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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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin • South Carolina • TV-The Situation Room
soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. Nate in CA

    Yeah, I get that you're pandering to the tea party–

    but I won't vote for ANYONE who gives that idiot a public forum.

    January 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Deni

    The Queen of Crosshairs can be the ambassador to our North Korean allies!

    January 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. mybadrobot

    where's the kool-aid? I need the klool-aid, now!

    January 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Fixer2010

    As if I disliked Newt before, now I really dislike him. Go ahead NEWT, usher in the Palin nonsense. It's a sure-fire way to lose. YES! Looks like Obama would win that contest.

    January 19, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    Please do include her!!! It will ensure that Obama will win in 2012!!!!
    (seriously Newt – I thought you were smarter than that!!)

    January 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. smum

    If voters are soo stupid to vote republican, whether Romney or Gingrich, then the doomsayers have been right all along......the end of the United States of America. Go ahead republican voters, kill your country and then scream patriotism. Is the hate for Obama that big of a deal?

    January 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. D

    Please, pick Sarah. Go from Mostly Unelectable to Completely Unelectable!

    Nah, Newt's prolly just messin with us. Trying to woo the Palin crazies.

    January 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. mybadrobot

    The bad news – see article above. The good news? I can see Canada from here.

    January 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Boytjie

    Palin was vetted in 2008 and found to be incompetent.

    January 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Saguaroman

    Oh man! PALIN???? If this combo makes it to the White house I'm moving to Canada!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Why is Gingrich running as a religious social conservative family values candidate? Look at the list of character flaws: Married three times, cheated on his wives, asked for an open marriage, worked as a hired gun lobbyist, censored for ethics violations as Speaker of the House. Add flaws in judgment for suggesting Palin in his administration.

    January 19, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Guy in MN

    Sarah Palin isn't qualified to do anything but run her mouth about things she knows nothing about. What a joke. It doesn't matter anyway because Newt isn't going to be in the White House. Nobody wants a wealthy, grumpy old buzzard who is completely out of touch with the American Worker to be their president. As far as the ditz being in the White House? Again, what a joke. The GOP is so out of touch with reality. Obama is a definite win for 2012. The GOP doesn't have anyone that can beat him.

    January 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. christina knight

    i don't think you will the nomination mr. gingrinch, but i think even mentioning that you would give sarah palin a job in your administration further damages any chance you might have in the general election. independents and moderates determine the results of all presidential elections, and it is not likely that these voters (i am an independent) would take your candidacy seriously (at least not in a way he would welcome) if you tie yourself to sarah palin. you already carry more baggage than a baggage car. the only thing that would make the obama team more happy than running against you would be if rick santorum gets the nomination (who leans so far to the right that you would think he would tip over when he walks).

    January 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Mark

    Make it stop! I'm laughing so hard I can't see!

    January 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Honestuck

    I don't know why everyone is so angry at Ginrich for mentioning Palin's name as a possible VP candidate. I just think everyone is a little jealous of Sarah's good fortune. I know that most of you will understand this reference: go see the movie "Being There", I think Chancey (the) Gardener would be a little jealous of her too, so I understand. As the African American maid in the movie said, "only in America" (I paraphrase).

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

    Perhaps this is what the Mayans saw for 2012?

    January 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Cool! Thanks for the info Newt...NEXT!!! I now know who WON'T be getting my vote.

    January 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. dfox2888

    Heaven help us!

    January 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Jim970

    The Republicans must really want to lose this election. Gingrich has so much baggage that he could never get elected. And, while Palin is a good choice, the liberal media has done such a hatchet job on her few people can see through all the hate to see that she is qualified and would make an excellent VP (and President). Top that with the internal bickering in the Republican debates, and there is no way they can overcome the most mediocre, anti-American of Democrats.

    January 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Brian Wickremasinghe-Woodland Hills

    Come on Newt, You can't be serious. Are you seriously damaging that minute chance of winning ? Do you hate USA to even consider Palin for a top job in your administration? I thought you were brighter.

    January 19, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. courtney

    vic in nashville, tn

    you said they will make great teammates because they brought down the democratic controlled congress in 2010 by the platforms they used on fox.

    well hey...the only thing that Congress has achieved in the past year is turning every little bill into a showdown and blocking Obama's every move. If that is what you want in an elected representative, just someone who tries to block anything from getting done, then vote for these two morons. I think about 75% of America is going to go the other way.

    I'm begging the republicans to nominate gingrich, and for him to have that ignorant hateful cow as his VP pick...Obama will win in a landslide!!

    January 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. wileysee

    I'd vote for Humpty Dumpty and Clarabelle or even an old pair of pants and a ripped shirt to keep Obama out of office. He will forever be known as "the great divider". Always, always, always DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS, WATCH WHAT HE DOES!!

    January 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. stevieboy

    It is illegal to announce cabinet picks before the general election. VP picks aren't allowed tobe announced until the convention.

    January 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. bryan

    You Palin bashers ought to know that McCain wouldn't done nothing if it weren't for Palin appeal to the voters. McCain isn't nothing but a conservative Democrate.

    January 19, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Katie

    And for that reason alone Gingrich should be kept out of the White House.

    January 19, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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