Feb. 5 - After distant second place finish in Nevada, Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich vows to keep up the fight in the race for the White House. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
After the Nevada caucuses delivered Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich a distant second place finish, the Former Speaker of the House tells NBC's Meet the Press he is not giving up the fight. Gingrich is looking for a boost on Super Tuesday in March, when there will be contests in several southern states where he believes he can do well. Gingrich says he hopes to pull even with rival Mitt Romney in delegates after the Texas contest in early April. (SOUNDBITE) (English)FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NEWT GINGRICH SAYING: "Our goal is to get to Super Tuesday where we are in much more favorable territory. As you will note, even in Florida where I was outspent five to one. We carried all of the Panhandle area, which actually carried more counties than he did. And sowe want to get to Georgia, to Alabama to Tennessee. We want o get to states, Texas. We believe bu the time Texas is over we will be very very competitive in delegate count." On the economic front Gingrich was asked whether signs of an improving economy will help President Barack Obama's reelection bid. Last Friday the government jobs report showed string gains in employment with the unemployment rate dropping to 8.3 percent. (SOUNDBITE) (English)FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NEWT GINGRICH SAYING: "You cite it going into the show today that unemployment has dropped. It has dropped. You know why it has dropped? because over four percent of the people who would be unemployed have quit looking for work. If we had the same participate rate we had a couple of years ago, we would be at 12 or 13 percent unemployment." Gingrich, who captured the South Carolina primary just weeks ago says he plans on continue his campaign by encouraging more people to head to the voting booth. (SOUNDBITE) (English)FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NEWT GINGRICH SAYING: "I am going to be running a campaign of big ideas big solutions. I am trying to draw people into politics not carpet bomb them out of it." The next test comes Tuesday when voters in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri will cast their votes in the republicans race for the White House. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters