Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich, campaigning in North Carolina, says he’s not going away (Go Newt)
Posted on 04/10/2012 5:42:31 PM PDT by Red Steel
RALEIGH, N.C. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrichs campaign Monday began morphing into less of a pursuit of the presidency and more into an effort to shape the Republican platform and to influence the discussion in the fall elections.
Campaigning in Raleigh, Gingrich said he planned to battle front-runner Mitt Romney in North Carolinas May 8 primary and all the way to the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., but conceded the prospects of overtaking the former Massachusetts governor were not bright.
But he said Republicans still face serious choices at the convention and into the fall whether the GOP will be a "conservative, dynamic movement" or whether it will move more to the center. Gingrich said he hoped his candidacy would help influence that debate.
"There is no reason to concede anything," Gingrich said at a news conference. "Every vote we can get in North Carolina is a vote for a more conservative platform every vote we can get in Delaware, or we can get in Arkansas or we can get in Texas, that is a very useful thing to be doing. If there is a major mistake or a major flaw, the race is wide open again."
Meeting earlier with a group put together by black conservatives, Gingrich elaborated on his theme, saying he wanted Republicans up and down the ticket this fall to run on a conservative platform, which he said was not only the principled choice but also the best way to win.
"Thats why I am continuing to campaign," Gingrich said, "trying to send a signal."
Gingrichs campaign has taken on a different tone in North Carolina. He hardly mentioned, let alone criticized, his primary rivals: Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
Romney has two fundraisers planned April 18, but Santorum has no appearances planned in the state with the primary just a month away. Santorum is focusing on the GOP primary in his home state of Pennsylvania on April 24.
That means that Gingrich has North Carolina nearly to himself, and he spent Monday campaigning in Raleigh, meeting with a community group, holding a news conference, having lunch at Caffe Luna and addressing students at Broughton High School. On Tuesday, he will campaign in New Bern and he will return to the state Saturday to attend a "tea party" rally in Greensboro.
While Gingrich is actively campaigning here, he is doing so without any advertising budget that would allow him to reach a broad number of voters.
Gingrich called the states GOP primary "very competitive." A survey of Tar Heel voters conducted late last month by Public Policy Polling found Romney and Santorum tied at 30 percent, Gingrich at 19 percent and Paul at 13 percent.
The difficulty Gingrich faces was evident at a meeting with community leaders at the Shanahan Law Group, when one person asked Gingrich whether he thought conservatives might mount a primary challenge to a President Romney in 2016.
Earlier in the campaign, Gingrich might have used such a question to challenge Romneys conservative bona fides. Instead, Gingrich talked about the need to make the GOP adopt a conservative platform in Tampa.
Gingrich said he hoped the new phase of his campaign would enable him to push some of his ideas something he said he often found difficult to do during the hectic give and take earlier in the campaign.
He said the country needed bold ideas because economic conditions were much worse than people realize that unemployment was far worse than the numbers indicate, college kids cant find jobs, that the national debt was growing, and that many of the social programs such as Medicare and Social Security faced financial challenges.
Go Newt. I’ll vote for you.
With Santorum suspending his campaign Newt got a good shot at taking NC.
Newt in the White House is exactly what we need to undo the chaotic mess left by Obama.
Poser RINO backstabber at work:
"Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.
This thingy I found is the perfect size.
Mount it on the roof
of my wifes second Cadillac.
Cover up the stain from Seamus."
Willard, what the hell is that child doing on the roof?
now he drops out but how about when he had his daughter sick back around FL.
He had not one county for him in NH then SC then FL and yet his daughter was sick and many said what on earth is he doing and now this.
Wonder if Santorum will go for Romney and if he does then it will show what many have said why he stayed in.
Disgusting all of this
Newt would have been way out in front by now and the attacks by FOX, Drudge and the establishment would not have worked but Santorum stayed in till now Newt has not a chance .
Seems many on here were right as to why Santorum stayed in but I’ll wait till he gives his support and if he goes for RINO then that is it
Newt...you've just been given a huge gift. Let's see what you can do with it.
His POV needs to continue to get out there.
Every conservative should vote for Newt now. And, send money.
This race is not over until it’s over. Let’s kick up Newt’s funds for him
The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++4 to 10 pts
in some polls, days prior to Election 2008.
So rather than helping the GOP, Romney and
TeamROMNEY and the RNME (Republican National Media Establishment)
decided to attack Gov. Palin to throw Election2008.
