Skip to comments.Gingrich staying in the race for 'the conservative movement'
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 heros welcome at the Lancaster County Republican Party dinner Tuesday night -- in which he followed Romney to the speakers 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, were competing in primaries in Delaware the same day, in West Virginia and North Carolina in May. And well 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 weve swapped a few [email] messages. Look, hes got to deal with his [campaign] debt and hes 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 well 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 Obamas 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 Gingrichs remarks: I was counting. Mr. Romney was applauded four times, but Mr. Gingrich was applauded 12 different times.
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.
You can't possibly be serious.
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.
Agreed. Stay in Newt!! I’d rather want a chance at voting for you than dipstick Romney.
Bookmark until coffee time when I cab find wallet.
A Newt/Sarah or Rick ticket works.
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
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