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. David M

    Gingrich – Palin ticket??? I think I could run with my 8 year old son as my VP and beat this pair. As for a 'mojor' role for her in any administration, I just don't see it. Maybe she could be a special assistant to someone's special assistant.

    January 19, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. TJeff1776

    Boy, the ONLY thing "The Grinch" is good at is a silver-tongue....BUT nothing else.

    January 19, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. davebuddy

    2 cooked quacks

    January 19, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. deepthunk

    Just give her an office and tell her she’s secretary of air mites, or snipe hunting, she doesn’t know enough about government to know the difference.

    January 19, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Alaskan

    God help us. No way I'd vote for someone who would even consider putting Palin in any position of responsibility or power.

    January 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. ShawnDH

    Could Newt be ANY MORE out of touch with America? Palin is toxic. She's both reviled and a joke at the same time, which is her only accomplishment.

    January 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Mikeminnc

    Right now the democrats are praying Newt wins and puts Palin on the ticket.

    January 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. MaryM

    I would like to take this moment to congratulate President Obama on his re-election.

    January 19, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. TJeff1776

    AND in regards to Sarah Palin, Newt would have nothing BUT honorable intentions.

    January 19, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. OregonTom

    RON PAUL 2012. He is the ONLY Republican choice.

    January 19, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. OregonTom

    Palin is the reason Obama is in the White House.

    January 19, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. P.G

    Sorry Newt, after NBA star Glen Rice, she wouldnt even feel your little gingrich.

    January 19, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. HL

    Newt, calling Palin for advices? What has this world come to?

    January 19, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Pioneer

    Obama doing the happy dance in the Oval Office

    January 19, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Keith Chadwick Ottawa Canada

    One can only hope at some point a real mama grizzly will attack her, that would be some nice irony. This women needs to be completely removed from any possible position of authority!

    January 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Alex

    And here I thought AC replaying his giggle fit alongside Brad Pitt's crack-up on the Ridiculist would be the funniest thing I'd see on CNN today!

    January 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Mani

    now we have to check on Newt's electability

    January 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Scott

    Newtie just wants to cheat on his wife with Sarah. No place for women or minorities in a Gingrich White House.

    January 19, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. mybadrobot

    please, please, please, Newt. I have been waiting for Sarah to join this campaign. You are just the combo that I want governing the free world. You share my social values, and are the sharpest knives in the American dreawer. Thank you!

    January 19, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Sal Voce

    that would be a definate losing situation for Newt! Palin is a washed up has been total space cadet!

    January 19, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. justaman

    Thought he'd just throw this one up to see if it would stick? I'd say it stuck all right!

    January 19, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. WB

    How forgetful we are. Palin was drag on the ticket for McCain and the contrast between Prof. Gingrich and Palin the anti-intellectual would be enormous.

    January 19, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Dano558

    He probably has something like the EPA or Interior in mind. Still, Newt should have answered that question along the lines of; there are many qualified people to chose from and when the time is right I'd work with my VP to fill all the positions with the people who have the greatest capacity to serve this country in the manner that befits the position for which they are asked to serve.

    January 19, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Steve

    What a wonderful asset should would be. A self-made woman who made her way to the top through hard work while raising a family is something too many other people are lacking. What a excellent example for all of us!

    January 19, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Chris

    It is significant that Newt raises this in SC. He would never have done this in NH. This will work in SC because Palin appeals to the religious zealots there (yes, I said religious zealots, watch the audience reactions during the debate and decide for yourself). NH is far too moderate for that. Question is, is the nation as moderate, or just crazy?

    January 19, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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