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
    Anticipated, unsurprising, inevitable, about time, how did he ever become a serious consideration for nomination in the first place?!

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  • william keegan 2012/05/03 17:24:30
    william keegan
    Unfortunatly, Anticlimactic!
  • angie45 2012/05/03 17:21:35
    upsetting when anyone drops out of the race...who"s gonna run against the president?
  • Sissy angie45 2012/05/05 10:31:24
    You guys should have thought of that before. Had you all not spent every waking minute of the last four years hating, spewing, wishing him to be a failure, you could have been looking for a viable candidate to confront this President. But then in looking over the field, I don't see anyone else out there either.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/05/03 17:14:47
    Margaret Jacobson
    about time
  • The Bee Guy 2012/05/03 16:58:32
    The Bee Guy
    Now if only the other idiot would, we might get somewhere. Think about time to start the republican race over. We need a REAL leader not some Obama Clone wearing conservative clothing
  • Sissy The Bee... 2012/05/06 10:07:47
    Out of respectful curiosity, who would you have picked to run for the GOP nomintion?
  • The Bee... Sissy 2012/05/08 18:27:47
    The Bee Guy
    Maybe Santorum, But didn't truly approve of any of those who were running. Romney is the Media Pick. Why?
  • Cat 1017 2012/05/03 16:58:18
    Cat 1017
    Like anyone really expected him to win....
  • TuringsChild 2012/05/03 16:58:13
    Even in defeat he couldn't bring himself to endorse Ron Paul. Dinosaurs are dinosaurs and will never change.
  • Rick4Ro... Turings... 2012/05/04 00:00:54
    Rick4Ron - Paul☮2012
    He didn't endorse Romney either. Since he knocked all the candidates, at least he didn't fold, for the party.
  • President Camacho 2012/05/03 16:42:44
    President Camacho
    Timely. I like newt but was a santorum supporter
  • Red_Horse 2012/05/03 16:39:21 (edited)
  • mwf122090 2012/05/03 16:28:31
    I can't believe it took him this long.
  • chas 2012/05/03 16:25:29
  • aldington barrett 2012/05/03 16:23:29
    aldington barrett
    the present set of gop runningfor president are some of the most bigotist ppl i have seen since the late 50s early sixties .tell americans the truth this country is going thru changes some jobs are gone never to return technology has taken over and there is still more jobs to go .ppl be ready america is becoming a welfare state and no one can stop that.barack obama came in office qand is stablinzing the countries economy give him some praise forget that he is black he is doing not one one person out there can do better so continue to have a shot at it obama things will get better but ppl it takes time ok it time to junk the republican garbage
  • Rick4Ro... aldingt... 2012/05/04 00:05:04
    Rick4Ron - Paul☮2012
    You need to let go of partisan politics? Bush spent over a trillion a year, for eight years. Obama, has spent nearly 6 trillion in less than 4 years. Black or white... Obama's burning through the green, and must be stopped! Only one candidate can stop the hemorrhaging, has a plan, and the experience to put it in place...

    Ron Paul 2012
  • Sissy aldingt... 2012/05/06 10:12:59
    You hit on what I think is the most important investment we could and should be making in this country. Education. We need to re-tool and and re-train the workforce and no, I don't mean everyone should go to college.

    There was a time when you could graduate from high school, get a job at a factory and work there for 40 years. Making a decent living, own a home and you didn't get brought to you knees by a serious illness. Those kinds of jobs are gone or if they are sitll here, they're not paying enough to achieve the Middle Class dream. When the middle class is strong and viable everyone benefits. I can never understand why education has become such a low priority.
  • Mrs. Kathy Arch 2012/05/03 16:22:01
    Mrs. Kathy Arch
    He has some interesting ideas, but he is better off in a think tank than the oval office.
  • Sissy Mrs. Ka... 2012/05/06 10:14:03
    The "trouble" is, his thinking is still in the 1990's mode and except for wanting a colony on Mars, he offers nothing of consequence to deal with the 21st Century.
  • Mrs. Ka... Sissy 2012/05/07 00:28:41
    Mrs. Kathy Arch
    Yeah, Mars colony while we are broke.
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/05/03 16:20:29
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    For some reason, I already thought he had.
  • Calm down! 2012/05/03 16:15:46
    Calm down!
    It's about time!
  • David 2012/05/03 15:54:42
    It was inevitable and I don't care. He had way too much baggage going into the race and should not have bothered running this time or the first time he tried.
  • Sissy David 2012/05/05 10:35:14
    I agree David. But when you have a mega ego, delusions of grandeur and truly believe you are the smartest in the world, what to do? Naturally those of us with less talent, intelligence and grasp of history as he sees it and defines it, would believe we wouldn't give any of those pesky little pieces of baggage a second look, if we even gave it a first.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/05/03 15:10:56
    t.eliot, topbard
    As Holden Caulfield would say, "Very big deal."
  • jtfm 2012/05/03 15:03:45
    I only wish he would have endorsed Ron Paul.
  • ilovemymac jtfm 2012/05/03 15:42:26
    He would if Ron Paul would pay off his campaign debt he would. That's why he is supporting Romney. It goes to show what kind of man he is. Will jump to anyone as long as money is involved.
  • Rick4Ro... ilovemymac 2012/05/04 00:07:01
    Rick4Ron - Paul☮2012
    Has he endorsed Romney? I know he has only suspended his campaign, so he can try and raise funds for his multi-million dollar debt.
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/03 14:56:39
    jacktown kid
    Boring actually
  • JimTheGeek 2012/05/03 14:53:00
    After all, he was only in it to sell books and increase his speaking fees.
  • Grizzle 2012/05/03 14:43:42
    From the sounds of it he was bought out.
  • Sissy Grizzle 2012/05/06 10:15:06
    He has a mountain of debt that I heard would be paid off if he dropped out.
  • wgossett99 2012/05/03 14:38:45
    I have never cared for Gingrich much. He is largely responsible for the coarsening of American political discourse with his list of suggested nouns like calling anyone who disagrees with you a traitor.

    The one thing I did approve of was Gingrich's pro space exploration stance. The US is losing the space race and he was the only candidate to even mention it.
  • WGN 2012/05/03 14:33:53
    This loser is just realizing that he lost?
    Give us a break!!!
    Typical GOP, out of touch with reality. (as usual)
  • Thinker 2012/05/03 14:33:05
    The only upsetting thing about him getting out of the race is that he did not endorse Governor Romney. He's still on an ego trip. Romney is the best man for the job and he just can't get over his huge loss.
  • Mark 2012/05/03 14:31:17
    Not exactly a moonquake announcement.
  • M'lud 2012/05/03 14:04:31
    As we used to say in the school yard, good riddance to bad rubbish. This mean-spirited serial cheater should never have been under consideration.
  • Jo 2012/05/03 13:34:07
    He' just arrogant and a pompous ass!!! He just waisted people's money. Also, needs to be in the lime light.
  • smitty 2012/05/03 13:19:41
    Expected.. Now he just needs some of Romney's cash to pay off his campaign.

    ": '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." "

    The man gets it.
  • beavith1 smitty 2012/05/03 14:57:50

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