Posted: Mar 22, 2012 12:57 AM by Jim Hummel
Updated: Mar 22, 2012 1:08 AM
With just days before voters head to the polls in the Louisiana primary, Newt Gingrich and his family made several stops in Lafayette.
The former House speaker stopped by Lafayette's First Baptist Church for a meet and greet, while his wife Callista toured the Miles Perret Cancer Service Center.
Speaker Gingrich later hosted a rally at Lafayette's Hilton hotel, where he told a crowd of about 100 supporters why he is the right candidate for the Pelican State.
"We need a president of the United States who actually cares about Louisiana and is willing to focus on Louisiana," said Gingrich.
Gingrich focused much of his speech on energy. He says he has a plan to bring the price of gasoline down to $2.50 per gallon, much of which depends on limiting the country's dependence on foreign oil.
"No future president should ever again bow to a Saudi king," said Gingrich, a remark which drew applause from the crowd.
Despite lagging in recent state polls, Gingrich is confident about his chances Saturday.
"I think as we're campaigning this week, almost everywhere I've campaigned, because of the weight of money, we start behind but then we gain ground," he said.
But Gingrich may have lost some ground recently in the heart of French Louisiana. It was back in January, when KATC viewers ranted about a Gingrich ad, which tried to align Mitt Romney with Sen. John Kerry, D-MA. It featured two clips of both Romney and Kerry speaking French.
When asked about the ad, and if there is anything wrong with being able to speak French, Gingrich replied: "no, not at all, I used to live in France and my eldest daughter was an au pair south of Paris."
Gingrich, says he has no plans to end his campaign, and hopes his message will resonate with voters on Saturday.
"I went to school at Tulane, my daughter was born in New Orleans, we feel very close to Louisiana, we feel we have a good chance to win delegates here," he said.