WEST PALM BEACH — One-time Newt Gingrich rival Herman Cain officially endorsed Gingrich Saturday night at the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Kravis Center, calling Gingrich a patriot and saying he's not afraid of bold ideas.
"I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot, Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas," Cain said. "I also know Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder, and I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know that he's going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America.
"I am inspired, you are inspired, Speaker Gingrich is inspired because it's not about us. It's about the grandkids."
Gingrich referred to ‘Team of Rivals,' the book about Lincoln's presidency. Gingrich has now secured the endorsement of Cain and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry.
"I knew his central passion was jobs, economic growth and tax reform," Gingrich said of Cain.
Gingrich said he hopes Cain will co-chair a commission on jobs and economic growth. He said Cain has actually managed a company and will "be a great asset."