CUMMING, Ga.— Herman Cain may no longer be seeking the GOP presidential nomination, but he still has plenty of fans in Georgia.

The erstwhile presidential candidate received a standing ovation at South Forsyth High School, where he introduced former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) at a county precinct meeting.

“You know, I knew I had some friends in Forsyth County,” Cain said, as the crowd cheered. “But we’re here because we believe Newt Gingrich should be the next president of the United States in America.”

“And contrary to what the mainstream, lame-stream, lapdog media want you to believe, he can pull it out,” he told them.

The former Godfather’s Pizza chief executive identified three reasons why his former competitor deserves to be president: jobs, energy and bold ideas.

Referring to the economic plans of Gingrich’s GOP opponents, Cain said, “their proposals continue to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic,” adding that they replace old loopholes with new ones.

“We are sick of loopholes! Why don’t we fix the problem for a change?” Cain asked. “We need a bold solution, and [Gingrich’s] comes close to being a bold solution.”

At one point, Cain spoke so excitedly that he felt compelled to tell the audience: “I don’t want y’all to think I’m mad at you. I just get passionate.”

He urged the crowd to look beyond references to a candidate’s past personal life, saying, “that is intended to distract us. We need and we must focus on solutions to America’s problems, and I don’t think we have a better opportunity than the solution called Newt Gingrich for president of the United States of America.”

As Gingrich came onstage, he told the crowd that Cain delivered a simple message to him: “I did a good job introducing you, don’t mess it up.”

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