Skip to comments.Gingrich to exit without endorsing Romney
Posted on 05/02/2012 7:13:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Newt Gingrich exits the race today, nearly two months after winning his last state in the nomination chase. According to CNN, Gingrich won't formally endorse Mitt Romney on his way out as some had expected, but will wait for a couple of weeks instead. He will offer "support" for the Republican nominee:
Newt Gingrich will briefly mention presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and signal support for his candidacy when the former House speaker suspends his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Wednesday, Gingrich's spokesman R.C. Hammond said. …
Gingrich, in his remarks Wednesday, will discuss Romney in the context of "how we need to help defeat Barack Obama and the need to help (House Speaker John) Boehner" maintain Republican control of the House of Representatives, Hammond said.
Hammond says that Gingrich’s endorsement will come as “no surprise,” but it will come later in the month. The two camps are negotiating a joint appearance, most likely hinging on Romney’s efforts to help retire Gingrich’s campaign debt. Gingrich was $4.5 million in the hole at the end of March, and is almost certainly worse off now. He will need a lot of help from Romney and his backers to get out of the deep well of red ink in which his campaign has sunk.
Rick Santorum, on the other hand, says he doesn’t need help in retiring a much smaller debt, under $1 million according to campaign sources. He meets with Romney on Friday, and the Associated Press reports that Santorum wants some assurances on policy before issuing his formal endorsement:
Romney has changed his position on bedrock issues such as abortion and gay rights. He supported the 2008 Wall Street bailout that angered conservatives and paved the way for the rise of the tea party. And he signed a health care overhaul as governor that provided the groundwork for Democrats’ national law that requires all Americans to buy insurance or face a fine. Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts required health care coverage.
That’s the primary issue Santorum plans to discuss Friday when he meets privately with Romney.
“We want to make sure he doesn’t replace it with any kind of mandate,” Santorum adviser Hogan Gidley said. He added, “Rick just wants to have a candid, open conversation about making sure the folks in the 11 states that voted for him, and the conservative movement, have a voice in the Romney campaign.”
Advisers caution that an endorsement or a public appearance for that matter is unlikely to immediately follow Santorum’s private meeting with Romney.
Santorum has, like Gingrich, already stated publicly that he will support the Republican nominee, but has come short of a formal endorsement. Both men need to hold onto that step as the only value they have to trade for concessions.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign salutes Gingrich on the way out by playing his greatest hits — against Romney:
A bloody Republican primary campaign left lots of footage of insults lying around.
In a new online advertisement, President Barack Obamas re-election campaign strings together some of Newt Gingrichs criticism of Mitt Romney that Iowans heard earlier in the season when both Republicans were angling to be the GOP nominee.
Gingrich is expected to quit the race today and endorse Romney, but the Obama web video questions what exactly Gingrich likes about Romney.
The ad, set to dramatic piano music, shows footage of Gingrich making comments such as Why should we expect him to level with us about anything if hes president? In a clip from a debate, Gingrich says Romneys investment firm, Bain Capital, sometimes looted companies and left behind thousands of unemployed workers.
There is no small amount of irony in Team Obama’s inclusion in this ad of Gingrich’s whining over negative campaigning. They just got done claiming that Romney — who gets painted as a ruthless executive in this ad — would somehow be ruth-filled as a Commander in Chief when it came time to kill an Osama bin Laden. Now they want to echo Gingrich’s “We can’t elect a big meany” argument? Er … good luck with that.
Gingrich has more character than I thought.
So Newt's endorsement will come only after Mitt pulls out his checkbook?
If you are wondering why Newt is acting so strange about his exit from the race, it is all about money. He is angling to get Romney to help retire his campaign debt. I always thought that Newt’s entry into this race was all about money and never about winning.
Yeah, It's all about "character" all right!
I only recently found out Newt went on a Mediterranean cruise when he should have been hitting the ground kissing babies. I guess I wanted Newt to be president more than he did.
Gingrich, you da man!
Gingrich won’t endorse.
Santorum hasn’t endorsed.
What could THAT mean? hehehe
The only difference between the bastard and Willard is that one is half white and the other is white...or, one is half Kenyan and the other is half Mexican.
Negotiating a joint appearance probably means if Romney pays off a lot of his debt he will get the appearance. LOL
Character??? oh yeah.. he is full of that...
I am truley shocked anyone gave money to that turd.. they deserve to lose it...
all he wants is $$$
************************************************ Newt Gingrich to endorse Mitt Romney Hard-won respect is declared. by John Hayward 05/01/2012 In an interview with USA Today, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that he will endorse former rival Mitt Romney after he formally suspends his own candidacy, and will actively campaign for Romney. Gingrich also said Romney would help him retire his campaign debt. There had been some speculation that Gingrich might hesitate to endorse Romney, given the often bitter tone of the campaign. However, Gingrich offered Romney some hard-won respect in his USA Today interview: "Mitt Romney met the first criteria of being a good candidate: He won," Gingrich said...... The formal conclusion of the Gingrich campaign is scheduled for Wednesday, while his formal endorsement of Mitt Romney will come at a joint appearance within the next few weeks. ********************************* http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=51228
Two things. Newt will not endorse until after Romney crosses the 1,144 threshold, which will probably occur on the night of the Texas Primary.
In addition, Newt is a smart pol and he will see if Romney will help him out on his debt in order to get that endorsement, figuring it will be cheaper to get the endorsement and the positive momentum from it, then spend extra money in ads to make up for not having it.
I expect the same type of thing is going on with Santorum.
Here is the rest of the story:
We want to make sure he doesnt replace it with any kind of mandate, Santorum adviser Hogan Gidley said. He added, Rick just wants to have a candid, open conversation about making sure the folks in the 11 states that voted for him, and the conservative movement, have a voice in the Romney campaign.
Good luck with any of that...
With Willie mitty there are no assurances...
amd the Conservative “movement” neednt expect to have muxh of a “voice in the Romney campaign.
Willie has no time for Conservatism...
Gingrich exits and hardly anyone notices.
No big news reports or headlines.
Santorum’s and Cain’s exits drew more attention.
[Newt, you hung on too long. Most knew the inevitable after your FL debacle.]
...and Cain did, and Perry did, and Santorum did.
Clearly opinions vary.
I do not like a lot of what Ayn Rand stood for, but I did like a lot of it very much.
Newt is the only one that I am aware of that has not prostituted himself at the alter of “any Republican”. I respect that. Other things, less so.
Then again, I used to think all divorced people were second class citizens until it happened to me, out of the blue and without cause. It gave me some perspective.
It’s one of those “judge not, lest you be judged” things.
“So Newt’s endorsement will come only after Mitt pulls out his checkbook?”
Hey now, he needs that $$$ so he can retire to his moon condo...haha...what a weasel!