Nathan Deal says he’d support Newt Gingrich

After this morning’s Eggs and Issues Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Chamber, Gov. Nathan Deal was asked about that visit Newt Gingrich paid him last week.

According to my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin, Deal said:

“He’s, of course, a long-time friend and a supporter of my efforts to become governor of this state. It’s no secret he is taking exploratory actions to determine whether or not he’s going to pursue the presidency of the United States and we talked briefly about that.

“I don’t think he’s made that decision. He indicated he’s still in the deciding process.”

Reports from Republicans we’ve talked to say Gingrich is much further along in his decision-making process than he lets on.

In any case, Governor, will you support Gingrich if he runs for president in ‘12?

“I will,” Deal said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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38 comments Add your comment

Us vs Us

January 25th, 2011
11:17 am

I think I just threw up a little.

In my mouth.


The General

January 25th, 2011
11:22 am

To defeat Obama in 2012, the Republicans can’t rely on political re-treads. Gingrich is extremely intelligent and would probably make a good president. He is also extremely un-electable. Fresh faces and new ideas are what is needed for the White House to go R in ‘12.


January 25th, 2011
11:24 am

Did this surprise anyone? The Rep party has destroyed this state for the last 8 years and you Georgia idiots keep voting for the same”””


January 25th, 2011
11:32 am


“The Rep party has destroyed this state for the last 8 years…” Interesting comment. Normally destroyed means that nothing is left, complete destruction.

I would be interested on you expanding on what in particular has been destroyed and the evidence you have it was the Rep party was the cause.

As was said in True Grit, pretty bold talk for a one eyed fat man, don’t know if you are one eyed or fat, but please back up your bold talk.

Raw Deal

January 25th, 2011
11:36 am

Newt Gingrich will self destruct for the 5th or 6th time before he is even nominated by the GOP.

Road Scholar

January 25th, 2011
11:42 am

Retired: In case you’ve been asleep, what about the state budget and revenue followed by education? This happened after 8 yrs of Sonny!


January 25th, 2011
11:43 am

RS, hoe about u quit analyzing everyone else’s comments. This state has been in the wrapper every since Sonny took office. He didn’t do anything for Atlanta traffic but put stoplights at the on ramps, prayed for rain, balanced the budget w stimulus money while complaining about it. The general assembly is no better. Scandals, continued ethical problems (Ralston), brain chips, and cuts to education. Another word for destroy is to ruin or decimate. Sums up this state under republican rule.

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I can see Russia from my house aka half governor of Alaska

January 25th, 2011
11:48 am

Oh Nathan, you and Newt can come on up here and go hunting with me, before I get busy running the country.

You betcha!

Palin/Bachmann 2012

Art Vandelay

January 25th, 2011
11:52 am

I really hope Gingrich runs in 2012, and I hope he chooses Mama Grizzly as his running mate. The comedic value of that pairing would be unbeatable.

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Let the Big Dawg Eat

January 25th, 2011
11:59 am

A Gingrich/Palin ticket in 2012? “Pleez don’ throw me in dat briar patch!”


January 25th, 2011
11:59 am

Oh, I do hope Newt runs. I do hope Deal supports him. I do hope Newt gets the nod from the Republican poobahs in Georgia. I pray for it. Please let it me so.


January 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

Just read today where Deal gave a speech to another board of commerce. He seems to think that the answer to all of our problems is business. He is too pro business. Before he was inaugurated he made a speech at a business luncheon, where he told them that he was going to reduce the state workforce. Why was it necessary for him to make that announcement there. Its like he only cares what the business community thinks and since he won the election they have been the only ones getting good news. I have a real problem with that a real big problem. It should make all of us uncomfortable.


January 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

That’s a pretty big endorsement. Thank you Deal. What a gift Gingrich would be to Obama’s campaign in ‘12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 25th, 2011
12:33 pm

Run, Newt, run! You are the second easiest candidate for Obama to beat. And you are sure to say something incredibly offensive that will help the Democrats down ticket.

Last Man Standing

January 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

Retired Soldier:

You would have to be blind, deaf and dumb if you fail to note the following: Republicans are responsible for

1. The extinction of the dinosaurs,

2. The great flood that destroyed all but Noah, his family and many species of animals,

3. The Dark Ages,

4. The great famine in Ireland,

5. World War I and II,

6. The loss of two space shuttles and their crews,

7. The deaths of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King,

8. The attack on the World Trade Center Towers,

9. Everything else the democRATS can think of . . .


January 25th, 2011
1:32 pm

I knew Deal was going to be entertaining!


January 25th, 2011
1:39 pm

gm i will have to agree with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 25th, 2011
2:29 pm

My point is this, you may disagree with the policies or wish others were in office. When you say Ga have been destroyed because of a political party in 8 eights you have zero creditability. If you go back and check where Ga stood in measurable areas we have not fallen much or improved much since the Dems were in office. But Ga certainly hasn’r been destroyed.

If you make wild claims you ought have the facts to back them up. You notice gm either doesn’t have those facts or didn’t want to admit he was full of hot air.

An American Patriot

January 25th, 2011
4:00 pm


January 25th, 2011
11:24 am
Did this surprise anyone? The Rep party has destroyed this state for the last 8 years and you Georgia idiots keep voting for the same”””

gm, ima getting mighty hot ’bout you calling me an idiot… don’t you do that again.

