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. billy davis

    What are we adding a new Agency? We have the Secretary of Defense now we'll have Sarah Palin Secretary of Idiots?

    January 18, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. Johnny B. Goode

    Palin and Gingrich? He's be better off to choose Snookie for a running mate. On the other hand, they don't call Sarah Palin, "Snow-Mobile Snookie" for nothing.

    January 18, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. Irskan

    sweet jesus...

    January 18, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. pn

    He is even more insane than I thought.

    January 18, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. Ky

    he really doesn't want to be PResident does he, what a stupid idea – the stage of stooges is what the GOP field is.

    January 18, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. Nick

    There went my 30-days of peace without hearing that gawd awful name.

    Go for it, Newt!

    January 18, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. legman

    That's the most hilarious thing I've heard any of those clowns say since this all started!!! Talk about political suicide!

    January 18, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. Randy B.

    Maybe Sarah could be Mrs. Gingrich #4???

    January 18, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. UtahProf

    HA! I'll bet that comment lost him some votes – I am die-hard Ron Paul but if he came out and said he was giving Sarah Palin a seat at the table I would vote Obama ... really. She is charismatic but a real moroon.

    January 18, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. caeser

    Wow...that would be like "Heckle & Jeckyll".

    January 18, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Geosuicide

    Oh dear God, no. Please no.

    January 18, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. Jack

    Thanks for letting us know.

    January 18, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  13. Canadian Jim

    Just when you think the GOP primary can't get any more bizarre...God help us all!

    January 18, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. Bozzz

    In case you had any questions about Newt's judgement, this article says it all.

    January 18, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. cgs

    HaHaHaHaHa. Haven't laughed so hard for a long time!

    January 18, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. dina

    Oh my god.Will this woman ever go away.

    January 18, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. The Film Professor

    OMG, the most frightening suggestion all year! The Nutty Professor on a ticket with Caribou Barbie? Yikes!

    January 19, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  18. Nick

    -and it would kill any chance he has at beating Obama. See: McCain

    January 19, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. @usxpatriate

    G/P 2012 would be a slam dunk for Obama. Elections are decided by the independent and undecided. These two are only appealing to their base. This would be AWESOME!

    January 19, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  20. Splusm

    Sarah's involvement will be Newt's "kiss of death." You heard it here first!

    January 19, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  21. Shelby

    So, yes, sarah palin is happily jumping on newton's bandwagon, despite newt's treatment of women–specifically his treatment of his former wives.

    newton said (reported in a Dec. 27 CNN story) of his first wife: "You know and I know that she's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a president,". What a condescending cold creep!  newton you need to learn that women should be treated with respect. We are not inferior to you!

    And shame on you, sarah. You would do anything to advance in national politics.

    And BTW newton, have you looked at yourself in the mirror?

    January 19, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  22. kg

    wow.. great way to ensure that you don't become president, newt.

    January 19, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  23. wanderer

    Gingrich-Palin is a perfect match, even better than of McCain-Palin. I am so excited and wishing Gingrich will win nomination. Ginrich-Palin will save Obama a lot of headache and almost guarantee Obama will get re-elected.

    January 19, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  24. Wylie-Mike

    Is Gingrich saying that he is buying Palin's endorsement?
    That's an Obama faction tactic. Appoint to or create an agency as a political favor to the activist or faction that support their election. Oh, and hire their fellow activist of faction members. Then on occasion they impose some bogus regulation that makes the agency seem legitimate. Even Obama says that there is too much agency redundancy. He won't get them merged because too many cronies would lose their status.
    Why would we want the same from Gingrich?

    January 19, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  25. frank

    Imagine sending a Secretary Palin off to maintain/improve our diplomatic relations around the world...the results? Catastrophic. She isn't 1/10th of the woman Hillary is in terms of intelligence, experience or diplomacy.

    January 19, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
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