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

Dean endorses a Gingrich candidacy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/25/art.newtcu0725.gi.jpg caption="Former House Speaker and prominent conservative Newt Gingrich got an endorsement from an expected source Sunday."]
(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. Gil

    But a right wind extremist intellectual. He has been programed to vote No already!

    July 25, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. vwrtb

    Dean is crazy! There is not one single republican alive that can claim intellectual leadership! Stupidest comment dean has made yet!

    July 25, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. SkiDoc

    Great.......that's all we need...........dorky Dean endorsing Gingrich. Bet that Newt is just all atwitter with this support.

    Nice try, Howie, but the Dems are toast in November.

    July 25, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. DENNA

    I endorse Newt too. Also I think he should run with Sarah Palin. Now if these two can get elected I will know that American has finally hit bottom. If ordinary Americans think President Obama is bad, just wait until we get another GOP president, and we will because America is not close to being through with punishing itself.

    July 25, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Brent Ferra

    Good point I guess from Gov. dean.

    July 25, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Gary Garrison

    Dean it seems is bordering on being a traitor!

    July 25, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Wen

    Sad... the only ideas the Republicans can look forward to is the old disaster recycle Bush policies. Nothing new here folks!

    July 25, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. harold

    A Republican have Ideas?. What ideas?..

    July 25, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. vic

    I will support Newt Gingrich if he win Sarah Palin in the primary because something is better than nothing

    July 25, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Pat in IL

    Gingrich running for President??? You've got to be kidding. To have a low-life like him even in consideration for the highest office in the nation is the stuff nightmares are made of.

    July 25, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Illinoistom

    I disagree with Howard Dean on policy issues, but he is a man of character and courage in defending his ideas (they are still wrong, Howard). I second Dean's endorsement of Newt and agree he can provide much needed intellectual leadership to a government that has had most of it's brains sucked out by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. I'm thinking Gingrich- Paul Ryan would be a dream ticket for those that want solutions instead of slogans.

    July 25, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Terrell Cross

    What is with these Democrats that have made money and prestige off the backs of the Democrats ,that sent money and took time to get them elected? The people that backed them believe in the core Party Platform or they would not affiliate with that party,.If the candidates did not believe in this also, they should have changed affiliations. Especially Howard Dean.He ran for President and was Party Chairman. I am so disappointed in him. Never thought he was a waffler. I also feel the same about anyone that does the same on the Republican side. How can he back Newt Gingrich when the Party Platforms and beliefs are so varied and in opposition to each other? Just change parties Howard, get it over with. I for one will never knock on doors or donate to you ever again.

    July 25, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. snow

    Finally Howard Dean has said something I can agree with. I think nobummer is about as uninformed as a fence post and the demorats have been blindly following him. Take away nobummers teleprompter and he is as full of gaffs as biden.

    July 25, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Billy D Williams Lookin' Mofo

    Poor Dr. Dean. Early-onset senility is a sad thing to witness.

    July 25, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Jeff in Houston

    Even the thought of another Republican in the White House makes me phsically ill, I would rather live under Gingrich Regime than in a Palin Asylum.

    July 25, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    What? No intellectual leadership? They that wonderful brain trust of Sarah "the Wasilla wordsmith" Palin and Michelle Bachmann Turner Overload of Moose of mess.

    July 25, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. ib

    guess Dean is not as dumb as I thought he was.

    July 25, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Paul Ernest Show

    Presidential materials, traditionally, have been men and women who have well-balanced, family lives and values. Newt does not have that as a foundation, to start with. He is a man who was pointing accusing fingers at others to conceal his own immorality. Something of a trademark for Republicans. We would have to further lower the bar to accommodate him. If he cannot manage his family life, how can he manage America? And what kind of ideas does he possess? Asking women on welfare to read books everyday.? Am just disappointed that Dean would give him that kind of credit. A republican brand of policies, at this critical time of our lives is a huge recipe for disaster.

    July 25, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Ron Torres

    Wow....how quick did we forget about real change with Ron Paul's ideas....Gingrich is a Neo-con like Bush was and we can not go back to that.

    July 25, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. thomas

    Why not have the highest paid lobbyist run for the republican bid for the Presidency ???
    Contract on America " Gingrich " ! I can't believe this great country would listen to a guy that couldn't cut the mustard ten years ago .
    History changes , yet you cant change human nature !
    "Thats go backwards – ELECT NEWT "

    July 25, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Justin

    Dean is endorsing a guy who needs to take a class in "ethics" 101, oh and btw Dean is upset that the Dem party has no room for his radical ideas.

    July 25, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. S. C. C.

    So Howard Dean you will support Gingrich over President Obama.
    Suprise, Suprise and Suprise.
    Why are you angry with President Obama. You ran for president
    how would you have handled things differently

    July 25, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. kd

    Gingrich represents the worst of American politics. If he's the best Republicans can do...

    July 25, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. dsavio

    Howard Dean should keep his big mouth shut.

    We need Newt Gingrich back in politics like we need a hole in the head.

    July 25, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. B

    Hope that he does run, he is just what the GOP is all about..

    Old, obsolete, white guys with all of the same old -tried and failed- ideas that got us into our current disaster !

    Go for it..

    July 25, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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