Skip to comments.Gingrich says campaign 'on a shoestring,' signals he's preparing for Romney nomination
Posted on 04/09/2012 6:59:00 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
Though Gingrich and Romney throughout January engaged in some of the most personal attacks of the presidential primary campaign, Gingrich said Sunday that the two are at peace with one another.
"I hit him as hard as I could, he hit me as hard as he could -- turned out he had more things to hit with than I did," Gingrich said. "That's part of the business."
Gingrich said that if Romney wins 1,144 delegates and clinches the nomination, he will do "everything I can" to support him going into November.
"We are absolutely committed to defeating Barack Obama," he said. "I will work as hard for (Romney) as I would for myself."
He said he's already spoken with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus about how he can help going into November. "Beyond that ... I'll go back to a post-political career," Gingrich said.
Still, he said supporters are urging him to stay in.
"I do think there's a desire for a more idea-oriented Republican Party," Gingrich said.
Gingrich said he's seeing a "great response" in the upcoming primaries for Delaware and North Carolina, and will "see what happens" in those two states. Despite his comments Sunday, the candidate had recently told The Washington Post that "nothing" could get him out of the race quite yet.
Gingrich said he wants to campaign for changes in the party platform -- namely, to push for domestic energy production, to "stand up very firmly for religious liberty" and to reform the Social Security system.
Romney is leading the field with 660 delegates, according to the Associated Press tally. Rick Santorum is trailing with 281, followed by Gingrich with 135 and Ron Paul with 51.
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A true statesman to be able to put everything behind him after a brutal primary. This must be our attitude as well, unless you willfully desire to see the destruction of our nation as we know it.
“I’m glad I did this,” Gingrich said of his decision to run, calling it “the right thing for me to do.”
Gingrich spoke openly about his campaign’s money troubles. He said the campaign has had to dip into personal funds — “a little bit, but not dramatically” — and that the campaign is “slightly less” than $4.5 million in debt.
“We owe much more than we wanted to,” Gingrich said. He explained that the Florida primary in late January
Gingrich lost that race, and so far has won just two primary contests — in South Carolina and Georgia.
Gingrich said his campaign won’t “go broke” and that he’ll raise money after the election in order to pay off his debt.
Now that he has succeeded in dividing the conservative vote, his job is done.
Everything, including all principle.
The whole Romney Republican Party is an Etch-A-Sketch.
Very hard to find enough $10, $25 and $100 contributors to make up for the loss of one billionaire casino owning sugar daddy. That’s not a slam on Newt, that’s just fact.
This is the real tragedy, and if it continues, we will be ruined by a second Obama term.
He is 4.5 million is debt. Why doesn’t he just get out of the race? He isn’t going to win anything.
Must be an attention thing.
Romney is not my first choice or even my second choice, but I have to agree with Newt that we must defeat President Obama in the fall. If we find that Romney’s policies are not conservative enough for us, we need to work hard to oppose them; but for now, I think we are stuck with Romney. Bill Ayers gets up every morning and thinks that this may be the last day we have capitalism. We should get up every morning and think what can we do to make sure our children grow up in a free society. Bill Ayers works each day to make his vision of America come true. If we don’t do the same, Bill Ayers will win. There is no end to this fight.
There will be a nice raise in his speaking and public appearance fees, a new book or two, maybe one for Callista too, and many offers for consulting services. Not to mention the opportunity to sit back and say “I told you so” for the next however many years... All good for Newt.
The simple fact is that Romney isn’t going to win no matter how desperately the self appointed GOP overseers scream, cry, and accuse.
One would think that it was obvious, since he already had lost his Senate seat by a record number as well as had run under 2% for about 9 straight months. That, and the other impulse candidates like Cain, Bachmann, etc,.
The base has become too unstable to command any party. They have become a heard of cats.
You bet we’re stuck with Romney. I’d like to be proven wrong in my thinking that Mittens was told 4 years ago that 2012 would be his turn......that McCain was the chosen one in the last election. Wonder if the power brokers (you know, the ones that choose and delagate choices years ahead of time) have chosen our candidate for 2016. Politics at it’s worst!
