Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich hints he would consider picking Sarah Palin for VP
Posted on 12/31/2011 2:29:50 PM PST by presidio9
Newt Gingrich, plunging in the polls, dropped this bomb Wednesday: he would consider asking Sarah Palin to serve as his number two or in his Cabinet if he became president.
"She is certainly one of the people you would look at," Gingrich said Wednesday, according to Right Wing Watch, when asked if he would consider tapping the 2008 vice presidential nominee for a second try.
"I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she's somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would be one of the possibilities," Gingrich said at Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition.
And if he did not pick her for his running mate and he defeated President Obama in the November general election, he would consider putting her in the Cabinet, the site reports.
"There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well. I can't imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. Tell her that she would certainly be on the list of one of the people we would consider," the former House speaker said.
Arizona Sen. John McCain, the former Republican nominee for president, tapped Palin in his 2008 bid for the White House in an effort to energize many conservative voters skeptical of McCain's credentials. Former McCain aide Steve Schmidt, who was instrumental in the Palin pick, later came to regret the decision.
CBS News contributor Scott Conroy reported last month that Gingrich is most likely to get Palin's endorsement if she decides to officially back anyone before the nomination is wrapped up.
Palin and her husband Todd "speak very favorably of Newt and what they see as his credentials as compared to Perry and Romney," one member of
So Sarah likes Newt just a little bit better than Perry?
Still as great an idea it was, as it was yesterday.
Hope Newt does this.
What would be really helpful would be if Palin would endorse him, so Romney’s dopes won’t steal this thing.
Newt has his faults but this would make a great ticket.
Noot is grasping at straws.
If Palin wanted in, Noot wouldn’t even be in anyone’s discussion.
I doubt Palin has any interest in being #2.
Literally, been there, done that.
If she were interested, she would have run for the #1 stop.
As another FReeper posted recently, she is too busy making money to consider being the #2 on anyone’s ticket.
Newt was ASKED by a caller and he answered, he did not bring the issue up himself, and he has been defending Sarah from the beginning.
Sarah was the one with the solutions, and Noot was the author of many of the problems.
Putting Sarah at VP with Noot would be like putting the Mona Lisa below the Sunday Comics.
Sarah Palin declined to run this time for one reason only: She is a polarizing figure even within the Republican Party. Her numbers plateaued far below Romney with greater name recognition. She saw this, and realized that she needs to add to her resume. Seasoning within an upcoming Republican admistration would make her a formidable candidate. In the mean time, she is making she gets free publicity and big buck from FOX for staying out of politics, but look for her to endorse the strongest not-Romney/not-Paul candidate (if there still is one) in late spring.
>> “As another FReeper posted recently, she is too busy making money to consider being the #2 on anyones ticket.” <<
Actually, her income has dropped precipitously since stepping back. Specialty TV doesn’t find her so lucrative now.
I'm curious about what you mean by that.
Gingrich did not “throw this out”.
Gingrich was specifically asked about it by a caller.
Please stick to facts.
I don’t think Sarah will be choosing Newt to be her VP.
Who is "Noot?"
I wonder if that question was planted by Chris Christie.
That’s a clinton era insulting way of democrats referring to Gingrich.
It was used by liberals.
Have to wonder about why it’s being used on this forum.
Noot had a lot to do with letting Clinton’s enhancements to the CRA pass.
The conservatives in the House wanted to block the bill, but Noot gave it his extreme blessing through ‘plum’ committee assignments.
I’d prefer that Gingrich select Alan West as VP, and find a Cabinet position for Palin. Interior or Energy seem like the best fits.
Ping to your new list.
And Happy New Year too!
However, at this point it is pure speculation. Good strategy by Gingrich, even though he was just answering a question posed to him by someone.
Newt (the way conservatives refer to him) effectively shut down Clinton sleaze and Hillerycare communism.
Got a problem with those?
Who do you support. Or get out of the way.
Well, if you believe what an unnamed staff member hinted but didn’t say.
Sounds like desperation trolling for Newt to me.
Why doesn’t he go ahead and fill his VP slot and his whole cabinet with his current rivals.
Palin won’t jump until she sees where the ball is bouncing.
But I think she would definitely consider a top position, if not veep, then maybe secretary of energy would be a good fit.
