Newt Gingrich said he will not drop out of the Republican presidential race, despite a potential fourth- or fifth-place finish in New Hampshire.
“This campaign is going on to South Carolina,” he told cheering supporters.
Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., were tied for fourth place as they took the stage simultaneously. The former speaker did not mention any of his Republican opponents.
Instead, he highlighted his pro-jobs message, saying that he wants to reach out to those “who would rather have paychecks than food stamps." Gingrich also spoke about his experience in Washington, a topic many of the Republican candidates have avoided for fear of being labeled an “insider.”
“We're going to prove that I both understand the principles and I understand the practice.… I believe if we had a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Gingrich presidency, it would be amazing how much we could get done and how rapidly we could get it done,” he told supporters.
Throughout his speech, Gingrich focused on the future of his campaign. “I’m asking each of you not to slow down,” he said. “The next couple days, make a list of every person you know in South Carolina and every person you know in Florida, because those are the next two great contests.”