Palin endorses (Todd, that is)
January 9th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin endorses (Todd, that is)

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich announced Monday he received the backing of Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

At an early afternoon Rotary Club meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, Gingrich said he just learned of the developments.

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"About 20 minutes ago I got a very nice phone call from Todd Palin, Sarah's husband, and he indicated he was going to endorse me today," Gingrich said.

The 2012 GOP hopeful later sent out a message on his Twitter account, saying, "Honored to be endorsed by Todd Palin. President Obama has failed. We need a Bold Reagan Conservative in the WH."

Gingrich's message linked to an article on the website of ABC News, which first reported Todd Palin's endorsement.

In a statement released by Gingrich's campaign, Palin touted the candidate's leadership skills.

"Newt Gingrich is a true leader, which he has proven not only since the beginning of his campaign, but throughout his career," Palin wrote. "Just like Sarah, Newt has faced many successes and challenges. Despite his consultants leaving him last summer, Newt is still standing because of his ideas and his success in the debates – not by spending millions of dollars in campaign ads."

Todd Palin, often referred to as the "First Dude" by his wife when she was serving as Alaska's governor, has long served as one of Sarah Palin's closest political advisers.

Sarah Palin has yet to publicly endorse a candidate.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Todd Palin
soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Aw, the Palins still think they matter. How cute.

    January 9, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Russ

    Let's see, who would give a rats behind that they were endorsed by a nobody? Todd Palin, come on. He has no political power, no followers except some wolves trying to stay out of him and Sarah's way. What a worthless endorsement, not that most of them mean anything anyway. What a waste of story space.

    January 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Jake

    Wow! Romney wins Christine O'Donnell, and Newt wins Todd Palin! Who wins? the rest of the GOP field!

    January 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    It was so nice when she and her circus sideshow family were gone ...

    January 9, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |

    An endorsement from a person who wants to secede from the union is not one I'd be honored to accept.

    January 9, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |

    Wow, now there's something to proud of, endorsed by Todd Palin, husband of half Gov. Palin....NOT. I can't believe that the Newtster is telling people about this non-issue from a nobody.

    January 9, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    @Jake – Wrong – The Democrats win.

    January 9, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I'm still pondering my endorsement and will announce it in the near future. I've already ruled out Mr. Hopey-Changey. No jobs, no change, no hope, no endorsement.

    January 9, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Me in MN

    Woo hoo! Gingrich has locked up the mimbo vote for sure with this endorsement.

    January 9, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. ST

    Go Todd/Sarah go! Show people that you have power! Show them you are true conservatives and you stand tall on what you believe, no matter what!

    January 9, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Irma in north Carolina

    Wow they had to stick their noise into the news again.

    January 9, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Gurgi

    I don't think it really matters who Tod Palin endorses. Just being realistic.

    January 9, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. applepious1

    This is the guy who belonged to a group that wanted to get Alaska to break off from America and become its own nation, how extremely patriotic.

    January 9, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Spare me, please. I'm referring to the Palin's and their never ending drama.

    January 9, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. wgf

    He has my sympathy.

    January 9, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. diridi

    This is as good as I endorse Rick Perry.............ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!.................

    January 9, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Good to see Todd Palin is getting back out there in the public. Most guys would never show their faces again after the whole world learned his wife hooked up with an NBA star just before they married. But Todd ain't like that.

    January 9, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Innkahoots

    Todd Palin, one of Sarah's closest political advisers. Well that worked well last time, didn't it? Wounder who Sarah will give the kiss of death too this time.

    January 9, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. autobots

    Well, that just sealed the deal for me – if Tawd thinks Newty is the bees' knees, then I'm a voting for him!

    Um, no, not really....

    January 9, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Penobscot

    Romney gets Christie, Haley, and McCain, and Gingrich gets Palin, Todd that is. Gingrich is a loser.

    January 9, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. JDinTexas

    My dog endorsed the Newt yesterday. But then my dog is a corrupt womanizer.

    January 9, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. diridi

    @GI Joe, you are 100000000 percent right. Two cats fight-dog wins the bread....ha..ha...ha...

    January 9, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. petena

    This means as much as my husband enodorsing me. What a laugh.

    January 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |

    WOOHOO, HOW TODD CAN BRING VOTES TO NEWT THE NUTS CAMPAIGN! I have been so glad not to see or hear the Palin's in the media, but noo, CNN YOU JUST CAN'T HELP YOURSELF. PLEASE ASK YOURSELVES WHAT IS RELEVENCE HERE, the Palin's really don't matter and no one cares about their endorsement, just like The bruth & Nothing But, who cares who he is endorsing.

    January 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Chris

    In related news:: Area man endorses his cat for president.

    January 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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