TRENDING: Gingrich's Secretary Palin?
January 18th, 2012
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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. Two Rivers

    Secretary of State? Maybe Department of Edukashun? Great. We'll be the laughingstock of the entire universe.

    January 18, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. TM

    Promising a job in the Administration in exchange for votes is a VIOLATION of federal election law. It was illegal when Newt promised to appoint Bolton as Secretary of State, and it is illegal for him to promise ANY position to Palin. If Obama had done this, Republicans in Congress would be drafting articles of impeachment!

    January 18, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. John

    Oh, yes, PLEASE! Lol.

    January 18, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. Uthor

    Really, Mr. Gingrich? No worry of that happening.

    January 18, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Andy

    Newt just displayed an entirely new level of bat shirt crazy. Ok, so maybe it was a calculated risk that bombed when McCain did it, but to bring her into the fold again because this time it might be different? Cue theme from The Twilight Zone....

    January 18, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. flatbushfred

    Gingrich-Palin would be the dream team – for Obama! Gingrich the lobbyist with Sarah the Quitter. Imagine the fun Jay Leno et al will have with them????

    January 18, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Shirlene

    As an independant who is leaning to the Republican ticket this time around, for Palin to be involved in any way, shape or form would be the best guarantee that my vote will go to President Obama. Just as it did in 2008 because of Ms. Palin.

    January 18, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. h4x354x0r

    Both Palin and Gingrich are *SO* dedicated and enthusiastic about serving their country! Just imagine all the things that might happen with two such people in office...

    January 18, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. indyreader

    Newt's pretty limber for an old guy, apparently. I didn't think he could step high enough to tread on his own dong like that.

    January 18, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. jj

    If this happens (Palin).. I'd vote for BugsBunny before voting for Newt

    January 18, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. hope120

    Just what this country needs. Dunb an Dumber

    January 18, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. Tom

    Newt Gingrich is pandering to the dumbest people in America.

    January 18, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. Linda

    And I thought he was the smart one.

    January 18, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Elizabeth

    oh please make this happen....what a wonderful wonderful combo for an Obama victory

    January 18, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. apple pie

    Role for Palin? As.... puppy in the White House?

    January 18, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. pulsars

    This decision that Newt made concerning Palin could have him declared legally insane in 47 out of the 50 United States.

    January 18, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. johnnieg

    Mc Cain would have been P resident had he not picked Palin . Newt would be insane to pick her for Vp . She is a quitter .

    January 18, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. Canadianneighbour

    You have got to be kidding. If that wingnut of a woman ends up being vice-president I will lobby the Canadian government to put up a huge wall at the border. Palin is a lunatic! Heaven help us all!

    January 18, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. tony

    Ambassador to Russia?

    January 18, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. David

    OMG: Imagine a Secretary of State Palin. I thought Gingrich was sort of intelligent. Wrongo!

    January 18, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. connieb

    just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.

    January 18, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. Canukman

    Good thing for Gingrich and his supporters that I am a Canadian and can not participate in your upcoming election. If he thinks that Palin could contribute anything positive to your great country, then his lack of judgment would preclude him from my considerations.

    January 18, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. Hali

    Anyone who calls on Palin for advice is a moron and cannot be considered for a White House seat.

    January 18, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess that Gingrich isn't as smart as I thought. I would never have Palin as anything in my administration. She is a real liability for any part of the ticket.

    January 18, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. joe

    Seriously? Seriously?!?! Could Gingrich give us ANOTHER reason not to vote for him??

    January 18, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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