Gingrich tells evangelicals: 'We need to stand up for ourselves'
February 27th, 2012
05:38 AM ET

Gingrich tells evangelicals: 'We need to stand up for ourselves'

By Shawna Shepherd, CNN Political Producer

Cumming, Georgia (CNN) – Vying for evangelical support in the GOP primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum appeared at the same Georgia church on consecutive Sundays.

Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman, is favored to win Georgia on Super Tuesday, March 6, but Santorum, who appears to be gaining ground in other early nominating states, poses a threat to the former House speaker.

Gingrich spoke for about 40 minutes during a regularly scheduled service Sunday morning at First Redeemer Church with about 2,300 people in the audience. The former Pennsylvania senator drew a much larger crowd when he spoke there in the evening a week ago.

Founding Pastor Dr. Richard Lee, a Gingrich supporter, introduced Gingrich as a "true American," with more veiled references to President Barack Obama in his opening remarks.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Georgia • Newt Gingrich • Politics

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  1. Abubakar

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    April 1, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  2. lweba

    Who is a TRUE AMERICAN?
    One who believes in some Mid-East Religion? or
    One who is an American Abo?
    Or one who believes in an 'Born in America' Religion (Mormon)?
    and therefore who is a 'FALSE AMERICAN'?

    March 16, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  3. Iqbal Khan


    March 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  4. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer won't save Newt Gingrich the nasty cheater, nor his failing campaign.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  5. Badmon3333

    ...because when I think "someone who's true to their faith," I think about a guy who's been divorced twice and cheated on his spouse. That's right in keeping with Christian ideals... wait...

    February 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  6. Guest

    Newt is going, going ... Even that pulpit can't prop him up now.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
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