Gingrich wants Santorum's endorsement
April 14th, 2012
05:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich wants Santorum's endorsement

(CNN) – While Mitt Romney's campaign tries to secure Rick Santorum's endorsement, Newt Gingrich said Saturday that he also wants the former Republican presidential candidate's support.

"He has to do what he thinks is right for his family, and if he has campaign debt, what he has to do to help pay his campaign debt. I'm not going to put any pressure on Rick, but I'd love his endorsement," Gingrich told reporters at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

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He added the two talked briefly on Friday, though did not give any details from their discussion.

"We had a nice chat," he said.

Gingrich was quick earlier in the week to go after Santorum's backers shortly after the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania suspended his campaign Tuesday. In a statement, Gingrich urged Santorum supporters to join his side and donate to his campaign.

Santorum has not yet made his pick, but members of his campaign told CNN he will support Romney.

While Gingrich maintains he'll stay in the race until Romney clinches the nomination, the former House speaker admitted Saturday that his campaign rented out its donor list because it was in need of cash.

"That's a very common reason why people rent things out. We wanted the money," Gingrich said, adding that his campaign also pulled in online donations from 6,000 people this week.

The candidate will travel to a number of states next week, including Delaware and New York, two states that hold primaries on April 24. Despite Romney essentially locking up the GOP nomination this week after Santorum's exit, Gingrich insisted Republican voters still want another option.

"Our scenario is to make the case that if you want to beat Obama, having somebody who can debate him successfully is very, very important," Gingrich said. "I think that's a very healthy competition, and in the next couple of weeks we'll see how it works out."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • North Carolina • Rick Santorum
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Gingrich ran on the premise that he was the person who could introduce reality to American politics. Really? The reality he needs to face is the Koch brothers picked their lap-dog and it isn't him. His sugar daddy can't compete with the Kochs and the Karl Rove machine of lies and deception.

    April 14, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. Skip S. Skeptic

    Headlines: (Santorum on Gingrich's endorsement: "I don't think so.")

    April 14, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. KMS

    In my opinion, Gingrich is effectively out of the race anyway!

    April 14, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Eddie

    Gingrich is starting to become an annoyance.

    April 14, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. NickD2

    Gingrich... what a loon.

    April 14, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Endorsement for what????? He's already out of the presidential race!!!!!!!THIS MAN IS A LOSER!!!!!

    April 14, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Squigman

    The nightmare, just keeps on going. Apparently this clown has no shame.

    April 15, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  8. cleareye1

    Gingrich has been reduced to a floating, bloated corpse. Even Santorum knows enough to ignore his pleas.

    April 15, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  9. ditty1991

    "In To Win" moneybomb just started. donate here: ronpaul2012(dot)com

    April 15, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    If Santorum backed gingrich that would certinly put the cat among the pidgeons and upset the party hierarchy.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 15, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  11. Reno

    Man, you have to admire his persistence. Not his ideas, marital fidelity, judgment, ego, professional record, consistency, or empathy, but he's persistent.

    April 15, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  12. Snoopz

    Time to go away now, Newt. You won't be getting Santorum's endorsement – why would he choose to back someone who has no chance to gain the nomination, nevermind to win in November?

    April 15, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  13. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    People in Hell want ice water.

    April 15, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  14. Dvet

    Vultures and opossum will feed on each other and anything/ anybody else. G.O.P. Greed over people.no more republicans ever.

    April 15, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  15. Slightly Left of Center

    Wait. What? Neuter is still running? and ..."his campaign also pulled in online donations from 6,000 people this week." Wow. A whole 6,000 people? Yeah, he's a bit delusional.

    April 15, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. Real American

    Does it really matters, Seriously!!!!!!

    April 15, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  17. ouisee

    As Usual, Gingrich is begging. He must be blind as a bat. All he has to do is Ask Romney if he can be on the ticket. That will be quite a wild card. I would love the two of them on the GOP ticket.

    April 15, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  18. ouisee

    Gingrich is betting again. He must be blind as a bat. All he has to do is ask Romney if he could be his VP. What a wild card ticket!. I would love to see them together.

    April 15, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  19. madmaninthemiddle

    Gingrich v Obama would make for a very entertaining debate, but it's never gonna happen.

    April 15, 2012 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  20. s

    No one is going to support and Elephant, back to zoo with you.

    April 15, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  21. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    GOBP wingnuts have wanted anybody but Mitt McCain since the start of the primaries. When Lizard quits they can head for the Anybody but Mitt McCain convention. Obama/Biden 2012!

    April 15, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  22. Bye Bye Republican Party

    Your excellency, Emperor Newt:

    Give him the illuminati handshake, talk about end days, how can he resist?

    April 15, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  23. petena

    Ths guy is so delisional. His big fat ego keeps him going. He will NEVER be POTUS. Offer nothing. His only talk is abut beating Obama and the sad thing is HE thinks he can.

    April 15, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  24. Shelby

    Do Americans really want Callista Gingrich — "a woman who was a man's mistress for eight years" — as their First Lady? - Evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson

    I say Dr. Dobson makes an excellent point. newt and callista would be EMBARRASSING as the leaders of our great country, thus I doubt Santorum will endorse this morally-lacking man.

    April 15, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  25. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    All republicans should be thrown out of government in Nov because they have caused to much damage to USA and continue to do so.

    April 15, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
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