The campaign of Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is scrambling to put some of his recent remarks in context amid accusations of racism.
As Speaker of the House in the early 90s, welfare reform was one of his signature issues, and improving poverty in America is part of his stump speech.
Though his comments are not always politically correct or well received by some groups, Newt doesn't hold back when it comes to ethnic communities.
Such was the case yesterday in Plymouth, N.H.:
"And so I'm prepared if the NAACP invites me, I'll go to their convention and talk about why the African American community should demand paychecks, not be satisfied with food stamps," Gingrich said on a campaign visit.
If Gingrich wins the Republican nomination (an increasingly unlikely outcome), "I will make the key test very simple - food stamps versus paychecks."
"Obama is the best food stamp president in American history. More people are on food stamps today because of Obama's policies than ever in history," he said.
"I would like to be the best paycheck president in American history."