A Mitt Romney win in S.C. won’t force him out, Newt Gingrich hints

This morning from Florence, S.C., GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called into the syndicated radio show of Laura Ingraham. Clearly a fan, she wanted to know if Gingrich could clear some space in his schedule to arrange for the departure of his two non-Romney rivals.

“Is there not a time when you and Rick Perry and Rick Santorum can have a conclave?” she asked. Could not Rick Santorum be offered a cabinet position in a Gingrich administration? she posited.

“First of all I don’t think you can’t legally do that. It would be truly wrong to offer someone a cabinet position for their behavior,” said a wary Gingrich.

“We certainly can communicate, and we do communicate with each other. But it’s pretty hard to ask a guy to give up his ambitions,” the former U.S. House speaker said. Especially, he added, when he’s likely to be the beneficiary.

“Everybody agrees that I’m the one with the most staying power and most resources,” Gingrich said. And went on to list his advantages in Florida. Marco Rubio’s former campaign manager and such.

In essence, former Georgia congressman was quietly backing away from his Sunday statement, made on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that a Romney win here on Saturday would mean the end of his campaign. It’s not something Gingrich can say too loudly, because it would undermine his current apocalyptic message to South Carolina conservatives: Vote for me Saturday, or crown Romney the nominee.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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151 comments Add your comment

sheepdawg

January 17th, 2012
12:48 pm

yeah! we need the sociopathic little fat guy and his blond mannequin to keep us laughing!!!!!!

yellowdog.

January 17th, 2012
12:52 pm

the yellow and sheep dogs agree.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

January 17th, 2012
12:55 pm

He can stay in the race as long as his PAC money does

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
12:58 pm

Well Newt can now add “self-deluded” to the his long list of personality flaws.

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
1:01 pm

Backing away from his rational comment on Sunday is likely just a campaign tactic. But with Gingrich’s fading ambition reality, you never know – he may continue his campaign on life support to have some more last gasps. On one hand, sad to watch. On the other – he is getting his just desserts. (I felt the same way about several over the hill professional athletes who refused to retire gracefully, and we have all seen that there is nothing graceful about Gingrich)

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
1:32 pm

Pretty sure that SC will be Newt’s “Little Big Horn”.

Newt A.k.A Boss HoGG

January 17th, 2012
1:33 pm

Newt will stay in the race as long as he has an account balance at Tiffany’s…….I guess he can’t blame that on the minorities…..LoL

Amphibian

January 17th, 2012
1:34 pm

Newt has a great answers but he is an angry debater. Meanwhile I will keep my head in the clouds and keep pulling for a Ron Paul upset.

Jim

January 17th, 2012
1:35 pm

I would rather have Gingrich than Romney and that ain’t saying much.

Love Your Neighbor

January 17th, 2012
1:35 pm

What do we make of all those Christians booing Ron Paul’s idea that we should “love our neighbors as ourselves?” I guess the Bible only applies to non-war situations.

Ron Paul Troll

January 17th, 2012
1:37 pm

How can Newt be serious contender when he hasn’t even finished ahead of that lunny weirdo congressman from Texas?

Ga Values...Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

January 17th, 2012
1:40 pm

Newt must being paid by the Obama Super Pac, cause Obama is the only one he is helping except his bank account & mistress trolling ability.

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
1:44 pm

Look before I leap…posted “Pretty sure that SC will be Newt’s ‘Little Big Horn’.”

Agree, but if he is only scalped, he may ride again into another ambush no matter how silly/ugly/scary he looks.

The Goobernator

January 17th, 2012
1:44 pm

SO the first three state to have party caucus/primaries decide the candidate? That’s dumb. But then it’s all about money, and who has the most to sling the biggest mudpie!

MB

January 17th, 2012
1:52 pm

Newt is the only true conservative in this race and the only one that is able to beat Obama in November. Romney is a moderate at best and a Romney nomination will do more harm to the republican party than even Ron Paul would. Republicans must remain true and solidify their support behind the conservative candidate and that is Newt!

A vote for any candidate other than Newt is a vote for Obama’s re-election in November.

missing the point

January 17th, 2012
1:52 pm

I actually thought by now the repubs would be embracing Ron Paul. Is it his stance on Isreal that gives repubs pause?

DannyX

January 17th, 2012
1:52 pm

Get lost Newt!!!

Us Republicans have found our savior in Romney!!! We have our very own Obama, and you can’t take that away from us!!!

Romney is the father of Obamacare!
Romney’s father was not born in America!
Romney has not produced his birth certificate!
Romney is not a Christian!

We love our Obama clone!

Get lost Newt! And… LEAVE ROMNEY ALONE!!!!!

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
1:55 pm

Romney is a true liberal and he help Obama get the Obamacare.

