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Gingrich: Our mistake was 'we tried to be normal'; likens himself to Reagan

Speaking at the Atlanta Press Club this morning, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) addressed the recent staff departures in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

"We made a mistake. We tried to be normal," Gingrich said. "We tried to bring in regular political consultants -- very smart people.  And it turned out they couldn't do it."

"I am very different than normal politicians," he added. "And normal consultants found that very hard to deal with."

Gingrich advised GOP voters to choose a candidate who has the "toughness and perseverance to survive the last four weeks of news media."

Gingrich pointed to Ronald Reagan's time as president to demonstrate how he'll overcome the recent staff shakeups. Gingrich said that in 1980, 13 staffers resigned from Reagan's campaign, but that he went on to "rebuild the American economy."

"So if I have to choose Reaganomics with 13 staffers quitting or Obamanomics with the media fawning over him," Gingrich said. "I think for the average working American, Reaganomics is a lot better deal."