COUNCIL BLUFFS — Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent the last morning of 2011 campaigning in Council Bluffs.
New Year's Eve marked the fifth day of Gingrich's bus tour across Iowa, as the clock ticked closer towards Tuesday's GOP caucuses. He was greeted by about 150 supporters who crammed inside a party room at Tish's Restaurant.
Gingrich proposed repealing President Barack Obama's health-care program, overhauling the Environmental Protection Agency and revamping the way the government provides unemployment benefits.
Gingrich said his plan for unemployment benefits would include a worker training program, so "we're not paying people for 99 weeks to do nothing."
Gingrich, considered the front-runner at one point, has been sliding in the polls. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, meanwhile, have seen their poll numbers climb in recent weeks.
As for Gingrich, some polls have suggested he'll end up battling former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Texas Gov. Rick Perry for third place in Iowa.
Gingrich was scheduled to make a stop in Atlantic Saturday afternoon.
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