CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Don’t say the Republican Party doesn’t appeal to minorities, Newt Gingrich says.
“How do you have a press conference with Michael Steele and say, ‘Why are you a racist?’” Gingrich said here, citing the former RNC chairman. “You can't attack our team as being racist with Herman Cain running a campaign.”
Cain, a rival presidential candidate, is African-American and running for the GOP nomination.
“I have young professional African Americans, who walk up to me every day and say, 'I'm glad you're running,’” the former Speaker of the House said.
“We're suddenly becoming a party of diversity," Gingrich also said.
He also cited Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as evidence of that diversity.
Gingrich said the GOP is doing it “not by selling out to the left, but we're seeing a younger generation that wants lower taxes, smaller government.”
He touted his and Cain’s rise in the polls, saying, “Herman and I both, as Georgians, are having a pretty good run. If you add our votes together, the Georgians are now the frontrunners if you add our votes together.”