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
1:56 pm

The Goobernator posted “SO the first three state to have party caucus/primaries decide the candidate?”

Only if there is a clear leader after those first three along with polling both nationally and in the next scheduled primaries. That is why there has been so much prior organization, campaigning and fundraising which is an equally large indicator of who is likely to win. Inevitability is what every candidate tries to gain early on. Romney has successfully done all those things.

Retired

January 17th, 2012
2:03 pm

Newt,

Don’t stay in.

Just quietly leave.

Thanks

KZGuy

January 17th, 2012
2:06 pm

Come on and admit it. Newt has been on a an extended book promotion tour. Considering his huge out of control ego he will never drop out. Newt has NO chance of beating Obama. Please newt go back to teaching.

rogeriter

January 17th, 2012
2:06 pm

Sheepdog, if Newt would make you laugh…thats better than Obama making us cry!

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
2:07 pm

You guys really think Newt can beat Obama by saying poor kids should work as a janitor.

Democrats = Liars

January 17th, 2012
2:12 pm

Newt is much better than Obama. We have to get rid of this total disgrace of a president in Obama.

Rural Education

January 17th, 2012
2:12 pm

Romney’s tax revelations will hurt him more than anythng Newt can do. It must be nice to pay somewhere around 15% in taxes. It is probably close to 10%.

Urban Republican

January 17th, 2012
2:13 pm

Looks matter in America. Conservative and unattractive will not mesh in the general election against Obama and his adorable daughters.Romney has the look of a president and an attractive brood of kids to keep Americans interested.

michael g.

January 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

Independent voter

Yes

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
2:20 pm

Just amazing to me that this is the best slate of candidates that the GOP can put forth.
Can’t stand Newt, Perry or Santorum and Paul is unelectable due to his stance on foreign policy so Romney wins the nod by default and I just can’t get excited about the guy.

I am gonna miss the entertainment though – it is a long time before August and an even longer time before November.

Why not scrap the conventions altogether and hold the general election in May? That way, no matter who wins, the government can get back to work.

Fred

January 17th, 2012
2:31 pm

Have the Republicans put up ANYONE sane to run against President Obama yet? I haven’t seen the evidence. They look about as stupid as the Democrats did when they put John (s)Kerry against President Bush. Tossed the election in the Primaries.

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
2:36 pm

Rural Education posted “Romney’s tax revelations will hurt him more than anythng Newt can do. It must be nice to pay somewhere around 15% in taxes. It is probably close to 10%.”

While I agree our tax system is a total mess – Romney didn’t have anything to do with our current tax system, and merely benefits and works within it. Just like Republicans before, the Democratic Obama administration and Democratic Congress did NOTHING to fix it. Because they don’t want to – the system is made to reward politicians, their friends and family, and their wealthy campaign contributors. Every president, and U.S. Senator is extremely wealthy, and probably half of the House. Listening to lip service is falling for campaign rhetoric.

Look before I leap…posted “Can’t stand Newt, Perry or Santorum and Paul is unelectable due to his stance on foreign policy so Romney wins the nod by default and I just can’t get excited about the guy.

Why not scrap the conventions altogether and hold the general election in May? That way, no matter who wins, the government can get back to work.”

Perfect. I could have written that. Well done.

Don Abernethy

January 17th, 2012
2:40 pm

I have been a Republican for 50 years and I have never seen such a mess the Republicans have made in trying to select a candidate. None of them qualify to be President and none of them can beat Obama. I’m looking for another party other than Republican or Democrat that represent my christian conservative views but I don’t think I will find it. Guess I will have to hold my nose and vote Republican just like I did with McCain.

Ron Paul

January 17th, 2012
2:45 pm

@ Missing the point: it is Ron Paul’s foreign policy in general and that many of his statements are twisted to sound anti-american. He supports Israel’s rights to defend itself and he agrees with Israel’s prime minister that Israel does not need our help. Many Christians should their true colors by booing when Ron Paul suggested that we love our neighbor as ourselves rather than treating other countries as our red headed step children. He did not say Bin Laden was innocent or that he did not deserve to die he only suggested that we could have at least let Pakistan know we were going in.

DannyX

January 17th, 2012
2:50 pm

Urban Education @ 2:13– “Romney’s tax revelations will hurt him more than anythng Newt can do. It must be nice to pay somewhere around 15% in taxes. It is probably close to 10%.”

Downplay this all you want Centrist, but this is going to end up being a huge issue, its going to be fun watching you go haywire every time its brought up. It will be brought up a lot, prepare yourself.

reebok

January 17th, 2012
2:59 pm

Obama’s chances of re-elction improve every day that the whack-jobs in the GOP keep bashing each other. It makes them all look bad, and it gives Obama the opposition info he needs to shred Romney. Although I think Romney has little chance of winning a national race against Obama under any circumstances.

reebok

January 17th, 2012
3:02 pm

Don A, you make an excellent point…many GOP voters are likely to stay away from the General Election just out of basic disillusionment w/ Romney. Altho you and I will vote on opposite sides in the General Election, I applaud you for taking part in the process…even if you have to ‘hold your nose’ to do so.

