(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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Hey Truth and Nothing But the Truth
You sound like every fox news channel on TV
You are still pondering your endorsement and will announce it in the near future?.Well good for you
You've already ruled out Mr. Hopey-Changey. because No jobs, no change, no hope?
No change- republicans voting no on everything for the last 4 years
No Hope– that's what you will get if you listen to Fox
no endorsement? good for you, I will not sleep good tonight worrying about who you want
Thank God! The worst candidate for higher office in history's husband is endorsing me! Now it's a lock!
Newt some things you just keep to yourself, indeed this is one of them.
STOP EMBRASSING YOUR SELF
Wow CNN, thanks for some Monday morning laughs. A totally irrelevant piece of reporting.
If Newt didn't get a deferment, how did he get out of going to Vietnam?
1.) First, being endorsed by Todd Palin is a huge set back for Gingrich. He did faked is appreciation well.
2.) Second, endrosments have never really meant anything to any but the most gullible in our population. But, now its official, the truly mean nothing.
HEY! do something useful Sarah and Todd-help the citizens in Cordova shovel out.
I voted for Bo on American Idol. isnt that more important?
May Gingrich will pick Sarah to run as his VP?
Wow. And who is Jerry Springer endorsing?
Like anyone cares!
I was going to vote for Obama, but now that Todd Palin is supporting Gingrich I am having second thoughts........Actually, what I am having second thoughts about is ever reading CNN on line again. Is this the best you got????
Hey–you want to know who I'm endorsing?
I guess this means that TODD PALIN IS NOW 'FAIR GAME' FOR CRITICISM AND ATTACK!?! After all, he has chosen to put himself out in the spotlight, which is The Test according to his brilliant genius wife.
What's taking his wifey Palin so long? Shouldn't she have already made up her mind and been on the road campaigning for her favorite tea partier? Doesn't she know that Romney os getting closer to wrapping it up?? She must not really care.
Wow to be endorsed by the husband of a has been... he's moving up...
Thank you for voted Bo on American Idol. I rather see Bo does his tricks :)
Oh gee......I'll be sure to let that influence my vote......NOT!!!!
That like dumb backing dumber. This should put a end to Newt Gingrich. But One Crook should know the other.
awww... so sweet!
Personally, I'm losing my patience waiting on Joe the Plumbers endorsement.
This is cracking me up! As soon as I stop laughing at the ridiculousness of a Todd Palin endorsement, I'll try to make sense of why this is considered political news any more than if my neighbor tells me he is going to "endorse" some candidate.
Despert republican House Party: Who is sarah endorsing?
Now there is someone eminently qualified to endorse someone. Look at all the political experience he got by palling around with terrorists, er ah, I mean, his wife Sarah.