Newt Gingrich Says He is Healthy But Should Lose Weight

The South Carolina GOP served hash and old fashioned South Carolina barbecue tonight before Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke at a town hall meeting and was asked about his health by a crowd member. Gingrich did not eat any barbecue this evening.

“You look to be in very good health and if you’re the president for the next eight years, I hope you can confirm that,” a lady in the audience said.

“To the best of my knowledge my health is fine. I have an annual physical,” Gingrich said. “I should lose weight, everybody who tells me I should lose weight, they are all correct. I just find it really hard to lose weight.”

Gingrich joked with the crowd that God wanted him to be a bear, not a gazelle. Gingrich said he has a lot of stamina when it comes to travel and sleep.

“I can tell you I can work on four or five hours of sleep a night and cat nap all day and I can go for 8 or 10 days on the road and it doesn’t seem to affect me.”

Gingrich said as a military child, he learned how to travel constantly.

“I’ve been doing it for virtually my entire life time, my dad was a career infantryman and as a very young person in an Army family I learned a great deal about how to sleep standing up, leaning against a wall because you just kept moving,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich said illness can strike any person, but he believes his current health is not a factor.

“I think my health is probably fine. Let’s be honest, you never know what could happen to somebody, but I think I’m in very good shape right now,” Gingrich said.