Gingrich: It's 'Far and Away' Mitt Romney
Appears to embrace frontrunner, but he's still not getting out of the race
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2012 11:28 AM CDT
Newt Gingrich speaks on CBS "Face the Nation" in Washington.   (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich apparently might know when to at least symbolically fold 'em, because he sounded a lot like a guy ready to throw his support behind Mitt Romney today. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Gingrich appeared to embrace the frontrunner, dismissing his previous attacks as just "part of the business," reports Politico. Highlights from the interview, with Roll Call and CNN contributing:

  • On Romney: "I hit him as hard as I could, he hit me as hard as he could. Turns out he had more things to hit with than I did. That's part of the business."
  • On Romney's chances: "Given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won, he is far and away the most likely Republican nominee. If he does get to 1,144 delegates, I'll support him.

  • On common goals: "We're both grandparents. We really see this as the fight for the future of our grandchildren's country. We really see this as not just defeating Obama but changing Washington."
  • On the prize: "We are absolutely committed to defeating Barack Obama. This is the most important election, in some ways, since 1860. Barack Obama's a genuine radical."
  • On Romney's conservative bona fides: He's "conservative enough (and) I suspect he will accept a solid, conservative platform, but he does have consultants who are of the Etch a Sketch tradition."
  • On Gingrich 2012: "I'm glad I did this. For me it was important as a citizen to try to do some very hard things. To try to bring new ideas and new approaches. It turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be, but it was the right thing for me to do, both in my life and where I thought the country was. I have no regrets."
  • But he's still not quitting: “The only way I’ll be the nominee is if Romney makes a major mistake and ends up with a number of his delegates saying they just can’t do that. On the other hand, that has happened in American history, and as a historian, I’m probably the calmest person about not getting out of anyone you know.”

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thirdimpact
Apr 8, 2012 7:32 PM CDT
Don't blame me. I supported Ron Paul. (Yes. I know that opens me up to insults around here. I really don't care.)
MarionHall
Apr 8, 2012 2:13 PM CDT
I only hope that everyone of the elected officals get it together. You can see our economy running down the stream off the highest waterfall! Obama can not handle the job. Period. He is out collecting 1 billion for a re-election bid? 1 billion? This says one of 2 things - 1. he doesn't know how to manage people nor money. 2. he has done so poorly that he can not run on his own merits. He has put out a 17 min movie of Obama greatness. Hillary should have gotten the Presidency - I feel that she would have done so much better and experience she was far way ahead. Those college voters that stood w/ Obama and all those who were memorized by his cool swager have now gone out to the real world. These are Ron Pauls voters now. I think it will be close in which it shouldn't given all Obama should have been able to do w/ 4 trillion bucks. He gave over 15 million in loans from the DOE for green energy to his pals including 5 million Kennedy in RI for thier windfarm? Out of the 1800 windfarms - 1500 were all from and finainced from Foriegn Countries, 3 windfarms of the largest amounts of those monies are well - 1 is closed, 2 have laid off more then 1/2 the staff. This is just 1 blunder of our money. Not to even mention the hiring of "private consulting firms" which we know cost 100% more than hiring people in order to do the environmental studies for Oil drilling? The progress is slow according to LIN the head of DOE because they have to hire these firms? Like they just figured it out yesterday-not 3 yrs ago. Take a watch on CSPAN and listen to these meeting and watch who the US Reps or Congress memebers are on each of the 100 special commities and watch those who have been appointed to run the gov side Appt by Obama? You will learn a lot and see what is going on instead of having to try to figure it out watching all the bias news.
saucier111
Apr 8, 2012 1:41 PM CDT
What does GOP stand for= G=Greedy O=Obstructionist P=Pigs