From the tipline (and verified on Rep Manning’s FB page):
I have made a terrible mistake with my reckless words.In an attempt to compare Romney and Obama, a seasoned reported (sic) manipulated my comparison using verbal judo and made my choice for a Republican Presidential candidate appear to be motivated by religion.NOT SO! I am supporting Newt Gingrich because he is the smartest, most qualified man for the job. I believe he is the only candidate that …can turn this economy around. In the 2012 elections, I believe constituents should focus on the crucial issues plaguing our nation; Foreign Policy, Healthcare, the Economy and Education.While I believe Newt Gingrich is the best choice for President, I can assure you, I will be supporting whomever wins the support of Republican America on the ballot in 2012.Elizabeth Kubler Ross said, “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.” These are words to live by. I sincerely apologize to Mitt Romney and for offending people of Mormon faith.