Gingrich trumped by 'the Donald'
February 2nd, 2012
04:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich trumped by 'the Donald'

Las Vegas (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got trumped by "The Donald" in Las Vegas when the mogul decided to throw his support behind Mitt Romney Thursday.

Both White House hopefuls are campaigning in Nevada ahead of the state's Republican caucuses on Saturday. Gingrich's two morning events – a speech at Xtreme Manufacturing and a meeting with Hispanic business leaders – were largely overshadowed by the news that Trump was endorsing Romney, his chief rival, on the Vegas strip.

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Most in the Republican field had been courting the millionaire mogul and reality television host. Gingrich met with him in New York City in early December.

But as Gingrich was checking out Xtreme's manufacturing equipment he dismissed the significance of a Trump endorsement, expressing amazement to reporters that he was getting so much attention.

Meanwhile, Gingrich continued on Thursday to take something Romney said about poor people out of context to feed a narrative about his wealthy presidential opponent.

Romney was talking about how he would help the middle class in a CNN interview Wednesday when he said he was not "concerned about the very poor" because there is a safety net in place for them but added, "if there are holes in it, I will work to repair that."

Speaking to supporters and employees in the chilly manufacturing plant, the former speaker used another analogy to describe how he would help lower income Americans.

"I really believe that we should care about the very poor unlike Gov. Romney," Gingrich said Thursday. "Both Gov. Romney and Barack Obama seem to believe that a quote – safety net – is all the poor need. I don't believe that. What the poor need is a trampoline so they can spring up and quit being poor."

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. newtisstupid

    Who really cares what Trump says or who he wants to endorse? If I were Romney, I'd try to turn the endorsement down. Makes him look even worse to the common man.

    February 2, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. ms

    I need the trampoline so i can bounce up and get jobs back that were outsourced.

    February 3, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  3. Thomas

    Trump would be a great VP .

    He's is respected and loved throughout the galaxy .

    February 3, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  4. JoeyATL

    What, someone cares that Trump endorsed a candidate the day after the Florida primary? Is he gonna offer up his Super Bowl pick on Feb 6?

    February 3, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  5. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    I am not sure that having the Donald endorse you is a good thing. Has any candidate he pushed ever won?

    February 3, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  6. Skeptic

    Wow. One of the richest guys, endorsing the other guy who comes from a wealthy family and makes $10,000 bets.
    What an endorsement.

    I wouldn't vote for the one, and now much less for the other.

    Why cant a candidate be somebody who makes $40,000? Or $25,000? Is wealth required for integrity, good leadership, character?

    IS IT????

    February 3, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  7. Shelby

    Trump trumped newt. Awesome!

    February 3, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  8. scott

    Well there is something for old Newt to be proud of....I guess.

    February 3, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  9. Scott

    "Most in the Republican field had been courting the millionaire mogul.."

    Millionaire mogul? Trump has sued for blasphemy such as that....

    What a tool....

    February 3, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
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