Gingrich grabs backing from influential Iowa radio talk show host
December 30th, 2011
07:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich grabs backing from influential Iowa radio talk show host

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A popular social conservative radio talk show host whose program is heard statewide in Iowa is backing Newt Gingrich for president.

Steve Deace's endorsement comes four days before the Hawkeye State's January 3 caucuses, which kick off the Republican presidential primary and caucus calendar.

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Deace, who made his official endorsement on his website, said he based his decision on Gingrich's stance on what Deace calls the left's use of "unelected judges and judicial oligarchy to reinvent the American way of life, from secularism to the loss of the sanctity of life, to the redefining of marriage, the confiscation of private property, and the granting of imaginary rights."

Deace said "after offering every candidate in the race the chance to show they understand the gravity of this issue, Gingrich is the only one who has demonstrated he does, and can also use the bully pulpit of the presidency to educate Americans on the need to return to the rule of law."

In a tweet minutes after Deace announced his endorsement, Gingrich tweeted "my thanks to @SteveDeaceShow for his endorsement tonight."

Gingrich has been married three times and has admitted to marital infidelity. Deace acknowledged that baggage in his endorsement, saying "I understand Newt has taken positions and done things in his personal life I do not agree with, but to his credit he has come on my radio program and been very transparent about those things, and has shown humility and a willingness to be transparent in the process."

Earlier this week Deace said he was still up in the air about which candidate to endorse.

"I'm just as undecided as a lot of the voters are," Deace said Monday in an interview on CNN. "Maybe I can take a little bit from the candidates that I like and come up with the perfect alternative to Barack Obama and we can call it a day. I think a lot of people, myself included, they see things they like in almost all of the candidates which makes the decision-making process more difficult."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Michael Allen

    Hicktown Press writes: "I Wouldn't Advise Newt Gingrich's 3rd Wife to Get Sick"
    This serial cheater’s M.O. has been to walk out on wives at the level of their illness.
    While wife #1 was in the hospital with cancer, he delivered divorce papers to her so he could marry his mistress
    While wife #2 (former mistress) was dealing with her M.S. diagnosis, he divorced her to marry wife #3 SOURCE
    I would strongly urge wife #3 to keep quiet if she gets ill because otherwise, she’ll get left also.
    And…uh…this serial cheater and hypocrite has the gall to be running for president?
    Heaven, help us!

    December 30, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. SafeJourney

    Not gonna help Newt

    December 30, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Gingrich grabs backing from influential Iowa radio talk show host◄
    I think it's too little too late and not enough time for the Grinch to boast
    Let alone raise those poll numbers before Tuesday to a decent 2nd or 3rd
    He's slipping away slooooooowwwwwllly like an injured flightless bird!!

    The Grinch cannot steal the election…

    Obama 2012 – Because

    December 30, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. izy

    sounds to me that the radio show host has been paid very well to go ahead on sponsor him.

    December 30, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Discernment


    The 68-year old man is tired. He cannot handle the brutally demanding and emotionally draining national campaign.

    But my sympathy for Newt is limited because he showed no sympathy for the out-of-work "Occupy-Wall-Street (OWS)" protesters. The same protesters that watched their highly skilled and highly paid jobs ship to countries overseas. People are fighting for a level playing field; while Newt is stripping OWS protesters of their dignity by accusing them of being lazy and smelly bums.

    December 30, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Nate

    I found something in common with Fox news and CNN, they both use propaganda and rhetoric to attack Ron Paul and manipulate the election. Anything to make Ron Paul look bad. CNN is now even stopping commenting on articles about Ron Paul so they can get away with their anti-Ron Paul rhetoric and not give his supporters a chance to defend the out of context quotes they are throwing around about him. I tell you I have lost all faith in both CNN and Fox after what these networks have pulled trying to manipulate the election results. Its so blatantly obvious that they are just making themselves look bad, and in reality it will probably cause more people to vote for him. Corporate owned media is what is wrong in this country. Ron Paul 2012.

    December 30, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Mac

    Can you believe this retard

    December 30, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Ron Paul Fan # 1

    Mr. Steve Deace, Please, can you ask that liberal Republican aka Mitts "what business did Bain have with the most conservative media MSNBC ?" and don't forget to ask him where he stands on various issues.

    December 30, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Jason

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity and democracy?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 31, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Beefburger

    So this yotz DJ is supposed to be a king maker?

    December 31, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  11. Brian

    Does redefining marriage mean gay people will have equal rights as straight people? If so, i disagree with Newt that this is a bad thing. All men are created equal (unless you're gay)? Separation of church and state (unless you're Christian)? I thought I lived in American. WHY TF are social issues the government's responsibility.
    Ron Paul or NO ONE

    December 31, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  12. Killdeer

    Is this another "my way or the highway" republican we have here? Sure sounds like it. Who do you think you are trying to shove your beliefs down our throats and who gave you this "imaginary right"?

    December 31, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  13. Jescee

    Why no mention of Ron Paul's endorsement from #6 NATIONAL radio host Jerry Doyle?

    December 31, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Wow – an endorsement from a radio show host?? Gingrich is really racking up some critical supporters. Maybe the poor children he wants to become school janitors will endorse him too.

    December 31, 2011 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Can't wait to hear who Rush Dumbo and Glenda Beck are endorsing.

    December 31, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |

    These delusional talking heads have highjacked the GOBP. Lizard is falling fast in the polls because he says the radical extremist things that Deace wants to hear. There are no negative ads in NH,but Lizard tanked there too because of his big mouth. Keep talking Lizard.

    December 31, 2011 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  17. Pete Philadelphia

    I wonder if there is a Tiffanys in Iowa? I can't believe that people think Newt Gingrich is a conservative. The guy was for cap and trade, for the individual health mandate,voted for the department of education,received 1.8 million from Fannie Mae for being an historian??? Disgraced the office of speaker of the house with his tawdry affairs and ethics violations, was for amnesty for illegals, 3 marriages,serial adulterer,career politician and the ultimate Washington Insider and some right wingers think he is the standard bearer for the tea party movement. Unbelievable!

    December 31, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Marie MD

    What? Fat boy limberger wasn't available?

    December 31, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. w l jones

    Every dently this man were not born in American otherwise he would know the history of our country. Enough said.

    December 31, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. GI Joe

    Loudmouth old trouble-makers never die – they just come back running for a higher office with their pockets stuffed from lobbying fees.

    December 31, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Undcided? Whats to decide? You either vote for the morally bankrupt, the facsist, the liar, the fool, or the total nut job. Its easy squezee. Nothing new here from the repugs. Move along.

    December 31, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |