Palin endorses (Todd, that is)
January 9th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
2 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. @Truth

    I wonder how many net jobs the last republican president created during his term. Obama currently at 2.4 million jobs over the last two years (I figure he is not happy with) and growing. The two biggest economic disasters in the country's history causes by republicans and it took a democrat to correct it. I wonder why that is nothing truth

    January 9, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    this clown's opinion is about as valuable as my dog's. If I were the serial philanderer, i would not be bragging.

    January 9, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Just make it up

    Truth and Nothing but the Truth: Don't worry, our hope and change candidate doesn't need any morons such as yourself making us look bad. We like intellect and honesty, and you have not passed either test. Move on an support Perry... so you all can practice counting to 3.

    January 9, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Chris

    Trending:

    Todd Palin clarifies that he only endorsed Gingrich for the role of GOP mascot, citing Gingrich's close resemblance to Alaska's polar bears.

    January 9, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Sorry, Newt – this carries as much water as a thimble.

    January 9, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    File this one under "who gives a crap?" Moving on...

    January 9, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    This is really precious of the newterman. The only thing he has in common with the she devil's husband is that they have both cheated on their wives. Does he know that this guy was a member nod the AKmindependent party and wanted to secede frommthe Union aka traitor.
    The tea baggers are history. Where has he been. This is almost as bad as being endorsed by that wife of his! Was he in the country in 2008? He does know that she was a big reason why thatnold man lost, right?
    I love the teapublikans. Just when you think they cantnget any more stupid or funny. :)

    January 9, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Nellie Bly

    I don't know about everybody else but I'm holding out on committing to a candidate until the only endorsement that matters is announced - that of the Kardashians! About the same worth as Todd's.

    January 9, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. RGB

    News flash *** Now that Michelle Bachmann has dropped out, John Wayne Gacy poked his head out his grave and also endorsed Newt Gingrich.

    January 9, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Dave

    Being endorsed by Todd Palin is almost as impressive as being endorsed by Pee-Wee Herman. Next...

    January 9, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Roland

    Well then if that's the case, Newt will be thriiled when he get's the coveted endorsement from Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.

    January 9, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. lucy2

    Thank goodness we now finally know! I've been losing sleep, wondering who Todd Palin would endorse. Whew!

    January 9, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Snowmachine superhero endorses Newt ‘Cotton Hill’ Gingrich….
    The world spins off its axis.

    January 9, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Indy

    Trurh and nothing

    Dang I thought you were starting to lean Obamas way LOL ! Theres still time so don't endorse anyone just yet cause your endorsement would actually mean more the Todd Palins.
    I thought the Deputy of Snow Machines would endorse Perry as they both want to secede from the US

    January 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    @Chris. That's an insult polar bears all over the world!!! :)

    January 9, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Mr. Green Jeans

    Wow, an endorsement from Todd Palin! Carries about as much weight as one from Howdy Dowdy.

    January 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Reasonably

    Todd Palin is relevant why?

    January 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. CHUCK

    Who cares what Todd Palin says!! Maybe he can convince Newt to support his movement and succeed Alaska from the U.S. Mr Gingrich you are a joke.

    January 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Yikes!

    "Today in the It's SO NOT news catagory..."

    January 9, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    So, the wacko-fringe snowmobile racer vote has been claimed my a serial adulterer? A team of comedy writers could not come up with this: wait, the GOP is both a tragedy and a comedy, so anything is possible.

    January 9, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    So, the wacko-fringe snowmobile racer vote has been claimed by a serial adulterer? A team of comedy writers could not come up with this: wait, the GOP is both a tragedy and a comedy, so anything is possible.

    January 9, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. mm

    Oh, I needed a good Monday laugh!

    January 9, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. ST

    This couple is too funny. They are trying to see which candidate can invite them to be back on stage and do the campaigning (they love it). They know for sure Romney can't dare!

    January 9, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. v_mag

    I guess there wasn't a grizzly train wreck story today, so CNN had to turn our stomachs with this one.

    January 9, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Well Newt, now this will just shoot you up nearly 0.0000000000000000000001% in the polls! You are on a ROLL!!

    January 9, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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