Jun 16, 2012 7:50 PM by Tara Oster - KPAX News

Gingrich addresses Montana GOP convention in Missoula

MISSOULA- The Montana Republican Party Convention wrapped up Saturday in Missoula with former Speaker of the House and one-time 2012 presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich taking the stage, saying that Montana has an important role to play in the upcoming election.

"By voting decisively for Governor Romney, you move electoral votes back in the right direction after 2008 and so the presidential race is important," he said.

But he stressed all the 2012 races are just as important.

Gingrich also spoke negatively of President Obama's policy change decision Friday that put a temporary stop on the deportation of young illegal immigrants if they met certain criteria.

"I look carefully at what Obama had said yesterday and I realized that we did not have a commander-in-chief, we have a dreamer in chief," he said.

Gingrich also spoke about how Governor Mitt Romney could relate to and help Montanans, if elected president.

"I think Governor Romney would say, 'You know, most of Montana's decisions ought to be made in Montana. Most of Montana's future ought to be decided by Montanans.' And I think that most of the people in Montana would agree that they would give up Washington helping them if Washington would quit hurting them," Gingrich said.

Gingrich said his main goal for speaking to the Montana Republican Party on Saturday was to build the whole Republican ticket for the November election.

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