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Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke with Conover residents on Thursday in what is expected to be one of his final campaign stops before he shuts down his White House bid.
Gingrich spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Sidewalk CafĂ©, addressing everything from popular political issues, to President Barack Obama, to likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Though itâ€™s been heavily reported that Gingrich will leave the race within the next two weeks, the former U.S. Speaker of the House did not directly address the issue in length during his Conover visit.
â€śIâ€™ve been a citizen leader who happened to win a congressional seat,â€ť Gingrich said. â€ś
â€¦ I ran for president and, candidly, wish I could have done better.â€ť
Gingrich, who fielded questions from citizens, said he will continue to be a citizen leader in the future, adding that he plans to continue campaigning in some form or fashion this fall.