FreedomWorks’ Dick Armey: Newt Won’t Be Able To Replicate South Carolina

The tea party group FreedomWorks’ leader Dick Armey predicted Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Newt Gingrich probably won’t be able to replicate his South Carolina victory in upcoming primaries.

“South Carolina was an aberration,” said Armey, a former House Majority Leader, predicting that it will end up looking like Newt’s “best moment” when all is said and done. “I don’t think Newt will be able to replicate that magic moment he had in South Carolina. He had a confluence of circumstances that came and he had just that one masterful moment where he transformed himself from perpetrator to victim, attacked the media.”

Armey said tea partiers won’t get the president they want in Gingrich or Mitt Romney but will support any Republican over a Democrat.

“We would rather have a Republican president that’s not fully the guy we adore wanting our affections than a Democrat president who despises us,” Armey said. “So clearly it’s in the best interest to our policy objectives to support whatever Republican president might want to take the office and then seek our respect and admiration.”

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