Yesterday Newt Gingrich ended his bid to become the 45th President of the United States. He ended with the style, bravado and salesmanship that are his hallmarks.
Newt Gingrich brought his presidential campaign to an anticlimactic close Wednesday before several dozen family members, aides and supporters at a suburban Washington hotel.
Technically, Gingrich “suspended” his candidacy, allowing him to turn his attention to retiring a campaign debt of more than $3 million. The announcement wasn’t news, however, since he had said last month that he would do so, after running out of excuses to continue his campaign. His second and last primary victory was almost two months ago, in his former home state of Georgia, and he has finished far back in most of the GOP voter tests.
“Today I’m suspending the campaign but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship,” Gingrich said. He and his wife, Callista, “owe it to America” to remain active politically, he said. Gingrich said he would work to elect Republicans at all levels this fall.
“As to the presidency, I’m asked sometimes, is Mitt Romney conservative enough, and my answer is simple: Compared to Barack Obama? You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history,” Gingrich said.
There had been speculation that Gingrich hoped to go out by appearing with Romney, the party’s presumptive nominee, whom Gingrich has tacitly endorsed. Romney campaigned in a nearby northern Virginia town Wednesday, but his schedulers didn’t make time for his one-time foe.
Gingrich choked up once, briefly, at the outset, when he repeated a familiar line about his two grandchildren, Maggie and Robert, being his best debate coaches. The youngsters stood alongside Gingrich on a small stage with other family members.
The 68-year-old Republican called his campaign “a truly wild ride,” adding that “I could never have predicted either the low points or the high points.”
Newt is right. We are not getting Ronald Reagan this time. We are getting Mitt Romney. And this is why we so desperately need Newt Gingrich.
When I endorsed Newt back last September, I said I did for a number of reasons but one of the most important was that Newt is an incredible visionairy and a man who knows how to lead a revolution.
We need a conservative revolution and we will need to fight this with new ideas. Romney is not going to bring us those new ideas.
He is a technocrat.
Gingrich is the innovator.
Even though he is gone from the Presidential race, we need him. He has a great opportunity now to rally conservatives and advance the conservative ideas that we need so desperately to save the nation after the damage done to it by the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil.
Newt needs to turn his campaign for President into a massive campaign for ideas.
Let’s hope he does.
Well said. Newt is a very smart guy, and, as you point out, a visionary. We need his ideas and intellect to clean up this mess.
Romney, go home by Ann Barnhardt
I watched Ann's speach, Tracy.
I didn't catch the date of it, but from her comments it must have been a while ago. One can't really refute her points, maybe her future predictions. If Romney goes along her path, buy lots of ammunition.
However Romney doesn't exist in a vacume. He has lots of advisors, and lots of money people backing him he has to answer to. That conglomerate won't allow him to do anything really stupid.
If it is really a choice between bad and badder (I know there's no such word), bad is the best choice.
As nice as it would be, we don't now have time to reinvent our political system between now and NOV.
The only choice possible for those who rebel against what is, is to make the best of what's presented or drop out. Dropping out in my mind always takes me back to the fellow who's mantra was 'tune in, drop out', before his acid trip. I forgot his name. He's dead long since.
If you want to have a discussion, Ann, you have my email address in your files. If you've purged your files, I'm in the book.
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ps don't forget, ABSENTEE BALLOTS for the elderly in your circle come NOV.
Tune in, turn on and drop out. Timothy Leary, advocate for LSD, who virtually single-handedly (well, with the help of a willing press) brought drug use out of squalid back alleys into America's living rooms. In about 1961 his pronouncements about the 'mind expanding' powers of LSD were found worthy of front page space in the newspapers and there they stayed for what seemed like months on end. The children and young adults who died or were permanently brain-damaged were not deemed as newsworthy (their stories were buried in the inner pages) unless they were the children of someone famous, and there were several of those.
A quick search reveals that reports of the rise of drug use in America treat it as a spontaneous social phenomenon. Yeah, right!
Alas, The truth is a perennial orphan.
Well you can put some of the blame on bones Coulter the RNC and Flux News and even some radio host as well as the administrators of net works like freedom torch ETC. for the downfall on Newt which will probably be the downfall of the Republican for President.
Listen up people! i know getting the Tea party Candidate Elected was well looked forward to> that is now not going to Happen! lets move forward! I Don't want to herec all of your complaints! this is the course of action that now has to occur!
We must form a "POLITICAL LOBBY" Period! Yes that will entail every responsible Tea Partier to "pay Dues" and we will have to Register as a Congressional/Executive Lobby and pay Lobbyist's such as Newt, Sarah, and possibly Allen West, or Michele Bachman. Let's hope there are many vothers to fill this position. Let us also build an organization to support them putting our ideas through at "all levels of Government." Just as the NAACP AND ACLU does. Nancy and Harry declared War on us by declaring "the Tea Party Must Die!"
ARE we ready to move to the next level! I hope so or we will die just like the "Party of Treason" and President O'Bama wants us to!
God bless America and the Tea party with its six Divisions
I think we thought that "We could take one great giant step and be ,out of the ditch". But, I am afraidf whis may take two elections and much more work before we get the "communists to backing up".
Fox News is running scared because of the Progressive's going after Murdock - they are bringing Fox down one way or another - if they let fear run their network they will fall just as fast - OReilly has been touting Obama's "eligiiblity" because he is trying to keep on the air - if newcastors with any balls left would just stand up to these jokers they could defeat them..
O'reilly may be running scared but his arrogance and sanctimony has not diminished.
What scares me is that Ted Turner would be comfortable with Romney in the White House (said on CNN) - doesn't Turner want the population to decrease?
Turner & Romney & Trump are "Money Players".........never forget their "focus".
Everything else is "just conversation".