Gingrich Leaps to Trump's Defense

Someone wants an endorsement...
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2011 2:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich must really, really want that oh-so-important Donald Trump endorsement. After meeting with the Donald for almost an hour today, Gingrich defended Trump from Ron Paul's recent dig regarding the "circus-like atmosphere" of a Trump-hosted debate. Gingrich reminded those gathered that no lesser luminaries than a peanut farmer and an actor who co-starred with a chimp had inhabited the Oval Office. "This is a country of enormously wide-open talent. You know, Donald Trump is a great showman. He's also a great businessman," Gingrich said. "I think that we have to be open to new ways of doing things and new ways of approaching things."

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Along those lines, Trump and Gingrich announced that the Donald would be offering 10 apprenticeships to kids from a disadvantaged school in New York City. Asked why he met with Trump, Gingrich replied, "Why wouldn't you? ... He is a genuine American icon in his own right." Plus, he said, "I like being in New York at Christmas." An amusing response sent to Politico from a Paul campaign source includes this: "We do agree New York is a wonderful place to go at Christmas. We are sure two average Americans like Speaker Gingrich and Donald Trump will have a wonderful time picking out gifts for their wives. We suggest a place called Tiffany's; given their celebrity status they can probably get special deals and $500,000 lines of credit." Click to see another big endorsement Gingrich is getting, or check out Trump's own response to Paul. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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