Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye
May 1st, 2012
11:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye

(CNN) – Soon to be former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday thanked his supporters and vowed to continue working to defeat President Barack Obama via web video ahead of his official campaign suspension on Wednesday.

"Because of your help and your support, we were able to put up a terrific campaign, and I want you to know that Callista and I are both very grateful to everybody across the country," Gingrich said. "I want you to know that we're going to continue out there on the road. Both Callista and I will be talking, campaigning, making speeches, doing everything we can to help defeat Barack Obama."

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The former House speaker, who announced his White House bid last May, is scheduled to suspend his campaign in the afternoon on Wednesday and back Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Although Romney will be in the Washington, DC area during the day, sources familiar with the session told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger not to expect Romney to be in attendance at the announcement.

Sources previously told CNN Political Director Mark Preston Gingrich is expected to endorse Romney.

While Romney is not expected at the Wednesday afternoon event, the Romney and Gingrich campaigns have discussed the two appearing at a second event in the near future, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

The two campaigns have had ongoing talks since Gingrich signalled last week he was going to pull out.

Gingrich did not mention the former Massachusetts governor by name in the video to supporters, but he stressed the importance of voters joining the effort to oust Obama from the White House.

"A re-election of Barack Obama will be a genuine disaster. And all of us have an obligation I think to do everything we can to defeat Barack Obama," he said. "I hope you'll join us in this historic effort because this is still the most historic election in our lifetime."

– CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Of course, this announcement was planned for May 1 for one reason and one reason only, to distract from the anniversay of OBL.

    May 1, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Eddie The Barber

    Well thank you for getting out of our collective consciousness Newt and good riddance!

    May 1, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Corporations R. People 2

    If his help to attempt to defeat President Obama is on par with the way he ran his quest to be on the losing ticket this November, President Obama has no worries.
    Get lost Newt and GOP.

    May 1, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. rs

    Thanks for playing. And thanks for ensuring the GOP will never, ever be seen as a credible political party interested in leading this great country.

    May 1, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    Please, Newt, let this be the FINAL goodbye!

    May 1, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Mikey

    @Rudy – Don't worry. Anything Newt does is a non-event and distracts from nothing. I'm sure he will say a bunch of stupid things on his way out the door, but who cares?

    May 1, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Wes B.

    As an Obama supporter, I hope Gingrich continues to stay in the spotlight. Nobody turns off Independent voters as much as Newt. Keep it up, Newt!

    May 1, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    For those who don't remember the 90's, it was Newt who escalated partisan politics to a new, disgusting level. Newt will go down in history as the most mean-spirited politician of our era. Newt is the father of modern disfunctional politics.

    Thanks, Newt, and GOOD RIDDANCE!

    May 1, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. tykl

    @ Rudy NYC, Bill from GA: let's just remember it is Obama who is the Divider-In-Chief and maybe instead of putting all the eggs in the OBL birthday he should put more emphasis on the signing of the 100% partisan health bill?? Why isn't that a big deal? If your crowning achievement is to send our special forces on a raid, then have at it.

    May 1, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Mikey

    @Rudy – Don't worry. Anything Newt does is a non-event and distracts from nothing. I'm sure he will say a bunch of stupid things on his way out the door, but who cares?
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    Don't overlook the big picture. What Newt is doing is insignificant, but it is still headline news. Don't forget that he announced his announcement for Wednesday, and changed it to May 1 over the weekend. Look for more headline grabbing news from Republicans all day, followed up by several of them saying that Pres. Obama is trying to politicize the capture of OBL just in time for the evening network news broadcasts. Just wait, watch and see.

    May 1, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Detached in Canada

    Self-righteousness and Hate for Obama masquerading as "concern for your country?

    May 1, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Jenkins

    As much of a mess as Newt is and has been he made things happen when he was Speaker of the House. The same can be said for Clinton as Gov and President. For those two, and a whole lot of us those all too evident imperfections are minimized by other gifts. For all of Obama's outward gifts and life he sure doesn't bring much to bear in results.

