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Gingrich welcomes Perry endorsement, brushes aside marital questions

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich has is having an up and down day as he campaigns ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary.

On the up side, the former House speaker picked up an endorsement from one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race today and threw his support to Gingrich, calling him a "conservative visionary."

Gingrich jumped on the announcement, issuing a statement asking Perry supporters to take a look at his record on "balancing the budget, cutting spending, reforming welfare, and enacting pro-growth policies" and to consider voting for him.

But Perry's endorsement also came with an indirect reference to the day's other story involving Gingrich: an interview in which his second wife tells ABC News that Gingrich asked her to have an "open marriage" after she learned he was having an affair with the woman who would eventually become his third wife.

Perry told his supporters that Gingrich "is not perfect," but then asked "who among us is." The Texas governor he described Gingrich as the Republican best suited to replace Barack Obama in the White House.

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