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Newt Gingrich: 'We've Had People Take Their Food Stamp Money And Use It To Go To Hawaii'

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich claimed "we’ve had people take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii." | Getty Images

Newt Gingrich made the claim that some people who receive government aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program "take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii."

"More Americans now get food stamps therefore and we now give it away as cash," Gingrich said. "You don't get food stamps. You get a credit card and the credit card can be used for anything. We've had people take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii."

Gingrich -- who has recently led in the polls -- made the claim about the program during an appearance in Iowa on Wednesday, according to ThinkProgress.

The claim is false according to PolitiFact, which notes the food stamp program has "precise rules about what can and cannot be paid for." The site noted that the food stamp program does not allow funds to be used for restaurant meals and certain purchases like alcohol or vitamins.

This is not the first time Gingrich has commented on food stamps. In May, he called Barack Obama a "food stamp president," blaming him for the recession.

"President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history," Gingrich said. "I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history."

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