Tom(Independent)

January 17th, 2012
3:03 pm

Everyone on that stage is a better choice than BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! You people are trying your best to ruin the United States of America. What are you trying to accomplish, turn us into Kenya? Newt is the only one who has a chance in a serious debate with the annointed one(Obama)!

Josh

January 17th, 2012
3:04 pm

Thank God for the annointed one

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

Mark

January 17th, 2012
3:10 pm

Obama has my vote in the general, but I’m voting for Ron Paul in the primary just to keep the Republican circus interesting.

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

@Ron Paul 2:45P

“He did not say Bin Laden was innocent or that he did not deserve to die he only suggested that we could have at least let Pakistan know we were going in.”

And risk the very real chance that some corrupt Pakistani jack-a-lope gives bin Laden a heads up?

Paul’s statements on bin Laden alone show how naive and unprepared he is to be CIC and architect of America’s foreign policy.

Look before I leap...

January 17th, 2012
3:19 pm

Tom(Independent)

January 17th, 2012
3:03 pm

Everyone on that stage is a better choice than BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!! You people are trying your best to ruin the United States of America. What are you trying to accomplish, turn us into Kenya? Newt is the only one who has a chance in a serious debate with the annointed one(Obama)!

Empty, mindless rhetoric.
Please cite just ONE example of how the current administration is turning us into Kenya?
Absent that, go back to your kool-aid.

Idiot watcher

January 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

What are you trying to accomplish, turn us into Kenya?
Ooh, good one, Tom (not an independent) Very clever play on your deeply held conviction that President Obama is not an American citizen, is it? Get over it. Asked, answered, proven fact. Get on with the adult discussion.

Newt is the only one who has a chance in a serious debate with the annointed one(Obama)!

Another good one, Tom. If the debate were the means of the picking the President, Newt might, might have a chance. But the debate is only part of it. Newt has too much baggage to win a general election against Obama or anyone else. That’s part of why he hasn’t won the one primary and one caucus held so far, and why he won’t win in SC either.

Tom(Independent)

January 17th, 2012
3:26 pm

Remember what Pres Kennedy(Democrat) said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what YOU can do for your country”. That was the last sensible thing I’ve ever heard a Democrat say. All you people(DannyX, Independent voter(?), etc) seem to be saying is, what I can not do for myself the country will do for me! What a bunch of pathetic people?

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
3:32 pm

New article on the web: “Romney says he pays about 15 percent in income tax – will release his return in April”

“my income comes overwhelmingly from investments made in the past, rather than ordinary income or rather than earned annual. I got a little bit of income from my book, but I gave that all away.”

Much of the millions per year Obama currently makes are from his full pension from a part term as a Senator, presidential wages, and book sales taxed at higher rates than investment gains. Since he has no expenses, he is salting away investments which will put him in Romney’s lower tax rate category someday.

The tax rate on investment income is 15 percent, much lower than the 35 percent rate applied to wages for those in the highest tax bracket (paid mostly by dual income families who are trained professionals and small businesses).

Overall, the average American household will pay 9.3 percent in federal income taxes – so BOTH candidates can claim to be paying more than average.

cartoon

January 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

retardo-rama

Raynequa

January 17th, 2012
3:42 pm

“Could not Rick Santorum be offered a cabinet position in a Gingrich administration? she posited.”

Maybe one of those high paying janitor jobs! I’ve suspected for a long time that Laura Ingraham is a blithering idiot, and this confirms it.

Rural Education

January 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

Centrist, just keeping kidding yourself on that one.

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
3:50 pm

Could I ask all you republican party on a question
When president Obama get elected 4 more years in office are you guys going move out of USA?

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

The conservatives christain seem like more of racist people.They dont like Romney because he a mormon, they dont like Obama because he a african american. What do christain consertives views are I never heard of christain conservatives until 2012 election.

Independent voter

January 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

Who came up with the word christain conservatives=(teaparty).

Centrist

January 17th, 2012
3:58 pm

Rural Education – Please tell us how Romney’s lower capital gains tax rate which is part of the tax code is going to hurt him compared to Obama’s future capital gains income. Both will be paying a higher percentage of tax than the average voter. Folks paying less than average are going to mostly vote for Obama to maintain their subsidies, and folks paying more than the average IN WAGES will look to the GOP for flatter tax rates or a consumption tax. The truly wealthy are safe from higher taxes from EITHER party since they are inside the nominees’ inside circles.