Kudos to Newt for making this patriotic and realistic statement.
I admire him even more for that. He gave it a good shot but our two best candidates couldn’t do it (Newt and Perry).
So I will support Romney bolstered by a mental image of 4 more years of Barak and Michelle.
This is going to result in another wave of people on our side making common cause with the leftist fringe-wackos to “get the money out of politics”.
The last time that became the dynamic it gave us Ross Perot.
I would greatly support that effort myself.
The candidate with the highest ratio of ‘very conservative’ supporters is none other than Rick Santorum.
Yes, Newt has divided the conservative vote, to the benefit of Romney.
See Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Wyoming, Alaska and Washington.
If the Newt supporters had supported Santorum, they could have defeated Romney in 6 more states. Newt has only delievered 2 and has cost ‘team conservative’ 6 states.
He needs to sport a hicky for a few days
A run for President, especially an interesting one like Newt’s is always good for the future.
Newt will probably get a spot on Fox, maybe even a show. It happened to Huckabee, and while I like Huckabee, Newt would have a far more interesting show.
Perry has a good job, Michele didn’t make it far enough, Herman Cain blew it, but I think Newt will come out of this better known and more popular.
As for Santorum, I can’t really imagine where he can or will go from here.
The latest instability and infighting in the GOP has helped Obama a great deal in the polls, but after the economy suffers, gas prices go over $5, food prices double, jobs start to fail, etc, that small lead that Obama has, will easily dissolve over night.
So, I remain positive that we can beat Obama and I certainly don't think it is smart to project such a negative outcome, based on nothing but rhetoric. I go on realistic results myself.
Your statement ignorantly assumed that Romney is “better” than Obama. He’s not. They are practically the same, across the board. I see no reason to vote for the one just because he has an “R” after his name. Same junk, different face of the mono-party.
Vote conservative, even if it means voting third party.
The truth is that many on the hard right do desire the destruction of our nation, just as many on the hard left do. They just want it for different reasons.
If this cycle has taught us anything it is to remind us that the one sure fire way to clear a path for an establishment moderate is to encourage a scripture quoting social conservative (no need to be a small government conservative) to enter the race and stay in until the RINO wins. There is this persistent block of voters that will waste time and energy on silly candidates like Robertson, Huckabee and Santorum - candidates that have exactly zero chance to win a national general election, but can do well enough among the part of the GOP base that is made up of social conservatives to splinter the grass roots/activists and allow a clear path for the mushy moderate candidate.
If I were someone like Chris Christie or Jeb Bush, I'd be planning right now on which clearly unelectable general election social conservative to encourage to get in the GOP primaries for 2016 or 2020. Maybe pull Pat Robertson out of the 700 club studio? That is, if he isn't too busy explaining why the recent outbreak of tornado's is because people didn't pray enough. Believe it or not, Robertson actually did win some caucuses and over a million votes during his primary run in 1988. Oh sure, he could never win a general election, but he can split the grass roots and clear a path for the next establishment moderate in the next election cycle.
So you’d rather support Romney than Santorum? Really?
Santorum’s polling just as well vs. Obama as Romney, and he’s doing better among women.
I would question the reality of that statement. Most of Santorum's supporters, so far as I've seen, are actually big-government "conservatives" who just want the big government to do the things *they* want it to do, instead of what the Left wants it to do.
That kind of person is not "very conservative," no matter how they may self-identify in a poll.
Did I say that?
I’ve never said that.
I’d rather Santorum be the candidate although honestly, I think Santorum has the potential for being portrayed as a looney tunes and he’s done nothing to help dispel that image of him.
I just agreed with Newt that it looks like Romney and that I will support him wholeheartedly against Obama.
Your Post #2 is dead on. Thanks.
Do you have any evidence behind your statement? Given a choice of concrete evidence (exit polls), and your anecdotal evidence, I have to side with the concrete evidence.
