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Will Newt Gingrich ask Rick Perry to run for vice president?
The State Column ^ | 3-12-2012 | OP/ED

Posted on 03/12/2012 1:49:08 PM PDT by smoothsailing

March 12, 2012

Will Newt Gingrich ask Rick Perry to run for vice president?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is reportedly considering asking Texas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to join him on the campaign trail as a candidate for vice president.

According to Fox News, Gingrich aides are reportedly in talks with Mr. Perry about a potential Gingrich-Perry ticket, which would be announced before the Republican National Convention in August. Both representatives for Mr. Perry and Mr. Gingrich denied the reports, saying no such talks have taken place.

“While there’s certainly a lot of people who are great admirers of Rick Perry on our campaign. whether or not the campaign has gone as far as to reach out to Governor Perry about a possible VP ticket, any sort of talks along those lines would be premature — it would be something more appropriate for later on in the process,” said Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond in a statement.

“Gov. Perry thinks Newt Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama and truly overhaul Washington,” said Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier in a statement. “The speculation is humbling but premature.”

Speculation over a joint Perry-Gingrich ticket comes as polls show Mr. Gingrich trialing his Republican rivals in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The Georgia Republican has struggled to unite his base of support, failing to challenge former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is widely seen as the Republican front-runner.

The joint ticket would likely boost Mr. Gingrich’s appeal among the party’s more conservative base. Campaigning earlier this year, Mr. Perry was widely seen as appealing to voters interested in a candidate with a strong Christian background and experience at the state level. Mr. Perry, the longest serving governor in the history of Texas, often spoke about his faith while campaigning, telling supporters he would seek to use his faith when advocating for certain policies.

Still, the reports of Mr. Perry joining Mr. Gingrich remain little more than speculation. A number of political analysts have suggested that the rumors were little more than an attempt by the Gingrich campaign to boost support ahead of the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, which are slated to take place on Tuesday. Mr. Gingrich needs to win one, if not both, of Tuesday’s contests to remain credible, as the Rick Santorum presidential campaign is already ratcheting up the pressure for Mr. Gingrich to exit the race.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum
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1 posted on 03/12/2012 1:49:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Cart — Horse


2 posted on 03/12/2012 1:51:14 PM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: smoothsailing

I would rather have Sarah Palin as VP!


3 posted on 03/12/2012 1:53:39 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (We have met the enemy and they is us!)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

I would rather have Palin at the TOP...but would settle for VP for now.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 1:58:26 PM PDT by carjic (I've always been taught to respect my elders.... but it's getting harder to find any!)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
I would rather have Sarah Palin as VP!

Not me, I'd rather have Perry as VP and Palin as Pres! :)

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5 posted on 03/12/2012 2:00:26 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Condi and Newt would have been the smartest ticket in history.
6 posted on 03/12/2012 2:01:29 PM PDT by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: deport

Let’s see, 13% national polls, and 4 % national polls. Yep what could go wrong??


7 posted on 03/12/2012 2:05:12 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: smoothsailing

Palin is the obvious choice.


8 posted on 03/12/2012 2:06:41 PM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: do the dhue
I agree that a little more ‘colorful’ GOP ticket would eliminate at least 10% of the ‘you're racist’ crap, Allen West comes to mind and not Condi. 2 Southerners on the same ticket are not good for disillusioned Northern Independents and may be seen as a drawback though. JMHO
9 posted on 03/12/2012 2:13:47 PM PDT by corbe (mystified)
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To: corbe

point made and taken


10 posted on 03/12/2012 2:15:38 PM PDT by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: do the dhue

Pro-choice Condi = Never.


11 posted on 03/12/2012 2:20:33 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: smoothsailing

I was hoping we would get to see Rick Perry in another debate.

Perry vs. Biden will be one for the ages.


12 posted on 03/12/2012 2:22:36 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: corbe

They would do to West what they did to Cain.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 2:23:26 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: onyx

didn’t know that, bummer


14 posted on 03/12/2012 2:27:06 PM PDT by do the dhue (WARNING: this site is not liable for the things I say)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Perry vs. Biden will be one for the ages.

Make it pay-per-view and retire the national debt! :)

15 posted on 03/12/2012 2:27:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Ask Palin, please. Give her the first opportunity.

If Newt can stop Mitt at the convention; a number of people

can be considered.

16 posted on 03/12/2012 2:35:38 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: onyx
No Condi, she has shown her true colors while in the

State Department as well. Condi, not a good idea I agree.

17 posted on 03/12/2012 2:37:58 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: do the dhue

Condi? She is no Conservative. Not even close.


18 posted on 03/12/2012 2:42:03 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it doesn't get any better than that!)
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To: dandiegirl

They would have a much harder time smearing Col. West. Sure they could dig up floozies from anywhere, but they would have to prove the bimbos had some connection to the military, Afghanistan or Iraq. You know how much the left hates joining the service, especially during war time.

Col. West would be perfect.


19 posted on 03/12/2012 2:42:17 PM PDT by Waryone (Mitt Romney, dangerous homosexualist and lying socialist)
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To: smoothsailing

Newt was just on Hannity. He made a few good points.

1. Romney only wind where he outspends his opponents...and he will NOT be able to outspend Obama.

2. If Romney ends up having the most delegates...but not over half, he has not ‘won’ the nomination....and there will be a 60 day period between the last primary, and the convention, to sort it out.

I think what Newt is hinting at is the fact that his and Santorum’s delegates could exceed Romney’s, and deals could be made. Perhaps even a Newt/Santorum ticket....at least that’s the order I’m rootng for.


20 posted on 03/12/2012 2:53:43 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: do the dhue; onyx

My opinion of Condi got worse, after reading Cheney’s book.

And, quite frankly, Condi never performed well in an interview...and probably wouldn’t do well in a debate.

And her esume is a little thin, if you really think about it. As far as I know, she has never held elected office.


21 posted on 03/12/2012 2:58:29 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: smoothsailing

Cool billboard. I sure miss him.


22 posted on 03/12/2012 3:07:45 PM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: lacrew
I think what Newt is hinting at is the fact that his and Santorum’s delegates could exceed Romney’s, and deals could be made.

That is the way it appears to be headed. It will depend on what Santorum is willing to do, because he will probably have more delegates than Gingrich.

23 posted on 03/12/2012 3:19:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Nope.


24 posted on 03/12/2012 4:56:25 PM PDT by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: corbe
2 Southerners on the same ticket are not good for disillusioned Northern Independents and may be seen as a drawback though.

It's not just the two Southerners aspect, it's also the fact that Perry never did well once the race heated up. You need somebody who is going to bring a lot more people to the table. If Perry couldn't fire up enough people to push him through the primaries as a candidate for the GOP nomination, he probably won't be able to do as a VP candidate.

I'm not a big fan of Perry's, but there is room for him within a Gingrich administration. After all, Perry went to China and convinced the Chinese to invest billions of dollars into Texas oilfields, which led to 10s of thousands of new jobs in Texas. Meanwhile Obama is pissing away our energy industry and is not out there drumming up business for a lot of out-of-work folks.
25 posted on 03/13/2012 1:05:39 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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