FORT MYERS — Newt Gingrich landed at Page Field this afternoon greeted by 400 supporters and joined by Herman Cain and Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan.
The former House Speaker came to Southwest Florida as part of a daylong tour across some of the state's major media markets in advance of Tuesday's GOP primary election.
Gingrich has been trailing Mitt Romney in Florida polls this week. Between Gingrich's 19-minute stump speech and the introductions by Cain and Reagan, they drew a dark line between Republican voters' options: Romney the moderate New Englander and Gingrich the Reagan conservative.
Gingrich called the vote a choice between "people power" and "money power," a reference to the vast sums Romney has spent on a well-orchestrated campaign.
Reagan attacked those in the Romney camp who downplay Gingrich's conservative credentials.
"I wonder if these people would think Ronald Reagan was a Reagan conservative," he said.
And Cain, the former candidate who endorsed Gingrich Saturday, dropped into Page Field on his way to New York City to be interviewed on "Hannity," the Fox News program by conservative commentator Sean Hannity. Cain had strong support in Southwest Florida before suspending his campaign.
"We need bold, fearless leadership in Washington, D.C., and he ain't scared," Cain said.