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Newt Gingrich: This is why you should fear a Hillary Clinton presidency

CLEVELAND — Having Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office would keep the United States weak on security, former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Wednesday night.

"We cannot keep in place the people and the systems that have brought us to this point and that lie to us every single day about the threat," Gingrich said in prepared remarks at the Republican National Convention.

"The danger we face is much worse than the horrors that happened in Germany on New Year's Eve, when twelve-hundred women were assaulted," Gingrich said. "It's worse than what's happening in Israel, where average citizens fear for their lives whenever they leave their homes.The danger is even worse than September 11."

He added it is time "to reject the suicidal dishonesty of Hillary Clinton."

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Gingrich's attack of the presumptive Democratic nominee's role in recent foreign policy is just the latest this week. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted her in a pseudo mock trial.

Gingrich, meanwhile, praised the Donald Trump for recognizing the threats facing the nation.

"We are at war. We are at war with Radical Islamists. They are determined to kill us," Gingrich said.

Gingrich, 73, was among the people in the running to be Trump's vice presidential candidate. He ran for president in 2012, before losing to eventual nominee Mitt Romney.

However, Trump's options for a running mate were limited. Trump's relationship with other would-be running mates was badly strained in the bruising Republican primary season, leaving him with a small pool of willing and qualified candidates.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report.