Gingrich stumps for Romney, calls for unity
May 19th, 2012
07:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich stumps for Romney, calls for unity

(CNN) – In his first campaign swing for Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich this weekend called for party unity and a need to rally behind the likely GOP presidential nominee.

"We're now all on the same team, period," Gingrich said at the Georgia GOP convention Friday, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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His comments came in a speech to a crowd that largely backed him when he won the Peach State’s primary in March.

Prior to dropping out of the race in early May, the former Georgia congressman and House speaker had previously vowed to stay in the running until the August convention to collect delegates and get out his message.

The strategy had some Republicans worried about party division, as Gingrich continually tried to court the more conservative factions of the GOP. On Friday, however, he said it was time for the party to come together and stand with Romney.

At the convention, he stressed the importance of making a Republican sweep not only in the Oval Office this November, but also in elections across the country.

"I am not for a narrow victory," he said. "I am for crushing the left in every single way."

His remarks were coded with stronger language for Romney than when he first endorsed the candidate during his suspension speech just weeks ago. At the time, Gingrich gave lukewarm praise, saying Romney was only conservative when compared to President Barack Obama.

In the following days, Gingrich began to step up his support and argued Romney had "earned" his way to represent the party his fall.

This weekend Gingrich also focused on Obama.

In an interview with CNN affiliate WTVM, Gingrich said the president's recent decision to back same-sex marriage - despite having once opposed it - qualified him as a flip-flopper.

"It's unfortunate he's so political, but it eliminates any attack on Romney about ever flip-flopping when you have Obama flip-flopping on something that big, and doing it immediately after the people of North Carolina voted 'no,'" Gingrich said. "It's almost like he was insulting the people of North Carolina."

Last week, North Carolina voted in favor of a constitutional amendment banning marriage and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

Gingrich's campaign appearances this weekend marked the first of a string of stops the former candidate will make for his former opponent. The two will share the stage together for the first time at the end of May at a Las Vegas campaign event.


Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Michael B.

    Wow, Gingrich, good job! Romney 2012. (I kind of don't want Santorum campaigning for Mitt, he makes me want to vomit)

    May 19, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    "so are you calling Mitt Romney a LIAR?"........Newt answers "YES!" and that endorsement is good enough for me and I don't buy that "in the heat of battle" crap either!

    May 19, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    GOP is a cult, I mean C-U-L-T. why not we back up what this idiot said about Mittens, Bain Capital just a month back....did this idiot remember, or he thinks nation is drunk???? Drive all these GOP thugs out in November!!! God bless!!!

    May 19, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    In the following days, Gingrich began to step up his support and argued Romney had "earned" his way to represent the party his fall.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Mitt Romney earned this nomination every step of the way. He deserves the Republican nomination and America deserves better than Obama. American voters will come together in November and make that happen.

    Romney 2012

    May 19, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Larry L

    He needs to write a book, get a new wife, lose some weight – something besides pretending he was ever in the race for the Presidency. The Koch brothers bought Romney and the others were props – like those buildings in the old western movie sets.

    May 19, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. gg

    that mormon,s many wife thing must be stuck in his head

    May 19, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. rsamps2

    Republicans are absolutely embarrassing and politically unemployable-

    May 19, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. king

    Grinch are you talking about unity when you and the top repubs plotted to destroy this country, at the same time this president was being inaugarated. Is that the same unity, when you guys encouraged, the insurance companies to boast their rates on folks, by protecting their every move while blowing smoke screens on the gullible so they couldn't see the conspiracy of their actions. These repubs have sheilded these big corporations from any discremination from the public by blaming Obama for every thing. Yet they fail to even whispered that is was the Obama administration that sat them up to be making more money than any time in America history, and all the repubs did was sheilded them from doing their duties and hire folks like their God, the free market system should do.

    May 19, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. rsamps2

    Republicans are absolutely embarrassing and politically unemployable.
    Americans cannot elect Republicans this term, to any national office. Republicans have colluded to manipulate the system, representing their party first, Americans second. Their obstructionism, lies, distortions and attacks on women and the middle class are unforgivable.

    May 19, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. ted

    T.his is Gingrich, trying to remain relevant. HA. Just another GOPer out of touch with the common person. Jerk

    May 19, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Iamnotfooled

    Romney and Gingrich should take a rocket to the moon and play etch- a sketch there.

    May 19, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Blindersoff

    And still, Yet again, we see the republican leadership without integrity, self absorbed and without shame. Leading his lost, and blind sheep to the slaughter. Remember, Mr. failed and dishonorable Speaker of the House, we have you on tape calling Mitt, Etch-A-Sketch Romney, a "lier".

    May 19, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. American

    "You're calling Mitt Romney a liar?" Norah O'Donnell asked. "Yes," Gingrich says...

    How can any decent American support this dishonesty?

    May 19, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Dave

    Yes, if you check Obama's record, he was undecided, for gay marriage, against it, and now is for it.

    May 19, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Pete

    You mean that Gingrich got paid off for his backing of the leper he's definitly hit a new low in his political career.But then Gingrich has always been wormy anyway,nothing new.Maybe a promise from the Mormon moron giving him a place on his cabinet, maybe a new post position,in Antarctica,so his wife will stay away from the jewelers,it'll definitly save him some coin...He in the meanwhile can put up signs,it'll give him some exercise,some color,new places to see,new morons,I mean people to meet.He'll like the job,he better,he won't get one after hanging out with this leper...

    May 19, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Michael Rowzee

    Newt said the Republican Party needs a tough fighter to defeat President Obama, and Newt made sure that's what they got. I say Newt and Mitt make better allies than opponents.

    May 19, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Sydnium Washington

    If you can't beat them, join them. If you can beat Obama, dump him.

    May 19, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  18. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Right, he wants people to now believe that Romney is the best candidate for the Presidency, that would be after he himself had some of the harshest comments about Romney. Policticians must have a nact for being two faced....why does anyone EVER believe them? What a Phoney Gingrich and Santorum are as human beings! Only Ron Paul would continue to remain true to his purpose.

    May 19, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  19. Mike

    Q: How can you tell when a GOP/tea partier is being a lying hypocrite?

    A: His lips are moving.

    May 19, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. NotFooledByDistractions

    Good lord. Is anybody buying the hooey gingrich is now peddling? He was more believable during the primary. Now he's just peddling rank cynicism.

    May 19, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  21. buck cameron

    Gingrich- not just another pretty face.

    May 19, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  22. Steven Colo

    Romney just sewed up the lunar colony vote.

    May 19, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  23. gar

    They are all on the same team now, the losing team. Gingrich is nothing more than a partisan hack.

    May 20, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  24. Donkey Party

    I agree with Newt, Willard Romney is a liar.

    May 20, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  25. angelina

    Romney is the etch a sketch and tbh all of them are flip floppers
    Gingrich needs a new career, Romney is a comedian

    May 20, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
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