Gingrich's unconventional role at the Republican convention
August 8th, 2012
06:23 PM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich's unconventional role at the Republican convention

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he won't speak in prime time at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida later this month.

Instead, the former GOP presidential candidate and one-time rival to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he'll hold daily policy workshops for delegates attending the convention.

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"I'm working with them right now on a project that I think you'll love that has a lot more time than just an evening speech," Gingrich said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"We're going to have a very large amount of time working with the delegates and doing things," said Gingrich, adding that the series of afternoon workshops "will be announced in Tampa in the near future."

Gingrich said he's held similar seminars at previous Republican conventions dating back to 1984.

Gingrich, who told CNN he was in communication with the Romney campaign regarding his role at the convention, says he'll be more than visible in Tampa.

"Trust me, anybody who wants to see me will have more than enough opportunity during the convention. I'll probably have more total time than anybody thought possible," Gingrich said.

Gingrich and Romney engaged in a heated battle for the nomination, and for a time in late January Gingrich surged, winning the South Carolina primary. But he quickly lost momentum, losing to Romney in Florida the next week. He won only one other contest, the primary in his one-time home state of Georgia. He formally suspended his campaign in early May.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    he'll hold daily policy workshops for delegates attending the convention
    The only thing that would be "unconventional" is if the Newtered DID NOT CHARGE for these so-called policy workshops.
    Gingrich making a buck where a buck can be made should surprise no one.

    August 8, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. n

    Newt has been reduce to just shadow walking. From speaker of the house, to a long shot desperate throw back candidate from 2008 who made it only to first base. Still blind to that of a loser candidate in 2012 election cycle. Now he is forced to staying in the shadows to walk amongst the living dead.

    August 8, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    of course you won't speak but don't think you and Santorums quotes won't be used against the Flip-man?

    August 8, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. MTATL67

    The guy is just divisive.

    August 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |

    Well newtski there be plenty of pork lard sandwiches at the gop aka grease ole pork
    cookout party you can be the emcee emcee waddle pot belly playing that terrible remixed song called comeing straight outta RomneyHood

    August 8, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Babar Jincks

    Newt will race-bait like he has never race-baited before.

    August 8, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Darryl

    Don't kid yourself, Romney wants NO part of Gingrich period. Romney wants to be the STAR ! Romney is overloaded with Vanity and his wife is too. They feel and know they are Privilaged and deserveing of anything they persue even the White House.

    August 8, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. SafeJourney

    The most abusive tax shelter, Son of Boss by Marriott while romney was on the borad. There you have it folks.
    Oh, and thats right repubs, Have newt be your spokesman. One of the most corupt and morally bankrupt persons in America.

    August 8, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |

    I heard they need janitors and people to clean the toilets or new Gop canadate after they kick romney son of boss to the curb !!!!

    August 8, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Richard in Houston

    I really would love to hear this man speak. He is the architect, father if you will, of the scorch and burnt earth style of extremist politics that we have now.

    August 8, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    In other words the newterman is showing up because adelson is not going to pay all those millions he wasted on him unless he holds his nose and falls i line, but maybe, just maybe, the bully bishop doesn't really want him speaking his mind nor reminding everyone all that was right and the truth about the twit.

    August 8, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. DAVID

    Newt is just another person that needs help understanding what retirement is! it means go fishing and shut up! don't get me wrong this democrat is glad he is back in the news! the GOP run for the white house is so bad maybe they need to hire some democrat advisors to at least make the election a little closer just for the fun of it!

    August 8, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe Newt can serve as usher to get the billionaires in the right seats.

    August 8, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Newt , the Man of the Hour !

    Gingrich said he's held similar seminars at previous Republican conventions dating back to 1984.

    What year is it Newt ?

    August 8, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ginGRINCH will "...hold daily policy workshops for delegates attending the convention" OUT of SIGHT and OUT of MIND – just where ROBmoneyHOOD wants him!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 8, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    so Mitt Romney is asking a candidate that flat out called him a LIAR in front of the country to help him win the White House. Total sign of desperation to me.

    August 8, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. steven harnack

    I would think that you would have to leave your ethics a morals in your other pants if you go anywhere to be coached by this man. He's like a human/hagfish. You all know what a hagfish is? In the ocean they are scavengers and bottom feeders that are capable of producing extraordinary amounts of slime.

    August 8, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I can't imagine what Gingrich is really going to say that really would interest the country. He's going to have to avoid some of his old firebomb statements because he has been wrong more often than he was correct.

    August 8, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. enuff

    They're bringing Newt back hoping he will say something so stupid people will forget Romney and his taxes. After all, didn't Newt want to open sweatshops for poor children?

    August 9, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Well, it looks like Newtsie's hyper-inflated ego is intact. It's all a ploy to keep Ron Paul's delegates in check ...

    August 9, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |