Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A popular social conservative radio talk show host whose program is heard statewide in Iowa is backing Newt Gingrich for president.
Steve Deace's endorsement comes four days before the Hawkeye State's January 3 caucuses, which kick off the Republican presidential primary and caucus calendar.
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Deace, who made his official endorsement on his website, said he based his decision on Gingrich's stance on what Deace calls the left's use of "unelected judges and judicial oligarchy to reinvent the American way of life, from secularism to the loss of the sanctity of life, to the redefining of marriage, the confiscation of private property, and the granting of imaginary rights."
Deace said "after offering every candidate in the race the chance to show they understand the gravity of this issue, Gingrich is the only one who has demonstrated he does, and can also use the bully pulpit of the presidency to educate Americans on the need to return to the rule of law."
In a tweet minutes after Deace announced his endorsement, Gingrich tweeted "my thanks to @SteveDeaceShow for his endorsement tonight."
Gingrich has been married three times and has admitted to marital infidelity. Deace acknowledged that baggage in his endorsement, saying "I understand Newt has taken positions and done things in his personal life I do not agree with, but to his credit he has come on my radio program and been very transparent about those things, and has shown humility and a willingness to be transparent in the process."
Earlier this week Deace said he was still up in the air about which candidate to endorse.
"I'm just as undecided as a lot of the voters are," Deace said Monday in an interview on CNN. "Maybe I can take a little bit from the candidates that I like and come up with the perfect alternative to Barack Obama and we can call it a day. I think a lot of people, myself included, they see things they like in almost all of the candidates which makes the decision-making process more difficult."
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