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Newt suspends campaign (video)

Newt suspends campaign (video)

As expected, Newt suspended the campaign today.

Here’s the full video (via ElectAd).

If you want, jump ahead to 3:45 when he starts giving shout outs to other candidates and then turns to his view on the campaign and the future.

Money line (17:45):  “This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history.”

Update:  I completely disagree with the criticism Newt is getting for structuring his support for Romney by comparison to Obama.  What was Newt supposed to do, get up there and pronounce Romney a great conservative?  Would that have been credible?  No, people who doubt Romney’s conservative bona fides will vote for him because he is not Obama.  That is the audience Newt was addressing, and that is the audience which needs to be motivated to turn out in big numbers.


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Ragspierre | May 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Word, Newt!

Mitt will never even come close to being this brilliant & bold.

When Newt is relaxed and focused, he is terrific. There is nobody like him. I had to laugh when he acknowledged his moon colony comment didn’t go over so well.

There has to be a place in government for a man this talented.

And I hope he pays back the people he owes as quickly as possible.

Doug Wright | May 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Thought that Newt’s statement today was great. However, Shep Smith, on FNC, seemed to be in agony because of it. Perhaps Shep was hoping that Newt would commit Hari-Kari on stage or scream that Mitt was a secret Obamaite!

Even FNC has its closet Socialists even though it’s very difficult for many of them to hide it all the time. Megyn Kelly for one seems to barely able, at times, to sublimate her Socialist impulses this year.

Still, Newt hit for the cycle today and touched all the bases.

I hope he stays involved in politics and especially that Mitt uses Newt’s immense talents for the benefit of the Romney Campaign.

    Ragspierre in reply to Doug Wright. | May 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Not that it is right or anything, but…

    If I saw Shep in person, I’d just be inclined to slap the dog-spit out of him.

    Call it a flaw…

      Tamminator in reply to Ragspierre. | May 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      I saw it. My jaw dropped open when Shep and Ed Rollins(who should retire and shut the hell up) RIPPED Newt apart.

      They called him delusional, among other things.

      I truly believe that the Republican party will lose in November if they keep EATING THEIR OWN HEROES.

      Disgusting. Disgraceful. I’ll never watch that hack “Shep” again.
      Isn’t that the name of a dog, by the way?
      Maybe Obama will eat him.
      Worthless schmuck.

conservativegram | May 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Every night I say a prayer for my country and for Newt. I will continue to pray that Americans really hear what this man is saying. His vision and his solutions give me hope for this country’s future. I know I should feel sad today because his campaign is ending, but I feel cheerful hearing him tell us that he will still be out there talking about the work that needs to be done to get America back on track.

Here’s to hoping Newt still has a role to play in helping unseat Obama.

It’s obvious that many people in the Republican Party despise Newt. I wouldn’t expect too many nice comments about him.

The GOPE probably thinks that Newt needs to apologize. Their arrogance is a palpable as the progressive-socialist-liberals every where.

Perhaps the next campaign needs to include getting closed primaries, where we can discourage crossover voting. That seems more likely to cause the Republicans problems than the Democrats.

delicountessa | May 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

He can praise Romney all he wants. That “money quote” was right about the time I turned it off. Romney is just another progressive. As far as the GOP embracing Newt now, PhillyGuy, I have no doubt that they’ll be all smiles and praise since he just gave them what they wanted.

Sorry to see that the use of tape from the Republican Debates is now the attack material against Mitt. I am even more sorry that it is Newt’s well-delivered points that are used in the ad.

Newt avoided the endorsement of Romney by giving the comparison to Obama being a wide margin.

Newt’s visions still need a presence in this administration. Without them, will be the difference in success and failure.

I miss him already.

I think I’m like a lot of Romney supporters in that I moved into the Romney camp after I had seriously considered other candidates (namely Cain and Newt), but my decision was made mostly on the positives. As far as I could see, we had a great bunch of candidates.

Romney had the foreign policy that Cain simply didn’t. He ran a more disciplined campaign than Newt, notably Newt simply wasn’t on the ballot for me in VA. Both of them had ideas that I would still love to see come to fruition, and they had supporters that I’d hate to see drop out of conservative politics.

Some people, who may be more vocal than numerous, do look at the negatives. Plenty of Romney supporters do, and they’re being shortsighted to do so. I happen to agree that, generally, Gingrich was the best judge of when he should have dropped out because he was the only one who was running his numbers, to include his finances and his personal commitment, and he owed it to his supporters to run his campaign right up to the last possible second.

And I think his support for Romney now reminds me of why I was willing to put my initial skepticism aside: he did have a consistently positive message during his campaign. It is a great example to set, and absolutely every conservative should follow it, especially while the left is fixated on class warfare, environmental catastrophes and government conspiracies.

I’d even go so far as to suggest that while you’re entirely justified in talking about sore winners, you’d probably be better served to let them sulk in a corner, or just make fun of them.

SoCA Conservative Mom | May 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I watched live earlier today and couldn’t help thinking, “America missed out on someone great.” We need Newt and others with big ideas. I couldn’t help feeling hopeful listening to his speech. We need his vision and optimism for the future of our country.

Yeah, Newt didn’t have to go all-out endorsing Romney – just like Romney won’t have to go all-out to worry about Newt’s debt, much of which is to family-owned concerns.

If you don’t have five state delegations who want to nominate you, your name doesn’t go before the convention. Any speech time will then be allocated by the Committee, controlled by the nominee.

I’d have thought Newt wanted a speech at the convention, since his whole purpose in running was to sell books and increase demand for speaking gigs and “consulting” work. Guess not, eh?

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Estragon. | May 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Newt’s purpose for running was not book sales, but nation salvation. He has had beaucoup de book sales (23 best sellers) and high speaker fees without the cost, risk and humiliation (to his family) of running.

    Newt is about conservative ideas and ideals.

    He has spent his life achieving them.

    Romney on the other hand…. (spit, gag, barf) is a liar, thief, radical liberal/socialist agenda facilitator….who has no conservative achievement….and in a sane world would have been tarred and feathered and driven out of the race.

    He’s a perfect replica of his spiritual father, Joseph Smith and his biological father George Romney.

    He’s a pretty face with a lying tongue, dirty hands and a corrupt, greedy mind.

Scooby: “Romney had the foreign policy that Cain simply didn’t.”

Uh….what foreign policy experience? I know Romney rode his bike around Paris while other (poorer) men were fighting and dying in Vietnam, but other than that, I can’t think of any ‘foreign policy experience’ Romney has outside of opening Swiss and Caribbean bank accounts for himself.

His total experience is one term as governor of Massachusetts, remember, and nothing else. Not a whole lot of foreign policy going on in that position.

Who has less government experience than Obama had when he became president – Romney. There goes another positive for Republicans.