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.

CNN Live: Tune in Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET for CNN's live special coverage of the New Hampshire Primary and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.com and on Twitter at #cnnelections. Stay up to date with CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

"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.

Also see:

Santorum to South Carolina: 'Step up'

Romney feared being fired

Paul looking forward to South Carolina, caucus states

Perry makes play for Christian voters in South Carolina

Democrats maintain focus on Romney


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Todd Palin
soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Musse K

    The next 45th President of United States = Gov Mitt Romney.

    January 9, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Lindy

    What a joke. Who in the world would care who this family of losers would endorse?

    January 9, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Tex71

    Todd Palin's endorsement ranks right up there with David Duke's wife's endorsement. The spouse of a former looney extremist political figure. If Gingrich is "honored" by such an association, he must be desperate indeed. Who will be next to endorse him? Snooki?

    January 9, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Tom

    Todd Palin could very well be the most worthless person on the planet.

    January 9, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Brother Bill

    Todd Palin's endorsement? Well that settles it right there! Now I know who to back.

    January 9, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Barry

    CNN – please find out who Bozo the Clown is endorsing. That would be of equal importance to me.

    January 9, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Poor Newt.

    January 9, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Erik

    Yeah, well, my son thinks I should be President, and his endorsement will have at least as much impact on the election as Todd Palin's.

    January 9, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. smith

    this is huge.What an honor. You go Newt. Goodbye Obama. Thank you Todd

    January 9, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Davis Todd

    Anyone honored to get Todd Palin's endorsement for President will not get my vote.

    January 9, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. majicmahon

    Well, there it is...the warmup to Sarah's VP run again. She can't do Romney because the other leetch (McCain) has already got first dibbs on the VP there. The real bad news is, here are two people who were united to make a run at the Presidency and now their views are contrasting. Lucky for the USA the big O got in. What a disaster that would've been. 4 years of sniping is what you would've got because of each others EGO.

    January 9, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. jerry

    this is so huge bigger than US steel, general Motors, national debt- oh, god. this is it. Newt is in.

    January 9, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Henry

    What is aTodd Palin?

    January 9, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. marc

    Like a retard endorsing the best tasting paint chip

    January 9, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. majicmahon

    I understand HOUSE is endorsing Ron Paul because of his medical background.

    January 9, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. KMC

    The article is in itself hilarious – but the postings here have me laughing my butt off !
    Thank you all for the comments to this article – 99.9 percent of you have made my day !!!

    January 9, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Big El

    Nobody Cares about Todd Palin or who endorses...

    January 9, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Caldy

    What's the second prize? An endorsement from Charlie Sheen?

    January 9, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. JonDie

    Now there's a BIG important endorsement.

    January 9, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. SFC Mike

    Well, now he's got my vote for sure!!!! ;)

    January 9, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Mark

    Wow, Mr. Sarah Palin speaks. His opinion and $7.00 will buy you a latte at Starbucks.

    January 9, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Ambrose Smith

    And in other news filed under "WHO CARES?" I rearranged my sock drawer today. Whoop de doo!

    January 9, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Someone in Columbus

    Eyes roll back into head, large amount of laughter heard!

    January 9, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Freddo

    Who's endorsement can we expect you'll announce next, Newt? Koko the Clown?

    January 9, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. George

    No one cares.

    January 9, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11