MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) - GOP Presidential Candidate, Newt Gingrich rallied with his middle Georgia supporters Thursday at Hephzibah Childrens Home in North Macon.
The former speaker of the house focused on Energy and Foreign policy, and attacked President Obama's energy solutions.
Gingrich says he wants to bring gasoline prices down to $2.50 a gallon, an idea that really resonates with a lot of Americans and especially Americans in the Peach State.
"If he does what he says the country will be a lot better off than it is right now," said Joseph Beeman of Gray, Georgia.
Slashing national debt, lowering gas prices, and creating jobs are the promises that Newt supporters like Beeman hope will become reality in 2012.
"A Gingrich candidacy means 2.50 cent a gallon gasoline, while you don't pay attention to Saudi Arabia and you don't worry about China. That's a pretty good bargain," said Gingrich.
To make this bargain happen Gingrich says he will expand drilling in the U.S. by tapping into Alaskan oil, signing off on the Keystone Pipeline into Houston, and more drilling in the gulf coast. All of these moves, according to Gingrich, will open up 2.3 million barrels of oil a day for the U.S.
"One of the main things is I like the idea of his energy plan," said Lorie Wisniewski of Bonaire, Georgia.
"Well he says everything I feel in my heart," said Evelyn Panzica of Macon.
The former speaker of the house didn't address Robins Air Force Base during his speech, but one on one he says the Obama defense cuts worry him.
"It's very important that we have a strong military and very strong that we have a defense budget that sustains our military. That sustains Warner Robins and sustains Fort Benning and Fort Stewart," said Gingrich.
In closing Gingrich said one of his first priorities if he's elected is to repeal President Obama's healthcare plan.