Gingrich stumps for Romney, calls for unity
May 19th, 2012
07:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich stumps for Romney, calls for unity

(CNN) - In his first campaign swing for Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich this weekend called for party unity and a need to rally behind the likely GOP presidential nominee.

"We're now all on the same team, period," Gingrich said at the Georgia GOP convention Friday, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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His comments came in a speech to a crowd that largely backed him when he won the Peach State’s primary in March.

Prior to dropping out of the race in early May, the former Georgia congressman and House speaker had previously vowed to stay in the running until the August convention to collect delegates and get out his message.

The strategy had some Republicans worried about party division, as Gingrich continually tried to court the more conservative factions of the GOP. On Friday, however, he said it was time for the party to come together and stand with Romney.

At the convention, he stressed the importance of making a Republican sweep not only in the Oval Office this November, but also in elections across the country.

"I am not for a narrow victory," he said. "I am for crushing the left in every single way."

His remarks were coded with stronger language for Romney than when he first endorsed the candidate during his suspension speech just weeks ago. At the time, Gingrich gave lukewarm praise, saying Romney was only conservative when compared to President Barack Obama.

In the following days, Gingrich began to step up his support and argued Romney had "earned" his way to represent the party his fall.

This weekend Gingrich also focused on Obama.

In an interview with CNN affiliate WTVM, Gingrich said the president's recent decision to back same-sex marriage - despite having once opposed it - qualified him as a flip-flopper.

"It's unfortunate he's so political, but it eliminates any attack on Romney about ever flip-flopping when you have Obama flip-flopping on something that big, and doing it immediately after the people of North Carolina voted 'no,'" Gingrich said. "It's almost like he was insulting the people of North Carolina."

Last week, North Carolina voted in favor of a constitutional amendment banning marriage and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

Gingrich's campaign appearances this weekend marked the first of a string of stops the former candidate will make for his former opponent. The two will share the stage together for the first time at the end of May at a Las Vegas campaign event.

Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. 2020

    Unity, of course. What a joke

    May 20, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  2. chuck weidemann

    I wonder what these small minded republicans can come up with that would stick to Obama that would actually be founded in reality. Just a few weeks ago Romney was saying how inept Obama was with the Chinese human rights activist and how he blew he is here in this country because of our presidents skill with foreign diplomacy! These blow hard wanna be's have no clue how stupid they look to the entire world and Newt is the worst of the bunch!!!

    May 20, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  3. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    Just what RoMoney needs an egotistical gas bag making speeches for him.

    May 20, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  4. RoMoney is a vulture capitalist

    Gingrich is kissing RoMoney's petard in order to pay off his campaign debts.

    May 20, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  5. pflatman

    BS uploading more BS into the Repub campaign. America's ready to throw up, thanks to Republican leftover, stinky, awful, putrid, K R A P. Keep shoveling, boys.

    May 20, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  6. pflatman

    BTW, this ugly MoFo is one disgusting puke. Forget politics for one moment. He is one gawdawful POS. The only endorsement he should be handing out is his wife's plastic surgeon.

    May 20, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  7. Pander Bear

    Oh please. Just go away already Newt. No one is buying your tripe.

    May 20, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  8. Marry

    This GOP “team” stands for “crushing the American people in every way possible”! How anybody could feel positive about this group of lying bullies with NOTHING what’s how ever to offer to 99% of the people is beyond believe.

    May 20, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  9. Tyler Durden

    You'r all on the same team. But you (and your attacks on Romney) are our best player. Love, the DNC

    May 20, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  10. Brandx

    A Washington insider Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac lobbyist is spinning tales for the Wall Street vulture capitalist.
    and at the same time we have a Biden/Obama $5000 a head fundraiser dinner.
    I have to ask who has the best interest to represent the the average working American?
    Ron Paul

    May 20, 2012 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  11. Realitybites

    Notice the content of speech by Gingrich, 'we are on the same team', not 'we the people'

    May 20, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |

    Lizard correctly called Mitt McCain a liar. Obama/Biden 2012!

    May 20, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  13. William

    I don't care if he is from Georgia, but to let this unethical, womanizing, disgraced congressman speak shows the morality of the Republican Party in Georgia.

    May 20, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  14. Chuk

    No matter how much he stumps, he won't get a job with Romney if he wins. Gingrich is a loose cannon. Period.

    May 20, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  15. ppppuuuuuu

    r u kidding me, lmao!

    May 20, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  16. GonzoinHouston

    And thus does Newt pay down another hundred grand of his campaign debt.

    May 20, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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