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Wednesday
May022012

Newt Gingrich Ends Presidential Campaign

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Newt Gingrich officially ended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday.

“Today I’m suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign doesn’t mean suspending citizenship,” Gingrich said to a roomful of reporters who had waited a week for Gingrich to officially announce it. “Callista and I are committed to being active citizens.”

Gingrich said he still wanted to speak on a number of conservative issues and campaign for Republican candidates, including presumed nominee Mitt Romney.

Gingrich did not officially endorse Romney Wednesday, but Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told ABC News Tuesday that a Romney endorsement would come in the next few weeks.

“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,” Gingrich said. “This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.”

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Upon his exit, Gingrich thanked Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, the billionaire casino owner couple who kept his campaign alive. The Adelson family donated more than $20 million to Gingrich’s super PAC over the duration of his campaign.

“It would be impossible for me to be here and thank everybody without mentioning Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who singlehandedly came pretty close to matching Romney’s super PAC,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich also thanked two former candidates who endorsed him, Rick Perry and Herman Cain. Gingrich said Perry told him, “I’m with you until the cows come home.” He  thanked Cain for his support on the trail. Gingrich also apologized to the state of South Carolina, the only state other than Georgia that Gingrich won in the primary.

“I will have broken their tradition of always picking the nominee,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich also took the opportunity to poke some fun at himself, saying his mention of the moon colony was “not my most clever comment in this campaign,” but added he provided material for Saturday Night Live.

“My wife has pointed out to me 219 times that ‘moon colony’ was probably not my most clever moment,” Gingrich said. “But the underlying point is real. If we have to be the leading country in the world, we have to be the leading country in space.”

Gingrich is expected to go back on the trail to campaign for Romney in the coming weeks, when his endorsement is likely to come.

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Tuesday
May012012

Gingrich Releases Campaign Suspension Video

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich released a video on his YouTube channel Tuesday to give his supporters “insider advance notice” that he will be suspending his campaign on Wednesday.

Gingrich’s wife, Callista, tweeted a picture of Gingrich filming the video Monday night.

“I wanted you to know first because your help was vital,” Gingrich said in the video directed to his supporters.

Sources close to the campaign told ABC News last week that Gingrich planned to suspend his campaign early this week and would “likely” endorse Mitt Romney. Though both Gingrich and Romney will be in Virginia on Wednesday, sources close to the campaign said Gingrich will not appear with Romney then, but could campaign together at future appearances in a couple of weeks. The campaigns had planned to meet Monday to discuss how Gingrich could help the Romney campaign.

Gingrich said in the YouTube video that the re-election of Barack Obama will be a “genuine disaster,” and said he had an obligation to defeat him.

“I want you to know that we’re going to continue out there on the road, both Callista and I will be talking, campaigning, making speeches, doing everything we can to help defeat Barack Obama,” Gingrich said.

Last week Gingrich began to pull back his campaign after a sweeping five-state loss, including Delaware, where he campaigned the most and said would be an important factor in assessing his campaign.

“I do think it’s pretty clear that Gov. Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee and we’re going to do everything we can make sure that he is in fact effective. And we as a team will be effective in winning this fall,” Gingrich said last week in North Carolina.

The official details of Gingrich’s campaign suspension have not been released, other than it will take place sometime Wednesday afternoon in the Virginia region. Gingrich plans to deliver a speech focused on citizenship.

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