The comments were first reported by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

“I believe we have one shot left, the way we vote is the way our nation goes and I think if we screw this up we’re not getting another shot at it, we have to pick the right man,” he said.

Gingrich's campaign promoted the endorsement on Saturday, noting Steele was the commander of the U.S. Army Ranger company portrayed in the 2001 movie "Black Hawk Down." The movie depicts the real-life events of a downed Army Rangers battalion in Somalia in 1993.

Gingrich is a movie buff and often mentions his and his wife's favorite movie selections on the campaign trail.