Newt Gingrich’s presidential run received another boost Thursday as 100 tea party leaders from 25 states have stepped up to support the former Speaker of the House.
The 100 have formed the Tea Partiers with Newt coalition. The announcement by the Gingrich campaign comes on the heels of reports that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the GOP race and endorsing Gingrich.
“I’ve considered all the candidates, and Speaker Gingrich has the right combination of vision and experience to lead this country out of the economic misery created by government overreach that has been occurring for generations,” said Peter Lee, founder of the East Side Tea Party of Orlando, Fla. “It is clear to me and many others in the Tea Party movement that Newt is the Reagan Conservative that America needs – not a Massachusetts Moderate.”
Lee was referring to the candidacy of front-runner and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Tamara Colbert, co-founder of TeaPAC in Pasadena, Calif., said the “purpose of Tea Partiers With Newt is to work together to give the Gingrich campaign a boost leading up to the South Carolina primary. The 2012 election will be critical to rolling back liberal and big government policies from the current administration.”
The Gingrich campaign called on other tea party members to join the Newt Tea Party Coalition and “help return America to her founding principles.”
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