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. InValensName

    Yet another reason not to vote for Newt. Thanks, Sarah, you've no idea what a public service you're helping to perform here.

    January 18, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Sam

    Tweedel Dee & Dumb Dumb...

    January 18, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Really?

    hahahahahahahahahahah Too funny!

    January 18, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Carlin123

    You have got to be kidding. Well t looks like Obama will win by default, unless Ron Paul runs as a 3rd party candidate.

    January 18, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. CheeseSteak

    Epic Fail

    January 18, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Reggie from LA

    Talk about crafting words. Dancing around "kinda I'm a Tea Party sort of guy, but not really, but Sarah's endorsement infers Tea Party, stuff". What it mean is he wants them to believe that...he just wants TP support and votes...period. That woman was able to run amok outside the lower 48, but she does not belong in national office, any more than that puffed up philanderer she's aligning with. Duh, between supporting Mitt or Newt and half of the others shows a lack of wit or regard for nation building or unity.

    January 18, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Ramesh Shrestha

    Bad idea. She will quit halfway when the country is in crisis. No way, no how, no Sarah the quitter!

    January 18, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. speedy001

    Wow! Palin + Gingrich, worst duet ever. Haha.

    January 18, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. steph in TX

    Wow, who knew that Todd's endorsement was so valuable?

    January 18, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Riley

    Palin deserves a powerful position in any new administration. Personally, I feel Romney will be our next president.

    January 18, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. John

    Newt Gingrich really doesn't want to win. If he talk about making Saran Palin anything If he win ,than he lost for sure. the man Is really a Idiot or Is he looking for wife number four.

    January 18, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Bryan

    Certainly, she's one of the people I'd call on for advice," Gingrich said.

    That is certainly a way to loose a race. What's that phrase about those who fail to learn from the past???

    January 18, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. MichaelJ

    Really? Newtie has just given one more example, as if one were needed, that he should have never been allowed near the levers of power anywhere. Actually, I can think of one non-vulgar place I'd like to see Ms. Palin be sent- Cuba so that she can see Communism up close.

    January 18, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Big Jilm

    Secretary of the Moose?

    January 18, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Pat

    Must be a slow day for news, because anyone with a brain knows that neither of these two idiots will ever see the inside of the White House.

    January 18, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Rev Mike

    She'd make a good adviser for any President! Being President is a tough job full stress and worry! Anything she says would be good for a stress reliving belly laugh!

    January 18, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Ann

    People would pay big money to see sarah Palin under Newt.

    January 18, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. James Kraskouskas

    Gingrich must be joking. After Palin was vetted four years ago, if he now believes that she could add anything of substance to a Presidnentail administration, he should drop out of the campaign today. Clearly Newt is not taking this nomination seriolusly and is only doing it for publicity and ego.

    January 18, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Georgia Peach

    Please, please tell me that Newt is kidding about putting this air head anywhere the whitehouse if he should win the election. That my friend Newt is the one reason that I would NOT vote for you. No way, no Palin.

    January 18, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Never Met An Educated Tea Partier

    Another reason not to vote for the mother of all hypocrites, Newt Gingrich.

    January 18, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Mich

    Yeah......what a great choice! NOT!!!!

    January 18, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. 4merRepubCT

    Just one more reason to make sure Gingrich is kept out of the WH.

    January 18, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. falcon615

    I thought Gingrich was the educated professor. He's call on Palin for advice???

    That is a terrifying thought!

    January 18, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. Glenn Stephens

    Newt and Palin – The intellectual Hardy and Laurel of the GOP. Please nominate them! I can protest my contempt for all the choices (including NDAA Obama) by abstaining from voting, voting for Vermin Supreme, or write in "none of the above" without feeling that I helped the GOP win. They would make McGovern look competitive.

    Pretty pleeeeeeease.

    January 18, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    Mr. Gingrich needs to take a good long look at how helpful Mrs. Palin was to the GOP in the 2008 election.

    Obama 2012

    January 18, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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