Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye
May 1st, 2012
11:22 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye

(CNN) – Soon to be former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday thanked his supporters and vowed to continue working to defeat President Barack Obama via web video ahead of his official campaign suspension on Wednesday.

"Because of your help and your support, we were able to put up a terrific campaign, and I want you to know that Callista and I are both very grateful to everybody across the country," Gingrich said. "I want you to know that we're going to continue out there on the road. Both Callista and I will be talking, campaigning, making speeches, doing everything we can to help defeat Barack Obama."

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The former House speaker, who announced his White House bid last May, is scheduled to suspend his campaign in the afternoon on Wednesday and back Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Although Romney will be in the Washington, DC area during the day, sources familiar with the session told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger not to expect Romney to be in attendance at the announcement.

Sources previously told CNN Political Director Mark Preston Gingrich is expected to endorse Romney.

While Romney is not expected at the Wednesday afternoon event, the Romney and Gingrich campaigns have discussed the two appearing at a second event in the near future, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

The two campaigns have had ongoing talks since Gingrich signalled last week he was going to pull out.

Gingrich did not mention the former Massachusetts governor by name in the video to supporters, but he stressed the importance of voters joining the effort to oust Obama from the White House.

"A re-election of Barack Obama will be a genuine disaster. And all of us have an obligation I think to do everything we can to defeat Barack Obama," he said. "I hope you'll join us in this historic effort because this is still the most historic election in our lifetime."

- CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. DavidK

    1. Newt is making his exit in slow motion – someone tell him it's not about the last man standing.
    2. He doesn't even refer to Obama as president – some respect please

    May 1, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Don

    Newt please dont go. Please keep teaching us. We NEED you.

    May 1, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Jim Brody

    Buffoon, blowhard, philandrer, demagogue, weasel, fraud, bomb thrower, hypocrit, narcissist, egomaniac, jerk, liar, slanderer... Those are the words that immediately come to mind. Which ones have i missed?

    May 1, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Byteme

    Oh Newt, you loser. I guess the only thing left you need to do is power down Callista, pack her in styrofoam peanuts, take her back to Georgia, and put her back on the charger.

    May 1, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. the Situation

    Good Bye and Good Riddance!

    May 1, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Rudy_NYC

    Patric wondered on page 2:

    i wonder what is the obvious reson that Newt, Bachman, Ari Flecher, Cheney and several others ,why they never call Barack Obama Mr President or President Obama, but Barack or Obama. that to me is pretty obvious how the y disrepect him and the office he holds from being voted in by all american citizens
    They are trying to marginalize the man while reinforcing the ongoing, whipered narrative about Pres. Obama being "illegal and illegitimate" while public describing him as "unqualified". It is coded language by omission. It goes far beyond merely disrespecting the office. It's personal. It has nothing to do with the man's record, esperience or anything that really matters except for what matters most to them. "He's not one of us." I report. You decide.

    May 1, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Merry Prankster

    Thanks for the entertainment.....We're all going to miss it!

    May 1, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    From the article…Gingrich did not mention the former Massachusetts governor by name in the video to supporters, but he stressed the importance of voters joining the effort to oust Obama from the White House.
    In other words, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. In Spkr. Gingrich’s case that would be one of the enemies of another one of my enemies…
    Gals to see him go, but I know his ego won’t let him remain quiet for long.

    May 1, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    Ever notice that Spkr. Gingrich can never include ‘president’ when speaking of President Obama? What a petty, pathetic man he is.

    May 1, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Ferret Out The BS

    To Real Truth and Nothing But: you should probably start packing your bags now and just leave the country since everything is going to be so bad here.

    May 1, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Ya, a disaster if any of the republican bafoons ever get elected in the next hundered years.

    May 1, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Gee, Newt... Now you have four years to get a new wife...

    May 1, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. cherrystraweberry

    BTW Newt,

    Besides Tiffanys, you might want to open an account at The Men's Wearehouse" because your suits are tight as Hell!
    Or is it just me?

    May 1, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. WhereIsPalin

    GOP: We don't have anything to offer..........but please, trust us.

    May 1, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    No thanks and goodbye!!!!!

    May 1, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. tibs

    Republicans do not advocate free markets. The crash was not due to too little regulation, but rather government involvement. Democrats do not advocate free markets.

    I think the answer lies somewhere inbetween, though obviously the more freedom the better. And, we all know, that freedom extends only up to where you begin to infringe on others freedoms and rights.

    I do not fear a free society. I think the quote by, i want to say Thoreau, is quite accurate and uncontroversial. That the government which governs least governs best.

    Also, gingrich was never impressive.

    May 1, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. anagram_kid

    “A re-election of Barack Obama will be a genuine disaster.”

    I am going to file that statement with these other pearls from the former speaker:
    I will run a positive campaign.
    I will stay in the race until Tampa.
    I will be the nominee.

    May 1, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Romney is not My Hero

    Okay... Now, put your space suit on and GO AWAY!!!!


    May 1, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Dave

    So long, clown.

    May 1, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Wake up people

    If anyone is paying attention, you will notice NONE, of the GOP or tea baggers ever show President Obama an iota of respect. They constantly refer to him as Obama, while calling Mittens governor and Newt Mr. Speaker. Now why do you think that is?? Could it be because they don't think he deserves to be President? The same as their followers, they disrespect the POTUS in the same way. Oh they wish they could call him other things in public like they do in their back room meetings but that would be too blatant, so they refer to him as Obama. Let's face it, the republican party hates the fact that a black man is sitting in the White House and is well loved by a great many of the people. What they fail to realize is people in other countries look at them and have absolutely zero respect for the way they treat the Commander in Chief.

    May 1, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Good riddance. Now get lost!! Go find your fourth wife somewhere in Greece. Never mind, you are broke.

    May 1, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Eddie The Barber

    Such a big deal he's making over he obvious. He was only in it for a week – didn't have the ability to sustain and stand out in a field of nobodys.

    May 1, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Data Driven

    "A re-election of Barack Obama would be a genuine disaster"

    Yeah, the death of OBL, 4 million jobs, and a stock market doubled in value have been disastrous. In any case, such language about a sitting President is irresponsible coming from a major political figure. It's aiding and abetting America's enemies.

    May 1, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    The quote is by Thomas Jefferson written at a time when the US was a rural, agrarian economy where one set of people did not have the ability to financially ruin millions or poison entire communities. The philosophy of this statement is dependent on the idea that people will regulate themselves. If you think that holds true in today’s complex economy, I have a bridge in NYC to sell you.

    May 1, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Rajiv Shaw

    Does this mean we will never hear from him again? I hope so...

    May 1, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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