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Newt Gingrich Drops Out of the Race: Upsetting or Anticlimactic?

News 2012/05/02 23:00:00
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Realistically, Newt Gingrich hasn't really been "in the running" for president for the last few months, but the presidential hopeful held on to the GOP candidacy longer than Mitt Romney's primary contender, Rick Santorum. Maybe he was holding out for a freak accident, or maybe there were some behind-the-scenes reasons for prolonging his candidacy. Whatever the case, it's over now. Gingrich officially put an end to his 2012 presidential run.

He made the announcement in a hotel ballroom near Washington, D.C., but didn't sound too enthusiastic about Romney. He said, "Today, I am suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship ... I'm asked sometimes, 'Is Mitt Romney conservative enough?' And my answer's simple: 'Compared to Barack Obama?' You know, 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." Is the end of his "wild ride" of a campaign upsetting or anticlimatic?


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  • Mr.Reasonable 2012/05/02 23:57:39
    Anticlimactic
    Mr.Reasonable
    +15
    Anticipated, unsurprising, inevitable, about time, how did he ever become a serious consideration for nomination in the first place?!

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  • Andy 2012/05/03 01:53:33
    Anticlimactic
    Andy
    +2
    Newt was out of the running... back in mid-Feb. Should have stepped aside then.
  • Jericho 2012/05/03 01:49:28
    Anticlimactic
    Jericho
    +1
    This conciliatory Speech from Gingrich is like saying that "oh I shouldn't have ate that" after downing a McDonald's McDouble for the 18th time, lol
  • Savior 2012/05/03 01:47:31
    Anticlimactic
    Savior
    +1
    When a candidate is selling donor lists for campaign money you know their dead in the water.
  • madsam 2012/05/03 01:44:24
    Upsetting
    madsam
    +1
    The part of this that bothers me is that because all primaries are not at the same time, my vote in the primaries does not mean anything as there is no choice by my primary. All primaries need to be at the same time so that Iowa and Massachusetts doesn't get elite status in this political system.
  • Pete madsam 2012/05/03 02:39:20
    Pete
    +1
    I agree but will say that you are fortunate to even have a primary. In Washington State the party bosses decided to do away with the primary and replace it with the highly undemocratic caucus system which should be unconstitutional since it disenfranchises a large portion of registered voters who can't attend the caucus at the designated time. Also, the caucus gives the party leaders an opportunity to manipulate the votes to pick the candidate of their choice. It's outrageous that in the "land of the free" Washington State citizens do not have the right to participate in primary caucuses if they are disabled or have work or other commitments at the time the party bosses decide to hold the caucus.
  • Ian 2012/05/03 01:41:45
    Anticlimactic
    Ian
    +1
    I was more surprised when Santorum dropped out in spite of his strong second place showing earlier. But perhaps I'm not seeing the full picture as I'm more concerned with the anti-democratic actions of the Malaysian government than what's going on in USA...
  • ilovemymac Ian 2012/05/03 02:58:30
    ilovemymac
    +1
    His campaign was 2 million in debt that's why he suspended his campaign. He claims for his daughter but then after he suspends his campaign it comes out he was over 2 million in debt. And you can bet that that's why he will support Romney because Romney will pay his campaign debt for him.
  • Ian ilovemymac 2012/05/04 06:07:40
    Ian
    Oh, ok. I didn't know about that... not surprisingly, I pay less attention to American election news than other stuff that's going on in this busy world of ours from my Malaysian point of view ^‿^

    I do remember being surprised that he gave so little to charity, since he was angling for the religious American vote.
  • Sissy Ian 2012/05/05 11:12:56
    Sissy
    I think there are several reasons why Santorum dropped out, not the least of it being money. The fact that these campaigns cost so much now is obscene and not helped by this mediocre supreme court's decision two years ago that unfetteterd funds could buy elections.

    But I think the biggest reason is Santorum worrying about his "brand". Because he did have a certain amount of success, he will be on the same circuit at conservative events that Sister Sarah was on where she made a boatload of money after '08, and then of course there are book deals and mayhap a reality series on Fox.

