February 3rd, 2012
05:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Nevada governor pardons Gingrich cancellation

(CNN) – Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said he was not insulted when Newt Gingrich canceled a previously scheduled meeting with the first term governor.

Sandoval said the two were scheduled to meet, upon Gingrich's request, but that he was later told the former House speaker "had to cancel."

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"It wasn't a problem at all," Sandoval said Friday in an interview set to air on CNN's "John King, USA." "I am just pleased that he as well as all the other candidates are here in the state campaigning in the state very aggressively."

The Silver State governor said he spoke with Rick Santorum on the phone and has extended a similar invitation to Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Sandoval endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president earlier this year, before he dropped out of the GOP race in January; but he is now seemingly staying out of 2012 presidential politics.

Despite Romney mentioning his name as someone he would consider for a cabinet position, Sandoval said he intends to continue serving as governor of Nevada.

"I was really humbled," Sandoval told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. "But I really love my job."

Filed under: 2012 • Brian Sandoval • Nevada • Newt Gingrich • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (8 Responses)

    As a citizen of Nevada I wish Sandoval would leave the state, he may love his job but the citizens of NV don't love him. he's another GOPer who campaigned on jobs but instead has cut education and every other program that helps the people in favor of his corporate buddies who get all the breaks. but then again Romney isn't going to win so I guess it's a mute point.

    February 3, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. anagram_kid

    Maybe he found a younger and healthier appointment...

    February 3, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Oops

    Newt would rathe see Brian Sandoval serve him dinner, not address him as a Governor.
    Just sayin'

    February 3, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. george of the jungle

    newt seems to think he can cancell when ever he feels like. Not the first state he has backed out of engagemnets in. Thats ok sandoval is on his way out too. Obama/Biden 2012

    February 3, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Mitt's grass is green because it's cash.

    Newt skipped because he couldn't figure out how an illegal became Governor of NV. According to the GOP, all Hispanics are illegal unless it's election day.

    February 3, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. cigarman

    Newt had to cancel, you do know why dont you? Newt was in Las Vegas and met up with a hottie.

    February 3, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Newt was campaigning at Moon Colony Tiffany .

    February 3, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. robert

    Romney has the ability to turn the economy around. That is what we need so my house can get back some of its value. Then I will be able to retire.

    February 4, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |