Newt Gingrich Explains San Francisco Values Through Transvestite Encounter

Republican presidential candidate is in the Bay Area this weekend.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Sunday, Feb 26, 2012  |  Updated 7:50 AM PDT
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Newt: Transvestite Run-in Explains SF Values

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, seen here during a lighter moment at a recent debate, explained what he means when he says "San Francisco values."

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is in the Bay Area this weekend to take part in the California Republican convention.

The former speaker of the house was scheduled to appear Saturday in Burlingame to take part in the convention but before speaking in front of Bay Area Republicans, Gingrich took a moment to speak with two veteran Bay Area political reporters.

Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli of The San Francisco Chronicle took the opportunity to ask Mr. Gingrich to explain the meaning behind a line he has so often used over the years: San Francisco values.

The conservative politician smiled at the reporters and then proceeded to tell a story about when he was doing an interivew in San Francisco's Union Square in 1984 to highlight what he means by extreme liberalism.

The story is best heard in Mr. Gingrich's own words. It can be viewed below.

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