Newt Running Out Of Cash (And Time?)

29Mar12

Newt Gingrich is apparently running out of cash.  He announced on Tuesday his plans to downscale his campaign and look for an open convention. He’s cutting staff and travel, plus a plan to focus on “positive ideas” (no more angry badger Newt).

One thing that’s really interesting is how the ex-House Speaker is focusing on the open convention and talking to delegates directly. I guess he’s planning on picking up as much delegates as possible and hoping the non-binding ones will be willing to switch sides when they look at electability. Especially the Santorum ones.

As Newt’s main backer, Sheldon Adelson, pointed out to JewishJournal.com:

This man has no history whatsoever of creating anything or taking risks. I know Rick. I like him. We’re friendly. But I got to tell you something, I don’t want him running my country.

To be honest, neither do I. Santorum and I share plenty of social views, but it’s our solutions that are different. As a social conservative, Santorum wants the federal government to be regulating things like gay marriage and abortion. While I’m not for abortion, I’d rather the states decide. As for gay marriage, I have no problem with states making the decision but I’m perfectly happy with the government getting out of marriage. If a church wants to marry a couple, that’s fine. If they don’t, it’s their choice.

Adelson also had some pointed (yet kind) comments regarding Mitt Romney:

[[Romney is]] not a bold decision maker. Every time I talk to him, he says, ‘Let me think about it.’ He’s like Obama.

Of course the interesting thing in the JewishJournal.com video is that Adelson wanted Romney and Gingrich to be a ticket. That wouldn’t be a bad one, but Gingrich’s reply was that either he or Romney would need support from GOP governors/senators/congressmen to get more votes.

Gingrich seems likes he either wants to be the nominee or not at all. Which makes sense. Newt knows that as the head of the ticket he can be “the guy” and have someone behind him to back him up. If he were VP, his ego would be too large. Newt seems to realize this, as he told Neil Cavuto he’d listen but thinks there are better VPs out there. Gingrich also said he’d support whoever the nominee was and expects other candidates to do that as well. But Gingrich is definitely toning down his campaign.

If he gets enough delegates and Romney doesn’t win enough…who knows. It could be chaos in Tampa. Which would certainly be interesting. Could be a bit like how James Garfield won the GOP nomination (and then the presidency) in 1880.

I seriously doubt that will happen, but it would be interesting



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