Tea Party favorite Herman Cain once said he endorses "the people," following his exit from the 2012 Republican presidential primary. So when the Georgia businessman did a double-take last Saturday, endorsing the White House bid of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, many fans and commentators alike were surprised.

Appearing on Fox News Monday morning, Cain clarified "I still endorse the people, and Newt Gingrich. They are not exclusive of each other.”

Cain told anchor Bill Hemmer that he doesn't have anything against Mitt Romney, noting that "we don't have a perfect candidate," and said he believes that "Newt’s communication skills in connecting with the people are stronger than Mitt Romney’s.”

Fox News Insider notes that Cain went on to say that if Gingrich finishes second, it will still be considered a win. “Here’s where I agree with Sarah Palin. The establishment wants everybody to think that Mitt Romney has this thing wrapped up if he wins Florida. No, he does not.”

Watch Herman Cain explain the thinking behind his endorsement:

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