Gingrich Doesn’t Correct Man Who Calls Obama ‘Muslim’

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By Chris Welch, CNN

LAKE CHARLES, La. — During a question and answer session in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Wednesday, a man stood up and said that, among other things, President Obama “is a Muslim.”

“I believe that Obama is not stupid,” the man began. “I also believe that, number one, Obama is a Muslim.”

The man went on to say he also believes that Obama is a “student of Saul Alinsky,” a man known for community organizing and whom Gingrich often calls out for his “radicalism.”

The man did not pose a question but wanted a response from the presidential hopeful.

The former Speaker of the House answered the man, but he did not tell the man that Obama is not a Muslim.

“I believe this is a president who prefers power to prosperity and who follows policies that centralize power in the government,” Gingrich began. “And if the price of that is that we’re poorer and that we have fewer jobs and that we have less energy that’s fine with him. It’s a price he’ll pay.”

He added that he “agrees” regarding Alinsky.

“[Obama] is driven by a radicalism to remake America, and he doesn’t frankly care what level of pain it causes the rest of us.”

CNN later asked Gingrich about the question and the fact that he did not refute the man’s premise.

“I believe President Obama is a Christian,” Gingrich said. “He says he’s a Christian, he went to a Christian church for over 20 years, and I believe him.”

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond added that Gingrich “has said several times in the past that he believes President Obama is a Christian.”

“We also believe he is an American. We also believe he is a very nice guy.”

Pressed by another reporter on the fact that he chose not to say that in front of the audience, Hammond insisted his candidate “has said it in front of audiences multiple times.”