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. Newt the Newt

    Gingrich isn't stupid enough on his own, so he needs to bring the possibility of even more stupid to the table?

    Hey Newt, hear that sucking sound? It's your poll numbers dropping to 0% after opening your big mouth yet again. Just how many feet can you fit in that kisser?

    January 18, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    sweet........wasn't she the reason they lost last time around?

    January 18, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Paul

    McCain/Palin did not work and Obama won. If Newt/Palin is the ticket Obama will win again. This shows how dim Newt is.

    January 18, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. works4me

    What a stupid way to END his campaign.

    January 18, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. FLOP

    Just a few moments ago I thought Gingrich was the smartest one out of the entire flock of disasterous candidates. This revelation.. "Certainly, she's one of the people I'd call on for advice," Gingrich said... just proved me wrong.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    January 18, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. RO

    Is he kidding us? Oh my...... what is next?

    January 18, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Seeing as how he's a historian, maybe he can give her a crash course in American History on the campaign trail, no?

    January 18, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. gina

    God help us if this ever happens.

    January 18, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. John J

    As dumb as Newt is, he isn't serious about Palin. ALL POLITICS

    January 18, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Canoeman1

    GREAT! First, we had McCain choosing a brain-dead egomaniac for his running mate, and now Newt is hinting that he may do the very same thing. This is reason enough for voters everywhere to reject the Newtered One. Personally, I think Newt is just getting tired of Calista and Sarah is starting to look pretty good to him.

    January 18, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. longshot

    Newt was supposed to be the intellectual, the establishment guy – this just proves the GOP no longer exists, they've all gone crazy. It's the new GOTP...."epistemic closure" confirmed

    January 18, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    HAHAhahahahahahaaaa!!!!! OMG. I don't honestly think he's THAT stupid. She was the kiss of death for McCain and Newt knows it. No, he probably imagines her as Secretary of Energy (LOL) or maybe Interior (terrifying). Sounds like he's trying to scuttle his own chances with talk like this. Maybe Romney and Rove have already paid him?

    January 18, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. angryoldguy

    We're in real trouble here, folks!

    January 18, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Mary Angeline

    If he needs Sarah's advice, he is dumber than I thought. Give her a high-level position? Well, I hope she gets an assistant who will read everything for her since we all know she doesn't read!

    January 18, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Funny

    Gingrich and Palin are both jokes

    January 18, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. goodluch charlie

    Well, whatever chances he had at this point just got flushed down the drain...Did he not pay attention the last time around with McCain??
    FIRST!

    January 18, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. tommytd

    Yea, great...let me know how that works out for ya! Way to blow any chance you might have had. The woman is a zero.

    January 18, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Watch out Calista - remember how he met and courted YOU?

    January 18, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Voter

    Well, he is ending his chances to get to the WH. As it is, Newt is not that popular outside his own party, but add Palin to the equation and he is for sure not a viable candidate...has he forgotten why McCain lost so many votes (mine included) in 2008? I did not think of my vote as support for Obama – I voted for Obama only to keep Palin as far away from Washington as possible.

    The fact that Newt would put Palin in some job, and that he says he would go to her for advice should make even the republicans reluctant to vote for him!

    January 18, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. wuftusa

    No comment so far from the reader. Good. People are too shocked to think.

    January 18, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. DB

    "Certainly, she's one of the people I'd call on for advice," Gingrich said.
    You just threw yourself under the bus there buddy!
    She can definitely advise him on when the Russians are coming, from her door step.

    January 18, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. elle

    All GoP candidates should be asked by the media if they would "rule out" a dangerous Palin VP candidacy.

    January 18, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Olaf Big

    No, not a Secretary, VP again! Please, please, Newtie win the nomination and take Sarah for another campaign ride! I will be glued to the tube, and Tina Fey will shine like a supernova. On the second thought, Forget Tina Fey, you won't stop laughing watching the real thing. All the way till the polls close in November and Newtie and Sarah get off the radar till the next show...

    January 18, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. jd

    If Newt would call on Palin for advice it's no wonder he isn't winning in the polls. Shows he just plain stupid.

    January 18, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Jim

    Pointless name-dropping.

    January 18, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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