Gingrich press secretary fights off Trump questions
February 2nd, 2012
12:55 PM ET
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Gingrich press secretary fights off Trump questions

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - R.C. Hammond did not have a good morning.

A gaggle of frustrated reporters swarmed Newt Gingrich's perpetually-exhausted traveling press secretary before the candidate's Thursday morning event in Las Vegas, demanding to know why campaign advisers had erroneously informed various media outlets that business mogul and reality television star Donald Trump was set to endorse Gingrich.

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CNN broke the news Thursday that Trump will actually be endorsing Mitt Romney.

But multiple news outlets - including The Associated Press, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Politico - reported the previous evening that Gingrich would be the one to land the endorsement, citing sources inside the campaign.

Was the communications mix-up a sign of the campaign's disorganization?

Or had Trump given Gingrich assurances about his endorsement, and then backed away?

With a raft of digital audio recorders shoved in his face, Hammond refused to answer the questions.

"The only person who knows what Donald Trump is going to do today is Donald Trump," he said, repeating the line at least five different times.

When reporters continued to press, Hammond demanded to know what campaign sources had talked.

"Who are they?" he asked.

No one named names - reporters don't like to reveal their sources, after all – so Hammond, clutching his coffee, tried to meander away.

"I am not talking to you guys anymore," he huffed. "I can only say the same thing 16 times."

Still, some reporters followed, wanting more details about the Trump drama.

"I am already tired of you," he said, brushing them off. "I need to take a nap."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Lovetheusaorleave

    Well it is easy to see why he works for Gingrich. If things do not go his way he gets mad and stomps away.

    February 2, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Maybe it was wishful thinking that Trump would support Newt? Or Newt was trying to piggy back on the announcement for some free publicity and controversy? Or maybe Newt was just messing with the media because they are, after all, very close friends....hahahaha.

    February 2, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    The Donald may be a shrewd businessman, but I think his political compass is off-course.

    February 2, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    Sorry Newt. You're just a 1%er. Those 0.0006%ers stick to together.

    February 2, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    If he was smart, Newter would say "good. I'm glad he's endorsing Mitens. Now everyone will see how nuts he is"

    February 2, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    R. C. Hammond discovered that you can never count on a lying republican to endorse a lying republican when he is endorsing a lying republican.

    February 2, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do right wingnuts get paid more than the minimum wage to post lies?

    February 2, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Church of Suicidal

    Are there really people whose vote would be swayed by who Trump endorses? What does that say about us as a society?

    February 2, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Ro

    Trump not endorsing Gingrich probably did him a favor. Who would want the biggest joke in reality TV to endorse his campaign for the highest office in the country? I don't know anyone who would vote based on Trump's endorsement.

    February 2, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Paul

    Looks like Newt got Trumped by the Donald. Lol

    February 2, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Buster Bloodvessel

    ""I need to take a nap."" Wasn't that John McCain's campaign slogan?

    February 2, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Luke

    Go Newt ! , leader of the Immoral Minority

    February 2, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. diridi

    Trump, and Romney both are just idiots. Don't worry. Obama2012.

    February 2, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Mike

    Why any serious candidate would want Trump's endorsement is beyond my comprehension. I can see Trump endorsing Gingrich being another charter member of the wife-cheaters club like Herman Cain.

    February 2, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Jake

    wow, Hammond sounds like just as much of a d-bag as Gingrich!

    February 2, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Rick

    If Romney accepts Trump's endorsement he will loose whatever little respect I have for him.

    February 2, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Boston Guy

    Who freaking cares what Donald has to say or endorse. Does Donald really think he is all that?

    February 2, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. NVa Native

    So Trump followed the surprise and who cares?

    February 2, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. diridi

    Entire Republican party itself not trust-worthy in this nation. Don't worry. Trump and Romney both are idiots...o.k,

    February 2, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. alkarrk

    Oh no–I thought all the weirdos were supposed to endorse Gingrich: Perry, Palin, Cain...I hope Trumps endorsement doesn't deter anyone from voting for Romney! Mitt 2012!

    February 2, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. WhereIsPalin

    Sounds like he has Gingrich's emotional stability.

    February 2, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Buster Bloodvessel

    It would have been Gingrich if Trump's hair hadn't seen its shadow this morning.

    February 2, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Yuri

    News flash! Newt drops out. Trump enters the (rat)race. Newt endorses Trump. Trump enters 1600 Pennsylavnia as the victor! Yeh!

    February 2, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Dave

    I could care less who Trump endorses, but this has to be a big hit against Newt. Romney in 2012!

    February 2, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Terje

    I'm no fan of Gingrich (or Hammond), but it does seem a bit rich for reporters to be demanding answers from him about why unnamed "Gingrich advisers" told them something, but refusing to say who those sources were. How can Hammond answer their question without knowing who is being talked about?

    All the more reason for reporters (and readers) to be dubious about trusting anonymous campaign sources pushing self-serving stories - if they aren't willing to go on the record, why should they be allowed to peddle their spin?

    February 2, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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