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.
Yes - ideas need to be clearly expressed to wake people up - am very concerned that we will come off wishy washy - Newt had a rational immigration policy - you know no politician is going to split up families of people who have been here for years - but he would close the borders to more nonsense first = I think he would have done it - Obama is going to rely on the Hispanic vote - (of course illegals too) - they should be made to realize the socialist politics going on will turn this country into the nightmare they left...