Gingrich endorsed by Tea Party Nation founder

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(CNN)-Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich picked up a big endorsement Monday, from the head of an influential group.

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips threw his support behind the candidate for the 2012 GOP nomination, who’s candidacy suffered setbacks early in the campaign.

Based on criteria including electability, conservatism, and whether the candidate has a “plan to the vision to put forward plans to dismantle the massive government bureaucracy that we have seen grow under both Republican and Democrat administrations,” Phillips winnowed down the qualifiers to Gingrich.

“Gingrich is the candidate who has the vision to fundamentally change the Federal Government. Gingrich has the unique capabilities to be the field general. He is the big idea man, much as Ronald Reagan was,” Phillips wrote in a blog post for the Tea Party Nation.

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