RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Trailing Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told North Carolina students he believes in a politics of big solutions to problems others believe are too big to fix.

Gingrich began a two-day North Carolina campaign swing Monday with events in Raleigh. The state will hold its presidential primary May 8.

The former U.S. House speaker told Broughton High School students they should care about Social Security insolvency and the national debt because they're the ones that'll face higher taxes and fewer benefits. He also told them to be optimistic about science and technology advances.

The Raleigh visit comes a day after Gingrich said he expects Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination but that he'll stay in the race to influence the party's platform. Gingrich is going Tuesday to New Bern.

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