Capitol Hack

January 25th, 2011
4:02 pm

Retired Solidier -

Here are some measurable areas you might want to check on: Georgia has increased its ranking for infant mortality; ranks near the bottom for expenditures on transportation; ranks near the top for bank failures; ranks near the top for foreclosures; has decreased ranking in public health areas, including chronic diseases; ranks near the top for incarceration rates; has decreased investment for high tech; cut education spending by $3B; increased our poverty rate; and don’t even ask about the high school graduation rate (gone up, but is actually down). Check these and other quality of life measures over the past eight years for some sobering reality.

Knute Rockne All American

January 25th, 2011
4:17 pm

“Governor, will you support Gingrich if he runs for president in ‘12?

“I will,” Deal said”

Go ahead Nate. We each get one vote. My vote will cancel out yours.


January 25th, 2011
4:23 pm


Your data is only relevant when you compare it to where Ga ranked in 2002. Let’s assume in all these areas Ga has regressed. That does not mean Ga has been “destroyed”. I’m not a big fan of Sonny Perdue. I think many of you are correct, he was pretty much a do nothing governor. That said he didn’t destroy Ga. Politicans should be like doctors, first do no harm. I stand by what I have often said, Ga is better off with a do nothing gov like Perdue than a gov like Barnes.

BTW, does that mean Obama has destoyed America? I suspect in all or most of the areas you just named America is worse off than we were under Bush. Just a thought.


January 25th, 2011
5:04 pm

Sonny was not a do nothing governor. He did what he needed to do to make himself and his buddies rich. Then he set up this tax reform panel that was basically a bunch of rich guys trying to figure out how to lower their own taxes while raising taxes on the poor and calling it reform. What a bad joke…you can only stick it to the poor and middle class for so long till they run out of money, then you have mass foreclosures and a huge recession. Oh wait, the Repubs already did that too. Now Newt is running for president and telling the states they should declare bankruptcy so they don’t have to pay mostly poor and middle class state workers their lawfully earned pensions.


January 25th, 2011
5:10 pm

I don’t understand why a Governor would endorse or support a candidate in the primaries especially before he is certain who the candidates will be. I would also like to believe that he would take into consideration that the majority of Georgians voted for Mike Huckabee in the ‘08 primaries.

Cotton Pickin' Pundit

January 25th, 2011
5:39 pm

Well, ain’t that a surprise! Ol’ Shady Deal throws his lot in with Newt the serial adulterer. Maybe Nathan can find Newt another new mistress, then if Newt gets elected he could help throw some government contracts to Deal’s cronies.

The ethically-challenged and the morally-challenged – what a perfect pair.

Last Man Standing

January 25th, 2011
6:12 pm


Give it up. They make statements without citing their sources for the information. Could it possibly be that they have no sources other than what they think, or rather want YOU to think?

ga female

January 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

In Dec. 2000 I attended a Conference in Texas, I ran in to one of my college Classmates. He was there as well was his boss who was about 26 year old female, she was a GS-15 for the Patent and Trademark Office in DC. My Classmate told me he could not figureout how she got her GS-15 ( this is the highest gov’t payrate that isn’t an outright appointment). After two margaritta’s at Dinner she asks me if I live in Newt’s District’s in Georgia. Then goes on to tell me that she is the best friend of Newt’s Mistress Collista ( his now wife). This was while Newt was still after Clinton. I then told my Classmate from College I just figured out how his boss got her job, her best friend was Newt Mistress. This was before it all became public knowledge of Newts affair.

But what really gets me is how the twice divorced Newt becomes a Catholic. What a hypocrate.

the aa

January 25th, 2011
7:00 pm



January 25th, 2011
8:08 pm

cotton picken- Your comment is valid if you called Clinton the same thing. Did you?

Ga Female- I was around civilian government employees a long time and your story sounds unbelieveable. Why? Because the others passed over would make such a stink and complain to the union it would never fly.

aa- everyone should speak but only the truth will set you free

the aa

January 25th, 2011
9:03 pm

Retired soldier, I’ll agree to that last statement, & God only knows the truth & anwsers to all, & as far as gm goes he just should have said what he did in a better way to people.

Capital Hack

January 25th, 2011
9:31 pm

True enough, “destroyed” is a bit over the top. We are not a destroyed state.

However, policies put into place by governors and legislators really do have an impact. Less investment on transportation means more traffic, means lost productivity, means more pollution, means new businesses go elsewhere. Less money in education means less instruction, fewer classroom resources, less educated kids, and businesses go elsewhere. Closed rest areas and rundown parks mean less tourism dollars. Underinvestment in public health means a sicker population and increased costs to treat chronic diseases. High rates of incarceration drain resources that could go to education, transportation, public safety, business development, etc.

I agree that the policies have not “destroyed” our beloved state. But all policies have impacts, and we will be living with the impacts of the policies of the past eight years for a generation to come.

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the mehlman rings twice

January 26th, 2011
8:42 am

Look people, the women of this country are not going to vote for Newt. They are not going to stand for a first lady who slept with another woman’s husband. This is a big taboo in this country. Not only that, wait until people find out about the other women Newt chased over the years.


January 26th, 2011
10:11 am


I don’t disagree with you, but it sure didn’t hurt Clinton.

other Deal cuts

January 26th, 2011
10:19 am

Deal is cutting spending for Domestic Violence programs in Georgia. Just what Georgia needs to increase their rankings in quality of life in the state. It’s a known fact that during hard economic times, domestic violence goes up. I volunteer at one in Georgia, and we are way overloaded with cases and it’s just going to get worse. Way to go, Deal! But this is the man who is also against funding for mammograms and other cancer screenings for women. What you got against gals, Nathan?