draws hundreds downtown
by Joe Cogliano, Senior Reporter
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Mitt Romney may raise more money, but Newt Gingrich told supporters in
Dayton that he’s a stronger conservative candidate with more “people”
power to attract voters to the polls.
Gingrich was greeted by hundreds of supporters Tuesday afternoon who
packed the front lobby of Memorial Hall downtown. The stop was one of
three in Ohio he was schedule to make during the day.
Gingrich also took a jab at President Barack Obama for touting the
recent drop in unemployment, citing the large numbers of people no
longer looking for work but not including in the statistic.
“Barack Obama has led the largest decline in workforce participation in
American history,” he said.
Gingrich repeated promises to repeal the health care reform law and
allow businesses to get a tax write-off for the entire cost of new
equipment purchases in the first year.
Gingrich opened the rally with a lighthearted poke at Saturday Night
Live – which spoofed him for remarks about colonizing the moon – and
said he was simply offering a powerful vision he hoped would encourage
more young people to pursue education in science.
“When the colony is there I hope they come and broadcast from the
moon,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich was accompanied by his wife, Callista, who did not speak
during the rally.
Despite losing to Romney in Nevada, Gingrich is still pledging to stay
in the race until the GOP convention this summer.
Gingrich’s stop Tuesday will probably mark the beginning of multiple
stops in the Buckeye State for GOP candidates trying to build momentum
for Super Tuesday -- March 6th -- when Ohio and nine other states hold
a primary or caucus.
In a recent DBJ poll, Gingrich came in third -- behind Romney and Ron
Paul -- among readers asked which GOP hopeful would be best for