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GOP Candidate Newt Gingrich: 'Be with Me for 8 Solid Years'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The economy will get better immediately after President Obama leaves office, said Republican Newt Gingrich this afternoon at the Jacksonville Landing during a town hall meeting.

"The economy will improve late on election night when people realize Obama's gone," said Gingrich.

He was invited by the First Coast Tea Party, who discussed Gingrich's visit this morning on "Good Morning Jacksonville."

"I am very proud to have worked with the Tea Party movement," he said. 

Gingrich in response to a question also championed the U.S. space program. "I want to be the leading country taking freedom out into the solar system."

He emphasized challenging young people and the need to "reawaken the sense of belief in a better future," and ensure that they believe they are "exceptional."  

Gingrich prefers to shrink the U.S. Dept. of Education, privatize students loans and offer Pell grants to K-12 students, he said.

He urged the audience to look at the difference between the Occupy movement and "what the Tea Party is doing."

"We love our country and we want to rebuild our country," he said, saying the Occupy is more focused on tearing it apart.

He criticized the supercommittee, a group of 12 congressmen currently deciding how to cut the federal budget by next week, saying it was not effective or representative.

Gingrich said he believed "in being smarter than the current problems and growing our way out of the current problems."

In response to another question, Gingrich emphasized embracing the U.S. Constitution saying that teachers uncomfortable with saying that people are endowed in our creator should resign.

There were members of the Occupy Jacksonville movement present, and they interrupted Gingrich during his final remarks.  Gingrich responded by telling the crowd, "There is no such thing in America as 99 percent; we are 100 percent Americans; we are all part of America."

Gingrich also made a public appearance in Jacksonville just before the 2010 election, speaking to a crowd at the Jacksonville Landing.

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