Gingrich’s ‘Food Stamps’ Answer that Received Standing Ovation at Debate Becomes New South Carolina Ad (VIDEO)


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Mitt Romney listens as Newt Gingrich makes a point in the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images / January 16, 2012)

Newt Gingrich’s latest campaign ad is the former House Speaker’s “food stamps” answer taken directly from Monday’s debate in South Carolina.

Called “The Moment,” the ad hopes to build on Gingrich’s fiery performance in which he at one point received a standing ovation from the crowd.

“More people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history,” Gingrich says in the ad, which will run in South Carolina. “I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job and learn some day how to own the job.”

On the campaign trail, Gingrich has repeatedly referred to Obama as “the food-stamp president,” despite criticism that he is unfairly characterizing the black community as reliant on government welfare.

At Monday’s debate, one of Gingrich’s biggest applause lines came when he rebuked moderator Juan Williams over a question about whether his statements about food stamps were offensive to minorities and the working poor.? Gingrich said Tuesday that the black community was only one example of an issue that touches all Americans.

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