Newt Suspends Campaign, Endorses Mitt
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich suspended his campaign and endorsed presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday, as predicted.
In explaining why, after bashing Romney during debates and on the campaign trail as being not conservative enough, Gingrich was now giving his approval to his former rival, the exiting Republican explained, “My answer is simple: compared with Barack Obama? 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 also used his farewell as a call-to-arms for Republicans and conservatives alike, explaining that there was a lot more at stake than just the presidency in November.
“The presidency matters, but so do all the other offices of self-governing,” Gingrich said. “If you are truly going to have a wave of change in America, that wave has to occur in many, many places simultaneously.
“The election just starts the dance; it doesn’t just end it,” he went on to say. “So every conservative should be ready to work everyday beyond this election.”
The Obama re-election campaign was quick to capitalize on the bitter primary campaign battle waged by Gingrich against Romney in a new campaign ad, that reminds voters of what the former House Speaker said about his former rival.
“As a man who wants to run for president of the United States who can’t be honest with the American people, why should we expect him to level about anything if he’s president?” Gingrich says in the ad, taken from television news footage.
The ad also plays clips where Gingrich accuses Romney of gutting American companies and selling them for profit, hiding his wealth in offshore banking accounts, and flat out calling the presumptive nominee a “liar.”
Gingrich leaves the campaign with US$4 million in debt. Many vendors who fronted hundreds of thousands of dollars are now worried they may not ever see their money. FOX News reports that the Romney campaign has offered to help pay off Gingrich’s debt, while the former candidate will hold separate fundraising events while stumping the country for Romney.