July 25th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Dean endorses a Gingrich candidacy

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(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won't yet say if he's running for president in 2012, but he picked up an unlikely endorsement Sunday.

Gingrich, a leading conservative Republican, has "a ton of ideas to move the country forward," former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday."

"There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress," Dean said. "They're the party of 'no.' They desperately need some intellectual leadership. And whatever you think of Newt Gingrich, he can supply intellectual leadership. So I hope he does run."

Gingrich, who also appeared on the show, joked that Dean's backing could doom his candidacy if he runs.

"Here's my opponent's clip in the primaries," Gingrich said of the Dean comment.

Filed under: 2012 • Howard Dean • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. THOR

    NEWT NEWT NEWT RUTI TOOT TOOT TOOT,GOOOO NEEEWT. Theres no Newt about it. This guys our savior. Not Since the Bush administrations would there be this much brain power focused on all our problems,and if we could just get a couple more small wars going that would just be icing on the cake.

    July 25, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    When a Democrat, and very correctly, states that a has-been from the 90's is the republican's best and brightest hope ... the GOP should start to wake up and smell the roses ...

    not that Dean agrees with Newt's ideas (I personally don't care for Newt's morals) but at least Newt has ideas ... John Bohner, when asked, stated smugly that the republican policies & platforms were TBD = TO BE DECIDED! It's only how many months before the election? How many years since the last one ... and republicans still don't have a plan ... or is their agenda so scary, they won't tell the voters!!!

    July 25, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Gov At Its Best

    Yeah, of course he will because even though Gingrich is a Republican he knows that the country needs someone WITH experience THIS time!!! Many voters are to the point now, regardless of party, that they know we just need somebody with a business mind running the country. I just hope that EVERYONE does their homework and studies each and every candidate before they cast that vote this time. We can see that "charisma and star power" can not run this country alone!

    July 25, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. texasgreenacres

    Gov. Dean is absolutely right newt would be a super fine canidate. Great thinker super leader. Go get em Newt Go!

    July 25, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. steve

    We need a second Obama term followed by a second Clinton (Hillary) Presidency just to correct 8year of George's mistakes. Wow, can you count the number of no's in those 10 years? Yet, we will not hear one new idea from the GOP or interest in solving one problem that doesn't line their pocket . These folks are pathetic. They live in the past and dream of the days when they alone run the plantation cheap foreign labor.

    July 25, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Rog

    Dean is a traitor.................................

    July 25, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |

    Too bad about the Dean endorsement, Newt. Of course, all good conservatives pray every night that Dean will sense an Obama vulnerability and let his own deranged ego propel him into the race!


    July 25, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    So Newt Gingrich thinks his run for office of the POTUS would be doomed with Gov. Dean speaking out in support of him. Speak Gov. Dean, speak from now right up to 2012.

    July 25, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. terbrearo

    Gee that's not suspicious.

    July 25, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    So Newt Gingrich thinks his possible run for the POTUS would be doomed with Gov. Dean speking out in support of him. Speak out Gov. Dean, speak out. Newt Gingrich fears your voice.

    July 25, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Aaron

    If Pallin or Gringrich are the Repub choices in 2012, I hope the Repubs have find someone decent for the VP positions at least.

    July 25, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. Walter

    Dean is so far over the edge it's almost laughable. ListeWatching him attempt to cover his lies on Fox News was cringe inducing. Chris Wallace caught him in a lie (suggesting Fox News was responsible for bringing the Sherrod debacle to the forefront; they actually never even mentioned her name until after Obama and company fired her). He hems and haws and says nothing; just like the Democratic party in general.

    July 25, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Dan

    Dean, Gingrich has a ton of ideas to move the country forward? Just like his Contract with America. Like that really worked for America. Listen, Dean if you like him so much go over to the Dark Side!

    July 25, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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