Cain dropped out of the 2012 race in December, he endorsed Gingrich.
"I'm thrilled to be here," Cain said. "But I'm even more thrilled that you are here. That means you get it, you understand this dangerous path we are on as a nation, and we've got to have someone in the White House who gets it like Speaker Newt Gingrich."
After Cain's introduction, Gingrich stepped to the podium to speak about his positions and plans. He also commented on the enduring appeal of his campaign.
"In the long run, we've survived Tim Pawlenty, who was the establishment's first choice," Gingrich said. "Then we survived Congresswoman [Michele Bachmann]. Then we came back and survived Herman Cain, who had a great surge for a while. Then we came back and survived Governor [Rick] Perry. And I think presently we will finish surviving [Rick] Santorum."
"You are the reason we survived," Gingrich told his supporters.
The primary focus of Gingrich's speech was the economy and jobs.
|Kid Reporter Andrew Liang listens to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich answer his question after a Gingrich campaign event in Atlanta on February 18. (Photo courtesy Andrew Liang)|
"I like Herman's technique of having a handful of numbers so I came up with a couple," Gingrich said, referencing Cain's 9-9-9 economic plan. "1.13, 4.2, and 4. A dollar-thirteen was the price of gasoline on average when I was Speaker. 4.2 percent was the unemployment rate when I left office. And 4 was the number of years that the 1997 Balanced Budget Act balanced the federal budget— the only time in your lifetime it has been balanced for four years."
He also spoke about the need for science and technology in American manufacturing.
"We cannot be the arsenal democracy if we do not have an arsenal," Gingrich said. "So, if we really want to compete with China, we want to be the number-one manufacturing country in the world with the number-one use of science and technology so we stay clearly and decisively stronger than they are."
After the speech, Gingrich and his wife came around to greet, shake hands, and talk to constituents and supporters. This Kid Reporter was able to ask Gingrich what he would do for kids if he becomes President.
"I think from the standpoint of young people, I'll both keep you safer and I'll give you a better economy to have a job when you grow up," Gingrich told the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. "This is a wonderful country and with your help it's going to be even better in your generation."
As the rally ended, people excitedly talked about Speaker Gingrich's new proposals and campaign plans.
One supporter simply said, "He's the only one left with any solutions at all."
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