Gingrich receives the Perry endorsement on his bus
January 19th, 2012
12:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich receives the Perry endorsement on his bus

Beaufort, South Carolina (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's campaign bus idled in front of a scheduled town hall so the former House speaker could watch Texas Gov. Rick Perry announce he was ending his presidential run.

Afterwards, Gingrich told hundreds gathered on Beaufort's historic waterfront, "I was very honored and very humbled to have Gov. Perry speak so well about endorsing me."

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With polls tightening and the Republican presidential field winnowing, Newt Gingrich continued his plea to conservative voters to coalesce behind him here and at his first campaign stop in Bluffton Thursday morning.

Without mentioning his closest conservative competitor who remains in the race, Rick Santorum, the former speaker made his pitch to Sun City retirement community

"We have several good friends who are running, they're nice people. The only effective conservative vote on Saturday is for Newt Gingrich. I am the only person in the polls close enough to Romney to beat him," Gingrich told the packed auditorium. "And with your help I think we can have a decisive victory to set the stage to go to Florida and finish the job."

Two new polls indicate that Mitt Romney's lead over Newt Gingrich is shrinking.

Rather than go after his Republican opponents Newt Gingrich directed his attacks at President Barack Obama.

The former speaker criticized the Democratic president for closing part of the Disney World Amusement Park in Orlando in order to hold a town hall. He said the optics won't be good to have Obama on a "phony main street on behalf of a phony president."

Gingrich said he was going to send a letter to Disney to request the use of an area outside of the theme park for him to hold a town hall meeting comparable to Obama's when he campaigns there ahead of the Florida primary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Samuel Getaneh Bogale Calgary Alberta

    I still don't think even with Santorum's endoresement that Newt Gingrich will win!

    January 19, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Does this mean we will have to endure more of Offshore Mittens' PAC attack ads in Florida? He spends $8 million in every state, and still people don't like him. I am not sure that Cayman Romney is gaining support by destroying his fellow clowns.

    January 19, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Perry, Huntsman and Bachmann had such low support that it won't make a difference to Newt especially with these votes getting split between Romney, Paul, Santorum and Newt. There are still too many people in the race for this to help anybody. But after the NEXT person drops out, then it'kk make a difference. But by then Romney will be well on his way to the nomination. Divide and conquer is working for Romney in this scenario, just as Obama uses it on the American people.

    January 19, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. patNY

    What's scary is that Newt said on the news this morning he would name Sarah Palin to a prominent position in his Adminstration...lord help us all!

    January 19, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Anything to keep Romney from sleeping at night is fine with me. Although I would never vote for Newt Gingrich – at least he's out in the open with his opinions unlike the Mormon who never gets his hands dirty and wants to kill our kids by sending them to Iran while he protects his. HIT HIM HARD NEWT!

    Obama 2012

    January 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Greg in Arkansas

    "Newt Gingrich's campaign bus"....assuming that it was a "short" bus after hearing some of his "ideas" on how to fix the economy.

    January 19, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Stacey

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth – LOL! Romney will lose to Obama and so will Gringrich if he is the chosen one. Gingrich is helping the dems out tremendously. Mittens will be badly weakened by the time Gingrich finishes with him. Can't wait to see Mittens tax returns! The plot thickens!

    January 19, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Roger

    This is all becoming tedious before the actual election process is in full gear. The Brits have the right idea about elections! The Republicans have shot themselves in the foot this election cycle with a tier of misfits none of whom has a clue about what the country is crying out for. Perhaps in 4 years they will have gotten their act together and come up with a true viable candidate who would be able to work with Democrats and Republicans and Independents alike. But right now America has to vote out these tea party congressional do-nothings and re-elect President Obama if our great nation is going to stand any chance of moving forward in these next four years.

    January 19, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Gingrich is going to walk into tonight's debate with an overflow of confidence.
    Hey, where's Ron Paul been hidin' these last couple of days?

    January 19, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Nellie Bly

    I'm sure Newt has received a lot of things on his bus. wink wink

    January 19, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Hair bear

    Good news for Newt! Now all he has to do is patch things up with trying to get some support from the Black vote! This also just proves that ah lot of the GOP has always had second thoughts about Mittens! This race has just begun! Bring on those taxes!

    January 19, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |