Skip to comments.Gingrich insists he'll run until Romney has 1,144 delegates (article and short video)
Posted on 03/26/2012 3:45:42 PM PDT by VinL
Newt Gingrich insisted Monday that he would continue in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination until Mitt Romney secured the 1,144 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination, saying 'a whole new conversation' would occur if the frontrunner was also unable to hit the necessary total.
"I think the morning that he gets 1,144 that are locked down, then I think he claim to be the nominee. But until then, he's not the nominee," Gingrich said on CNN. "Remember, I'm from Atlanta, where we were ahead by 10.5 games last year with only 28 games to go, and the Cardinals didn't quit. Everybody wanted them to, but they just kept coming and they ended up winning. I think this is not over until it's over. "
..."Look, I think the front-runner's clearly Mitt Romney. Out of 10 million votes cast so far, he's only gotten four million. So he's the weakest front-runner in modern times," Gingrich said.
Gingrich defended his candidacy from calls from Republican leadersand some of his own supportersto exit the race.
"I say to them the same thing that Hillary Clinton would have said in 2008 when she was taking on Barack Obama. That ran all the way to mid-June, and only when he had finally the votes did he have the votes. This is a contest. "
"Gov. Romney spent six years, $40 million of his own money. He has outspent the rest of us by huge margins, and he's gotten four million out of 10 million votes. There is no obligation to concede it to him. If he can win it, more power to him. If he doesn't win it, then June, July and August become very interesting months," Gingrich said.
Host Wolf Blitzer then pressed Gingrich to admit that rival Rick Santorum ...
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"And that may explain Mr. Gingrichs true reason for remaining in the race: it keeps him in the spotlight. He clearly relishes the appearances on CNN with Piers Morgan and on Fox News with Sean Hannity. When he travels, a 10-car motorcade conveys him like a head of state, three police cars with flashing lights leading a Secret Service detail and shiny S.U.V.s for Mr. Gingrich and his staff.
As a candidate, his opinion is sought as major news of the day.....A senior adviser to Mr. Gingrich pushed back on the suggestion that Mr. Gingrich was still in the race to maintain his place in the spotlight.
The naysayers and critics and their shopworn clichés about why he cant continue is actually oxygen for him, said the adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But despite the pressures, Mr. Gingrich seems to be enjoying himself campaigning again. Gone are the desultory stump speeches he gave in Alabama and Mississippi earlier in the month...Im cheerful about going forward, he said on Friday.
His schedule has taken on an unhurried pace and easygoing style. Not long ago, Mr. Gingrich was asked by Charlie Rose on CBS whether there were any circumstances under which he would suspend his campaign.
Probably none, he said. "
Thats my man Newt. Im in, til Newts out.
and cue the whining and gnashing of teeth in 3.......2......1.......
I always listen for the whining of teeth... :)
The base will not get out and vote for Romney.
No one can excite the base. Newt and Palin can. Listen, Gop..listen. Obama has to be thrilled with his competitor.
Take it all the way to the end, Newt.
Cheny Gingrich 2012
Only one problem. If Newt continues to split the vote and come in third or fourth, it actually increases Romney’s chances of hitting 1,144 delegates.
I’m not knocking Newt. It’s his choice. But it does seem odd that he doesn’t envision coming back at least into second place in the race, but still continues on.
I’d much rather see Ron Paul drop out. But there’s no chance that he will, judging from his past behavior.
Talk about some of Santorum’s statements. This one makes Newt sound not serious and positive that Romney is the nominee.
Paul didn’t drop out until June last go around. That was 3 full months after McCain “officially” wrapped it up with a win in Texas. Paul won’t drop out until well after Romney has secured 1144. Heck, if he never does, his delegates will be the most stubborn people on the floor and their 100 or so votes will be really annoying in a close race since they won’t be up for grabs.
And I am with Newt ALL THE WAY.
He came in with class—too bad he has decided not to go out the same way.
Now all he is doing is giving Mitt's people an excuse to bash Santorum while claiming to be his people.
I caught Newt on Cavuto today. He was excellent!
And Newt's going to see that that happens no matter what it takes!
Only one problem. If Newt continues to split the vote and come in third or fourth, it actually increases Romneys chances of hitting 1,144 delegates.
The alternative is to withdraw- and if so, (1) the likelihood that Rick will be successful is very small; (2) the pressure on Rick to withdraw will be relentless- whereas as now Newt provides him cover; and/or (3) Newt wholly forfeits any control over the process of stopping Romney.
Under such scenarios, for those who wish to stop Romney— better to have Newt allied with, and/or leading the fight.
Please to be specific— to what statement(s) are you referring?
Thanks for posting this.
Did you know Sarah was making calls in Louisiana for Newt, telling people that he was still in the race, even though the media had been ignoring him... Another step closer for Sarah...
Gingrich has become so insignificant he can do whatever he pleases now.
Newt is not insignificant— at this point, Rick and Newt both must remain, or Romney wins.
He’ll always have class. Can’t say the same for your boy.Go Newt.