May 3rd, 2012
05:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich says he's already endorsed Romney, still critical

Washington (CNN) – A day after a seemingly lukewarm embrace of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich said Thursday he had fully endorsed the former Massachusetts governor and would enthusiastically campaign on his behalf.

"I thought I was endorsing him," Gingrich said of his speech Wednesday, in which he formally announced he was suspending his bid for the GOP nomination. Gingrich was speaking in an interview on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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The former House speaker said he tried to make clear he was fully backing Romney, despite barely mentioning him during his departure speech.

"I said I want to campaign for him and he will appoint dramatically better judges than the president and he'll do a better job creating jobs than the president and he'll do far more to balance the budget. I went down the list of why Mitt Romney is better than Barack Obama," Gingrich said.

In his Wednesday event, Gingrich mentioned Romney only briefly, focusing instead on a lengthy list of issues he advocated as a candidate. He praised Romney, but portrayed the choice between the Republican and President Barack Obama as a no-brainer.

"I am asked sometimes is Mitt Romney conservative enough? And my answer is simple – compared to Barack Obama? This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history," Gingrich said in his speech.

When confronted Thursday with an Obama campaign video splicing together some of his harshest comments on Romney, Gingrich barely backed off his assertion, made during the height of the GOP primary battle, that Romney was a liar.

"The governor said some things that weren't true," Gingrich said.

He added he trusted Romney over Obama "100 times over."

As for potential names on Romney's vice presidential short list, Gingrich offered a slate of oft-mentioned politicians: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

"You always have to consider three things," Gingrich said of the running mate selection. "Are they capable of being president? Are they philosophically compatible and will they help you win, in that order? And that's the order you've got to think about it. I think he's got a pretty wide range. I think our bench is actually pretty deep."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Well I guess, maybe, Does anyone in the Pubs actually genuinely like the Mittster?? & here is the real question, Is The Mittster ever gonna LOSE THE SKIRT & have a pow-wow with some Journalist????

    May 3, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    " I think our bench is actually pretty deep."

    If that were true, why were only the dregs of the GOP in the "clown car" racing for the Presidential bid?

    May 3, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    the "king of double-talk" is at it again. In a way I don't BLAME Newt if he doesn't come out and really publically endorse Mitt Romney after the way Mitt attacked him in Iowa. How can you come out and call a person a LIAR in public then turn around and back him for POTUS. Santorum and Bachmann have the same problem as far as I am concerned and the DNC has LOTS of video tape to prove it.

    May 3, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    When confronted Thursday with an Obama campaign video splicing together some of his harshest comments on Romney, Gingrich barely backed off his assertion, made during the height of the GOP primary battle, that Romney was a liar.
    -------------------------------------------------
    You didn't endorse him, you ran a list of comparisons.
    And to your everlasting credit you stuck to your guns in calling him a liar.
    Add these two things to your short list of life accomplishments.
    Well done Newt, well done.

    May 3, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. anagram_kid

    "I thought I was endorsing him," Gingrich said of his speech…
    People need to learn that Spkr. Gingrich is not one to ever really fully commit. Just ask one of his prior wives.

    May 3, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Janine

    Yes, the GOP bench is "deep" alright, so is my horses stall....in deep doodoo.

    May 3, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Dave

    Well I guess, maybe, Does anyone in the Pubs actually genuinely like the Mittster?? & here is the real question, Is The Mittster ever gonna LOSE THE SKIRT & have a pow-wow with some Journalist????
    -------------------------------------------------
    No, and No.

    May 3, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. concernedjoy

    I'm sure that just as the DNC will have lots of video tape to prove the things Newt said against Romeny, there were plenty of tapes with Obama saying things he didn't like about Hillary. Just politics. Of course each candidate running for President feels he or she is the best choice. But when reality hits, they DO realize that Romney will be a far better choice than Obama.

    May 3, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What is amazing is that Newt was completely destroyed by Mittens and his $15 million negative ad campaign against him in FL. Mittens represents the worst of the GOP and their attack on women, veterans, workers, college students, seniors, the poor, the middle class, and minorities.

    May 3, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. BBear1

    Gingrich calls Romney a liar, a phony, and a vulture capitalist. But, then gives Willard a big wet kiss. Romney responds by calling Newt "his good friend". Really creepy. Newt, is correct abouit one thing. Romney is not Reagan.

    May 3, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Romney is not My Hero

    Gingrich barely backed off his assertion, made during the height of the GOP primary battle, that Romney was a liar.
    "The governor said some things that weren't true," Gingrich said.

    HA! This equals "He's a compulsive liar, but what else can I do? He's going to pay off my campaign debt."

    May 3, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The personhood candidate, lying Mittens is trying to get right wingnut bloggers to get his gloom and doom message out to real media.

    May 3, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Dave

    Yo thanks for reply Dominican mama !!!

    May 3, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Really?

    Who cares about which candidate Newt endorses? His support may hurt instead of help. Just sayin'.

    May 3, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. ouisee

    Gingrich knew he had not endorsed Romney but he is playing his games again. He is trying to con the press for his money raising campaign. Why do the press not let this sick dead dog lie? He is just flim flamming you all.

    May 3, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    With New endosing him, Mitt Romney would be a sure loser; after all of the bad things Gingrich said about him, Romney shoulnd acept his endorsement.

    May 3, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    " I think our bench is actually pretty deep." – That's not your bench, it's the hole your party has dug itself into.

    May 3, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Jim

    Newt Gingrich for VP.. Mitt will Newt's advise

    May 3, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Jeb

    "As a man who is running for President who can't be honest with the American people, why should we expect Romney to be honest about anything if he gets elected." Newt Gingrich 2012

    May 3, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. Jeb

    "Bain capital engaged in behavior where they looted companies leaving behind thousands of unemployed people." Newt Gingrich

    May 3, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Jeb

    "I don't know any American President who avoids paying taxes by hiding money in Swiss bank accounts. I think Romney should why he's done this." Newt Gingrich 2012

    May 3, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. tcaros

    I love that Gingrich must now endorse Romney... Man it's like watching Newt have to catch a face of farts and smile.

    May 3, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Donald in CA

    Yea newt, you are going with the guy who trashed you. He killed you with his killer ads. With friends like these, you know the rest.

    May 3, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. jim

    Does anyone really care? Really??

    May 3, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. Lionel

    Mitt is a LIAR. Newt is a LIAR.

    We should sent these two to the moon colony after Mitt uses his Swiss bank accounts to pay for it.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    May 3, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |