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Gingrich staying in the race for 'the conservative movement'
HumanEvents ^ | 4-18-12 | Gizzi

Posted on 04/18/2012 5:20:05 PM PDT by VinL

As Republican Party leaders increasingly coalesce behind Mitt Romney as their presumed nominee for President this year, a defiant Newt Gingrich fights on and insists he will continue his own campaign until the GOP national convention in Tampa this summer.

Following a fighting speech and hero’s welcome at the Lancaster County Republican Party dinner Tuesday night -- in which he followed Romney to the speaker’s podium -- the former House speaker spelled out to Human Events just why he remains an active candidate.

“I owe it to the conservative movement to stay in the race,” Gingrich told us, emphasizing that it was important that Romney face competition “from a conservative in the Reagan mold.” Before we spoke, top aides to Gingrich said that he felt strongly that by competing with Romney up to the convention, he would reduce the chances that Romney would back away from a conservative campaign or party platform.

Gingrich noted that he is fielding a full slate of delegates in the Pennsylvania primary April 24 and that his national campaign chairman (former Rep. Bob Walker) is running for national convention delegate from Lancaster County. And, he added, “we’re competing in primaries in Delaware the same day, in West Virginia and North Carolina in May. And we’ll compete in Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas later that month.”

Has Gingrich spoken to Rick Santorum, who has suspended his own campaign -- and who was conspicuous by his last-minute cancellation from the dinner here at the Lancaster Convention Center?

“We spoke on Friday at the NRA [National Rifle Association] convention last Friday,” Gingrich told us, “and we’ve swapped a few [email] messages. Look, he’s got to deal with his [campaign] debt and he’s got his family situation [the illness of 3-year-old daughter Bella that Santorum cited as a reason for exiting the race].”

As to whether Santorum might possibly endorse former rival Gingrich, the former speaker said: “I have no idea. But we’ll keep talking.”

There were strong signs throughout the evening that while the Harrisburg-born Gingrich may have lost the nomination race, he had still won the hearts of the party. Whether his remarks were denunciations of “Obama’s left-wing socialist agenda” and his own vow as President “never to bow to a Saudi king,” Gingrich was cheered strongly. Hale Womble, second-grader at St. Leo the Great school and son of delegate candidate Ann Womble, told us after Gingrich’s remarks: “I was counting. Mr. Romney was applauded four times, but Mr. Gingrich was applauded 12 different times.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gingrich; newt2012; pa2012
A good line of reasoning for Newt, because we all know, once Newt is out- Romney-Rinos will sprint left to a point just one degree to the right of P. Obama.

Keep 'em honest Newt- and wait for the inevitable Romney gaffe.

I'm in, til Newt's out.

1 posted on 04/18/2012 5:20:14 PM PDT by VinL
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To: VinL

2 posted on 04/18/2012 5:21:18 PM PDT by CodeToad (If it ain't Newt, we're screwt !)
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To: VinL; All
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3 posted on 04/18/2012 5:22:02 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (The Margin of GOP victory MUST exceed the margin of Democrat election theft!)
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To: CodeToad

Good post.

Brings up the question, are the people who think Mitt Romney is a good choice to be the Republican nominee smarter than a second-grader?


4 posted on 04/18/2012 5:27:12 PM PDT by ngat
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To: VinL

Good post.

Brings up the question, are the people who think Mitt Romney is a good choice to be the Republican nominee smarter than a second-grader?


5 posted on 04/18/2012 5:28:48 PM PDT by ngat
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To: VinL

Me too! I think Newt’s our only hope of getting to a convention that might at least give us another choice. I’d like it to be Gingrich, but just about anybody would be better than Romney...well, any real fiscal and political (and not just social) conservative, at least...

I read an article today that said most Americans find Obama “likeable,” which completely baffles me. However, many of them find Romney “unlikeable,” which is not surprising at all. The “likeable” candidate usually wins.

I think Gingrich is quite likeable, particularly among young people. So we should think about that...


6 posted on 04/18/2012 5:33:27 PM PDT by livius
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To: VinL

Thank you Newt... there are a few of us left that appreciate you and your effort to save America.

LLS


7 posted on 04/18/2012 5:37:12 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Pray hard and often!)
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To: VinL

We need Newt to keep talking about the battle of visions. Romney won’t do it. Have you heard one peep about energy out of Romney? I haven’t. Do you know why? Romney has radical gas taxers (Greg Mankiw) and cap n traders as advisers.