That would be so wonderful!
Great idea! Because Sarah Palin was the key to victory for McCain in 2008. Other great ideas in the same vein: Snooki for Secretary of Defense, the winner of American Idol for Secretary of State, and the fat gay guy from Survivor to run Homeland Security. Call it the Reality TV ticket.
Minor detail for those among us who have reading and comprehension disabilities.
Furthermore, the following link to an MSNBC interview of Gingrich supporting Palin has been around for years and has been posted dozens of times on FR:.
Can’t you see we’re having fun here? Don’t bother us with facts.
You’re quite right. If hadn’t been for Sarah, McCain wouldn’t have received even close to the votes that he did. She kept him from total disaster.
The revisions to the CRA passed in the fall of 1999. Gingrich resigned as Speaker and left the House on November 5th, 1998.
People like you have been throwing as much BS as possible at Gingrich for 15 years now, in the hope that at least some of it sticks.
Now, I'll ask you again to clarify your original point: Where was Sarah Palin specifically the "solution" to problems that Gingrich created?
“Newt was ASKED by a caller and he answered”
Yes, he responded to a question and said that Sarah is a good choice for helping in his admin. What if he had said he didn’t like her?
LOL! I hadnt realized he was in that much of a tailspin. Somebody has to stop Willard, but it wont be him. How about Perry ?
Astronaut appears to be another member of the conservative (maybe) circular firing squad you see so much of here at FR.
Presidio9: Id prefer that Gingrich select Alan West as VP, and find a Cabinet position for Palin. Interior or Energy seem like the best fits.
I think it is very unlikely that SP would accept the VP spot for any candidate. She declined to campaign this time around. However, it think it would be a very smart move by Gingrich to nominate her as his candidate for Energy Sceretary already now.
Given that Gingrich recently dropped Dr Katharine Hayhoe (climate alarmist) it would be much easier for SP to accept.
Based on what?
If I recall, wasn’t Perry odds one favorite on Intrade once?
When I joined FR about 10 years, most of the threads and posts were written by intelligent adults. Much of what we see here now is unfounded speculation, and adolescent name calling.
Zero, Nobama, Bambi, Noot, Milf, Mittens, ___ bots, Mr. Gardasil, et cetera.
Then there are those who make it appear that they know the candidates on a personal basis by using their first names.
Perry needs to add a new Cabinet (while he dissolves or defangs Energy, EPA, Education and Human Services): the Un-do Cabinet. One that specifically exists to roll back and repeal jackass legislation.
That would be right up Sarah’s alley, she’s a born pest exterminator.
Actually, no. I’ve been speaking out against the circular firing squad for some time now. I’m prepared to get behind any legitimate candidate (that excludes racist loon Ron Paul) and concentrate on defeating the Muslim Marxist in the White House.
That being said, Sarah Palin is a joke. She couldn’t handle being governor of Alaska, and quit to make money as a reality TV star. More power to her. I hope she continues to get very rich. But lets not confuse her celebrity with any kind of qualificaton to serve as president. She would bring nothing to Gingrich, Romney, Perry or anyone else at the top of the ticket except massive negatives. Our nominee can do a lot better for a VP. Rubio? Cantor? There are so many better possibilities than Palin.
” I agree, this is BS. Of course Newt would not rule out considering Sarah. “ <<
This serves as a smile for the Palin fans and a chuckle at the humor of it to the rest of the voting population. A Win Win I suppose for Newt.
I am chuckling, personally, and on que.
I strongly disagree with your point of view above. That is the liberal and MSM point of view, based not on her history, speeches or writings but just on gossip and propaganda. However, it is New Year's Eve so let's agree to disagree.
Best wishes for 2012.
I am confused, in the thread right above this one it says Newt wants to see Condoleezza Rice in the VP debate against Joe Biden. Hmmmm, what the heck!
Ya buy ‘em books. Ya send ‘em to skool... LOL
Not a Newt fan, crony capitalism and all that, but Newt has been very good, one of the few in D.C. to always have Sara back. I sadly I fell for the spin too, yes it was a question answered not a deception by Newt. My bad.
But would she accept? Oh, I hope she would. That would really brighten up this whole otherwise-bleak spectacle.
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