Palin endorses (Todd, that is)
January 9th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
3 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. Harry Baxter

    Seriously, is Newt so pitiful that he feels an endorsement from TODD PALIN is enough to get him back in the game? Santorum flew all the way to South Carolina to get an endorsement from Gary Bauer, the short, popeyed religious nut, and now this? My endorsement is now for sale. It would carry as much weight as these two guy's endorsements.

    January 9, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. bob

    Despert republican House Party: Will accept anything @ this point...........Who is sarah endorsing?

    January 9, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. The Anti-Redneck

    Fascinating stuff. Shall we comb the trailer parks and find out who the rest of America's white trash is endorsing in the Republican primaries?

    January 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Jack Benimble

    And I endorse ... (drum roll) ... Donald Duck!!! What?!?!?! No press coverage? I'm shocked!

    January 9, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Nick

    This really is not news.

    January 9, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Old Artillery Man

    Todd endorsed Gingrich and Gingrich brags about it in public. Who is the biggest fool?

    January 9, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Joanie

    Oh goodie....one idiot backing another idiot.....Hey Todd, do you really thing America cares what you think...get a life.

    January 9, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. skyjmpr

    Todd Palin is endorsing Newt? OMG! Now I HAVE to jump on the Gingrich bandwagon for sure. After all, anyone who receives the thumbs up from someone as well read, astute, articulate and clearly intelligent as Todd Palin is CLEARLY the person for the job.

    Talk about the penultimate 'Who cares?' moment. Of course, the ultimate and definitive word will be bestowed by HRH herself, once she figures out how to spell their name.

    January 9, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Benny

    If I'd were Newt, I'd be embarrased to make such an announcement... I'd just keep that on the down low.

    January 9, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Arvind

    Very smart of CNN to post this article. They knew people were going to click this one just to sound-off on how ridiculous this endorsement is!

    January 9, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. FDA

    And Todd matters why? Maybe it's his relationship with Joe the plumber. Come on CNN!

    January 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. ThsIsNotReal

    Who cares? Haha. Todd is not a politician. Why doesn't the wife of Ed Rendell (former Gov of PA) make an endorsement??? That would be the same idea...

    January 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Todd Palin

    Todd who?

    January 9, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. John

    Now i know that Newt will not win. Palin is just plain stupid

    January 9, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. DanO

    Newt put out a press release on this. Note: His staff is hyping this irrelevant endorsement!! Just let it pass in the night, Newt. His lack of silence on this useless endorsement smacks of total desperation. So sad.

    January 9, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Al

    WOW...The queen of sleaze's husband announces support for the king of sleaze. I bet they're both promoting a new book or something.....

    January 9, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Ben in MO

    It's adorable that the Palins think they're still a thing in the political circles.

    January 9, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Rick 7809

    Do you people really think the public cares about this? CNN sometimes you are just as bad as Faux News.

    January 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. SoSad

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha reps make me laugh!

    January 9, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. jamison

    I miss Sarah and family. Haven't heard any real funny jokes on Leno lately.

    January 9, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Dan

    I'm absolutely positive my Labrador retriever just endorsed one of the GOP candidates. He was trying to pass a T Bone that was breach. Between the howling and yipping it sounded like Santorum. Now this is a dogfight between credible endorsers and credible candidates.

    January 9, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Sorry Newt

    I would not have know how to cast my vote were it not for this late breaking endorsement.

    January 9, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Toni

    And this is real NEWS??? And in CNN's view, BIG news??? Long GONE are the days of real news...

    January 9, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Expat American

    Who is Levi endorsing?

    Because the recipient of that endorsement will be the next Leader of the Free World.

    January 9, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. KathyLA

    Wow, that's almost as good as the coveted Elmer Fudd endorsement. Almost.

    January 9, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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