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Gingrich rally 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 business interests.

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