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. Ambrose Smith

    As if his credibility couldn't get any lower he says this! Thanks for the laugh Newt.

    January 18, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Russ

    Oh come on!! Even the Newt can't be that stupid, can he? Even the suggestion of putting her in a major cabinet roll should be enough to not vote for this idiot. There is NO MAJOR ROLL that Palin could fill. There is no minor roll she could fill. We would be the laughing stock of the world. Republicans are totally out of touch with reality.

    January 18, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. SafeJourney

    Sounds like Newt wants attention like the Donald. If Newt was a serious candidate, he would not want loser Palin anywhere near him or his administration.

    January 18, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. sandman

    I think they would make a great ticket. They represent the character and core values of the Republican / Tea Party and its members.

    January 18, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. Delu

    Gringrich hasn't learnt from John McCain's failure in 2008 has he?

    Well I guess if he wants to learn it the hard way......

    January 18, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. clarke

    Well he lost my vote, I don't want her anywhere near Washington DC

    January 18, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Wise1Speak

    Perfect match.
    'Airhead Sarah Palin' to hook up with 'Slimy Scuzzy Snake Newt Gingrich'.

    January 18, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. justsane

    i guess this is pretty much irrelevant information, as there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that mr. gingrich will be elected president.

    January 18, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Ron

    Gingrich will do anything, say anything right now to appease the radical right. Just the thought of Gingrich as President and Palin in ANY role is enough for cause of deep concern. It shows that there is no limit to how crazy this campaign can get.

    January 18, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. A Southern Lady

    And who in their right mind want these two people running the country?

    January 18, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. jonathan

    Well, as a moderate who began to like Newts new found sense of understanding and moderation, I can easily say I want NO parts of this. Palin, Bachmann, Perry, and mitt are instant no's.

    January 18, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. bucktrust

    Even Newt isn't that stupid. Or maybe he is...

    January 18, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. MWM

    The only post she is qualified for is ambassador to Wassila.

    January 18, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. roscoe

    I wonder if her role would become mistress and then wife number (4?) or if she could skip the mistress step.

    January 18, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. TPF

    He just lost most of America's votes. Nuff said!

    January 18, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. Joe

    Now we now he's crazy.

    January 18, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. LMC

    newt would actually axk Palin for advice? My already low opinion of him has pretty much dropped to zero now. I can't think of a much worse scenario than Gingrich and Palin.

    January 18, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. pmmarion

    Absolutely just one more reason NOT to support the "Newtster". lol

    January 18, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. pmmarion

    Call on for "Advice"???? This guy is really out there...lol

    January 18, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Jeff In Ohio

    Does she know Excel?

    January 18, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. Laura

    I don't think that Newt will get the nomination anyway, but...............was he out of the country during the 2008 elections? While I am not a Republican, I feel that John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate had a lot to do with his defeat. Good luck with that Newt!

    January 18, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Lila

    Well that's one more reason not to vote for him.

    January 18, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Does Callista know about this?

    January 18, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Gingrich is just trying to get Palin supporters to support him.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    January 18, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Absolutely Amazed and Bemused

    Newt would give Sarah P a big seat at the table?
    That from the Newt, PhD, who is supposedly so smart? He hasn't learned from the disaster that Sarah P caused the last time around???????????????????????
    He must have completely lost his marbles. Oh does he find her more attractive than Calista? He must have lost his marbles, and he would lose his b.alls tooo.

    Please please please Newt, this is the funniest thing you said so far. Say it again, Newt... We love comedy.

    January 18, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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