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. Just Saying

    Sarah Palin is very well qualified, based on her performance as Governor and as a candidate, for at least two cabinet positions that I can think of.

    She could easily serve as the Secretaryof (mis)Education or as the Secretary of Transportation To Nowhere.

    Just Saying...

    January 19, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Evan

    OMG that would be a total disaster & guarantee an Obama win-PLEASE dont do it.

    January 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Taxpayer

    Gingrich has to be the worst person running for the office of the president 2012 PERIOD. Newt Gingrich is a smooth talker with no integrity (personal or political). I am stunned that ANYONE would vote for this man. He isn't "for the little guy". He's out for himself and always has been. He's got a record a mile long of doing awful things to individual people AND the people of the United States. He is about as unChristian as you can get in his values for the religious voters with treating his many wives like Senator Edwards did his own wife (remember Elizabeth Edwards)? This man is a shyster.

    January 19, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. loathstheright

    Biggest losers ticket.

    January 19, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. GOP is lost

    I know what would be the perfect job for her.
    We all know how Republican hate telepromtor, so she'll be Gingrich's Administration's human promtor. She'll write speeches on her hands and hold them up so he can read them.

    January 19, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. josephine

    Oh no, please dont tell me it's going to be Ric Santorum now getting the nomination. Romney is out because of his off shore accounts and now Gingrich mentioning Palin as an adviser, he is done too.

    January 19, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. PorkNBeans

    Somehow, I can see every redneck republican I know voting for this ticket.
    And, I can see every corporate rethuglican that I've never known laughing all the way to the bank.

    January 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. woodofpine


    I'd rather have Paris Hilton in a Cabinet position!!

    January 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Newt can probably call Kardashians andthe Lohans.....may be he will get better advice!

    January 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. jim

    Good God !!!! Gingrich is even stupider than I thought, and that's going some!

    January 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Steno Pool

    If Newt wants to hire Caribou Barbie as his secretary, I think it's great she will finally have a job she is qualified to do! Sharpen pencils, make coffee, dictation, hiding Newt's mistresses... No offense intended to real executive assistants..
    Interesting Republican short term memory. I hope he remembers she was political poison in 2008. If she is in the running for any position, he has even less chances than he has now.

    January 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. 66Biker

    Go ahead Newt, 'Ol Boy. Show America just how stupid you really are.

    January 19, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. commentary42

    I can just see her now – Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency (with their new shotgun logo)? Heaven help us.

    January 19, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Sharon Jacobs

    Whaaaaaat? Have MERCY!

    January 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. The Left Wing

    Some say Newt is smart. Some say Newt is erratic. This certainly settles that question.

    January 19, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. ART

    Stupid meet stupid

    January 19, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. joeblow

    Newt and Palin on the hunt, look out Obama, BOY U IN TRUBUBA NOW!

    January 19, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. judith

    Newt has just proved himself certifiably nuts by this statement. Putting this half-witted half-governor in any high position demonstrates either desperation of sheer insanity.

    January 19, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. scientificpoetry

    This wouldn't be like dumb and dumber. It would be dumb and dumbest! I think this provides the final peice of evidence showing that Gingrich is a complete idiot! To even consider Palin is spectaculary stupid. I think Michelle Bachman may be the only woman in politics that is dumber than Palin.

    January 19, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Baylor Alum

    HELP!!! The GOP has fallen, and it can't get up!!

    January 19, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Russell Hammond, Hollywood

    Gingrich/Palin? Just cut to the chase and have the KKK run the country.

    January 19, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Michael

    Palin in Gingrich Cabinet = No Way in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks that I vote for Gingrich

    January 19, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. clarke

    Well she has grown over the past few years. she is not a true leader.

    January 19, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. macb

    I think that a President Gingrich would consider Palin for Secretary of Defense because she's so good at killing things with a gun, or Secretary of State because she can "see Russia from her house."

    January 19, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. grannyof9

    my my, can it get any weirder????????????????? what has happened to the GOP???? guess the Tea Party has opened the barn door and all the whack-nuts have filed in.... what a nightmare slate of candidates....and that woman is as dumb as a post – and Newt is slick as an eel and twice and dangerous..... heavens...what a freak show.

    January 19, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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