And so far the concrete evidence is telling me that Santorum is the strongest conservative by quite a wide margin.
What do you see as the constitutional obligations of the federal government? Do you believe that the federal government should treat the unborn the same way as everyone else?
These people are not really Fringe right or left. They are all Populists and simply do no know it yet. The Ron Paul crowd is a strong collection of them. They all hate establishment, highly organized Politics, etc, etc, and they mostly just want to be left alone and not be told how to live or behave.
They all have a common trait on both sides, they have little to no respect for much of anything, other than their own personal outlook.
You have had either a major awakening and reconsideration regards Sarah Palin, or you are posturing.
I remember the bile you spewed regards her, so, what has changed?
“So I will support Romney bolstered by a mental image of 4 more years of Barak and Michelle.”
Your words, sir.
Look, Romney’s not won yet, and if you want Santorum to have any chance at the nomination, we need to keep fighting. Your choice, remained consigned to supporting Romney or keep fighting on.
I like your tagline, but I think there is one more choice:
“You can be a Conservative who is forced once again to hold your nose and vote Republican to prevent Obama from getting four more years to finish completely destroying this great nation.”
LOL, you a nut!
Christie, Bush and Daniels should also do everything they can to guarantee that Iowa maintains its status as the first in the nation caucus. That way the evangelicals and homeschoolers can prop up another candidate like Huckabee and Robertson.
Supports traditional marriage.
Rejects the Health care mandate.
Romney on the other hand;
Supports whichever side will get him the most votes.
Passed bills permitting gay marriage in MA.
Seems pretty obvious to me.
Never let the facts get in the way of your rhetoric.
The simple fact is that Romney isnt going to win....
I don’t know so much about that. If gas gets to 5.00 per gallon...... Also, RINO-Rom has 6 million Mormon foot soldiers ready to mobilize for the fall campaign. He has a lot of money. The Mormon Church has a whole sh** load of money and the rich business men giving to Super Pacs to defeat Obama have tons of money. Plus the fact that RINO-Rom has been running for this office for 6 years now, and he wants this bad enough to stoop to doing anything to get it. His Primary antics proved that. I’ve got a feeling Obozo will have his hands full and if there is any “real” dirt, substantiated dirt, to be found on Obama, the Mormon Church will find it.
Don’t count RINO-Rom out of this thing.
“That way the evangelicals and homeschoolers can prop up another candidate like Huckabee and Robertson.”
Man, you say that like that’s a bad thing.
Am I on the right site? I’m pretty sure it says ‘Free Republic’, and not ‘Democrat Underground’.
Rick Santorum is a big-government pseudo-conservative. He has consistently voted to increase the size and scope of government in our lives, just as has the rest of the establishment wing of the Republican Party, of which he is a member in good standing.
Exit polls aren't "concrete evidence." Exit polls that you are reffering to only guage peoples' opinions about themselves. They're no more "scientific" or "definitive" than anything else. The simple fact of the matter is that a lot of Santorum's supporters, who may actually believe themselves to be "very conservative," are actually big-government, semi-socialistic, progressive social gospel supporters. Which means they are not true conservatives.
No, they do for the same reason: to realize their ideals they consider the truth, they see the need for destruction of the nation as we know it first since it’s already too corrupt beyond save.
It would not surprise me at all if that is precisely how the establishment moderates see this thing. All they need is one social scripture quoting conservative who clearly can't win a general election to stay in the GOP primary, split the grassroots energy, and clear the path for the RINO. Once it's down to RINO and an unelectable socon, there will always be enough Republican voters who opt for the electable moderate candidate to ensure the establishment prevails.
Let's face it - real, true, Reagan-style movement conservatives do not have a choice in this primary anymore. Gingrich was the closest thing left, but he's about to drop out I suspect.
You are simply limiting everyone else on this site who have been here decades longer than you have, by your personal level of religious piety. After all, this is not a church, it is a political site, populated with a range of dedicated conservative activists. And hopefully, it will not become limited to a fringe criteria as limited as yourself.