    But the biggest reason of all is that I also think he will be casting an eye on '16
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/05/03 01:39:35
    Upsetting
    Rebel [SHP]
    +1
    However I'm now supporting Romney, which is a tad more upsetting. No one left, lets do this....
  • Angel Rebel [... 2012/05/03 03:19:30
    Angel
    +1
    Why not Ron Paul?! He's been consistent and is the only true grassroots candidate, unlike the other so-called grassroots. He's incorruptible
  • Rebel [... Angel 2012/05/03 03:24:22 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    Ron Paul cannot topple Romney's delegate count nor stop him from the getting the nomination. A brokered convention is out of the question with Newt's likely endorsement later this week, and Santorum's likely endorsement next week or later (he's negotiating with the GOP for his endorsement). I'd elaborate however I've been down this topic several times today and I'm tired of it.
  • bmacklowe 2012/05/03 01:39:20 (edited)
    Upsetting
    bmacklowe
    +1
    Well, it was a little of both, actually. The former Speaker had announced his intention to drop out or "suspend his campaign" a week ago. So that did make it slightly anticlimactic. However, it is upsetting because he could have been a good candidate. His campaign was not the best or worst we've seen. He showed resilience in making comebacks throughout the contest. As Charles Krauthammer implied recently, Romney would be wise to consider appointing him to a position in his administration should he win. There was a time, not too long ago, when it seemed like Gingrich and Santorum could deny Romney the delegates he needed. Now it is a foregone conclusion that Mitt Romney will be the nominee, though Ron Paul supporters continue to claim he'll magically have more delegates at the convention. Newt Gingrich
  • ilovemymac bmacklowe 2012/05/03 03:02:39
    ilovemymac
    +1
    It's not a matter of how many Romney gets. All that matters is a few set out first round of voting and he doesn't have the nomination Don't worry about ron Paul we are stacking up the delegates right and left. Even non Paul supporters are acknowledging this
  • bmacklowe ilovemymac 2012/05/05 02:38:28
    bmacklowe
    Actually, it is a matter of how many Romney gets. The goal is to get to 1144. Right now he has 724, with 29 states carried to Paul's 54 and 1 state (Minnesota, according to wikipedia). He actually won 20 delegates in Minnesota at their caucus convention, despite Rick Santorum winning the straw poll they held earlier. This hardly points to a surge in Ron Paul's delegate count. By the way those numbers are for secured delegates. If we count projected delegates, it's Romney 869 to Paul 92. If Romney gets 420 more secured delegates (or 275 projected) he wins. Not hard at this point.
  • Angel bmacklowe 2012/05/03 03:22:50 (edited)
    Angel
    +1
    Ron Paul recently won the majority of delegates from Minnesota, but I don't hear sirens going off on the news stations. Had it been anyone but Paul... I'm not worried. The surprise will come in Tampa. Might as well jump on the Paul bandwagon now. That's pretty much what GOP supporters have been doing from the beginning. Remember Bachman? lmao what a tool
  • bmacklowe Angel 2012/05/05 02:43:32
    bmacklowe
    Ron Paul needs over 1000 delegates to catch up. You think one little caucus, winning 20, will get him over the top when Romney already has secured 724 on his way to 1144? I think this explains pretty clearly why Paul's win in the Minnesota convention hasn't fired up the news stations. There's not enough left for him to overtake Romney.
  • SuzieQueue 2012/05/03 01:39:08
    Anticlimactic
    SuzieQueue
    +2
    He's a moron and is leaving a bunch of people stuck with 4 million dollars of his unpaid bills. He's a pig,
  • bmacklowe SuzieQueue 2012/05/05 02:27:54
    bmacklowe
    I did read that the Romney team might help a bit with that problem.
  • holly go lightly 2012/05/03 01:38:13
    Anticlimactic
    holly go lightly
    +1
    i wonder how long before calista drops out.
  • Boss 2012/05/03 01:28:54
    Anticlimactic
    Boss
    +3
    who cares..he should never have entered the race anyway..he,s a has been loser...
  • G'Ma 2012/05/03 01:26:13
    Anticlimactic
    G'Ma
    +1
    Who Cares? He didn't stand a chance anyway...I resent all that money spent..he should have made a donation to the poor republicans. Foolish as they are, they are out there.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/05/03 01:23:44
    Anticlimactic
    ConLibFraud
    +1
    New new wife this round for Fig Newton!
  • Apache 2012/05/03 01:18:53
  • Debra Gallehawk 2012/05/03 01:13:56
    Anticlimactic
    Debra Gallehawk
    Now we have to possibly put up with monkey ears aghhhh
  • Kigan 2012/05/03 01:10:34
    Anticlimactic
    Kigan
    +1
    Looks like Gingrich was the last to know he couldn't win.
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/05/03 01:09:40
    Anticlimactic
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +1
    Boring.
  • CG 2012/05/03 01:07:06
    Anticlimactic
    CG
    zzzzzzzzzzzzz....
  • raine 2012/05/03 01:01:31
    Anticlimactic
    raine
    too bad now who are our choices?
  • Cat 1017 raine 2012/05/03 17:01:14
    Cat 1017
    Newt never was,.. never had a chance.....I guess he and Callista will form another non profit to bankrupt....
  • cupcakes 2012/05/03 01:00:24
    Anticlimactic
    cupcakes
    +1
    ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mr. Smith 2012/05/03 00:57:47
    Anticlimactic
    Mr. Smith
    +6
    Jaw dropping news.......let me tell ya!

    jaw dropping news ya
  • holly g... Mr. Smith 2012/05/03 01:39:51
    holly go lightly
    +2
    LOL,that's tough.
  • Mr. Smith holly g... 2012/05/03 01:48:49
    Mr. Smith
    +2
    LOL. It's been over for quite a while.....
  • Cat 1017 Mr. Smith 2012/05/03 16:59:57
    Cat 1017
    +1
    LOL...perfect!!!!
  • Mr. Smith Cat 1017 2012/05/03 17:25:31
    Mr. Smith
    +1
    hehe....thanks!
  • 3rd Party Champion 2012/05/03 00:49:50
    Anticlimactic
    3rd Party Champion
    +2
    Very anticlimactic.
  • jason 2012/05/03 00:49:11
    Anticlimactic
    jason
    +3
    Both parties have their corporate backed favorites--Obummer and Romney. I'll vote for the true Constitutionalist though, RON PAUL 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • holly g... jason 2012/05/03 01:40:16
    holly go lightly
    +2
    same here.
  • foobar 2012/05/03 00:46:23
    Anticlimactic
    foobar
    +3
    What a surprise...yawn.

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