Local Reaction to Gingrich Visit to the Tri Cities

Local Reaction to Gingrich Visit to the Tri Cities
KENNEWICK -- Most of those in attendance at Thursday's campaign rally for Newt Gingrich were supporters.

Nearly 500 local voters cheered wildly as the GOP contender worked hard to convince them that he is the man to beat President Obama in the fall.

"He hits on good, solid points that are important to us all," says Tom Lind.

And Bob Silvestro says Gingrich's message hit home, since the Former Speaker of the House was close enough to touch.

"I kind of like the idea of being able to shake his hand."

"When you see a person, you can feel what they're really thinking or what they're really saying, whereas on TV, it's a facade," says Shirley Jaggar.

Many in the audience, like Fernando Avalos, came to the rally as an avid supporter already.

"He doesn't need to prove anything. He's done that already. He's been there. I know he knows the system, and I trust what he is saying."

Others remain undecided on who should earn the Republican nomination, like Barbara Poulson.

"This is helping me made a decision. I just think it's so very important. I'm going to be a delegate, and I just want to make sure I'm making the right choice.

Gingrich immediately departed the Tri Cities for another rally in Spokane. Then he attended an event and fundraiser in Coeur d'Alene.

Gingrich currently has 32 delegates in the race for the GOP nomination. There are 43 up for grabs here in Washington at the caucus next weekend.

Any registered voter can participate in the caucus, even those not registered as a Republican.