WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Former GOP nominee hopeful Herman Cain's surprise endorsement of Newt Gingrich came at the Lincoln Dinner at the Kravis Center Saturday night in West Palm Beach.
Gingrich was scheduled to begin speaking at the Kravis center at 8:00 p.m., but was delayed by a previous campaign visit in Orlando.
Once Gingrich did arrive, he walked in to the Lincoln Dinner to a round of applause. Moments later, Herman Cain walked in and the crowd inside the Kravis center erupted.
Cain first lashed out at President Barack Obama and said the state of the Union is not strong.
He then said the nation has become a nation of crisis, a crisis he said was led by the leadership in the White House.
He then announced his official endorsement of Newt Gingrich.
"Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas. And I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder and I know what this sausage grinder is all about," said Cain.
Gingrich then took to the stage and said speaking after Cain was a tough act to follow.
"I said in advance because I know this guy and I know how passionate and how determined he is, as a co-chair of a commission like that there would be this little thing called 9-9-9 brought in and put on the table. So I fully expect that," said Gingrich.
Cain ended his speech by calling Gingrich a true leader and telling the crowd they would elect Gingrich to the White House together.
Gingrich said he had no idea at first there would be what he called an exciting announcement when he originally agreed to speak at the Lincoln Dinner.
Gingrich said Cain is a real job creator and said Cain is an asset to his campaign.