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Newt Gingrich Targets Mississippi As A Must Win State

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 08 Mar 2012 06:45pm | comments
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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is targeting Mississippi as a must win state in order to stay in the GOP primary race. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Gingrich is trying to woo Mississippi voters by portraying himself as the candidate best able to explain conservative views.

"Would you please join me in giving a warm Mississippi welcome to speaker of the House Newt Gingrich,"

That's Senator Josh Harkins of Flowood introducing Gingrich to the Senate.

During one of two speeches he made at the capitol, Gingrich pitched himself as the most conservative candidate as well as the best messenger for the conservatives.

"I look at case after case where what we have is an elite that has refused to fight over our values. And frankly when we nominate moderates they get very confused. And that is why you need a real conservative," Gingrich said.

Gingrich says he is the best to match President Barack Obama in debates with a clear and understandable message.

He also took several shots at former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney...the current delegate leader in the race....as too moderate.

"I don't believe the Romney model of out raising your opponents to run negative ads works when you are trying to do it to Barack Obama. You have got to have a positive message. It has to be a values based message. And it has to be so demonstrative obvious that Barack Obama can't answer it," Gingrich said.

Gingrich also addressed the policies he would enact if elected such increasing domestic energy production and repelling several of the president's signature pieces of legislation...The health care overhaul and wall street regulation.

Senator Josh Harkins invited Gingrich to the capitol and is supporting the speaker because of his bold policy predictions.

"I think he has got big ideas. I think he is explaining to the people what his plans are. And quite honestly, we need somebody with some fresh new ideas to move this country forward," Harkins said.

It is uncommon for Mississippi to play a role in the presidential nominating process and this election could be especially important to Gingrich.

Gingrich's aides have said he needs to win Tuesday's contests in Alabama and Mississippi to justify staying in the race.

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