Gingrich Receives Major Endorsements
Andre Bauer’s endorsement comes as Gingrich begins three days of campaigning in South Carolina, hoping to position himself as the most credible conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The Palmetto state will hold the first southern primary on Jan. 21.
"Speaker Newt Gingrich offers the best and most comprehensive plan to get America moving forward and that is why today I am announcing my full support for Speaker Gingrich," Bauer said in a statement. "[He is] a true conservative, a true patriot, and true leader."
The endorsement strikes speculation from voters for the prominence of the South Carolina Republican as well as his controversial history. Bauer drew criticism for blaming South Carolina’s high unemployment on people too lazy to do field work.
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed," Gingrich told Politico. "You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply."
This endorsement is one of many for the new Republican front-runner. Gingrich received an endorsement from New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, on Sunday.
"We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing," The New Hampshire Union Leader said in its front-page editorial. "We don't back candidates based on popularity polls or big-shot backers. We look for conservatives of courage and conviction who are independent-minded, grounded in their core beliefs about this nation and its people, and best equipped for the job."
While the support of the Union Leader higlights major support for Gingrich in the upcoming New Hampshire primary, the newspaper has a history of picking candidates who never win. The paper has more recently contented itself with picking losing candidates: Pierre Du Pont in 1988, Pat Buchanan in 1992 and 1996 and Steve Forbes in 2000.
“We are not trying to attach our name to a winner,” said Editorial Page Editor Drew Cline on Sunday to CNN’s Candy Crowley. “That is not really leading. That would do our readers a very big disservice. We are looking at who we would like to see as President.”
Despite the history of his endorsors, Gingrich holds a nine-point lead over fellow Republican nominee Mitt Romney Monday, according to a National Poll Position survey.
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