Gingrich-Santorum Ticket? It Almost Happened

But they couldn't settle on who'd be No. 1, reports Josh Green

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 22, 2013 8:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another coda to the 2012 presidential race, and it's a doozy: Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum came this close to mounting a Romney mutiny in the form of a Gingrich-Santorum ticket, reports Josh Green at Bloomberg Businessweek. Or maybe Santorum-Gingrich: The secret talks broke down because the two couldn't agree on who would get top billing. "In the end, it was just too hard to negotiate," says Gingrich. Santorum also confirms, saying he was "disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea."

The two camps were in serious talks ahead of the Michigan primary in late February, figuring that if they could cause Romney to lose in his home state, he might never recover his front-runner status, writes Green. One Santorum adviser even pushed for Gingrich to drop out in the middle of a televised debate and endorse Santorum in the process. It wasn't to be. "I'd like to have had Santorum drop out, and he'd have liked me to drop out," says Gingrich. Click for the full report.

Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich, at one of the GOP debates.
Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich, at one of the GOP debates.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Newt Gingrich looks out into the audience during one of the Republican debates, with Rick Santorum next to him.
Newt Gingrich looks out into the audience during one of the Republican debates, with Rick Santorum next to him.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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