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. Phil

    And this begins the end of his political career for making this announcement.

    That's too bad. If I would have voted republican, I would have voted for him. The other two candidates (Romney; Santorum) are just crazy.

    January 19, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  2. Biff The Wonder Panda

    They used the "P" word.
    Im gonna throw myself off a cliff.
    wwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..................................

    January 19, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  3. Deakon

    Anyone who would let this lady even near the table is a fool.

    January 19, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  4. TXJim

    PalIn has chromosomal damage. She's not bright enough to blow her own nose and she is a quitter. How many colleges did she quit? She lasted a whole 18 months as governor before she quit. And of course Gingrich is a serial quitter. Quit on two wives. Quit on two religions. Palin and Gingrich are bad for the GOP, worse for America.

    January 19, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  5. TeabagFun

    Half way through the term, he'll dump her for a younger woman.

    January 19, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  6. larry

    That seals it for me, if Newt needs to go to Palin for advice the GOP is finished.

    January 19, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  7. FunTeabag

    Halfway through the term, she'll quit and go on a road trip.

    January 19, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. Steven Brooks

    No, LOL!

    Even Newt isn't that stupid.

    January 19, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. Prince Tamino

    Ugh. Newt pandering to the uneducated dummies in SC who like this loony woman. Let's grow up, sir.

    January 19, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  10. bosmonkey

    "I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I'm president.."

    OK, Gingrich doesn't have a chance for president. Do these guys not pay attention to media? Palin is one of the biggest political jokes ever! Have they ever listened to her? No one in their right mind could take her seriously, let alone give her any type of clout in government. hehe.

    January 19, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  11. MakeThemEatCake

    Other than sucking up to the psycho Palin supporters, why would a political historian and former Speaker of the House need advice from such a political novice as Sarah Palin? Other than free, totally supportive public exposure due to her being a "commentator" on Fox News, what does Palin have to offer?

    January 19, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  12. Bill

    The stress of campaigning has clearly effected his decision making ability.

    January 19, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  13. Frank!

    FANTASTIC!!! She can sink Gingrich just like she did McCain! Hmmmm, I wonder what she's offered him so far in the area of personal services. I mean, Gingrich is known for having a roving eye, and there's plenty of time for him to get a new Mrs Gingrich before the election.

    January 19, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  14. Mutt

    Maybe Newt wants to marry Pailin. Nothing either of these 2 won't do just to be El Presidente.

    January 19, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  15. Larry Moniz

    When Gingrich said he'd give her a secretarial post he was talking about the First Lady's social secretary. She can't be secretary of defense or state as she doesn't even know where some key countries are. She couldn't keep the governor's job so Sec. of Labor wouldn't work.

    January 19, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  16. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Welll-that just ended many votes for Newt-why would he pick a political has been who is a gutless quitter?

    January 19, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  17. mark plunkett

    Palin as Secretary of State? We'll be at war within 4 weeks. Palin at Secretary of the Interior? We'll balance the federal budget with all the permit fees for drilling any damn place industry wants to (Mount Rushmore? Yellowstone? why not?) How about Secretary of Labor? unions outlawed THE NEXT DAY.

    Newt...you're supposed to be one of the smart people in the room. Figure it out!

    January 19, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  18. Kirk Harrington

    Ummm....Newt must have lost it if he thinks bringing up Sarah Palin's name as a potential major member in his 'cabinet' will win him support. Newt–say it isn't so!!!

    January 19, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. Clif Watts

    Noooooooooo! Newt!!!!!!!!! I thought we had FINALLY gotten rid of Madam Idiot! Come on man, let's get serious here, what does a quitter Governess have to offer???

    January 19, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  20. cigarman

    If Gingrich would have to call Palin for ADVICE, the United States would be in more trouble than we are already in. I would certainly hope that Gingrich would pick Palin for a running mate, that would guarantee a Democratic win.

    January 19, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  21. PK California

    Just the mention of her will sink his ship! Any job she gets will have to come with a big clothing allowance, a big house,and 2 chairs at the desk so her husband can do the job!

    January 19, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  22. Rosa, b'ham al

    Oh please please, that would be so much fun.

    January 19, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  23. Mike Smyth

    A Newt/Sarah ticket would be perceived as the Charlatan Party ticket, it would never fly. Besides, Gingrich has already spoken with U.S. Sen. David Vitter about being his running mate. Vitter's hooker scandals would take the spotlight off of Newts various marital infidelities, and the religious right would flock to their ticket. Sarah could still sell right wing books, and Gingrich/Vitter could restore ethics and family values to Washington.

    January 19, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  24. PR

    Him saying he'd call her for advice just ended any possibility of me voting for him, albeit it was a slim chance to begin with.

    January 19, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  25. anom by choice

    Gingerich/Palin "The Democratic Dream Team".

    January 19, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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