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              FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011, file photo Republican presidential candidates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney laugh before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Miss.  Gingrich is facing his first debate as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday night, Dec. 10, 2011. Standing next to him will be Romney, whose campaign has launched an all-out offensive against Gingrich  FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011, file photo Republican presidential candidates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney laugh before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Miss. Gingrich is facing his first debate as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday night, Dec. 10, 2011. Standing next to him will be Romney, whose campaign has launched an all-out offensive against Gingrich's record and leadership style. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)   

Rep. on Gingrich’s marital issues: ‘Jesus is not on the ballot’ [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Responding to critics who say that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s past marital issues would pose problems with voters in the general election, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks told The Daily Caller that “Jesus is not on the ballot.”

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“All of us have baggage, but Jesus is not on the ballot. Maybe it would be great if he were, but the point is we have to, in this case, pick the person who can best lead this country into the place that the Founding Fathers dreamed it could be,” Franks, who has endorsed Gingrich, told TheDC at the GOP presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Monday night.

“I think if Barack Obama is re-elected, we will see our economy really diminished into a European socialism that will be hard to ever break free from.”

When asked why he chose to back Gingrich over the rest of the field, Franks said, “He has an almost asymmetric capability, a political casucci I would call it, of being able to take the left’s questions — who are nearly always laced with false premise — and turn them around before they ever know what hit them.”

Franks went on to cite Gingrich’s exchange on race with black moderator Juan Williams during the debate, saying that if any other candidate on the stage was in the same situation, it would have been an “uncomfortable” moment for the audience. (RELATED: Gingrich defends himself from charges of racial insensitivity, gets standing ovation)

Despite his endorsement of Gingrich, Franks was clear that he would support the candidate who wins the GOP nomination.

“Whoever becomes our nominee, I probably will take out legal adoption papers on them,” he told TheDC. “I think that defeating Barack Obama is one of the most critical, pro-American things that I can possibly do right now.”

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