(CNN) - Newt Gingrich predicted Tuesday that rival Mitt Romney will be one of the final remaining candidates in the Republican presidential contest, but that it's Gingrich's responsibility to provide a set of solutions to those still uncommitted.
Gingrich, the former House Speaker, said there's a "big opportunity for an alternative candidate," given that Romney has not attracted more than 25% support in most national and statewide polls of current candidates.
"My job I think is to reach out to the 75 or 80% who aren't currently committed to Romney and to say here's a set of solutions that would actually get us back on the right track," Gingrich told ABC News.
While Romney's poll numbers have largely plateaued, Gingrich has seen his numbers rise after his campaign was dogged by controversy throughout the summer.
If his solution-based plan succeeds, Gingrich said Romney will be forced to stop his momentum.
"I'm not worried about stopping Romney," Gingrich said. "I'm worried about reaching that 75 to 80% who aren't currently committed to him."
In an interview Tuesday with CNN's Piers Morgan, Gingrich equated his plight to an Aesop fable: "The bunny rabbit runs by and falls asleep. The tortoise just keeps coming," Gingrich said. "So hopefully in this game, Mitt Romney will be the bunny rabbit and I'll be the tortoise. That would all work out perfectly."
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