Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, on the eve of suspending his roller coaster presidential bid, said in an interview with USA TODAY that he will embrace Mitt Romney’s candidacy Wednesday and is ready to campaign for his former rival’s election — and that Romney in turn will help him retire his campaign debt.
The two men will make a joint appearance in a few weeks, when Gingrich will make an official endorsement.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Gingrich said he had no regrets about his decision to run for president, though he added, “I have regrets about not being smarter about how to run.”
There have been rumors – and right now they are only rumors – that a state GOP convention in Columbus on May 19 could serve as a setting for a staged meeting of the two men. Chris Kelleher, a spokesman for state Republican party, said the convention agenda currently makes no allowance for such an event.
However, Gingrich is already a twice-featured speaker that weekend. (On the other hand, Romney has a fund-raiser scheduled in Atlanta on June 11.)
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
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