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/03/07/romneys-pending-sell-out-on-gl (page 3)


8 posted on 04/18/2012 5:38:32 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: VinL

I live in a closed primary state and as soon as I vote for Newt next week, I’m changing my party affiliation from Republican to Independent.


9 posted on 04/18/2012 5:43:53 PM PDT by Lilyjuslan
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To: Lilyjuslan

Been “unaffiliated” all my voting life. Welcome to the club.


10 posted on 04/18/2012 5:48:16 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Don’t kid yourselves. Newt’s staying in for the cash.


11 posted on 04/18/2012 5:49:04 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Keep punching, trapped.


12 posted on 04/18/2012 5:49:04 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Is this our new version of Alan Keyes?


13 posted on 04/18/2012 5:50:07 PM PDT by joesbucks
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To: Lilyjuslan

I’m with you.

I’m a great grandma, life long Republican - but should Rombot officially become the candidate - that is the day I will renounce the GOP and become an Independent.

until that day - I’m with NEWT


14 posted on 04/18/2012 5:53:27 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: AmusedBystander
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Yeah ... Newt's in it for the cash ... including the $ 4.5 million that his campaign is in debt for ... "moron" ...



In my house and castle ... Romney-Dogs like yourself get strapped to the top of a Saturn C5 booster ...

and sent on their way to Planet Kolob ...



It'll be so good to see the expressions on the faces of folks like yourself, George and Jeb Bush (et al) ...

when Newt and Sarah Palin win the GOP nomination in Tampa ...


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15 posted on 04/18/2012 5:54:43 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: AmusedBystander

Newt’s staying in for the cash.

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Uh-huh. And what are Romney-rinos in it for?


16 posted on 04/18/2012 5:54:58 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: maine-iac7

Hey m-7— they posted that link to Newt’s speech last night. Did you get it?


17 posted on 04/18/2012 5:56:45 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Yeah ... Newt's in it for the cash ... including the $ 4.5 million that his campaign is in debt for ... "moron" ...

No worries moron, Mitt will help him pay it off for his endorsement, which he will get.

18 posted on 04/18/2012 6:00:18 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: VinL

The ONLY reason I’m affiliated is b/c I live in a closed primary state.


19 posted on 04/18/2012 6:02:40 PM PDT by Lilyjuslan
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To: VinL

Newt and Palin!

Or Newt and Santorum!


20 posted on 04/18/2012 6:08:59 PM PDT by OlagJohnson
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To: AmusedBystander

Do you think Newt will settle just for paying for Callista book tour. You know the guy in the elephant suit can get quite expensive, plus the private jets are not cheap either.


21 posted on 04/18/2012 6:35:53 PM PDT by gusty
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To: Patton@Bastogne
when Newt and Sarah Palin win the GOP nomination in Tampa ...

You can't possibly be serious.

22 posted on 04/18/2012 6:53:59 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: AmusedBystander
Newt’s staying in for the cash.

I don't believe that, and I thanked him tonight, in person, for getting & staying in the race. He was making big money before this run, raking it in with every speech & a steady gig on Fox. Now he is persona non gratta there & in debt.

Yea he's got an ego. Everyone does. But he's no more in it for the cash than Reagan was.

23 posted on 04/18/2012 7:09:44 PM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: VinL

Agreed. Stay in Newt!! I’d rather want a chance at voting for you than dipstick Romney.


24 posted on 04/18/2012 7:23:28 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: CodeToad

Bookmark until coffee time when I cab find wallet.


25 posted on 04/18/2012 7:31:39 PM PDT by mcshot (Friends of A. Breitbart concerned by removal of US flags near the Presidential podium.)
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To: VinL
Newt is our last hope to take out romney. I never did hear if the fight to split Florida delegates was approved. To bad people don't know the cheating that romney and the GOP were involved in. I continue to tell everyone I know, DON”T vote for romney, he's lying, cheating and buying this nomination. It's not over.
26 posted on 04/18/2012 7:34:34 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: VinL

Great!

A Newt/Sarah or Rick ticket works.


27 posted on 04/18/2012 8:03:19 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I'm with Sarah- Anybody but Obama, because it's not always about me.)
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To: VinL

I caught it on this site that posts most campaign speehes not long afte the event - a handy site - although they have certainly gon lopsided for the Robot as of late

http://electad.com/


28 posted on 04/18/2012 9:10:58 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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