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. -Sn

    Go Perry!! Entertainment factor... off the CHAINS!

    March 13, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    that would surely be a ticket made from HADES!! Thank God it will never happen

    March 13, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  3. diridi

    I do not know how people are electing these nasty idiots. Texas, I pity, you grow up in 21st century. Color does not matter in 21st century. No one cares....either. Just grow up. I pray god for you.

    March 13, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. Marlee

    I am a woman who is prolife. I am against abortion. In cases of life, rape, and incest I give it to God and pray for protection and justice and to take away the terrible crimes that lead to abortion. I support education, mentoring and access to reproductive care. I feel President Obama cares about the preborn and children in need more than Gingrich or Perry. Some Republicans put money before morals and that is why the party has split. Ron Paul keeps hanging in there trying to redeem it, when I think he should go independent.

    March 13, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. tomasina

    Goooooo Newt !

    March 13, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  6. tv22

    Is this the humor page?

    March 13, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. Jt_flyer

    Still don't get the fact that Americans will Ot vote for another Texan. The last one devastated our country and was arguably the second worst president in American history behind Hoover. But ignore the American people and see what happens.

    March 13, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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