Gingrich, Perry aides downplay talk of pre-convention ticket
March 12th, 2012
05:17 PM ET
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Gingrich, Perry aides downplay talk of pre-convention ticket

Atlanta (CNN) - Aides to Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are downplaying a report the Gingrich campaign is contemplating offering the Texas Governor the number two slot on a presidential ticket.

"Of course we think very highly of Gov. Perry and appreciate very much his generous support, but this is not a topic the two principals have discussed," Kevin Kellems, a senior adviser to the Gingrich campaign, told CNN.

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"Gov. Perry thinks Newt Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama and truly overhaul Washington. The speculation is humbling but premature," a spokesman for Perry told CNN.

Asked if representatives of Perry and Gingrich have talked about this possibility, Kellems responded "Impossible to answer because it is not feasible to track with confidence the individual, private communications of that many people in two camps spread across North America."

Fox News, which first reported the story Sunday, said some in the Gingrich campaign were having "preliminary 'what-if' conversations are underway that could lead to a Gingrich-Perry ticket being announced" prior to the Republican Convention.

Perry, who endorsed Gingrich when he left the nomination race in January, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in December before leaving the race when asked about whether he was interested in a vice presidential slot said: "Why would you leave being governor of the state of Texas to be vice president?"

When Mitt Romney was asked about the possibility of a Gingrich-Perry ticket, he told Fox News in an interview Monday "I'd be surprised if anyone is talking to anyone about being a running mate at this stage." Romney added "I hope I get that opportunity" to choose a running mate down the road if gets the Republican nomination.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. s

    Neither of you are going to be on ticket, maybe a traffic ticket

    March 12, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. mary

    That's all we need, two cowboys leading the country and one of them subject to flying off the handle if his feelings are hurt. This country is still trying to recover from the last cowboy we had in the White House. He spent money like water on a war that should never have begun (Iraq...there were zero reasons to go there), trashed our goodwill with the rest of the world and drove us into an economic hole we're still digging ourselves out of.

    March 12, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Talkytalk

    I think Obama will win re-election because he is appealing to women in that women just want abortion care; he is appealing to Latinos that are still hoping he'll extend legal status to all illegals in our country; he is appealing to all those that keep hoping to get lots of freebies, those that could care less if our country is in the red. Foreign countries want Obama to be re-elected so that they continue to get money from us and keep selling us their oil. Hollywood wants Obama to win because I think they see him as a puppet they can manipulate for what they want. Obama will win with all those employees that hate their employers and will be happy that Obama take away the tax cuts from their employer in hopes to stick it to the employer.

    March 12, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Three words: lead trial balloon.

    March 12, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. PJ/TX

    It seems to me that knowing who the candidates would have as their running mates would be a great idea.
    This "heartbeat" away possibility is more important now than ever before. Of course, these two would be
    a disaster. I would like to know who would be VP on the ticket before voting in a primary, Republican or
    Democrat.

    March 12, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Holla

    The end will justify the means. I am still watching!

    March 12, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. knowndoyen

    I would say the cart before the horse, but Gingrich is not even on the path. Here is Gingrich's new campaign bumper sticker GINGRICH/PERRY TO THE MOON OR BUST 2012! I guess this is what Gingrich had in mind when he said you must think big or was that dream big?

    March 12, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Bill

    The bufoonish GOP nomination circus takes yet another twist and turn towards total ridiculousness.

    March 12, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Russ

    OK, these two on a ticket together? Highly unlikely Newt will have the chance to need a VP choice. But if it happens, then even I will believe in the end of days!!!

    March 12, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Then Santorum should choose Bachmann or Cain and leave Rmoney with the sloppy seconds.

    March 12, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. V in Chicago

    Dumbo & Dumbest!

    March 12, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Lenny and Squiggy?

    March 12, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Then Santorum should choose Bachmann or Cain and leave Rmoney with the sloppy seconds."

    Given the reaction of the GOP/Teatroll base and conservatives around the country, I'm pretty sure the ones perceived as sloppy seconds are the ones already running for the nomination. The only deficit the GOP is actually concerned about right now (but won't admit it) is their base's enthusiasm deficit.

    March 12, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. kat

    Would be a good ticket but they don't have a chance

    March 12, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. m

    The idea that gingrich or perry would even think about this let alone talk about it is absurd. It shows that they have no clue what the people actually want. Perry dropped out before anything started and gingrich has only received votes from the smallest of ultra-conservative primar voters. Voters that will have no true bearing on the national election. Let's not forget that neither had the campaign organization or resources to get on the primary ballot in all of the states.

    It is just another example of how out of touch the gop is with the everyday American.

    March 12, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Kagee

    Seriously? Perry only has different plumbing than Palin.

    March 12, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Its a dream ticket all right.

    March 12, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Charlie from the North

    Here is an idea. How about if Texas secedes from the union (as governor Perry suggested) and these two can be Prez and Vice. Then we may need a fence.

    March 12, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Charlie from the North

    One more thing about these two leading our nation. The Aztecs say we just need a new calendar the end of their calendar is not meant to be the end of days....but that is no guarantee that it won't be. Please vote!

    March 12, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Neil

    Congratulations!! The American version of HItler and Stalin, what a wonderful duo can't wait! Whoppee!!!!

    March 12, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Funniest article I've read all day. Neither has ANY chance of sitting in the Oval Office ever.

    March 12, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Thomas

    no longerUnique Wedding Favors ... The bride was expected to bring a "dowry" of money, jewels, animals, or something of substantial worth.

    Newt and Rick look so happy together .

    March 12, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Harald

    Perry-Gingrich ? That´s probably the worst possible ticket that one could imagine. Not that it really matters though, looking at Gingrich's poor performance.

    March 12, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Paula

    We got to know Perry, Bachmann, and Cain well because they talked to reporters. Calculating Willard smugly sat back and let them tear each other apart. Now that they are gone and he talks more he doesn't look too smart himself. At least none of the others are Eddie Haskells and that is what really turns people off about Willard. I'm no republican but if forced to vote for one, I'd go for Perry-–people liked him-–money doesn't buy that.

    March 12, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. SilentBoy741

    Not even Newt Gingrich and Katy Perry could save this ticket.

    March 12, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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