Montgomery, Ala. - The Gingrich campaign announced Wednesday morning it was "switching tactics, canceling their plans to visit Kansas, which caucuses Saturday, and opting instead to stay in Mississippi and Alabama, which hold their primaries Tuesday.
"Primary versus caucus is pretty much the big difference," explained campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond. "It's a different design, we're a campaign that doesn't have large amounts of money to front television."
He dismissed the possibility the campaign is worried about losing in the Gulf States, where wins are necessary to boost Gingrich's argument that he is the candidate that best represents the South and the heartland of the Republican party.
"Being here in Alabama and Mississippi is about driving up turnout, making a win a bigger win," Hammond said.
A large hand-painted banner touted the "Promise of a Newt Day" at Gingrich's first post-Super Tuesday stop, where the candidate stood against a new $2.50 gas backdrop.
Declaring Alabama has a "major role to play in setting the stage for the presidential nomination," Gingrich said he was "thrilled" with the "great victory" he had night in Georgia, the only state where he finished first.
"We are staying in this race because I believe that it's going to be impossible for a moderate to win the general election," the candidate said, adding "You can't have somebody where the gap between Romneycare and Obamacare is so narrow, you can't figure out what the debate is." Approximately 250 people were at the rally.
Gingrich also attempted to belittle the candidate whose near-win in Ohio is testing Romney's ability to lock up the nomination.
"I would say with all respect to my friend from Pennsylvania Senator Santorum, there is a big difference between being a good team member and changing the game," he said. "I'm not going to Washington to be a good team member. I'm going to Washington to change Washington itself."
"The fact is, when Senator Santorum was asked why he voted against right to work laws, he explained he was a member of the Pennsylvania team. Well, I'll tell you, I've had Republican presidents and Democratic presidents ask me to raise taxes. I voted against Republican presidents and Democratic presidents because being committed to my conscience was more important than being on a team that was doing the wrong thing."