Bachmann goes after Gingrich

Michele Bachmann

Charlie Neibergall

Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann issued the following statement aimed at South Carolina voters ahead of the state's primary Saturday:

"For me, these past weeks have been filled with much prayer and personal reflection – which has provided some clarity. Ultimately, I recognize that endorsing a candidate is the responsible thing to do.

But it is far more responsible to ensure that candidate is one I can support with a strong conviction knowing, without any doubt, that they protect our values and have the ability to restore our nation's greatness. With some doubt still present, I am not yet prepared to offer my endorsement, but look forward to doing so in the coming weeks.

However, through this exhaustive process of consideration, it was strikingly obvious that one candidate could not be less acceptable to be our party's nominee. He lacks the poise, experience and moral fiber to represent our principles and values. That candidate is Newt Gingrich.

In sum, our nation is in desperate need of a proven and moral leader who can point us back in the right direction – not a desperately flawed candidate like Newt Gingrich who has only proven he cannot lead."