Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told an audience in South Carolina Saturday night that "the genius of America ... is that you can come from any background" and be successful in having an impact on the country.
"It is very humbling and very sobering to have so many people who so deeply want their country to get back on the right track," Gingrich said. "So many people ... feel that the elites in Washington and New York have no understanding, no care ... no reliability and, in fact, do not represent them at all."
Referring to the news media, he said, "The American people feel that they have elites who have been trying for a half century for force us to quit being American."
Gingrich was declared the winner of the South Carolina Republican primary, besting Mitt Romney, who has been the declared frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.
To chants of "U.S.A!," "U.S.A!," "U.S.A!," Gingrich predicted he will be the nominee and he challenged President Obama to seven three-hour debates.