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Newt Gingrich's campaign trail stops in Dalton

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB)-- We're one week away from Super Tuesday, and the candidates are flocking to the South. Tuesday, Newt Gingrich held a rally in Dalton.

Around 450 people turned out to the Dalton Convention Center to hear Newt Gingrich's plan to get the Republican nomination. His main focuses were oil, religion and healthcare.

Gingrich says he knows the importance of winning in Georgia, the state with the most delegates Super Tuesday, and thinks he knows one way to make that happen.

"I want to make $2.50 gallon gasoline," Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says.

It's his latest idea.

After getting support from the crowd, he asked them to spread the word.

"We have an obligation I think, to have a national strategy to develop an American energy plan to be independent from the Middle East," Gingrich says.

"His energy plan is something that will work if allowed to be tried," voter Brad Roland says.

"I'm so excited about his $2.50 plan," voter James Crane says.

Gingrich says cheaper gas prices are the first step at improving the economy, along with creating jobs and limiting federally run programs, like welfare.

"You want a paycheck and a job, you're with Gingrich," he says. "You want food stamps and dependency, you're with Obama."

Among Tuesday's crowd, former Dalton Mayor Jim Middleton, who says he's behind Gingrich all the way after witnessing his previous work in Georgia.

"He helped Dalton very much back when he was a state legislator," Middleton says. "He'll help the country, too."

He also received a big response when saying he'd begin working to repeal "Obama-care" within two hours after his inauguration, if elected.

"I think he's the only one that can beat Obama," voter Valorie Sanders says.

He also promised major change in the way of religion.

"Repeal every anti-religious act of the Obama administration," Gingrich says.

Gingrich also spoke about balancing the budget when he was Speaker of the House.

He says with his plan for oil independence, he'd be able to pay back the national debt.

He says President Obama's plans for producing gasoline are "delusional" and hopes he's able to talk about it in a debate.

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