Gingrich hints he'll soon withdraw from race, talks of coming 'transition'
April 25th, 2012
09:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich hints he'll soon withdraw from race, talks of coming 'transition'

Cramerton, North Carolina (CNN) - On Wednesday, Newt Gingrich strongly hinted that he will soon drop out of the presidential race.

Repeatedly referring to himself as a "citizen" moving forward, the Republican presidential candidate told a crowd in Cramerton, North Carolina, "We're going to stay very, very active. We're working out the details of our transition."

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"We'll have information for the press in the next couple of days," he added.

Additionally, the former House speaker used his strongest words thus far in embracing Mitt Romney as the eventual GOP nominee.

"I am committed to this party. I am committed to defeating Obama," Gingrich said. "We will find ways to try to be helpful. I do think it's pretty clear that Gov. Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee. And we're going to do everything we can to make sure that he is, in fact, effective. And that we as a team are effective both in winning this fall and frankly in governing."


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    SOMEBODY better rile the republican base - I've NEVER seen such low turnout in NY & PA in a republican primary in all my life.

    April 25, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    He lost every primary last yesterday. Exit stage left now!!! Go access your revolving Tiffany's account and get Calista some new bling.

    April 25, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Newt is referring to himself as a "citizen" taxpayers shouldn't be paying for his security. This is no more than a ploy by Newt to pocket campaign money and claim it's not because he's a "citizen. Newt's a fraud and the Republicans have a responsibility to get this man off the campaign trail.

    April 25, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. glorydays

    Nothing like spending a fortune to protect this egomaniac's behind for absolutely no reason.

    April 25, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    I'm certain the Romney administration can use a man of your intelligence, Mr. Speaker.

    April 25, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. toocy

    What transition? Make your announcement, pay your campaign debts and crawl back into your hole.

    April 25, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. John

    Just another Republican to LIE and don't keep his word. all the way to Aug right Newt.

    April 25, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. James PDX

    But, Newt, it was just like 10 minutes ago that you were pointing out all of Mitt's flaws and stating what a terrible president he would make. Could you GOP nutjobs please make up your minds? And why are you still in the race anyway? Are you on some kind of affirmative action waiver for the mentally deficient?

    April 25, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Now that the clown show has finally come to a stop, GOPers are left with Mitt Romney. [ shudder ]

    Unfortunately for Mittens, he isn't the most enlightened of candidates. Fact is, Romney made a strategic mistake in thinking that America wasn't paying attention to him because he thought all the other more fascinating candidates, from Cain to Bachmann, were a distraction. Truth is, TeamRomney, we have been paying attention. Gosh, we even got beyond all the Rove induced distractions, too.

    Not only did America pay attention, we don't like what we see. Romney lacks leadership. Romney lacks honesty. Romney lacks committment. Romney lacks human interface skills. Romney lacks a vision for America. Romney lacks dedication. Romney is cold. Romney is calculated. Romney is two-faced. The list goes on and on, and has been repeated from one kitchen table discussion to another throughout America - mine included.

    There will be NO grand remake of candidate Romney. He is what he is and the more he double talks his way around the issues, the more votes he'll be losing from both sides of the aisle.

    I end with my favorite Ann Romney quote: “My hats off to the men in this room too that are raising kids — I love that, and I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids,” Romney said. “Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

    Ann Romney April 2012

    April 25, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►TRENDING: Gingrich hints he'll soon withdraw from race, talks of coming 'transition'◄
    What a waste of time, money, secret service protection – his whole campaign was based on "fiction"
    He is no longer "relevant" and NO ONE cares as he falls back to being a citizen in remission
    He should fade out and pay of all of his debts and retire because NO ONE will miss him!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Ron in California

    Not soon enough.

    April 25, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. JD

    Oh he would have made a great candidate. His run was over weeks ago but he "thinks" he's still viable. Hillarious.
    Give it up Newt, you adulterous, lying conservative!

    April 25, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. mb2010a

    He won't quit...he will "suspend" his campaign. That way he gets to keep all the money people have contributed. Still has to pay his campaign debts, but whatever is left is his.

    April 25, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    I'm certain the Romney administration can use a man of your intelligence, Mr. Speaker.
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    Mr. Gingrich was fated to follow one of two career paths: Speaker of the House or Zookeeper. Through his awesome brilliance and creativity he found a path to the best of both of those worlds. Jurassic Congress.

    April 25, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Newt should have never run in the first place. He was an embarrassment in the 80's and 90's, and most of us who love this country danced when he packed up and left as speaker of the house. Then, he keeps his nose where it isn't wanted and goes on FOX news which means he's completely ineligible to voted for anything - why did he ever think he was qualified to run?

    April 25, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Fair is Fair – "I'm certain the Romney administration can use a man of your intelligence, Mr. Speaker."
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    There's only one problem with that. There isn't going to be a Robmey administration. Newt should go back to zookeeping. Much more productive than anything the GOP circus has yet to offer.

    April 25, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |