Gingrich opens door to teaming up with Santorum?
March 13th, 2012
11:54 AM ET
3 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
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Curt

    Newt does not get it. They may be saying " not Romney " but the polls and the primaries seem to show Romney with a lot more delegates than Gingrich and Santorum. What a shame the Republicans could nor come up with any better choices , To think that any of these guys could possibly become President is truly scary.

    March 13, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. PaOutOfWork

    Gingrich, Santorum or Romney will easily beat Obama in a massive land slide win in 2012. Just ask if you are better off after three years of the Obama administration.

    March 13, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. alabama

    Newt would say anything to get votes.... The man has no chance of winning the nomination.!

    March 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. IndependentMom

    My theory: Newt and Ron Paul are staying in to prevent Santorum from winning. Newt is supporting the GOP establishment that want Willard as their nominee. If Newt & Paul dropped out their votes and delegates would go to Santorum, making it tough for Willard to win.

    FYI Southern Baptists won't vote for a Mormon.

    March 13, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. B

    The blind attempting to lead the blind.....

    Both of these guys are Political Toast and most know it, what a waste of time they are.

    March 13, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Newt pretending to oppose Rmoney? What a joke! He's in Rmoney's back pocket via his neocon backer Adelson.

    March 13, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    One recent poll [Wqsh. Post?] showed that roughly 70% of likely conservative/Republican primary voters, who value moral character and religion most in a candidate, who want another candidate to choose from.

    March 13, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    While I fully intend to vote for the president again, if by chance the democrats had no one running, I would vote for you or Santorum BEFORE I would EVER cast a vote for Willard.

    Obama 2012 for sanity.

    March 13, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Satberry

    With Newt and Santorum at least you know where they stand on certain issues , and can make up your mind whether to object or accept .Willard has no core , and this is what makes him dangerous,he is a marionette.Grover norquist and the neocons are salivating.They know they cannot control newt , Santorum or president Obama.

    March 13, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Mikey

    @PaOutOfWork – "Just ask if you are better off after three years of the Obama administration."
    *****************************************************************************************************
    The answer is yes, we are better off. Complete financial collapse was avoided. The economy has grown every quarter for three years. We have added 4 million jobs over the past 2 1/2 years, reducing the unemployment rate from 10% to 8.3%. We are out of Iraq. DADT was ended. The auto industry was saved. Bin Laden is dead, as is Kadahfi, as are 22 other top al-Queda operatives. We have been kept safe. The respect for our country has been resored to a large extent accross most of the globe. Domestic oil production has increased each year Obama has been in office. There are more border patrol agents stopping and deporting more illegals than at any time in history.

    What more can one President can do?

    March 13, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Fromages

    If you study US history, any time there is a significant recession or depression, the first president to be elected after the economic downturn hits is voted out, and the next president gets the benefit of the natural turn around (which usually takes about 5-7 years). If history is any indication, Romney will be remembered with the Roosevelt and Reagan and Obama will be remembered as a Hoover or a Carter. Hoover and Carter were nice guys but wrong place, wrong time.

    March 13, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    PaOutOfWork

    Gingrich, Santorum or Romney will easily beat Obama in a massive land slide win in 2012. Just ask if you are better off after three years of the Obama administration.
    ------------------

    I'll bet you $10,000 on that. Oh wait..you're out of work. Get a job. It's your fault you don't have one, right? Isn't that what Herman Cain said?

    March 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. IndependentDad

    To IndependentMOM: A significantly large number of Southern Baptists have already voted for Mitt, and more are doing so today as I'm typing this. Those old prejudices only plague a minority (albeit a vocal minority) of evangelicals at this point. Gingrinch's assertion that Romney won't get the delegates is an attempt to maintain legitimacy for his campaign, but even we Southerners (I'm from Georgia) who appreciate all that Newt has done for conservatives can see that he has had his day in the sun. Santorum is an opportunist Christian at best. A true Christian doesn't need to pray in public to prove it - Christ taught that. Whatever his faults, Romney is obviously a good man and the best chance for conservatives to overthrow the current administration. Even a redneck like me can see that.

    March 13, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Alexanders

    There is no way that Santorum would want Newt in his team. I dont think none of those two can really beat Obama. Plain simple its got to be Mitt R. We people in the south are smart. We want some one that can get the job done. Go away Newt as well as Santorum! period!!!!!

    March 13, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Alexanders

    IndependentDad. Well said post. I agree 100% with you!!!!

    March 13, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. belindar

    Gingrich will do anything outrageous to keep his name in the news. He is really a clown. A showman and a seller to any fool that will follow him. With that, I will not read another insane thing this moron says. He is nauseating.

    March 13, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. carly

    dumb and dumber

    March 13, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. anagram_kid

    PAoutofwork,
    Assuming you are really out of work, I have a couple of suggestions. Have someone you know that writes very well review your resume. If you don’t know of such a person, reach out to a local school and see if an English teacher will review it for you. Should you land an interview, I suggest picking up a copy of 60 Seconds & You're Hired by Robin Ryan. This book contains some really useful interview tips. I may not agree with your politics, but I don’t want anyone to be unemployed. Good luck!

    March 13, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. denny

    Gingrich needs to go home.

    March 13, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Riptim

    i am glad that gas is high now, because it will be down come election time and the economy will be getting even stronger. Obama will be saying this guy will take you right back to the failed policies that we have just escaped from, how many voters are going to vote for someone who will do that to our economy again. If its Romney just think of the flip flop statements this guy has made. Talk about commercial fuel.

    March 13, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    "Romney is obviously a good man and the best chance for conservatives to overthrow the current administration."

    Actually, the evidence points to the opposite of what you consider "obvious." More to the point, though, "overthrow"?!? You sound like an extreme rightwing militia nut.

    March 13, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. dagoberto

    Too late. Santorum said:"Vote for Ron Paul. That's what you should do"

    March 13, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. clarke

    Well that was interesting, to say the least. Newt, you can be a funny man at times.

    March 13, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. steve

    You might want to tag team your next wife, but thats about it!!!!

    March 13, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Sorensen

    What a team ! The old, "catholic" adulterer and the bible-banging nutcase. Not so good in the "deep" south.
    Congratulations to the GOP on yet another succes story.

    March 13, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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