Skip to comments.Gingrich exits presidential race; vows to help Romney
Posted on 05/02/2012 2:08:34 PM PDT by South40
Newt Gingrich, the colorful former House speaker and fiery partisan, formally exited the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and vowed to help Mitt Romney's bid to defeat President Barack Obama. Ending a campaign that seesawed between implosion and frontrunner and back again, Gingrich threw his support to his one-time rival as expected and promised his supporters he would continue to push conservative ideas. Gingrich bowed out of the race more than $4 million in debt and his reputation perhaps damaged.
"Today, I am suspending the campaign. But suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship," Gingrich told a hotel ballroom in suburban Washington.
"We are now going to put down the role of candidate and candidate's spouse and take back the role of active citizens," he said, adding he would continue to promote conservative ideas on college campuses, as well as through newsletters and films.
He also urged conservatives to rally behind Romney as a better alternative than Obama.
"This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history," Gingrich said.
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I guess I have the same plan as I did with Dole vs. Clinton and McCain vs. Obama.
I voted for the most libertarian (small "L") candidate I could find and was proud of it. Too late to launch a 3rd-party candidate and too late to continue to put up with the machinations of the establishment Republicans.
Not too late to vote against both the current officeholder and the "loyal opposition" Republicans who created this conundrum.
[T]here are two choices, but the choice is not between the respective nominees. The real choice is between giving ones grudging (or groveling) support to the corrupt and suppressive ruling class, or RESISTING TYRANNY. There is no other real choice.
" No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. "
He talked about how conservatives aren't going to sit back and take it anymore. He talked about the long-range vision and strategy of the liberals; he talked about how the Democrat party was not our folks' Democrat party, that it had become much different. He talked about what Obama is, what he represents in accomplishment for that twisted party.
This is a FACT: Romney has a documented record to illustrate his political expansion of the same leftist guiding principles as Obama and crew, on FIVE major issues: global warming cap-and-trade regulation, government-run health care, on-demand abortion, appointment of liberal activist judges to rationalize illegal "law," and the forcing of the homosexual agenda on Americans and their military, the military where their kids may serve someday.
Romney most certainly bastardizes the Republican party as Obama and his ilk have bastardized the Democrat party of our parents' generation.
Every argument to vote for Romney is built on the rattling and shaking of big bigga-boos, and the making of loud noises to frighten voters into voting FOR a guy who is a walking example of the liberal Republican who betrays all the reasons we vote Republican in the first place.
All you folks who think Romney would offer a chance -- take the time to look at him closely. You think of him as a feather that blows in the wind. God forbid he wins, you will think of him as an iron fist in the most velvety Republican glove. You understand how easily progressivism and its tyranny fits Romney philosophically. If you've been paying attention to Romney's tactics and circle for the past five years, you perceive that he's ruthless and arrogant. He regards those who doubt him as child-like, children, beneath him. That is how he regards me and you, and you had better understan that is is how he would regard fellow Republicans who are conservatives: as backward children.
Breitbart pretty much falls flat when it comes to explaining how a people who "aren't going to take it anymore" should voluntarily, passionately, angrily, vote FOR a guy who's actively been on the wrong side for all of his political career.
This isn't a vote against the Democrat. It's so ironic because Breitbart knows the enemy: it is liberalism. Romney is a liberal. That he happens to be Republican is Part II of the 2008 primary; we all know how he got there. Breitbart is advocating Einstein's Defenition of Insanity.
I don't like it any better than you do, D-fendr, but just because I don't like it doesn't mean it isn't the truth. Voting for Romney is as nuts as voting for Obama; it's gotten to the point where voting Republican requires me to vote against my own self-interest morally and fiscally.
Common sense MUST prevail. People make stupid choices when they're panicked and scared, and panic and fear are THE ONLY marketing tools of Romney. PAY ATTENTION.
Thanks very much for your reply.
I agree with Breitbart on how critical it is to remove this regime and how we must do so - the last couple of minutes of the video. I agree with Newt on this also, and Mark Levine and Rush also.
Yes, this is an appeal to authority, but it’s what I agree with also.
I most certainly understand your feelings and views, but I think the stakes are too high now. The primary mission in this campaign is to remove the regime from power.
Again, thank you for your courteous and thoughtful reply.
I'm disappointed in them. I fully expect to be disappointed in Palin when/if she gets on the pro-Romney ABO bandwagon.
The very reason that people have to be panicked and frightened into voting for Romney, reveals their native common sense. You damned right folks like you and others here who agree with Breitbart, bridle and acknowledge Romney's flaws. You feel you have no other choice, though all your instincts rebel. COMMON SENSE is telling you that voting for a liberal is voting stupid. Fear is squelching common sense among Republicans and conservatives.
Newt was wrong on Scozzafava -- and he's wrong in the same way now. As Doughty One put it, Romney is "a bridge too far." See my homepage if you think finding myself in the position of parting ways with Newt, Levin, and Rush is unfamiliar. Peer pressure -- and that's what it is -- is peer pressure, that's all.
We disagree even though we have the same goals for the republic.
I’ve said before this argument can be simplified to two sides: One thinks the other underestimates how bad Obama will be; one thinks the other side underestimates how bad Romney will be.
One think Romney is a bridge too far; the other thinks the stakes are too high not to remove this regime from power.
Thanks very much for your discussion.
Well, I'm not going to sit through the video of an entire speech just to get the point of your response - whatever it was.
Oh, for crying out loud. Don’t post a link to a transcript of someone else’s speech. Just post your own viewpoint.
1 ) Posting certain viewpoints is verboten here.
2) If yo’ve never heard Andrew Breitart’s speech, it’s worth the time.
Nothing that Andrew Breitbart ever uttered is verboten here. If you agree with him, then just spill it. What's your view?
FR has made it VERY clear that we are not to support Romney - even if that means Obama is reelected.
It will be interesting to see how things unfold over the coming months. If the forum is NOT going to back the Republican candidate then what is their left to talk about?
Is Newt going to ‘help’ him or ‘steer’ him...mittens needs a bunch of steering.
Mittens must win - then we’ll ‘Tea Party’ his azz
“So what would it take to make a viable, third party, Tea Party run? “
So, you are hoping to let Obama win with 43% of the vote this year, just like Clinton won in 1992?
And the benefit of letting Obama win this way is ..... ?????
A very small contingent of Freepers would rather see 0bama for 4 more years instead of Romney.
No matter how they bury their heads in the sand and shout, stick their fingers in their ears, and shout, “nah, nah, nah, I can’t hear you.”
It will be either Romney or 0bama.
As of right now that is the choice. One or the other.
Romney will allow conservatives the chance to fight another day?
0bama? Forget it.