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. OKTOGO77

    Well, that ought to just about seal a "crash and burn" for Newt. ANYONE who would consider that moron for any political office whatsoever clearly learned nothing from the last 4 years that we've had $arah and her dysfunctional family inflicted on us.

    January 19, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. GOP is lost

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

    In other words he is telling us, "Don't vote for me"

    January 19, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  3. John Travers

    Newt, you've lost my vote!

    January 19, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  4. Clyde

    That would make Obama's reelection so much easier.

    January 19, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  5. Jim

    He just lost

    January 19, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. Ric

    Oh my,,,too funny,,,yeah Newty,,,go ahead and give her a place at your trough....see how that works out. What are you planning on appointing her to??? Secretary of Stupidity???

    January 19, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  7. pprty

    Well, that about cinches a loss for Gingrich!

    January 19, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  8. walter

    Obviously Newt is courting the Tea Party crazies who still have a crush on Palin. The thimbleful of policy ideas she might be able to contribute to the executive branch of government is laughable, but desperate times call for desperate means. Everyone knows Palin wouldn't get off her gravy train and take a massive cut in pay to be a servant of the people. Newt also knows that she knows nothing, but snagging the votes of the Palin die-hard supporters is worth it to Newt.

    January 19, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  9. Don

    Obama landslide in 2012 anyone?

    January 19, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    If Newt really wanted to demonstrate his intelligence, he would have kept that thought under wraps until after winning the general election.

    January 19, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  11. Phil Closter

    That would be great if Gingrich won and he appointed Palin to a big SecDefense? She would have us bombing Austria....and SecState? She would piss off Sarkozy and we would be at war with France. Even just suggesting Palin would have a big role tells you what a moron Gingrich is....he is really trying to please everyone...but doesnt' he know Palin is considered a joke??? He has no chance of GOP nod, nor a presidential win.

    January 19, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  12. KatR

    Good grief. Another old white GOP presidential candidate considers a good looking female as his VP pick. Didn't we experience this back in 2008?

    January 19, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  13. Bill

    When all else fails, send in the clowns!

    January 19, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  14. adam

    Gingrich/Palin: Her come the move to Mexico

    January 19, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  15. me

    Oh my, what a lovely thought, they have my vote and blessings.

    January 19, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  16. Mike

    Secretary of Stoopid?

    January 19, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  17. Michael

    Gingrich's Secretary to be Palin, well ok can she type?

    January 19, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  18. Stephen in VA

    The former history teacher would ask the gal who re-wrote Paul Revere's ride (and a few other items, but PR's ride was the most famous gaffe) to sit at his table? As a student, right? No, as a Secretary? Whut?

    January 19, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  19. Two and the Door for House Republicans

    Not that I care, but if any of these candidates wanted to show how smart they were, they could start by staying the heck away from this lady!!! OBAMA 2012!!!

    January 19, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  20. Dan

    I certainly hope that Newt would ask Palin to be is VP, it would be the same result as the last time she ran for the office. I think Newt is getting ahead of himself in that Mitt is going to be the nominee for the bagger party. Gingrich does not have baggage, he has a steamer trunk.

    January 19, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  21. Joe Smith

    In case you needed one-just another reason to not vote for Newt.

    January 19, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  22. Randy

    LOL neither ones going to win so we wont have to worry about that.

    January 19, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. Dave

    He's delusional if he thinks he's going to be choosing a vice-president.

    January 19, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  24. Talmonis

    Bwaahahahahahha. Please, PLEASE win the nomination and then have her as your running mate. PLEASE! My god, if you thought McCain got trounced because of that idiot, imagine how badly Newt will lose when NO moderates or independents vote that way come november.

    January 19, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  25. CarolSong

    This is better than SNL. Is he asking advice of all the people who have lost and made fools of themselves?

    January 19, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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