In a fiery speech to supporters in Macon, Georgia, Newt Gingrich promised to "win the future", lower taxes, and restore America to greatness.
He also took a swipe at President Obama, calling him a "food stamp president", blaming the current administration for the persistent financial woes that have dogged the nation since the financial collapse in 2008.
Then he urged the crowd to buy his book, To Save America, the latest of his dozen-plus works of fiction and non-fiction, on bookshelves now.
Gingrich's 30-minute speech painted America as a nation poised at a crossroads, “Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future," he said, "Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism.”
He went on to attempt to lay the blame for the nation's economic woes at the feet of the current administration. “President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history. I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history.”
The Washington Post indicates that support for Gingrich away from the rally in Georgia is somewhat tepid. The piece quotes GOP operative Tom Perdue as saying that Georgians will support Gingrich for the same reason that a mother cow doesn't kick her calf. "Even if the calf has a deformity, the mama cow keeps care of her calf.”
Gingrich grew up in Columbus, Georgia and won his first Congressional seat in Cobb County, Georgia. Cobb County is the Atlanta suburb made famous by its school board's insistence that school textbooks carry a sticker calling evolution a theory.