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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also sat down with Greta Van Susteren last night to discuss his 2012 prospects and the state of the race. Gingrich was one of a handful of Republican contenders who attended the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition candidate forum.

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Report on Gingrich’s visit from The Hill:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered up a fiery critique of President Obama in Iowa Monday night, urging Republicans to unite in 2012 to defeat the values of the “secular, socialist left.”

“We are at a crossroads that we cannot hide from,” Gingrich said, calling the 2012 presidential election as central to the future of America as the election won by Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

The former House Speaker, like many of the event’s participants, honed in on social issues and religion Monday, tailoring his remarks to a crowd packed with social conservative activists.

Gingrich repeatedly pointed to the language in the Constitution as decidedly non-secular, telling the crowd, “It means the power comes from God to each one of you personally.”

“That is the fundamental division between most Americans and the secular, socialist people around Obama and the degree to which they do not understand America, cannot possibly represent America and cannot lead us to a successful future,” said Gingrich.

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