Gingrich to packed house: Wal-Mart must be empty

DOTHAN, Ala. -- There was an overflow crowd greeting Newt Gingrich when he arrived at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in lower Alabama on Saturday.

Looking over the hundreds of people packed into the gallery area and spilling down the steps in the main lobby, Gingrich enthused, "What a crowd. I'm really impressed. There must be no one left at Wal-Mart this afternoon."

"This is amazing. I've never seen this size crowd before," he said.

Usually dressed in a jacket and tie, the candidate was sporting an olive BASS shirt, in honor of Bassmaster Ray Scott, who endorsed him in person Saturday afternoon.

There is general consensus among the press corps that Gingrich hasn't been spotted wearing casual attire on the campaign trail since early fall.