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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  1. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Palin, the tongue speaking Christian supporting Newt, the man that divorced 2 wives because they had terminal illnesses. Now that's a Christian value to believe in.

    January 19, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Ben Thare

    Satirists and comedians everywhere responded with energetic applause. 🙂

    January 19, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Rationalintn

    Here we go again with the BIG TEASE. Fans of $arah, sorry to break it to you, $he is not going to take a lower paying job! $he broke your hearts with all the teasing last summer. Many Americans saw through her game, and knew $he wasn't going to run – it was all about attention, the perception of relevance, and wait for it..........CA$H. $arah will milk this thing with Newt for all the dollars it is worth. Newt should consider a career in comedy when this POTUS thing doesn't work out.

    January 19, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Randy

    Thanks, Newt, you sealed your fate with me. See ya.

    January 19, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. BT

    GREAT NEWS! Newt, just keep talking like this...............

    January 19, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. mike

    If this really happens I am immigrating to Russia where I can see Sarah Palin's house from my backyard 🙂

    January 19, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. GI Joe

    It plays to the uneducated in Southern states. Come on folks, he's not THAT stupid.

    January 19, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Let me see - Secession states: Alaska, SC, TX.

    Go ahead - that will insure all our debts will be paid faster without those socialist welfare states.

    January 19, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. ahm

    u gotta be joking ...... right ?? 🙂

    January 19, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. ac

    WOW! Great news for OBAMA 2012

    January 19, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. tstorm

    Ha! Would that be awesome or what! Not only would Obama win re-election by a landslide but think of the fun, the Saturday Night LIve skits, that will come of this! I love Republican politics....it's so stupid, so funny, so dumb that Hollywood comedy writers couldn't make this stuff up if they tried!! LOL....

    January 19, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. tluv00

    This statement is the equivalent of taking a dive in boxing. So long Newt. It's been real.

    January 19, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Chris

    First thought this was a joke and, as I was picking myself off the floor laughing, realized Newt may be serious. Apparently Newt has forgotten what happened in 2008 and how McCain lost the election by selecting Palin as his running mate. It's not like Gingrich has enough in his background – multiple marriages, serial adulterer, questionable business practices, now he's taking about having Palin the Quitter in his administration. Not exactly the "Family Values" candidate, is he? Just makes it easier for Obama!

    If I had any thoughts about voting Republican this time around, they're all gone now. If these are the best the GOP can do, perhaps they need to reconsider their existance as a party.

    January 19, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. arale norimaki

    I wish people would stop calling her Governor. She only served a half term at best before she quit. Seems like she gave up that right. As I recall, she said she quit because she could not do her job with all the law suits that were being filed against her. she bankrupted the town and didn't have a thing to show for it and was mired in scandal.

    January 19, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Ernie

    Oh now there is a looney toon combination if I ever saw one

    January 19, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Jeepers, Newt, why don't you, at the very least, get the nomination locked up before you start appointing Cabinet members?

    January 19, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. John

    Newt Gingrich after you say that you are going to have Saran Palin In some matter If you win ,than you just lost. This woman Is not smart enough to do anything. Newt Gingrich you have just lost your President Bid, Just ask John McCain.

    January 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. billy

    It's like Newt is trying to lose.

    January 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. teacher

    The table she could sit at is her kitchen table. Her job would be Secretary of Russian Snooping. She could watch everything that is going on in Russia from her kitchen window, if she ever stayed home.

    January 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. vatoloke

    Yes, please bring her on. Maybe that will bring Tina Fey back to SNL.

    January 19, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Timothy

    This is Gringrich's way of pandering to the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

    Once Romney wins the nomination I am looking for the Tea Party to split with the Republican Party and nominate their own candidate.

    January 19, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Independent Voters

    Palin must put voodoo on Newt to say he going to make her his cabinet. Another bite the dust.
    4 more years for Obama.

    January 19, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. TPF

    How can a man that's supposedly so smart make a stupid decision like that. Of course no one has yet said that she would do anything in anyone's administration. She will cost that person so many votes their chances to be elected would disappear so fast.

    January 19, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Well, on the upside, we'd get to see a lot more of Tina Fey!

    January 19, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. StuckInTX

    This "news" doesn't even warrant a comment .

    January 19, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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