April 25th, 2012
10:06 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich to end White House bid

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and formally express his support for Mitt Romney next week, two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN.

While details are still being worked out, Gingrich is likely to hold his final campaign event Tuesday in Washington, DC where he will make the announcement surrounded by his family and supporters.

It is not surprising that Gingrich is suspending his campaign for the White House as he has all but acknowledged it is winding down and Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee.

"When he says he is transitioning, what he means is that he is trying to determine as a citizen how he will pro-actively help Mitt Romney become president and the Republican Party win back the Senate and help (House Speaker) John Boehner keep his majority in the House," said one of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

It appears that Gingrich's focus will be much broader than the presidential campaign, as the former speaker, who made his name and career in the House, plans to be actively involved in helping the GOP take back control of both sides of Capitol Hill.

"It is not enough to beat Barack Obama, we also have to help the Republican Party keep the majority in the House and win back the majority in the Senate," the source said.

The decision to hold the event next week was due to logistical reasons, the sources said.

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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. SF

    So on one side there is Obama; the other Romney and Paul. lets face it there are two: Obama and Romney on one coil and the other Paul i.e. not much difference between the successful commie (Romney of Peaoles Republic of Massachusetts) and the elected one (Obama). Might as well keep hoping for Ron Paul.

    April 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. d

    Makes him seem even more petty now. He insisted he would stick around until the convention, but I guess he was just trying to be a spoiler for Santorum.

    April 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Zach

    Newt. What a hoot. No more loot. Got the boot.

    April 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. JB

    The most interesting facts about his campaign, in my opinion, were that he had no supporters from the House where he has been working for years and the disguised authoritative speech throughout his campaign. His anti-gay views on marriage and the idea of building a house program on the moon were so out-of-touch with the reality on main street. Also, his different tone from state-to-state to get votes was old politics to its best. He is the portrait of what we should avoid in office to represent all: Oval office or any other office for that matter. The Republican Party needs some fresh politicians and ideas that resonates the desires and needs of those who represent the party and Newt was anything but.

    April 25, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. David M

    What took so long? All the rest of us knew it was up for you a long time ago. Maybe you just like flitting around on other people's money pretending to be a candidate. Just go home and retire from politics. And tell your wife to lay off the hairspray.

    April 25, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. jim

    Dare we hope that he has finally gotten the message that WE DON'T WANT HIM!!!!!

    April 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Roger

    Thank you for your service to our country. You would have made a good president. Good luck to you in the future.

    April 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Barry Dingle

    It's been hilarious to watch the liberal media be so off base on these primaries, as only a few short weeks ago Romney was "having trouble closing the deal", and this primary was "heading for a brokered convention". There spin is exactly the same as it was leading up to the 2010 mid-term elections...."going to be a tight race". Once again, it will be fun to watch in November just how far off they are again...

    April 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Detada

    I'm still yawning.....

    April 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. iceload9

    I guess this means no moon colony.

    April 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. A.C.

    About time...He should have never been in the race.

    April 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Robert

    The Secret Service agents who have been guarding Newt will continue to draw their pay, whether they are protecting him, or cleaning their nails with a pen knife back at the home office. so there will be no savings there.

    April 25, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. native new yorker

    Now we're down to one clown: Rom-Bot, the cyborg politician who wishes he could be human.

    April 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Rob


    Is it only me or does anyone else think that Newt Gingrich looks like Brain from Pinky and the Brain?

    April 25, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Martin

    The Gingrich campaign is flat broke, and in debt.

    How are they paying for this "last campaign event"? Why doesn't he just put out a press release saying "I quit and am endorsing Mitt Romney" rather than one last flashy event that he can't afford?

    This guy has been hitting Obama hard on his lack of fiscal restraint, but has to throw one last party that he has absolutely no funds for?

    Why does he have to wait until next week if he knows he's quitting now?

    April 25, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. kraut

    Aww shucks – he was fun to watch while he was around. Did he ever expect to win?

    April 25, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Jake in Omaha

    Newt time to write another book. I suggest you call it. How the Republican Party lost the 2012 election
    The conservatives in our party wil not support a Romney because

    1. He lacks true conservative values. Romney care is the same as Obama care.
    2. He hides his true weallth in off shore accounts. What else is he hiding?
    3. He vast experience in business is killing off businesses and driving them to overseas or into bankruptcy.
    4. He is non- Christian. Mormons are truly a cult. I will not vote to turn this country over to the Mormons.
    5. He is quick to threaten war with Iran. However he and his family didn't serve in the military.

    NO I will not vote for Obama. I simply will not vote this year.

    April 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. harrybrowne

    Who gives a hoot about Newt? There are 2 left in this race – count 'em, 2! Nitwit Mitt and Ron Paul! That's right, Ron Paul. He outlasted all of them. So you can ignore him all you want but he is not going away. Ron Paul 2012!

    April 25, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Karl


    I was told the story of the Emperor with No Clothes many years ago. I already knew the ending. Not news.

    April 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. beevee

    The mule with a lot of gold on its back wins the GOP horse race defeating two hobbling old horses. Great.

    April 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Jeff

    Why not just quit now? Does he think it's gonna get better in the next week? Not enough debt yet?

    April 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Patty Biller

    YAAAYYYY! About time! Whew!

    April 25, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Geest

    The fact that Newt was even considered at one point as a front runner shows how much the party despises Romney. The repubs are in serious trouble.

    April 25, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. leatherman

    He should start selling muffins. Angry Muffins.... they pop when you cook them.

    April 25, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Whywhy

    One down... two more to go...

    April 25, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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