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. peter

    Palin? OK, that does it. Bye, Newt.

    January 18, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Indie

    Wow! I just lost all respect for Newt. Hope he goes away after his loss in SC. Ack!

    January 18, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. CedarRapids

    "I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I'm president"
    and with that line Newt's chances of election just disappeared.

    January 18, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. David Edwards

    What a joke.

    January 18, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. ziegfeldf

    Oh, God, please no. Can he possibly be serious?

    January 18, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. Cleareye

    The man is suicidal! Palin??????????

    I guess he knows he has no chance at all of being in any office again so he hopes he can tag along on her bus to loot the yahoos.

    January 18, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Ron Paul 2012

    It's official, Newt has become desperate.

    January 18, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Sekh

    As if I needed another reason not to vote for this guy.

    January 18, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. applepious1

    Oh yes, a Gingrich Palin administration! Yes please, that would assure an Obama second term. Heck either of these two plus anyone will assure an Obama second term!!!! Yay!

    January 18, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Alina1

    Oh boy, Palin again with her "big seat".

    January 18, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. DD

    OMG... 🙁 As a conservative I would rather vote for Bugs Bunny than any ticket that guaranteed Palin anything

    January 18, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Hawk in Texas

    I all ways thought he was nuts, this proves it beyond a doubt.

    January 18, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. sqeptiq

    Well, that'll get him the Tea Party vote and not much else.

    January 18, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Mike

    No...no....NOOOO!

    Sincerely,
    A Proud Republican

    January 18, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Paul Whelan

    I think you just lost the few remaining votes you may have had Mr. Gingrich. Did anyone in your "camp" happen to see Pailn's popularity before she decided not to get involved in this election? Here is a free bit of knowledge for you – lightening never strikes in the same place twice.

    January 18, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. Tam

    If we weren't the laughing stock of the world before, this will do it. Hooooooo-boy! Comedy Channel - it's a freebie.

    January 18, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. DC from NJ

    Reason #999 not to vote for Newt.....But, please, Republicans, please nominate him – that will guarantee that Obama is reelected in a landslide.

    January 18, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. george

    Not even newty would be that nutty... Would he?

    January 18, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. grahame rhodes

    Oh good she can bring coffee and cookies because that;s all she;s good for. On second thoughts forget it because she will open her mouth

    January 18, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. what the what?

    What seat exactly, is he talking about? Seems to me he is using her name as bait.

    January 18, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Tam

    Secretary of what – she can't read, can't write, can't speak coherently.

    January 18, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. The pain

    This really hurts my brains.I would wish the Myan calander to be true!

    January 18, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. GGinSanDiego

    Secretary of State? Education? God help us!!

    January 18, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Nobama

    Can she read any newspaper??

    January 18, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. Oscar

    Very funny!

    January 18, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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