Gingrich Offered $1M to Drop Out

Radio host says only Romney can beat Obama
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2011 7:28 AM CST
Newt Gingrich laughs during a Lincoln-Douglas style debate with Jon Huntsman at Saint Anselm College on December 12, 2011 in Manchester, New Hampshire.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich seems to like money—and some have speculated that his presidential campaign is all about making more of it—so perhaps he'll like this proposal from conservative radio host Michael Savage, who says he'll pay Gingrich $1 million if he exits the race. “Newt Gingrich is unelectable. Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a chance of defeating Barack Obama,” reads a statement on Savage's website. “Therefore I am offering Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the presidential race for the sake of the nation.”

In order to walk away with the cash, Gingrich must quit the race within 72 hours, The Hill notes. Savage's statement goes on to skewer Gingrich for issues including his ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, his failed "Contract With America," his team-up with Nancy Pelosi on global warming, his idea for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and his troubled family life. If Gingrich is nominated, Savage warns, he will "come off badly compared to Obama and look like nothing more than what he is: a fat, old, white man." (Read more Newt Gingrich stories.)

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