"This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that, you know, this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call marriage."

The Georgia lawmaker went on to say that his daughters and daughter-in-law "all work ... but they're still there as moms."

"And when they come home and take over that responsibility, they need a shared partner, and that partner is that partner for life. And I’m talking about, of course, the father," he continued.

The remarks come on the heels of controversial comments by Georgia radio host Erick Erickson, who was admonished by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly over his contention that children "will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon."

Gingrey's remarks were first reported by the Huffington Post.

Gingrey is currently vying for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination to replace retiring Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissRepublicans say Democrats holding up disaster relief as 'Sandy payback' Ex-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances The Hill's Morning Report - Trump budget reignites border security fight MORE (R-Ga.).

A Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll released Wednesday showed Gingrey with the lead, pulling 17 percent, good for a narrow advantage over Rep. Paul BrounPaul Collins BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.) at 15 percent, former Komen foundation executive Karen Handel at 14 percent and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) at 7 percent.