(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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You know now that I think about it, I am for once going to give the Palin's some credit. I'm glad to see Todd endorsing someone he actually wants instead of ANYONE who can beat Obama. Score 1 for Todd Palin.
Why does CNN even consider this newsworthy. An Alaskan snowmobiler who thought his wife should be Vice President. Don't care about the Palins, Trump or anyone else like them. This election is a joke. Who is Joe the Plumber going to endorse?
I guess that means Newt in the next president, right?
This endorsement means alot from a guy with no career, no education, a DWI conviction, and who was part of a group that wanted Alaska to succeed.
Who give a care who this guy endorses! Can Todd Palin even read?
Waiting on pins and needles for Bristol's pick myself. Or Willow's.
who cares, what has todd done for the people, please stop publishing the weak endorsements, i don't approve any gop canidates, how many votes can he cast, maybe he will influence his immediate family, newt must have promised him shopping spree
Boy these folks think their opinions really matter. Disney's Fantasyland's got nothing on these brain frozen yokels.
Wow...slow news day, who gives a dang about a Palin troll?
Who's Todd ????? Newt I be expecting to see you ending campaign next !! :) sucker
This is nothing more than Sarah's desperate attempt to reset her 15-minutes-of-fame clock, again. When she finally "endorses" someone, it'll get her about 3 or 4 days attention. If Todd does this, it only calls attention to the fact that she hasn't endorsed anyone yet. Why would she, if she can get attention for another week, without saying anything. Now everyone gets hopped up about who Caribou Barbie will endorse, and buzzes about that for another little while. Good job, Todd. Now be a good boy and go back outside and, oh, I dunno...go kill something.
That and 4.00 will get you a vente latte at starbucks
Todd Palin's big endorsement? Talk about an oxymoron–and a true moron, at that.
Irrelevant? You betcha!
Who cares? This is a waste of space and I can't believe you would even report this! The Palins are not relevant and are desperately trying to get another reality show since nobody in that family has a real job.
Tell me again, why this man MATTERS??
What is his qualification or office that he has hold to make a difference in other people's lives??
I still keeps wondering, why the media gives these people the microphone to speak
Newt, you were cooked long time ago, when you lead the prosecution of then President Clinton for infidelity while you were doing the same exact thing. What do we call that?? The biggest HYPOCRITE they ever existed
Getting a political endorsement from Todd Palin is like getting one from Bugs Bunny. Funny!
I'm confused, is there someone who cares??
By what measure is THIS news?! Exactly HOW is TODD Palin a factor in politics? Does this mean that Gingrich has the backing of Secessionists?
Hey this guy was almost the "Frist Dude"! Show some respect. Honestly the Palins are just another circus side show of the Republican party. Honestly where do they find these wingnuts? Snowmobiles is this guys only area of knowledge. Time for Todd to go away along with the rest of the Palin freak show.
Too Funny ! Todd Palin's endorsement? Gee, what does Snooki think ? LOL
How cool if next Sarah endorsed Ron Paul?
Well,Newt can kiss the rest of his campaign good-bye.If this yokel's endorsement is big news for Newt,it just shows you how desperate his quest has become.I hear the next big news will be the Marlboro moose endorsing Rick Perry.
Wow an endorsement from a country bumpkin snow mobile racer. SCORE
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