Skip to comments.SC Sources: Gingrich Could Endorse Santorum
Posted on 01/11/2012 2:33:00 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather
While Newt Gingrich campaign staffers are calling such talk premature, there are indications that should the former House Speaker bow out of the GOP race, he would throw his support behind rising Rick Santorum in a last-ditch effort to stop frontrunner Mitt Romney.
Multiple South Carolina sources affiliated with Santorum's campaign said Gingrich's campaign has contacted Santorum's campaign to discuss endorsing the former Pennsylvania senator should he drop out.
One source, speaking to Patch on the condition they not be identified, paraphrased Gingrich's stance as delivered by high level campaign staff this way: "If it can't be me, I want it to be Rick Santorum.""
Gingrich is looking at finishing as low as fifth place in New Hampshire and is currently polling at under 20 percent (good for third place) in South Carolina, according to rolling averages from Real Clear Politics.
Still, high-ranking officials within Santorum's South Carolina campaign don't foresee Gingrich stalling out before the primaries in the Palmetto State, where he once commanded an imposing lead in the polls.
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I transcribed the words from Hammond after rewinding my VCR and getting the exact words.
A Santorum presidency with a Gingrich VP£
I can dig that.
I don’t think so.
Santorum is the one who is headed for an exit.
This is a great straegy. These two conservatives make a pact that the last one standing gets the others delegates. I think it will be Newt.
Santorum just got trounced in NH (dropped 15 points from Iowa) and Paul, Huntsman and Perry are in single digits in SC, they are done and should basically drop out now.
Santorum was at 4% 3 weeks ago and will be back to single digits by primary day.
Gingrich was at 31% in SC 3 weeks ago, slipped to 18% after Iowa and is now back up to 23%, while the degenerate scumbag Romney has dropped 10 points in the last 5 days.
This is an easy win for Gingrich and the end of the line for the rest of the clowns.
Newt presides over the Senate and takes no crap from Levin, Schumer, Boxer, Reid, Collins and Snowe, and the rest of the loons, oh how could I forget Frankken
This cozy world of comity gets tossed out the window.
Schadenfreude moment for me, I'd love it...
The GOP had better do something about Iowa and NH being first and second next time around,those states are a joke.
While I think the reverse (Gingrich with Santorum as veep) is much more likely, I’d be thrilled to vote for either!
Thanks for the encouragement! GO NEWT!!!
Now if Santorum can pick up a Herman Cain endorsement, maybe Perry and Bachmann, now we are talking the final mano-e-mano "Anti-Romney".
Now if Palin trumps in and extracts some women scorned revenge on Romney, The RNC Establishment, and the Punditry Class? I'd dance the Jig....
( Especially if you have read the threads as to Romney has done to destroy her the last 4 years).
Newt isn’t going anywhere.
Rick is going to have to run now without the MSM pumping him.
Huntsman is their new baby.
Some on Fox and Friends questioned why he would do this at this point since he is just now headed to SC and making a speech today. They said this came from several sources. It very possibly could be from the Romney camp.
Agreed, Red States need to decide the nominee.
Newt’s fundraising is off the hood.
Several million just from one big donor this week.
Just providing some fair and balanced...
“off the hood” = “off the hook”.
That idiot is done.
Gingrich just got $5 Million dollars and is spending $3.4M in SC in advertising. He has another $15M coming from the same source.
There is no way Gingrich will bow out when Perry is sitting at 5%, Huntsman at the bottom and Santorum has a million dollars to spend. The polls show a difference between 25% and 20% between Romney and Gingrich with Romney leading.
If anything, I would say Newt is trying to get the others to drop out. The Tea Party Express and I hope Palin will be making a choice before SC. Their endorsement could shake up things entirely. I would be shocked if Palin supported Santorum. And, Perry is not getting traction in SC. Perry may not even be eligible for the next debates.
It is my opinion Romney is the reason Obama is president.
In my opinion again, Romney was so worried Palin would win and eventually become a wildly popular and successful president, that he and his flying monkeys attacked her from the first second (remember all the nastiness from establishment Republicans at the time - who just happened to have been Romneybots)
It’s the Karl Rove wing of the GOP.
They don’t do things for America. They do things for themselves.
So where does Perry and all his money fit into this? He’s the one who has the potential for the funding needed to stop romney.
Exactly! It’s to shake voter confidence in Newt so they ‘don’t vote for someone who may drop out’.
I am very concerned about those who are saying Newt is just in this now to destroy Romney because he is so angry. that makes people halt if they think of donating money to his campaign.
I think that, if Newt can strike a deal, Perry would probably be willing to support Newt.
Unless Newt did something stupid, like alienate Perry or something.
A Newt/Santorum ticket would be a great strategic move right now.
You just reminded me-—didn’t Santorum diss Palin a while back? Something about staying home and taking care of her children?
If Gingrich does this, my respect for him will be strengthened.
Whatever he said was not a reflection of his relevant political ideology or his potential to be a good president.
Palin has spoken well of Santorum recently.
I noticed during the last debate that Perry and Newt were laughing it up and talking. They look to be on very good terms. Same with Newt and Santorum.
Sounds logical. Unless Perry’s donor’s, whoever they are, don’t want to continue being generous if he drops out. We shall see, i suppose.
Got a source for that?
I’m calling anti-Santorum “FUD” otherwise.
That’s good to know.
To a Catholic, who believes in strong family values, I don’t see that as being disrespectful.
According to natural law, it would be primarily the role of the mother to stay home and care for her children.
This is garbage. Other than Iowa, where Rev. Santorum spent the last year of his life, he polls in the absolute basement.
Newt is just puting the movie out today. Why would he quit now.
He did insult Palin, but I think she blew it off, pretty much.
You could not be more right.
Here, in DE, we saw this played out first hand with how the State and national GOP sabotaged Christine O'Donnell.
If they couldn't have their boy Mike Castle, they trashed the candidate chosen by the people, and willingly gave the Dems a Senate seat.
After Castle lost his primary to Christine, Obama and Biden phoned him to give him solace. That's right, the two top Dems paid a call to a GOP candidate. And that a-hole Castle couldn't pick up the phone to congratulate Christine on her win and would not support her run after he lost.
And Karl Tokyo Rove was in the middle of all of it.
Funny thing is, even as a hard-core Palin supporter, in retrospect Santorum’s original comment which seems to have set off the media-augmented kerfuffel (your link is after all Polibtico) seems to have been spot on.
Palin may have deserved some criticism, then and now.
She folded. What her reasons were, is known only to her.
I’m going with Santorum on this one.
I wasn’t criticizing either one-—after all, I may end up voting for Santorum. Just another interesting episode in this crazy election season that might be a factor in who Sarah ends up supporting.
I think Palin understood that Santorum was coming from a Catholic perspective, though that perspective wasn’t shared by her.
“Gingrich Could Endorse Santorum”
Newt’s negatives are now sky high among republicans and he has no chance of winning the nomination.
He needs to bow out and endorse a pro-capitalist candidate like Santorum.
Newt can still spend his PAC money running ads. But if he stays in the race pulling 10% of the vote he might as well just endorse Romney. Newt needs to do the right thing. He is beginning to sound dangerously close to Hugo Chavez and that’s not going to win him any friends in a republican primary. And it could very well destroy his legacy.
I doubt it....Palin is strongly in Santorum’s camp.
I met Newt yesterday, and he seemed tired. It really wouldn’t surprise me.