It was a packed house at the MSU Riley Center for a Newt Gingrich campaign rally Friday.
The former Speaker of the House began by light-heartedly telling the crowd they did not need to stand up for his entire speech.
Gingrich touched on his foreign policy, and told the crowd gathered he feels he is the only republican candidate who can effectively debate President Barack Obama in a general election.
The majority of Gingrich's speech centered on his energy proposals.
Gingrich says he has a plan to get gas prices down to a more manageable level, by drilling in state like California, Alaska, and parts of the Gulf of Mexico, and approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil from Canada to Texas.
"Does any serious student of economics believe that if you increase supply by 800 million barrels that you are not going to have some downward pricing pressure," said Gingrich Friday, "and we have the absolute proof of natural gas that we are living through at this very moment."
Republican candidate Rick Santorum is scheduled to visit Meridian on Sunday.