Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used his speech at the Values Voter Summit to call certain views of the American judicial system "anti-American" and "profoundly wrong."
Gingrich specifically took aim at judicial supremacy, the idea that the Supreme Court has the final word on the countries most pressing issues.
"If judges think that they are unchallengeable, they are inevitably corrupted, corrupted in a moral sense," Gingrich said. The former Georgian congressman specifically called out the Ninth Circuit court and Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who ruled California's ban of gay marriage unconstitutional.
According to Gingrich, these problems stem from law school, where students are taught a "fundamentally, profoundly, ignorant, anti-American" judicial model. He went on to say that America has an academic class that is out of touch with the people and has no understanding of the origins of the United States.
Speaking at the end of the first day of the summit, Gingrich went on to say that America's problems are "much deeper" than President Barack Obama.
The Values Voter Summit is a yearly forum held by the political action arm of the Family Research Council. First held in 2006, the event has become a platform for candidates to define their positions on social issues, including abortion and same-sex marriage.
Gingrich spoke after the presidential hopeful Herman Cain, a candidate that has been surging in the polls recently. Gingrich used the timing to reference the recent polling that shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry slipping from their once front-runner positions.
"It is kind of interesting that the two guys who have gotten the most money, have lost the most votes," said Gingrich, referencing Romney and Perry. "And the two guys who have got the most ideas have gained the most votes."
Gingrich went on to lament the media coverage of the presidential race. He said he hoped the changing polls would show the "elite media" that a candidate having "a heart and a brain actually matters a lot."
CNN's Poll of Polls, an aggregation of the most recent polling on the GOP presidential race, has Gingrich currently in fourth place with 9% of the vote. This has been a steady position of late for Gingrich; late September's CNN/ORC International Poll had Gingrich in third place with 10%.