TRENDING: Gingrich's Secretary Palin?
January 18th, 2012
05:47 PM ET
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TRENDING: Gingrich's Secretary Palin?

(CNN) - If Newt Gingrich wins the White House in November, the former House speaker said Wednesday Sarah Palin may get a big seat at the table.

"I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I'm president, but nothing has been discussed of any kind," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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His comments came one day after Palin urged South Carolina voters to head to the polls for Gingrich during Saturday's first-in-the-South primary.

She said a win for Gingrich would prolong the Republican primary and allow voters more time to vet the remaining candidates.

Asked if he would consider the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee to be his own running-mate this time around, Gingrich insisted it was too early to discuss a possible short list.

"Certainly, she's one of the people I'd call on for advice," Gingrich said.

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soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. Nobama

    You are going to pick her as VP candidate? Gingrich? The, the election will be about Palin and Newt, not Obama!!!

    You want a 2008 repeat?

    January 18, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Scott

    God help us

    January 18, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Leeann

    Palin as VP would be the kiss of death to the ticket.

    January 18, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Peter

    So close Newt, so close, blew it Newt.

    January 18, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. AZMN

    Another reason not to support Newt!!!

    January 18, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Debby

    Oh gosh the gruesome 2 some or should I say Dumb and Dumber.

    January 18, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. LeAnn

    The Gingrich ship just hit an iceberg.

    January 18, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Tammy Lambert, Arizona

    Knowing that a Republican might possibly take office, I decided that Mitt might be to out of control with giving all the power of the nation to his church. Gingrich being the only alternative sounded terrible but better.... but after his statement about Palin I feel angry and confused and reminded how important it is for Obama to remain in office.

    January 18, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |

    Well, that won't last.

    January 18, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Tanker

    Newt is going to dangle Palin to win the Religious Right who are reluctant to support Romney.

    Typical New; brazen, high handed, double delt, and he will back out of the deal as soon as he makes it.

    And, its a better than 50/50 chance the Religious Right will fall for it...

    January 18, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Dixie Independent voter

    Is Palin going to be Newt's #4?

    January 18, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. brian in denver

    Wow! Here's a ticket made in heaven. Tweedle dum & tweedle dee. Moe & Curly. Cheech & Chong.

    January 18, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. jennifer in Houston

    Certainly, she's one of the people I'd call on for advice," Gingrich said.

    a great pair.. the corrupt and the nincompoop..

    January 18, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. pnwjim

    Will never happen because you go with winners and not losers or quiters and their two egos could never share the spotlight .The Palin people can say what they want but sarah cost old John votes of indepedents and the elderly.Nothing has changed and the same people will follow Getrich, with or without Sarah.

    January 18, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Cubanon

    She would make a good SOS, after all she can almost see Rusia from her Alska home!!

    January 18, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |

    Come on man....Are you looking for the "kiss of death"? You already have enough baggage to travel the world and you want to add to it? Talk about "birds of a feather"!!! I would have thought that just an endorsement from this person would send you running for the hills. My goodness, what have we come to? Newt for President, and Sarah for Vice President. President Obama, I know it's a very hard job with all that you have been up against, but PLEASE don't leave us with only these people to count on to fix a mess THEY made!!!!!

    January 18, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. Rachel

    He wants to surround himself with fellow explosive idiots. Great. It will be the downfall of western civilization.

    January 18, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. jimmyg

    This would be the ULTIMATE dream ticket..............for the Democrats!!! LOL These two twits shouldn't even be allowed to run for dogcatchers!

    January 18, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. B1812

    He cant be serious right? Is he trying to sabotage his on campaign worse then what it is? Guess he will forget this also and blame her for him loosing to LOL! Its been done before Newt. Remember?

    January 18, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Dude in Colorado

    "Certainly she's one of the people I'd call for advice"

    Well there's a shot Gingrich fired dead smack into the middle of his own foot! Is it possible this man has lost his marbles to the point where he would call Palin for advice?!

    The next stop for the Gingrich Campaign after a loss in SC this Saturday: Running as an Independent/TP'r...

    Obama/Biden '12

    January 18, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. Ron Donaghe

    Lord, help us all!

    January 18, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. alfranken

    lol , uhhhh yea, as a flaming far left liberal - please, parade that idea before the election if Gingrich gets nominated by the GOP. 3 thumbs up.

    January 18, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. CaliforniaBC

    And just when Gingrich was rising in the SC polls.... lol!

    January 18, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. JohnDorian

    "Certainly, she's one of the people I'd call on for advice."

    Seriously? And I was seriously thinking about voting for Gingrich at one time. What a fool I am. Anyone who publicly proclaims they would take any type of advice from that woman has serious judgment issues, and can not possibly be presidential material.

    January 18, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Liz the First

    Well, this speaks volumes about his judgement, that he would give that airhead an ounce of responsibility in his administration. he just proved beyone a doubt he's not fit to be president.

    January 18, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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