SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. – Coming off several disappointing primary performances, Newt Gingrich on Monday said he’s not dropping out—but that he is retooling how he campaigns.
Gingrich brushed aside a call from the National Review to quit the race to make room for Rick Santorum, saying the conservative publication has implored him to abandon his campaign in the past. Santorum, for his part, has not called for Gingrich to abandon his bid.
The former House speaker said he has decided he’s at his best when he focuses on problems and solutions and not on attacking his opponents. During his speech here, he avoided any mention of Santorum or front-runner Mitt Romney.
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“I do dramatically better when I focus on the nation's problems and I focus on the nation's solutions,” he told reporters following the event. “I don’t do nearly as well when I focus on my competitors.”
Gingrich acknowledged that he’s shifting gears, after recent polls have shown his support plummeting.
“I think our strategy has to change to … a strategy of having better positive bold ideas.” he said. He pointed to earlier periods in Iowa and South Carolina when he rose to the top of the field as examples.