Gingrich wants 'replacement debate' on health care

KEN THOMAS Associated Press Published:

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has called for alternatives to President Barack Obama's health care law, kicking off a day of campaigning in a Southern state key to his struggling presidential campaign.

Gingrich said he would repeal Obama's health care law if Republicans win congressional majorities. He said at a health care forum Monday that Republicans should think of this time as "the beginning of the replacement debate rather than just the anti-Obamacare debate."

Gingrich hopes to win his home state of Georgia and have a strong showing in Tennessee on contests held on Super Tuesday on March 6. The former Georgia congressman has been courting voters in his home state and in the South, hoping to revitalize his bid. He was holding campaign events in Nashville.