Gingrich tells Romney he will back him
April 25th, 2012
02:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich tells Romney he will back him

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich told Mitt Romney Wednesday he will try and help the presumptive Republican presidential nominee beat Barack Obama in November, acknowledging his bid for the White House has come to an end.

Romney called Gingrich on Wednesday morning to ask for his support, but did not pressure the former House speaker to leave the race, a Gingrich spokesman told CNN.

"Gov. Romney called this morning, and he was very gracious and said he would respect any decision that Newt was going to make," R.C. Hammond, Gingrich's spokesman said. "If he chose to stay in the race he would be respectful of that, but if Newt did choose to suspend then Gov. Romney said I want you to be a member of our team and help us."

Gingrich told Romney during the call that he did plan on suspending his campaign next week and will support the former Massachusetts governor. As to what level of a surrogate Gingrich will play for Romney is unclear. The two campaigns are expected to talk next week.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. judy

    and another one bites the dust. What a phoney bunch of clowns. Obama 2012

    April 25, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How is Newt going to help Mitt beat Obama when Newt couldn't get close to beating Mitt. If I were Mitt I'd be looking for someone more trustworthy and credible than Newt because Newt thinks he's smarter than anyone else including Mitt. If Mitt is smart he'd better listen to the Republicans in Washington who said NO to Newt.

    April 25, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Carrie

    Bishop Romney tells the former Speaker, Will you help me Surpress as many votes with the poor, the Elderly on SS, The Hispanics, The Blacks, & the Disabled, Sure Bishop but what do I get in return??? How bout a car elevator & some Majic Underwear?? Ok Bishop IM in...

    April 25, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Mgc tampa

    Big surprise crazy supports the hollow man. news at 11.

    April 25, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Wake up people

    Did anyone think he wouldn't??? They will all fall in line before it's over, even the south. Because one thing scares the he ll out of white men way more than Mormonism, and that is a black man being Commander-in-Chief. They would vote for Lucifer before a black man. It's the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. President Obama could cure Cancer, AIDS, bring world peace, end world hunger and have the entire country doing better than ever and these close minded bigots would still find something to blame him for. This saddens me that in 2012, I'm still seen as a black woman and not just a woman. All I can say is, you reap what you sow. And all of you voting against President Obama because he is black are going to be in big trouble if you aren't wealthy. But you'll see.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 25, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. ray

    ever watch these republicans together? they all looks like lying, hypocrits, racists kkk men. ever watch romney and his wife? they looks like they lie for a living wich the does. mitt romneys lies in his sleep. when will the republicans stop lying. i must say ann romney is one ugly red neck.

    April 25, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Mitt is mith, anyone votes for him is totally brainless. This election is rich v/s middle class. Watch youtube when mitt romney came to town.....

    April 25, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    What wrong with this picture. Romney has his hand out to skake Newt hand but there is no move movment on Newt part but look like he is thinking about shaking Romney hand.

    April 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Sounds like Mr. former Speaker wants to find some way to continue his book tour on someone else's money. To this day Newt Gingrich claims that he was not dismissed from the speakership by his colleagues. I think Newt's version is even worse, but he wants to stick by it. Newt claims that he just simply stopped showing up, and that was the motivation behind him being removed, not all of the allegations against him.

    April 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. lvmsleader

    As soon as he said he was going to support Romney, we ran to the bathroom to throw up!

    April 25, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    No surprise here. Moving right along.

    April 25, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Willis

    @ Wake up people, You are dead on. Especially on Fox News, they HATE the fact that a man of color is in tThe White House, you can just see it in their faces. Egghead Rove, yes his head is perfectly shaped that way, & Co are about as predjiduce as the deep south. Bishop Romneys Cult of a religion dont even allow Black Elders even to this day in The Salt Lake Tabby Nackle Temple. Yea I said it Bishop Romney is a Racist!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Michael

    I think a Santorum endorsement of Romney would hurt the GOP. Gingrich.. he's better than Santorum but seriously has issues.

    April 25, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth – I did not realize that Mittens was a Kenyan.

    April 25, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    Woulda been nice if some of the repugs stayed around longer, telling the awful truths about mitt. Really got entertaining, watching them destroy each other!

    April 25, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ Wake up people
    And all of you voting against President Obama because he is black are going to be in big trouble if you aren't wealthy. But you'll see.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Not they won't see a thing because the Black man is going to win and save their butts....again!
    Obama 2012 for Whties, for Blacks, for Asians, Latinos, the poor, the middle-class, the haves and the have-nots.
    AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT FOR ALL AMERICANS!!!!

    April 25, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ Wake up people
    And all of you voting against President Obama because he is black are going to be in big trouble if you aren't wealthy. But you'll see.
    -----------------
    No they won't see a thing because the Black man is going to win and save their butts....again!
    Obama 2012 for Whites, for Blacks, for Asians, Latinos, the poor, the middle-class, the haves and the have-nots.
    AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT FOR ALL AMERICANS!!!!

    April 25, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Bill

    Romney probably promised him he could have lobster thermidor every day for lunch and a stipend for Callista to shop at Tiffany's. Two clowns, neither of which will ever be president.

    April 25, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. ja

    did we expect anything less

    April 25, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Kate

    Did alexithemic Mitt take some money out of his off-shore accounts and have a meeting with Pompous Professor Newt in one of secret backrooms he loves doing business in?

    April 25, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. the Situation

    Who Cares who this has been backs, Gingrich is irrelevant. His endorsement is useless as an endorsement from the Cheney Family, especially Dick and his dim wit daughter.

    April 25, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. the Situation

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    kenyans aren't fit to lead!

    April 25, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |

    Finally the Truth has been spoken. Typical Repub with a racist comment. You are and will always been a Tool!

    April 25, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    "kenyans aren't fit to lead"

    just reading stuff like this reminds me of what mama used to say..."better to keep my mouth closed and have folks think I'm stupid than to open it and prove them correct"

    April 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |