Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spent Tuesday in Louisiana, ahead of the state's primary election on Saturday. Greeting crowds at a town hall-style meeting at Strawn's Eat Shop Too, Gingrich focused on spelling out his energy policies and criticizing the president's. "Every time you drive past one of these gas stations, you're being reminded that the people who are technologically ignorant in Washington are costing you lots and lots of money because they've adopted policies that are technologically stupid," he said.
About 200 people crowded into the restaurant to catch a glimpse of Gingrich, and many of them were his supporters. "What resonates with me is he has the experience, he will go to Washington and he will immediately start restoring America," said one. "I appreciate the work he has done in knowing the history and sharing the history of our country and the world around us," added another.
Louisiana polls open Saturday morning, following a Romney victory in Illinois Tuesday. There are 46 delegates up for grabs. For Gingrich, who has not won a state since South Carolina, it's an important moment. "This is the most important election in your lifetime. A second term for Barack Obama would be a total disaster," said the former Speaker of the House.
Following his stop in Shreveport, Gingrich continued to Ruston for an appearance at Louisiana Tech. From there, he will travel to Alexandria.