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. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    He already knows he is going to lose, and is just trying to annoy people.

    January 19, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. hahaha

    Didn't the movie "Dumb and Dumber" already come out?

    January 19, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Mike

    What the? This just keeps getting more bizarre.

    January 19, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Anne

    Why do these Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot??? He won't be the Republican nominee, but the very fact th at he wants to bring her back shows the poorest judement imaginable.

    January 19, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. keeth

    Hilarious! Gingrich-Palin in any form is certain to hand Obama an easy victory (if Gingrich can even win the nomination).

    January 19, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Desperate pandering, or what?

    January 19, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. grizzly

    Arisen from teh ashes comes teh Phenix of Alaska. I had hoped that she got lost in teh Alska wilderness and now I see she is back telling America and Americans what is good for them. Can anyone, anyone keep this woman from opening her mouth? Palin is like the black plague, we thought it left us for good but now is plaguing the South. Goo help America in this time of crisis and please send Palin back to Alaska or the moon.

    January 19, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Marc

    She can be ambassador to Russian and still stay at home.

    January 19, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. el

    Yes! that would be perfect. That would be a sure loss...do it!

    January 19, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Newt and Palin? The best example I have ever seen of what is fundamentaly wrong with our country. The worlds oldest con-man and the nit-wit quitter, think they should be put in charge of the most powerful country on earth. Oh, wait, that's China isn't it? Ok, they can be on the ballot there.

    January 19, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Cat

    I This man has no brains either!! Two brainless idiots, now that is a ticket the Republicans can wrap their minds around.

    January 19, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Boston Guy

    Well, she can see Russia from her house so that make her the perfect person for the job!!!

    January 19, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. 2cents4free

    When historians in the future look back at this election cycle it will be widely known that this statement sealed the loss for Gingrich. Sarah Palin herself couldn't make a dumber statement.

    January 19, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. BK

    I was going to say "there goes his chance" and "ask McCain how that worked out", but roughly a million people already beat me to it. What a dope Gingrich is. The GOP is so absolutely clueless. And no, I'm not a Obama lover, either. They all stink.

    January 19, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. V in Chicago

    That does it. He has lost his mind and is living in a delusional world. If those words actually did come out of his mouth and he actually thinks Sarah Palin should serve in any post or position that involves the government of the United States, then Newt needs to be locked up for the good of the country. Oh, and Calista – you'd better watch out. . . You might want to start researching good divorce attorneys. What a Joke this Moron is!!

    January 19, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. BD70

    I can't believe anyone would consider Palin for any top job in our government. My opinion of Newt has dropped even lower. Ask her for advice? Makes my heads spin.

    January 19, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. WilsonJames

    Earth to Newt: Sarh Palin is poitical poison. Intellectually deficient, hard, evangelical right. A flub in debates. Unlikeable and a quitter. Choosing her killed McCain.

    January 19, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. GregHaus

    This lapse of judgement should finish him off.

    January 19, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    How exactly is adding a new Cabinet position, for Secretary of Stupid and appointing missy as the head, decreasing the size of government?

    January 19, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. JimAR

    Well, she certainly helped President McCain.

    January 19, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. steve harnack

    He's either lying or he is far more ignorant than I thought, and I already think that he is D student material.

    January 19, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. RLG

    Know-It All Newt and the Know-Nothing. Perfect.
    As your buddy W said, "Bring It On!"
    That should guarantee at least another 8 years of a Democrat in the White House. Maybe by then, they will have resolved the destruction the arrogant intolerant right and their 1% billionaire backers have inflicted on the country!

    January 19, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. StormeeATL

    He'll have her head the Dept of Education, that way they can make sure they kill that agency.

    January 19, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. jim

    Thank you Mr. Gingrich ... for giving Tina Fey some more material! I look forward to a SNL special!

    January 19, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Suby

    Bwhahahahaha Newt! Go right ahead!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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