Gingrich opens door to teaming up with Santorum?
March 13th, 2012
11:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich opens door to teaming up with Santorum?

(CNN) - As Newt Gingrich competes with Rick Santorum for the conservative vote in the Deep South this week, the former House speaker said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the two forces eventually paired up.

"There's a certain advantage I think right now in having both of us tag-team Romney, because neither one of us by ourselves can raise the money to match Romney," Gingrich said on the "Rick and Bubba" radio show.

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Gingrich made the comments hours before polls close in Alabama and Mississippi, two states in which the former House speaker is statistically tied with rival Mitt Romney, with Santorum following not far behind in third place.

On the radio show, Gingrich credited Romney's strong delegate advantage to major fundraising hauls.

"With Rick and me together, we are really slowing (Romney) down and with some help, frankly, from Ron Paul," he said. "I think the country is sort of saying, the majority are saying 'not Romney.' The biggest block is saying Romney, but it's not a big enough block to be the majority."

He went on to claim the former Massachusetts governor will not get the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination. Romney currently leads the GOP pack with 458 delegates, according to CNN's latest estimate. Santorum has 203 and Gingrich has 118.

But with 110 delegates at stake in Tuesday's contests, that make-up could significantly change should Romney fail to win Mississippi and Alabama. While he's been endorsed by the Mississippi governor, Santorum on Tuesday received the backing of Alabama's governor.

Gingrich, whose only two contest victories came in South Carolina and Georgia, has staked his resources in this week's Southern states, hoping two wins will propel his campaign forward.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
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  1. dagoberto

    Maybe they should follow nassin taleb's advice and endorse Ron Paul. http://www.cnbc.com/id/46718912

    "Only one candidate, Ron Paul, is saying the right things for the issues we are facing," Taleb said. "I’m a risk-based person. From my vantage point there's only one candidate representing the right policies."

    March 13, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Mikey
    @PaOutOfWork – "Just ask if you are better off after three years of the Obama administration."
    *****************************************************************************************************◄

    Wow Mikey – that's two blogs of yours I have read today that is Right On!!! I hate it when people – who are LAZY and "did not" try to make themselves "better" in the last three years – blames President Obama! I guarantee you in the next three years – "after", if President Obama is not reelected – this person would still "have not" accomplished anything!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 13, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Fielding Mellish

    Mikey: Excellent post, thanks!

    March 13, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. David in FL

    Newt is so funny, he really is the cheeful warrior, he makes me laugh! His effort at riding santorum coat tails is evidence of where this has come for him. I suppose a NewtSantorum 2012 would have him in the 'presidential' role and Santorum in the VP attack puppy role, correct? LOLLING all the way to the convention? haha. MITT 2012!!

    March 13, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Lar 5

    Hallelujah brothers and sisters. I thought this was an election but Newt and Santorum have turned this into a revival meeting. We need to be saved from both of them. Perhaps by some miracle both will shortly disappear. The founding fathers did not want a theocracy.

    March 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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