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Jan 28, 2012 11:53 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Cain backs Gingrich's presidential bid

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Former presidential hopeful Herman Cain says Newt Gingrich is "a patriot" who is "not afraid of bold ideas."

Cain's endorsement of Gingrich is a boost for the former House speaker coming just days before the Florida primary.

The former pizza executive, who left the race before the first nominating contests after facing accusations of unwanted sexual advances, suggested the two have both undergone intense scrutiny.

Cain told a fundraiser Gingrich is "going through this sausage grinder" as he runs for president. Cain says he knows what that's about. His endorsement of Gingrich is not a surprise.

Cain is set to campaign with Gingrich on Monday in an 11th hour push for support. Gingrich is in a fierce fight for Tuesday's Florida's GOP primary with Mitt Romney.

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