Romney a potential running mate, says Gingrich
December 7th, 2011
03:13 PM ET
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Romney a potential running mate, says Gingrich

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich has at least one name on his list of potential running mates: GOP rival Mitt Romney.

"I think Mitt Romney is a very admirable person, and I'm not going to pick a fight with Mitt Romney," Gingrich said in an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

When asked if he would ever ask Romney to be his vice presidential nominee, Gingrich didn't mince words.

"I think the consensus is that he'd certainly be on the list, whether he'd want to or not," Gingrich said. "He's a very competent person. This is a very serious man. I would certainly support him if he became the Republican nominee."

Gingrich and Romney have sparred in recent days as the former House speaker's polling has steadily increased, surpassing Romney in key early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina.

Romney recently labeled Gingrich a career politician, and said Tuesday at an event in Arizona he would not be quiet about drawing distinctions between himself and his opponent.

Romney had previously focused much of his campaign on tearing down the record of President Barack Obama.

The full interview with Gingrich will air Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Flim-Flam, meet Flip-Flop.

    December 7, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. BigJim

    Newt will take anything he can get at this point in his life. It matters not whether potus nominee or on anybody's ticket. He would switch to democrat if Obama offered to make him his vp instead of Biden. My opinion only,just sayin.

    December 7, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. CoJo

    it is interesting to see people wanting or even desire to relive the financial melt down we had. People must love losing their homes and retirement savings due to the financial mess the republicans caused during Bush's time. Even during Gingrich's time with Enron and Tyco type companies (illegal accounting practices for those of you with bad memory). Republicans were the watch dogs during both those times. And they want to do it again?!!?!?!?! And the public will obviously let them.

    December 7, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. m

    They are both career politicians and businessmen. WIth one being more successful than the other in each area.

    gingRICH would certainly use Romney to win the election. After inauguration day Romney would disappear from the scene for the remainder of the term.

    gingRICH is the ultimate pompous jack boot thug.

    December 7, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. canuck41

    will Gingrich suffer the same fate as Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and so forth. These people that want to elect a social conservative as the GOP nominee are CRAZY!! There is only one candidate that has a chance to beat Obama and thats Romney. All the others i mention are down in the polls to the President from 4% to 10%, while Romney is virtually even. So to all the flip flopping GOP supporters, just remeber when you pass on Romney then you can kiss the Presidency good-bye and YOU"LL be responsible for 4 more years of deadbeat President.

    December 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Patriot Awesome

    GROVER – Are you a Democratic operative out to make the Republicans look crazy? That's not cool.

    December 7, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    GROVER NORQUIST IS A HERO TO ALL TAXPAYERS WHO ARE SICK OF PAYING MORE THAN THEIR SHARE TO FUND A CORRUPT SOCIALIST AGENDA, keep dreaming. Old House colleagues are flying out of the woodwork to denouce Gingrich as unfocussed and, in the words of Peter King, " a crisis a day". Couple that with the fact that Romeny can't break 25% national support on a good day, and you are looking at the biggest butt-kicking by the Dems since Goldwater. Do you really want a thrice-married former Speaker who has justified corruption adn infidelity in the name of patriotism, coupled with a boring, spineless, unpricipled technocrat who's state ranked no better than 46th in the country in job creation as the centerpiece of a GOP comeback? Independents will bail on them so fast the ticket will have scorch marks. No beliefs, no core, only ego.

    December 7, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. DAK

    I will be voting for Obama over any of these clowns. The Republicans are only interested in one thing and only one thing: your vote. After the election, they are only in it for themselves and the 1%. They DO NOT CARE about the middle class and would rather only have 2 classes of people. Them, the super-wealthy, and everyone else as dirt poor. Don't think so? Look at Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio.... Those Republicans ran on jobs and then, once elected, switched to all social issues. Same as the House.

    December 7, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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