    May 1, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    I believe the far left Arianna Huffington got it right when she called the Bin Laden ad "despicable". It might be the only time I will ever agree with her.

    May 1, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Good-bye!! Mr.heir-apparent of trickle down nonsense!!!good boy-very good boy for leaving. Obama12.

    May 1, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Beverly - NYC

    Please Newt continue on the road, go all the way to the convention. Before wasting money you don't have, check with iAnn , she may not want you and Calista speaking on her husband's behalf. The rest of us are intrigued to see how you go from branding Mitt a liar, to he's not so bad America.

    May 1, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Rudy NYC - Of course, this announcement was planned for May 1 for one reason and one reason only, to distract from the anniversay of OBL.
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    What other US enemy deaths do you wish to celebrate? I'm sure Obama, the grim reaper, will gladly turn them all into federal holidays so you can dance on their simulated graves? Leftists are some very morbid people.

    May 1, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Billy, NYC

    The hidden message of Newt's Speech.

    "Because of your help $$ and your support $$, we were able to put up a terrific $$ campaign, and I want you to know that Callista and I are both very grateful $$ to everybody (Rich Only) across the country," Gingrich said. "I want you to know that we're going to continue $$ out there on the $$ road. Both Callista and I will be talking $$ (Higher Fee), campaigning $$, making $$ speeches $$, doing everything $$ we can to help defeat Barack Obama."

    $$ and Big Corporations are Newt's BFF.

    May 1, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Merle

    Well, wasn't THAT an interesting waste of money! I guess you get what you pay for.

    May 1, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Rudy_NYC

    The Real Truth .... wrote:

    What other US enemy deaths do you wish to celebrate? I'm sure Obama, the grim reaper, will gladly turn them all into federal holidays so you can dance on their simulated graves? Leftists are some very morbid people.
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    No one is celebrating. My point is the anti-celebration by Republicans, and the soon to come false accusations of a Democratic celebration.

    May 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Detached in Canada
    Self-righteousness and Hate for Obama masquerading as "concern for your country?
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    I of course want to see Obama defeated in November also, but don't characterize that as hate. Obama is a good guy who just got in over his head and unprepared to do the job that needed to be done. He tried hard and I'm sure he really wants to do better but America needs to move forward. 2009 and 2010 were experiments with a philosophy that didn't work this time like it didn't work any other time. He's stuck with that but we are not stuck with him. We can do better.

    Romney 2012

    May 1, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Walsh

    Bill from GA

    For those who don't remember the 90's, it was Newt who escalated partisan politics to a new, disgusting level. Newt will go down in history as the most mean-spirited politician of our era. Newt is the father of modern disfunctional politics.
    Thanks, Newt, and GOOD RIDDANCE!
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    I built my business and made alot of money as did a lot of people in the 90's. Don't think harmony in government is going to help us. I do not want either party controlling all elements of government and Americans should constantly hold them accountable. I think we all know the right does not have a monopoly on ugliness.

    May 1, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Blindersoff

    Started out the box a loser, still a loser today and will be a loser tomorrow. Lost big time!

    May 1, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. DRod

    Another Republican clown still trying to get whatever media attention he can get.

    May 1, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Reggie from LA

    Both Callista and I will be talking, campaigning, making speeches (FOR REALLY BIG BUCKS), doing everything we can to help defeat Barack Obama."
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    Whatever happened to being aligned and working WITH the president. I guess the WRONG kinda president showed up for dinner huh? Thanx Mitch McConnell and your ilk. You are working to make our country great...only I haven't heard one word from the GOP on how to go about doing that. RMoney doesn't get it and Ryan will make us miserable. Obama got not one ounce of help from Gingrich or anyone in the GOP. Good work, President Obama. You against them all.

    May 1, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Rudy_NYC

    Walsh wrote:

    I think we all know the right does not have a monopoly on ugliness.
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    No, the right owns the copyrights. They wrote the rules, and then find new and creative ways to break them.

    May 1, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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