May 6th, 2012
10:08 AM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich steps up support for Romney, predicts Mourdock wins in Indiana

(CNN) - After taking heat over his lukewarm endorsement of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich ramped up his support for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sunday.

“I believe that Mitt Romney will be a dramatically better president than Barack Obama,” Gingrich said on CNN’s “State of the Union.’ “I believe he has earned the right to represent the Republican Party, and he has earned it the hard way.”

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Gingrich suspended his campaign Wednesday, offering mild praise for his former Republican primary opponent and saying Romney was only conservative compared to President Barack Obama.

On Sunday, six months before the November 6 election, Gingrich said he has already been in talks with Romney’s campaign to appear at “several major events.”

“I’ve said to the campaign I will be available at their convenience and do whatever they want me to do because they’re in charge. This is their campaign,” Gingrich told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “I’ve got to be there as an associate, but I’m not the leader. Mitt Romney is the leader.”

Asked if he was expecting a prime speaking role at the Republican National Convention in August, Gingrich said he would be open to such a proposal.

“If they think I’m helpful speaking at the convention, I’m glad to do it,” Gingrich said, though adding he’s not in dire need of the airtime. “I can get on TV fairly often with or without a speech at the convention.”

Weighing in on Tuesday’s big Republican primary for Indiana’s U.S. Senate race, Gingrich said he expects State Treasurer Richard Mourdock to beat six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar.

Backed by tea party support and endorsements from high-profile conservatives, including Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Herman Cain, Mourdock has a 10-point advantage over Lugar, according to a new poll released Friday.

“My hunch is that Mourdock is probably going to win. It’s one of those places where people want more change,” Gingrich said.

He added, however, that he will not be offering an endorsement in the race.

While Gingrich appealed for help to pay off his campaign debt by pointing viewers to his website, the former House speaker was also raising support for another cause Sunday morning. Gingrich, a big fan of zoo animals, sported a tie with polar bears, a move his spokesman R.C. Hammond said on Twitter was to mark his support for the St. Louis Zoo-the same zoo the former candidate was bitten by a penguin in April.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Johnson

    All of these Republican's are IDIOTS. They don't fool me.

    Obama 2012 and any dem for all of the other offices state and local

    May 6, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    Hey Newt, is Mitt still a "vulture" capitalist like you described him or is he less "severe" now?

    May 6, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Joseph Smith

    Wow, Newt has totally sold out...didn't think I could lose more respect for him, but he made it happen

    May 6, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. jocko

    Newt has become a laughing stock. He and his cartoonish wife (who loves giving oral in the car) are a disgrace. Newt needs to change his image and go on to the next wife, too.

    May 6, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Larry L

    What's an endorsement worth that comes from the most dishonorable person in history to become a serious candidate for the Republican nomination? Modern Republicans have little regard for values or conservative ideology. They've become a radical group with a racist, bigoted and hateful social agenda – proven as each of these "values" candidates now rolls-over and endorses Mr. Etch-A-Sketch.

    May 6, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. CBR

    Like all good party members, Newt Gingrich is backing Mr. Romney. He will say most of his remarks were just made to get people to make their choice and to get people interested in the primary. Unfortunately, no one told Governor Romney that the nominee usually gets nominated at the Convention. Being heir presumptive changes everything.

    May 6, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Grow up already...

    So Newt... Were you lying previously or now... ? Probably both given your track record.

    May 6, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Grow up already...

    That's right, Newt. You support Romney for "Liar in Chief"

    May 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Texs Traveler

    Mr. Gingrich, it is time to quietly fade into the sunset and live the rest of your life. Nobody really cares what you think, especially now.

    May 6, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Jeetu

    What credibility does Newt has? He has been telling all those stories about Romney and how Romney is unfit to be the republican candidate for President and now he says that Romney would be a better President than Obama? On what basis? What are Romney's credentials? Always changing his positions? Always supporting the rich at the cost of the middle and poor classes? Romney, like newt has no clue as to what is needed in the economy and how to uplift USA out of the whole the republicans have put us into. Romney's presidency would take us back a lot of years and will ruin our economy and our standing in the world. Just investigate the facts before casting your vote in November. The pnly thing that makes sense is to defeat all these republicans who have created the biggest mess in the history.

    May 6, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Hypocrite. What does the newterman have a crystal ball. Is he tryiing to outdo the flake from MN who didn't realize that she was calling herself the wicked witch of the west? Good luck trying to see your witchcraft to the public when all youhave is a man who made money with other people's money (never his) and who flips flop more than a poor halibut being killed.
    Where's the witch from DE when you need her!?!?

    May 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Newt is smart guy , he understand most Americans problems , unfortunate his party stabbed his candidacy

    May 6, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. 4merRepubCT

    Serial Adulterer endorses Vulture Capitalist Liar.

    GOP's finest hour.

    May 6, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. eroteme

    After his trying to destroy Romney, and effectively making the Republican party look bad, Gingrich now has advice for us? Forget it Newt, you wanted to be in the news, you were, now get out and resume, maybe improve a bit? your moral values.

    May 6, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. pprty

    Oh brother, like anyone cares what you do Newt!

    May 6, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. PTBarnumboy

    We didn't care what The Newtster had to say before he quit so why do we care about what he says now?

    May 6, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Michael Q

    All the conservatives/republicans state how Romney could turn the economy around by creating something like 500,000 jobs per month, but running a specific business, and for that matter a separate state, is far different when your every decision has to pass through a Congress and a Senate. And, we all know how well those two elected bodies have worked with the President to do what is best for the country over the past three years to recover from a devastating recession due to the actions of a war machine and financial markets working without regulations. So, Mr. Romney, I have one question, how specifically are you going to get the Democrats in both the Congress and Senate to support your ideas, or are you basing your comments strictly on the GOP decisively winning both the Congress and the Senate, that compromise will not be an issue?

    May 6, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt is the most radical candidate to have just out flipped the flip flopper.

    May 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. gg

    some one wrote democrats had congress for 40 yr,s before reagan what did they do–one thing they didn,t do was ship job,s to china

    May 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    To be a successful republican, you have to start two unfunded wars, author an unfunded drug program, bail out Wall Street and big banks with TARP, defund all social programs, give unnecessary tax breaks to big oil and billionaires, and drive our country toward a great depression. That is success for the GOP.

    May 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Where is Mitten's foreign made campaign bus parked today?

    May 6, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The reason he spends a lot of time at zoos is because Newt has a lot in common with zoo animals. He has been flinging poop for 20 years.

    May 6, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt Gingrich is more "toxic" to Republicans than he could ever be to President Obama. Gingrich represents the past and the old angry white guy and if Republicans can't see that, they're in big trouble.

    May 6, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Tired of republican lies

    It hurts to watch this guy at this point...just watching him lie after lie ...can't get any worse than that.

    May 6, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |