TRENDING: Gingrich's Secretary Palin?
January 18th, 2012
05:47 PM ET
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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. UncleM

    Newt is either pandering to the extreme right or insane if he would take advice from Palin.

    January 18, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. American

    The last bit of respect I had on Newt is also gone.

    January 18, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Glenn of the North

    I had to double check the URL here to see if this was still CNN or The Onion I was reading. Still I wonder.

    January 18, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    Giving Sarah Palin a "big seat at the table" should seal the deal for Obama. Bewteen Newt's excess baggae and the large number of people that have an unfavorble view of Palin, the republicans have no chance in November.

    January 18, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Grant

    This is scary. Why would Newt ask half-term Alaska Governor Palin for advice? Maybe on Russia?

    January 18, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. DemocracyNow

    You know what they say, birds of a feather flock together, and crazy birds flock together while making ridiculous statements. Newt and Pailin are the same in that they both have said a lot of ridiculous and offensive things in their lifetimes. And they both have opinions that don't really need facts.

    January 18, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Peter Zheutlin

    Maybe he can appoint her to be ambassador to Alaska.

    January 18, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. gopher

    Gingrich as president with Palin as secretary of state would make the us a laughing stock around the world!!

    January 18, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. jim

    well ... he's lost. after that statement, he CAN NOT win.

    January 18, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Dave

    This would be every Democrat's dream !!

    January 18, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Obama Cares

    You go Newt with your bad self. Gotta love you.
    Joke.

    January 18, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Tara

    Newt gibe it up that admission just lost it for you!

    January 18, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Dave A.

    Two nasty people running for president! Wow! That will finish us off for good
    Which country shall we destroy in the name of god and democracy? Canada?

    January 18, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Dave in Canada

    Another old man off his rocker. Where do they get these guys?

    January 18, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Ricardo

    Newt Gringrich and Sarah Palin dumber & dumbest

    January 18, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Golden Girl

    You never see smoke without a fire.....

    January 18, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Brenda from Ontario

    He must be joking ... isn't he?? After the fiasco with McCain in 2008 and he would call on her for advice??? Ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration??? This alone should seal the deal for Romney. Oh well, more comic relief for Canadians! You Americans have no idea how bad you look to your neighbours to the North – I almost feel sorry for you.

    January 18, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. kjfuller7

    This is so idiotic that no one has even bothered to comment!

    January 18, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. carrie

    OMG NO NO NO !!!!!! Now gotta root for Mitt....Please Please tell me he is not serious!

    January 18, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. buckhardtb

    So he proved that we dont need to elect him ..LOL...

    January 18, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. tom

    The 2 of them are no more qualified to lead this country than Obama, who is totally incompetent as a national leader.

    January 18, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. ed

    A sure way to have 4 more years of OBAMA !
    she is the reason lots of folks voted for him...
    ed.

    January 18, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Descarado

    GAWD!!! Can you imagine how that would fire up the Obamatron zombie brill that worship at the altar of CNN? LOL!!! Bring her on!!!

    January 18, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Emmy Skaddittle

    really? She has already sunk one Republican Campaign.

    January 18, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Houston, TX

    Please NO PALIN!!!!

    January 18, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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