Newt Gingrich officially suspends presidential bid, promises to fight as active citizen

Newt Gingrich officially suspends presidential bid, promises to fight as active citizen

Elkton : VA : USA | May 03, 2012 at 5:05 AM PDT
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Newt Gingrich has finally announced the suspension of his 2012 presidential bid after winning only two of the dozens of nominating contests in the GOP race. As he thanked his supporters, he said he would continue to fight for the rights of American people as an active citizen.

The announcement came on Wednesday at Hilton Hotel just outside of the nation’s capital.

“Today, I'm suspending the campaign but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship. Callista and I are committed to be active citizens. We owe it to America. We owe it to Maggie and Robert," Gingrich said, referring to his grandchildren, who live in his home state of Virginia.

While he did not say whether he would endorse Mitt Romney, now that he has decided not to run, Gingrich vowed that he would do whatever it takes to beat Barack Obama.

"I'm asked sometimes is Mitt Romney conservative enough. And my answer is 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," Gingrich said in the press conference, according to a report by MSNBC.

Gingrich's withdrawal from the campaign was only a matter of when not if. It hardly comes as a surprise, indeed, given a series of failures in the primaries and the slim number of delegates he had been able to secure to win the GOP nomination.

Romney, Gingrich's one-time bitter rival, also praised his creativity and intelligence the former presidential hopeful brought to American politics. He said that while Gingrich had created an everlasting place for himself in the hearts of American people, he was sure the former House speaker would continue his efforts to not just help the party but the nation as a whole.

In his last speech as the candidate, Gingrich narrated his achievements and reiterated his policy positions on everything ranging from education to terrorism, according to a report by ABC News. Gingrich’s rollercoaster campaign finally came to end and so did his mass staff walkouts, confrontations on the campaign trials and perhaps his promise of dreaming big for America.

Obama's re-election campaign is benefiting from Gingrich’s suspension, releasing an ad that highlights all the attacks he leveled on Romney during the bloody battle on the trial. Nonetheless, the major beneficiary to Gingrich and Santorum’s suspension remains Mitt Romney, and the legacy they created is now his to take forward.

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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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