Palin endorses (Todd, that is)
January 9th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin endorses (Todd, that is)

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich announced Monday he received the backing of Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

At an early afternoon Rotary Club meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, Gingrich said he just learned of the developments.

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"About 20 minutes ago I got a very nice phone call from Todd Palin, Sarah's husband, and he indicated he was going to endorse me today," Gingrich said.

The 2012 GOP hopeful later sent out a message on his Twitter account, saying, "Honored to be endorsed by Todd Palin. President Obama has failed. We need a Bold Reagan Conservative in the WH."

Gingrich's message linked to an article on the website of ABC News, which first reported Todd Palin's endorsement.

In a statement released by Gingrich's campaign, Palin touted the candidate's leadership skills.

"Newt Gingrich is a true leader, which he has proven not only since the beginning of his campaign, but throughout his career," Palin wrote. "Just like Sarah, Newt has faced many successes and challenges. Despite his consultants leaving him last summer, Newt is still standing because of his ideas and his success in the debates – not by spending millions of dollars in campaign ads."

Todd Palin, often referred to as the "First Dude" by his wife when she was serving as Alaska's governor, has long served as one of Sarah Palin's closest political advisers.

Sarah Palin has yet to publicly endorse a candidate.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Todd Palin
soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Jason

    Todd. Palin's. Big. Endoresement.
    The combination of these four words represents everything wrong with the coverage of politics in America.

    January 9, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. sbp

    Todd Palin endorsement? Kiss of death.

    January 9, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Tracy

    Who is Levi Endorsing ?

    January 9, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. markiejoe

    Well, that sinks Gingrich's campaign.

    January 9, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. delbre

    I am endorsing Obama

    January 9, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. just checking

    Big whoopie do!!!!!

    January 9, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. laughing duck

    Well that should just about wrap it up for ol Newt!

    January 9, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. woody

    Who is Todd Palin. Come to think of it who is Sarah Palin and on top of that who really cares?

    January 9, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. Kevin

    I guess Todds endorsement of Newt cancels out my endorsement of Donald.

    January 9, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Beadles

    Wow, endorsed by Todd Palin. Doesn't get much better than that.

    January 10, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  11. Wade

    This is news?

    January 10, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |


    January 10, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  13. midwestmatt

    That seals it! I'm voting for Newt.


    January 10, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  14. tarponx

    Who is he to endorse anyone? Why is he in the news? Thought we were done with this family. Please go away.

    January 10, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  15. hwy9

    Wow. And this is newsworthy how?

    January 10, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  16. Ben Thare


    January 10, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  17. snowdogg

    and just who is Todd Palin again?

    January 10, 2012 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  18. noteabags

    Who cares about what Todd Palin thinks? He married Sarah. They should say something of his credibility.

    January 10, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  19. GOP Cannon

    Todd Palin is irrelevant

    January 10, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  20. scott

    Todd who?

    January 10, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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