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. GSW Minnesota

    Gingrich/Palin in any combination would cause the Dems to begin salivating immediately!

    January 19, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  2. Roger

    Sucking up to the Tea Party! Fail!

    January 19, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Tommy Boy

    You have got to be kidding me! This is a joke, right? Please tell me it's a joke! Does Newtty have some financial ties to NBC and Saturday Night Live? Please please please please tell me that the Failin' Palin and her entire disfunctional hillbilly clan won't be back in the spotlight!!!!

    January 19, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. evelyn

    Can you imagine this loon as Secretary of State? Or for that matter any of the loons even in any Cabinet positions let alone the Presidency...?

    January 19, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. AEK

    Cool! I'm thinking Secretary of State. She could retake those junior high civics and world geography classes, bring a globe to the meetings and be all set. Of course the first order of business would be to start something with Iran. You know, commit a couple trillion dollars and a couple thousand American young men and women and we'd get exactly what we've got right now in Iraq. Love it! Love the plan!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. JoeyC

    Sarah Palin!?!?!?!?! Oh my God! Newt! What are you smoking? Say it isn't so. Sarah Palin is a lobotomy victim just like the rest of the republican party.

    January 19, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. once upon a horse

    Oh PLEASE let this happen! Obama supporters would just LOVE this. In fact put Sarah on the ticket!!

    January 19, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. Steve King

    I think this is a great idea for the Newt campaign. It worked so well for McCain...

    January 19, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. The Elephant In The Room

    I use to marvel @ how Gingrich had Svengalied" the GOPTP`ers into believing that he is intelligent enough to face our erudite President.

    After these pronouncements regarding a cabinet position for Palin? or not an outight rejection of her for VP, NOBODY with half a brain could think he has any real intelligence.

    January 19, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. vatoloke

    Do you have to use a mirror to give yourself the proverbial "Kiss of Death"?

    January 19, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. Irma in north Carolina

    This thought is completely sick, If any lets this bimbo any wheres near DC. Newt has to be completely out of his mind to say something like this. What is he thinking? Maybe he is looking for a different wife.

    January 19, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. sortakinda

    Did we need another reason to prevent a Gingrich candidacy in the general election?

    January 19, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  13. madmaninthemiddle

    Newt is not dumb. He's not honest either. This is just an attempt to get the far right vote. If he got the nomination he'd put some distance there fast.

    Palin Doesn't want A real job – she wants to be talked about so she can continue to be relevant and keep cashing in at Fox. For her, it's all about the Benjamins.

    January 19, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. rtbrno65

    This must be Newt's latest effort to make sure he never gets elected.

    January 19, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. CCMN

    perfect combination – they're both mean – also just sunk any chance if there ever was one of Gingrich's candidacy going anywhere!

    January 19, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  16. Jay in Austin, TX

    Newt please take Perry with you so we can get him out of Texas. He's just as smart as Sarah. They are both house broken and they would never say or do anything to undermine you.

    January 19, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  17. sortakinda

    What POSSIBLE advice could Palin provide on ANYTHING? How to appeal to the moron vote?

    January 19, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Maybe she can head up the embassy in Iran. Oh Yeah.

    January 19, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. Scot

    Our new Iranian state department embassy head !!!!!!

    January 19, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  20. pprty

    That cinches a loss for Gingrich!

    January 19, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  21. Tex71

    It's Pinky and the Brain, Pinky and the Brain
    One of them's a genius and the other one's insane...
    (But they both have egos big enough for fifteen normal people, and neither one cares a rat's behind for anyone else in the world)

    January 19, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. Tex71

    Seriously, does Gingrich really think the disaster of McCain's campaign was because of McCain?

    January 19, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Wiindyrotorwash

    That did it. And I am a republican.

    January 19, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. Tex71

    Secretary of Covert Sublecternal Activities

    January 19, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. Boo

    Gingrich is just pandering to the Palin fans (which is risible – who the hell would admit they like this woman – she's dumber than a spatula).

    January 19, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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