Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday he still has strong support among the GOP electorate, despite the exodus of 18 top staffers, and the relentless, scathing media attacks — and he doesn’t believe the constant “gossip” detracts from his message.

“We have had a steady base of support all through the last month of the media attacks,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto. “And the fact is, I was just in Indianola [Iowa] on Saturday with tea party [supporters] talking to people about ideas, about creating jobs, cutting taxes, repealing . . . bills that are over-regulating America — and I found a very good response.