Romney, and the Van der Sloot RNME RINOs for Obama in 2008
Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."
The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"Im told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palins people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romneys former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.
"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off .hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."
"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the Diva leak was Nicolle Wallaces husband."
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn't make any sense at all.""
-- President Ronald Reagan
North Carolina GOP Primary / May 8 (Proportional Primary) / 55 Delegates / RCP Polling Data
|RCP Average||3/16 - 4/7||--||30.3||29.7||15.7||12.0||Romney +0.6|
|PPP (D)||4/4 - 4/7||461 LV||34||30||17||11||Romney +4|
|High Point||3/19 - 3/29||239 LV||31||25||12||15||Romney +6|
|SurveyUSA||3/16 - 3/20||403 LV||26||34||18||10||Santorum +8|
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Absolutely, but I think it’s basically impossible at this point unless Santorum throws his support behind Newt, which is kind of a stretch considering he endorsed Romney in ‘08.
But if Newt can somehow revive his campaign yet again, he’ll get a big donation from me.
I can’t say I was exactly in Santorum’s camp since I was planning of voting for whichever one (Newt or Rick) had the better chance of winning more votes in Pennsylvania, but Newt’s got my vote now. My wife, on the other hand, was squarely in the Santorum camp and she also is going to vote Newt.
He's probably thinking, "If I can somehow get a big donation from Cato, I'll revive my campaign." ;o)
If Mitt doesn't think he's inevitable, why should we?
lets just hope Santorum throws his support to Newt and those delegates go Newts way.
Right now the establishment, FOX, coulter, Drudge, and the other talking heads along with the RINO liberal north east, pro homo, cross dressing , pro planned parenthood Romney are all sitting there laughing their heads off thinking this is a done deal and that us conservatives, the real base not the clueless Today, Good morning, Ellen, Oprah show crowd will all unite and just ignore how they attacked our candidates, how they pushed a big Govt , socially liberal Gov onto us.
If Santorum's voters break a very generous 2:1 for Gingrich over Mittens, that's still not enough to win.
So...what happens with Santorum’s delegates?
If he throws them to Romney, then it really is all over. If they go to Newt, then conservatives actually have a fighting chance to win this thing within the GOP, rather than having to go outside the party.
Newt has to keep his message out there. He is running against all odds since the lame media wants Romney, the liberal. It is so difficult to watch the republican party put this man up as the leader. This decision will really change the conservative message/make it moderate version, I guess. I seldom watch TV news. Tonight, they are acting like Rick never mattered and never has Newt. They are beyond disgusting and continue to show how they drive the people in what to think. We need a protest against the media then we may have a chance to get control back of reform. ( Keep fighting on, Mr. Speaker for patriots who love our country)
THIS WHOLE THING IS ABOUT DELEGATES
While Newt was speaking about Santorum suspending his effort with Hannity and his glorous plans to block Mitt Newt’s check for a filing fee in the Utah GOP primary bounced.
As far as ;’m concerned this is going to be an unncesssary cliff hanger election with Mitt as the nominee.If you live in “Tar heel country” and the ballot has only delegates for Newt but not Santorum give Newt your vote. If Rick has a delegate give him your vote
Yes, this is what I remember happening then. She’s only hinted it many ways and in various media, but I think this is what Palin believes.
Well, now's a golden opportunity to see if Santorum's supporters are really as conservative as they claim to be.
Utah’s winner-take-all. It’s not worth $5 let alone $500 to bother campaigning to a state full of Mormon bigots who have shown to be backing Romney 98% or more.
Well, if he's merely suspending his campaign, Santorum won't release them until the convention. And if Santorum is serious about Mitten's helping him retire campaign debt, they're not going to Gingrich.
If Mittens doesn't need Santorum's delegates to get over on the first ballot, then all the delegates will likely stay aligned with their current candidate. Or the RNC may choose to proclaim a unanimity voice vote, whatever.
Probably not, but weird things have happened already just south of North Carolina. Maybe the pollsters...maybe..perhaps...are wrong.
Anyway, let’s just see.
Touché. Maybe I’ll give Newt a little something to get him started.
I expect more of a 9 to 1 switchover to Newt. Romney’s not winning North Carolina. Number one, the polls showing where support would move have been nationwide, not within a state. North Carolina voters are backing Newt and Santorum because of conservatism, not anything else that might benefit Mitt.
