Not long after the final results of the South Carolina Republican primary were projected, each of the GOP presidential candidates delivered speeches to their supporters and the nation.
Newt Gingrich, the winner of Saturday's primary, came out swinging in his victory speech to supporters. The former House speaker did not go after his Republican rivals but attacked President Barack Obama, calling him "weak" and "radical." Gingrich said that elites in Washington are trying to force us to being something other than American. "I articulate the deepest felt values of the American people," he said.
Mitt Romney, who came in second place with less than a third of the vote, announced to applause he would head to Florida the next day. "We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do," said the former Massachusetts governor. "I'm going to compete in every single state. We're going to win this nomination and we're going to beat President Obama in November."
Each of the candidates gave a preview of what will come next for their campaigns.
Watch the speeches below:
"We want to run not a Republican campaign; we want to run an American campaign," said Newt Gingrich after winning the critical primary in South Carolina. In his patriotic speech the former Speaker of the House said he believed he would become the party's nominee. He delivered fierce attacks against President Barack Obama but had kind words for his Republican opponents.
Referencing the huge applause from supporters after his second-place finish the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney joked, "You should hear them when we win." Romney said he will continue on to Florida. "We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do."
"It dawned on me that if you win elections and win delegates, that's how you promote a cause," Ron Paul told a cheering crowd after his fourth-place finish in South Carolina's primary. The rest of Paul's speech focused on that message: fixing the economy, reducing government and protecting individual liberties. "The message of liberty is being received by more people every day, thanks to your efforts," he said.
"Three states. Three winners. What a great country," said Rick Santorum, after coming in third place in South Carolina's primary. The former Pennsylvania senator was certified as the official winner of the Iowa caucus this past week, and Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary. Santorum said Saturday he'd continue his campaign on to Florida and beyond.