April 25th, 2012
10:06 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich to end White House bid

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and formally express his support for Mitt Romney next week, two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN.

While details are still being worked out, Gingrich is likely to hold his final campaign event Tuesday in Washington, DC where he will make the announcement surrounded by his family and supporters.

It is not surprising that Gingrich is suspending his campaign for the White House as he has all but acknowledged it is winding down and Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee.

"When he says he is transitioning, what he means is that he is trying to determine as a citizen how he will pro-actively help Mitt Romney become president and the Republican Party win back the Senate and help (House Speaker) John Boehner keep his majority in the House," said one of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

It appears that Gingrich's focus will be much broader than the presidential campaign, as the former speaker, who made his name and career in the House, plans to be actively involved in helping the GOP take back control of both sides of Capitol Hill.

"It is not enough to beat Barack Obama, we also have to help the Republican Party keep the majority in the House and win back the majority in the Senate," the source said.

The decision to hold the event next week was due to logistical reasons, the sources said.


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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. sbp

    I think his own party ended it for him months ago....

    April 25, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. z2cents

    really..did not know he was in the race.

    April 25, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. mrKarnes

    Goodbye Newticles. We hardly knew ye.

    April 25, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Ochuba

    He is doing well

    April 25, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. mark

    Who cares??????????? His endorsement is worth about as much as endorsing the leaders of Syria & N. Korea. I guess one good thing is I won't have to see his face on TV as much

    April 25, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. jc

    Finally he figures it out...can't stand him. And he has to endorse the other guy who he hates with a passion. Its been fun to watch but go away already!

    April 25, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. paul

    Funny how these guys spend months bashing each other, and in the end give an endorsement.

    April 25, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. mdn

    What happened to the "brokered convention" and the real conservative? I wanted the moon base!

    April 25, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Michael

    Wasn't it over a long time ago?

    April 25, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. redman71786

    Shocker. Now go away.

    April 25, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Jon

    What? I wanted to be in the first "wave" of moon colonists.

    April 25, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Debby

    Great news now they can all work together on getting Obama out of there.

    April 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Me

    Why so soon?

    April 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. alex

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    How can you not "like" Obama? Say what you want but Obama is just a likable guy, a guy you would meet in real life and automatically trust. Also, he's done a fantastic job so far (given the money pit he inherited) of course all of those right wing Rush listening wackos have been brainwashed into thinking differently. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ۩۞۩ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

    April 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. laeinstein

    Newt the Hoot- wouldn't you love to see him one on one with the fool from Iran

    April 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. DeeNYC

    Didn't even know he was still in the running.

    April 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. i_know_everything

    he was still in it?

    April 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Good riddance! But is it true you've quit to become Mitt's running mate? Ha, just a thought!

    April 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. skarphace

    It seems to me that Romney is in a lose-lose situation. He has to go one of two ways; either more towards the far right or more towards the center. If me moves to the right, he loses more of the moderate vote. If he moves to the center, he loses more of the evangelical vote.

    It will be interesting to see if Romney can court both the moderates and the evangelicals at the same time without appearing even more 'etch-a-sketchy'. It will also be interesting to see who he picks as a running mate.

    April 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Dave

    Newt who? Do you mean the cheating hypocrite know-it-all? Like this clown ever had a chance...

    April 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. K3Citizen

    We need Gingrich to stay in the race to remind us of the GOP's hypocrisy. Never mind.... Romney will keep that flame burning all on his own.

    April 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. derrrrrrr

    Newt Gingrich 4 Moon President 2016!

    April 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Leeford68

    Noooooo...My dreams for a moon base.....

    April 25, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Grandpa Forhire

    "It is not enough to beat Barack Obama, we also have to help the Republican Party keep the majority in the House and win back the majority in the Senate," the source said.

    Funny, not a mention of the socio-economic challenges confronting the United States just this malarkey.

    April 25, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. jb1963

    Didn't he declare himself the presumptive nominee before any of the primaries? Now we can honestly ask the question. Is Romney the best they right has to offer?

    April 25, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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