Gingrich, Perry aides downplay talk of pre-convention ticket
March 12th, 2012
05:17 PM ET
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Gingrich, Perry aides downplay talk of pre-convention ticket

Atlanta (CNN) - Aides to Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are downplaying a report the Gingrich campaign is contemplating offering the Texas Governor the number two slot on a presidential ticket.

"Of course we think very highly of Gov. Perry and appreciate very much his generous support, but this is not a topic the two principals have discussed," Kevin Kellems, a senior adviser to the Gingrich campaign, told CNN.

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"Gov. Perry thinks Newt Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama and truly overhaul Washington. The speculation is humbling but premature," a spokesman for Perry told CNN.

Asked if representatives of Perry and Gingrich have talked about this possibility, Kellems responded "Impossible to answer because it is not feasible to track with confidence the individual, private communications of that many people in two camps spread across North America."

Fox News, which first reported the story Sunday, said some in the Gingrich campaign were having "preliminary 'what-if' conversations are underway that could lead to a Gingrich-Perry ticket being announced" prior to the Republican Convention.

Perry, who endorsed Gingrich when he left the nomination race in January, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in December before leaving the race when asked about whether he was interested in a vice presidential slot said: "Why would you leave being governor of the state of Texas to be vice president?"

When Mitt Romney was asked about the possibility of a Gingrich-Perry ticket, he told Fox News in an interview Monday "I'd be surprised if anyone is talking to anyone about being a running mate at this stage." Romney added "I hope I get that opportunity" to choose a running mate down the road if gets the Republican nomination.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. eddy

    Trying to think of GW's quote on the unholy alliance of N.Korea, Iran, and whomever..... Gingrich and Perry ...Palin...Sanitorium. Jesus the GOP is scary!

    March 12, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. honeybe

    Gingrich had said he would have a place for Palin in his administration. Now Perry for VP? For someone who keeps informing us how intelligent he is, why would he pick such dummies? To make him feel intelectually superior?

    March 12, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. will

    A strong sign that we are living in the last days

    March 12, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Campaign Slogan

    When one loser just isn't enough!

    March 12, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. miketofdal

    I find it sad that Gingrich and Perry are the only two people who haven't yet gotten the message that A GREAT majority of American voters don't like/trust them. So, either their egos are too great to fathom this rather obvious truth, or their political consultants are feeding them bs.

    March 12, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Don

    I love it! Laurel & Hardy all over again!

    March 12, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. georgezeller

    Comedy Central

    March 12, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. out of step

    So Perry wants to debate Biden? That will be fun to watch. Someday Perry will realize he is being used only because of the votes his state will bring the ticket, and that he means nothing... oh wait, we are talking about Perry, he doesn't have the ability to figure anything out.

    March 12, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. RI Jim

    Mr. Gingrich must think we are all fools. People forget that he was bounced out of Congress and the Speakership in disgrace. He is ethically and morally bankrupt.

    March 12, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Erik

    In what glorious wreck of backwater state, e.g., South Carolina perhaps?

    March 12, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. sayquitter

    Next time i'll sue whoever came up with this whopper of a 'ticket'. I was starting my lunch when I first laid eyes on the heading. I almost chocked on my food upon seen it.
    So now that you mentioned it, you better not be joking, or I'll send my laywer in. That is the best pairing of candidates you geniuses could come up with. A no brainer.( actually two no brainers ).Outstanding!!!
    (full disclosure, though.I'm dem )

    March 12, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. Bob F.

    Oh, that'll have all the excitement of a McCain/Palin ticket.

    March 12, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Your Panties

    Governor Rick Perry is my Main Man. The Top Dog, so to speak.

    March 12, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. hecep

    This is too rich!

    March 12, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. tcaros

    Newt the 1.6 million dollar historian and Perry who can't remember what he had for lunch.

    March 12, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. TJeff1776

    Perry, being the ole line politician, didn't just simply pull out and endorse the Grinch. There were secret promises made, for sure.

    March 12, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Hawk in Texas

    God forbid if the dingbat perry ever gets his hands on more power than he has now. you thought W. and cheney were bad. i can se it now. gingrich, prez. perry veep and trying to figure out how to get rid of gingrich, bachman secertary of state. McCain, secetary of war. i think i will quit before i give some one a heart attact.

    March 12, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Niel

    This smacks of desperation. Normally they choose who could best help them with during the election, to gather electoral votes.
    This may help them win some delegates in texas, and a few other locations, but will doom their electoral collage votes.

    March 12, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. BostonianNThe WoodlandsTx

    These two on a ticket together give me the warm fuzzies for W.

    And thats saying something.

    March 13, 2012 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  20. mb2010a

    Perry is the original prima-donna and would never consider a second place spot, especially to Newt Gingrich. Neither one of them will get anywhere near the White House and thank God for that....

    March 13, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  21. Bill Travis

    Gee. I'll bet these two guys could draw 12 or 13 hundred votes. That's counting their famiies of course.

    March 13, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  22. Marie MD

    LOL! The serial cheater and the racist secessionist. The only thing they have in common is money, lots of it.
    Neither has a chance. Maybe you can add another loser to the list the against woman governor of virginia.

    March 13, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  23. Ricardo

    Newt loses his loving damn mind by thinking he can be president. If someone tells u that I'm telling man he's lying. Stop making a fool of yourself.

    March 13, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  24. Ricardo

    Newt is so naïve

    March 13, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. Stevets

    Gingrich and Santorum really need to unite on a common ticket if any of them are going to beat Romney.

    March 13, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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