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. Al

    You're kidding, right? Right?

    January 9, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Gordon

    If I was Newt I'd keep that endorsement a secret.

    January 9, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. James Ruston

    One more reason for voting for someone else.

    January 9, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Jason

    Now this is what you call a kiss of death.

    January 9, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Madtown

    Todd's endorsement? Great! That matters about as much as Homer Simpson's endorsement!

    January 9, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Pat

    Talk about the kiss of death...................

    January 9, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Todd must have written a book.

    January 9, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. RickD


    Is this suppose to be a joke?

    January 9, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Mark C

    One more reason not to vote for Newt, as if another was needed.

    January 9, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. bajadelmar

    Todd and Sarah who???

    January 9, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Kenny

    Why would I care about what the husband of a completely unqualified politician has to say? This actually seems like a negative for Newt Gingrich in my book.

    January 9, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. CBR

    Wow! Does that help or hinder Mr. Gingrich?

    January 9, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Bozzz

    Great news, Newt, you got yourself a really top notch endorsement. Because Todd Palin is such a powerful figure on the political scene.

    January 9, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. A. Wolf

    Todd Palin is a big endorsement? For doing what? Being married to a half-term governor of the Great White Northwest?

    January 9, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. Jason

    Stop it. We all know Todd plain is not old enough to vote.

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 9, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. mildredonline

    Who cares????!!!!

    January 9, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Wylie-Mike

    Is Gingrich sure he wasn't punked?

    January 9, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Just one more reason not to vote for Newt.

    January 9, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Donaldbain

    The kiss of death for Gingrich.

    January 9, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Nancy

    And I should care what he thinks BECAUSE?????????????

    January 9, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. A Southern Lady

    Who in this world cares about what Todd thinks???

    January 9, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I'm sure this has been said perhaps several times already but I'll say it again...WHO CARES?????

    January 9, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Erin

    Well, considering he wasn't a republican a decade ago, and seems to be a fan of Succession from the United States.. i'm surprised he didn't endorse Perry or Ron Paul – I mean.. that would align more with his Ideology. But, this really isn't about Ideology, is it? No – it's about Cash, thinking the Palin's still matter in the Political Sphere, and hoping that Newt wins the Primary so his wife can have a 2% chance of getting a VP Nod so they are relevant again. But, Newt's not as dumb as McCain.. he won't make the same mistake twice.

    January 9, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Oldie in TampaBay

    And THAT is important because?

    January 9, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Patricksday

    Oh that will really help Newt claw his way back to the top. They are all so sad and boring.

    January 9, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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