Gingrich to briefly mention Romney Wednesday; joint event expected in a couple of weeks
May 1st, 2012
09:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich to briefly mention Romney Wednesday; joint event expected in a couple of weeks

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich will briefly mention presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and signal support for his candidacy when the former House speaker suspends his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Wednesday, Gingrich's spokesman R.C. Hammond said.

Planning is under way for a joint Romney-Gingrich formal endorsement event to be held in a couple of weeks, Hammond said.

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Gingrich, in his remarks Wednesday, will discuss Romney in the context of "how we need to help defeat Barack Obama and the need to help (House Speaker John) Boehner" maintain Republican control of the House of Representatives, Hammond said.

Hammond said given that Gingrich already has signaled his intention to suspend the campaign and support Romney, "It's not any surprise. It's no surprise where he will go."

Gingrich will be spending most of the summer and fall on the campaign trail stumping for candidates, Hammond said.

Regarding the campaign's debt, which was $4.3 million as of March 31, Hammond said about $500,000 has been retired. Gingrich is expected to address a plan for paying off the rest.

In a phone interview Tuesday night, Gingrich told USA Today he had no regrets about running for president, but, "I have regrets about not being smarter about how to run." He said he wished he had been "bolder" by not relying on consultants and focusing on some of his proposals regarding energy and science. With "more discipline and more courage to be more outside the mainstream, it might have worked better."

Gingrich's campaign experienced a series of ups and downs, from a staff exodus to jumping to the top of the polls in Iowa and then being the target of a bombardment of attacks by Romney and the super PAC supporting him. His strong performances during many of the Republican primary debates helped build support as he tried to sell himself as the bold ideas candidate.

He then made a second comeback, winning the South Carolina primary in January, but could not sustain momentum as he took hits for his proposal for a space colony and questions about his viability led to him being sidelined.

Regarding the man he bitterly criticized during the campaign, Gingrich now offered praise. "Mitt Romney met the first criteria of being a good candidate: He won." He added in the interview: "Now, you have to respect that."

"We sure didn't give it to him. We did everything we could to slug it out with him, and he ended up being tough enough and being good enough at raising money" to win the nomination, Gingrich said.

The Gingrich campaign has not made a decision about whether to release its 141 delegates.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Rick Former Marine

    Hell of an announcement..."he will make a brief mention." GREAT endorsement. But then who wants Gingrich's approval?

    May 1, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The Party of Family Values nursed Gingrich along this far... They've got the ultimate flip-flopper as their candidate. Now they "come together" and pretend he represents whatever "conservative ideology" is supposed to mean. President Obama remains to only adult in the room and an advocate for all Americans – not just the uber-rich and the foolish pawns duped into believing the outright lies of Rush, Sean and Glenn...

    May 1, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. mary

    get over yourself your not all that

    May 1, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. Mike from Calgary

    With Romney as nominee, the Republicans DON'T HAVE A PRAYER. Gingrich is the only Republican candidate who has any chance in a debate with Obama.

    May 2, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  5. SS. Washington

    What now?

    May 2, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. julien vergara

    I hope if newt help romneys,campaign, he is not going to distroy romney by using those bold words against obama, and people start petying obama and hating romney.

    May 2, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  7. Tony in STL

    "Don't give a speech man, ...just GO!!!"

    May 2, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  8. Thomas

    Right wing social engineering ! What a GOP primary it has been , time to kiss and make up !

    Oh , and see if mitt will pic up Newt's campain debit !

    May 2, 2012 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  9. neonjeff

    Gingrich never seemed to me to be a manager type. Weird, he reminds me of Sarah Palin. The attention you get running for office must be a rush. Palin quit two years into being a governor of Alaska, Gingrich got chased out of DC by the Republicans who revolted and closed down the government from his "bold" idea. I don't know what he says to the rich guy that funds him running for office.

    Now that he is toast. It is the end of the party. If he has debts, he is going to have a hell of a time finding another sugar daddy to pay off old debts. It says in the article above that a half a million was "forgiven". Must be nice.

    The governments on a strict "No Earmarks, No Pork" policy, which is what he has been leveraging on K Street in DC – his contacts and ability to influence Congress – So, it will be interesting to see how much money he can make being a pundit. Maybe he will crank out another book.

    How many people go bankrupt running for president?

    May 2, 2012 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  10. Epidi

    Good riddance. What a long drawn out waste of campaign $.

    May 2, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  11. Aaron

    Wrong, Newt. That whole moon colony thing was pretty bold and that didn't help a bit. It just made you sound looney. It wasn't your consultant's fault. It was you, your ideas and your past behavior that did you in. Own it. Don't blame it on consultants.

    May 2, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  12. Wally

    Does Gingwitch want to be Governor of the Moon, in the never to be realized Romney administration?

    May 2, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  13. 66Biker

    I bet he feels pretty bad. Not only did he lose, but he lost to a weak candidate like Romney. The only reason he didn't come in dead last was because Ron Paul was running...

    May 2, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  14. No Thank You

    Why did we have foreign people as our Secretary of State so many times?

    May 2, 2012 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  15. Marcia Lozon

    Really.....finally....I thought he was out months ago. Did Sheldon cut off the funds? Can this guy let go of his last fleeting 15 minutes of fame and just go away!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  16. Joesense

    a grateful nation says goodbye, good riddance and thanks for all the memories.

    May 2, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  17. AlexXx

    Just shows the hypocrisy of not only the Republican party, but all US politicians. You've just spent the better part of a year bashing Romney's policies, positions, platforms, stances, theories, etc. Now you're going to show your support for him most likely in the hopes he names you to the ticket.

    Can't stand American politicians. Just forget about your parties and run. If someone wants you, they'll vote for you. If you're not happy being a Republican candidate, why not be a third party?

    May 2, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I think Gingrish must be the most unlikeable, most humorless person I have every seen.

    May 2, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  19. TheBob

    He is suspending his campaign because in his mind he has already won the nomination. No need to continue with the campaign.

    May 2, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  20. andy

    he has no money right lol so tell me how he is going to support Romney lol

    May 2, 2012 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  21. s

    NO BODY likes you!! I guess you don't get that, maybe it is time to go back to the zoo and return to your pen

    May 2, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  22. maltytasker

    Now Romney should suspend his campaign for the good of this country.

    May 2, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  23. Frank

    Seems like this pompous blowhard has been scheduling the end of his campaign for weeks now. Just do it already! Also it's not a suspension it's a termination.

    May 2, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  24. maltytasker

    Now Romney should also suspend his campaign for the good of this country.

    May 2, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  25. kerlin4321

    I cannot stand this euphemism "suspend." He is CONCLUDING his campaign, not putting it in a temporary lull!

    May 2, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
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