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Gingrich Praises Santorum in Defeat

By    |   Tuesday, 03 January 2012 11:19 PM

With a likely fourth-place finish in Iowa, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich vowed to continue his campaign at least through the New Hampshire primary.

“I am delighted to be here tonight and I think that we are at the beginning of an extraordinarily important campaign,” Gingrich told supporters with wife Callista by his side.

“The ultimate goal of this campaign has to be to replace Barack Obama and get America back on the right track. But let’s be clear: one of the things which became obvious in the last few weeks in Iowa is that there will be a great debate in the Republican Party before we are prepared to have a great debate with Barack Obama.”

Gingrich congratulated former Sen. Rick Santorum not only on his apparent victory in Iowa, but for waging “a great, positive campaign “ in sharp contrast to his words for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney whom he described as a “liar” earlier in the day for a slew of negative advertisements, many of which were directed at Gingrich.

“We are not going to go out and run nasty ads,” Gingrich declared. “But I do reserve the right to tell the truth. And if the truth seems negative that may be more a comment on his record than it is on politics. So this is going to be a debate that begins tomorrow morning in New Hampshire and will go on for a few months and I’m convinced that the Republican Party will pick an heir of Reagan, a committed conservative and somebody with a track record of change in Washington.”

While Gingrich also congratulated Texas Rep. Ron Paul for his third-place finish in Iowa, he pointed to some of Paul’s views on foreign policy as “stunningly dangerous” for the survival of the United States.

“If you’re the terrorist who is prepared to put on a bomb and wear it as a vest and walk into a grocery store, or a mall, or a bus, and blow themselves up as long as they can kill you, why would you think that if they could get access to a nuclear weapon that they wouldn’t use it?” asked Gingrich.

“An Iranian nuclear weapon is one of the most frightening things we have to confront for the future of every young person up here and every young person out there.”

Gingrich praised his supporters without whom he said he wouldn’t have been able to survive the biggest onslaught in negative advertising in Iowa caucus history.

The former speaker chose not to publicly congratulate Romney for his apparent second-place finish in Iowa and left little doubt who that his comments on negative advertising were primarily directed toward Romney.

“We have people who wanted to get American back on the right track. They weren’t millionaires. They weren’t from Wall Street. They didn’t have a Super PAC. But they had courage. They had work. They were smart and together we survived I think the biggest onslaught in the history of the Iowa primary and we set the stage.”

Gingrich concluded his remarks by saying that the American political process continues to exist because young men and women risk their lives through military service.

“We should act worthy of them,” he said.

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