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.
The long knives remain out for Newt.
The "talking heads" continue to condemn Newt for not explicitly endorsing Mitt, and for not referring to Romney as a conservative.
Newt did explicitly refer to Romney as a far better choice than Obama!
In good conscience, what more could could he say? He was being quite truthful!
Some of the longest knives reside in Congress.
The long knives are the republicans.
Absolutely. There was no possible way that the same bunch of Republicans who despise the Tea Party would ever endorse Newt. Those knives were planted deep and often right between the man's shoulder blades.
Like them, they want him to lie and say Romney is conservative. That way they can shift what is right, way to the left and create a new center.
Plus liars like liars.
Think about it...truthfulness from a politician? Can you imagine the fallout? Soon the people will come to expect that sort of thing from all politicians! No we simply cannot have that.
In this day and age the truth is hard to come by. We know that at least Newt isn't like most of the people that have their faces on TV.Saying Romney is going to REALLY make a difference. We will either see the Lord come for His church or we will see a third party,if indeed we even see an election.
Newt was, as usual, brilliant in his handling of the RMoney issue! Despite commentators declaring his remarks an endorsement, it wasn't. And I applaud Newt, once again, for being open and honest with the American people! I firmly believe that when the media attack dogs launch their full-scale attack against mitt, he will implode! He stumbling, stuttering responses to what's already been said about him is a clear indication that he's not up to the task of facing obozo! I pray that he and his candidacy collapse and that Newt steps in to pick up the pieces! For our nation, Newt is the only hope! FOREVER WITH NEWT!
Listen to Newt, he is being realistic and telling you the truth. It is either Mitt or Obas#ard. Deal with it.
And of course "the talking" heads have not noticed that Mitt refers to Obama as "far left, over his head" instead of calling him what he is ie a"marxist' over his head".
It is time we all get organized and stand for the candidate against Obama. We have to remove Obama.
I definitely agree DSB. I was saddened to see Newt leave the campaign. I believe he would make a terrific outspoken Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney. The bottom line in all this is to get the traitor and his cohorts in the WH out of the WH and get this great Country back on track again. I pray that happens.