F___ you Boston Hearld!
Every Newt supporter should be pointing out that Romney is dodging debating Newt. Paul supporters should do the same.
In fact, the rest of the state GOP parties who have yet to vote have set up debates, such as 155 delegate Texas, and Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum accepted, while Romney chickened out.
Why are the other states not allowed to have a say?
The remaining states left to vote have 1,053 delegates.
States with 1,233 delegates have voted so far.
This race ain’t over. If Romney wasn’t inevitable, his people wouldn’t still be spending millions in ads trying to destroy his opponents.
I’m just glad to have the chance, as a NC resident, to actually be able to vote in a primary and have it actually mean something.
In 2008, McCain had already been installed as the GOP alcalde by the time our primary rolled around, and I didn’t even have the option to write in Fred Thompson.
Considering most (60-40%) Newt supporters chose Santorum second, I expect you would see somewhere around that for the other direction. Of course, that is not enough, even in North Carolina, but it is almost enough in Texas.
“Go Newt. Ill vote for you.”
I certainly would also!
But why do I feel that lately, drudgereport.com is almost like reading DU? What’s going on? Hmmmm....
And doesn’t “winner take all” states help Newt? Go Newt!
It’s tough to tell right now until we see new polling with Santorum taken out of the running. There really aren’t that many winner-take-all states coming up. Only 2 that are winner-take-all, Delaware and Utah. But, trust me, as long as people don’t buy into Romney being inevitable this change could really shake up the race. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was coordinated between Rick and Newt as a strategy to take down Romney. It is reminiscent of when Rick bowed out of Florida to give Newt a one-on-one chance there. Problem is they really needed to do this at least before Illinois to tip the scales of likelihood in their favor. But there is a better chance of defeating Romney now than there was yesterday when 2 conservatives were splitting the vote.
Uh...Santorum will direct his delegates to support a pro-homo, pro-abortion candidate? Are you sure about that?
He’s got my vote- May 8! Striking a blow against communism (Obama) and socialism (Romney).
“”There is no reason to concede anything,” Gingrich said at a news conference. “Every vote we can get in North Carolina is a vote for a more conservative platform every vote we can get in Delaware, or we can get in Arkansas or we can get in Texas, that is a very useful thing to be doing. If there is a major mistake or a major flaw, the race is wide open again.”
AMEN. Go NEWT. CONSERVATIVES - PRAY without ceasing that the cultist Romney is stopped by divine intervention before 1144.
Why would a state like NC produce an outlier result, particularly given NC went for Obama in 2008 -- if anything that suggests Mittens should do well there.
The best possible split I've seen for either candidate was a Feb. PPP poll that gave Santorum a proportional 2:1 over Romney of 'Gingrich dropout' voters.
"The best thing Romney might have going for him right now is Gingrich's continued presence in the race. If Gingrich dropped out 58% of his supporters say they would move to Santorum, while 22% would go to Romney and 17% to Paul."
Further, let's say Santorum's late-winter surge did come exclusively from Gingrich supporters -- why would those voters just 'go back'? I've seen enough rancor on Free Republic to be assured that will never happen.
Just found out North Carolina has a traditional marriage amendment on the ballot the same day as the primary on May 8th.
Anyone still think Mittsky’s going to win that one?
Sorry cowboy since you believe Newt should not have entered the Utah primary he should not have dropped off a bouncing check . Your hero should have dropped out long ago.....What happens if there’s no debate in North Carolina ... which there won’t be where is Newt going ?
Release them" at the convention is not the same as directing them. If Mittens has the magic number for the first ballot then either the delegates vote as aligned, or the RNC orchestrates a voice vote.
And Santorum's people are talking to Mitten's people if they are serious about wanting to retire Rick's campaign debt.
Without their money guys? Friess (Santorum) and Adelson (Gingrich) are already talking about supporting Romney -- and Adelson met with Mittens in February.
Adelson is not talking about supporting Romney in the primary. I imagine he would support any Republican in the general election. He said in a recent interview he’s met with Romney countless times. He said he’s “like Obama.” He answered his questions as if he’s “voting present” and never gave Adelson a straight answer.
A better question would be to ask Paul Stam -- NC House Majority Leader and the driving force behind Amendment One -- if he has endorsed Gingrich...
Gov Perdue is really disliked in NC, the one who suggested skipping elections this year. Newt is speaking at a tea party rally Saturday in Greensboro.