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If Newt Gingrich gets blown out in Florida, is it time to drop out?
January 31st, 2012
05:00 PM ET

If Newt Gingrich gets blown out in Florida, is it time to drop out?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Things aren't looking pretty for Newt Gingrich in Florida, but that doesn't seem to matter much to him.

Despite trailing Mitt Romney in the polls by double digits and being outspent by an estimated $12 million in the Sunshine State, Gingrich is vowing to stay in the race all the way to the convention.

And that has some Republicans worried.

They're concerned that if Romney and Gingrich keep battling for months to come, it could weaken the eventual nominee, who then must face off against President Obama in the fall.

Others suggest that a prolonged fight makes both Gingrich and Romney better candidates.

A piece in Politico called “Why Newt Won't Quit” suggests that for Gingrich, the next great challenge of the campaign comes from within:

"Gingrich may have the will to keep fighting, but whether he's capable of keeping his cool, delivering a consistent message and executing a long-shot plan to overtake Romney is an altogether different matter."

Also working against Gingrich, no more debates until February 22.

Meanwhile, although Gingrich is vowing to stay in it for the long haul, his campaign is already lowering expectations for some of February's races.

The campaign says Michigan and Nevada will be difficult contests for their candidate. Romney won both states in 2008. Also, Michigan is Romney's birth state, and his father was governor there; Nevada has a lot of Mormons.

Gingrich is largely setting his sights on March, when more Southern states start voting.

The question is whether the money and the media attention will dry up before then.

Here’s my question to you: If Newt Gingrich gets blown out in Florida, is it time to drop out?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Pam in Texas:
No. If Santorum and Paul were to drop out, I believe the majority of their votes would go to Gingrich. And if you add up all the votes "NOT" for Romney, he's not "winning". And that's what the Gingrich campaign is hoping for. Thus you're looking at a very interesting primary and I cannot wait to see the convention.

Thomas:
With the economy in the toilet and millions of Americans out of work we need a candidate brave enough to talk about what really matters - colonizing the moon.

Harry:
For the good of the country, Gingrich should drop out. But for the good of Obama's re-election bid, he needs to stay in until the convention.

Fred in Mississippi:
No, Jack, because there are still a bunch of southern states that haven't voted yet. In some of those southern states, my state of Mississippi in particular, Gingrich has a higher favorability than Romney. I believe that if Gingrich stays in the race, he will win the southern states and become the nominee regardless of the results are in Florida.

Donald in Danville, California:
Newt will carry on, hoping Rick Santorum drops out to pick up more conservatives. However the "Shock and Awe" of the Romney ad money barrage could give him, or anyone, pause. Newt needs to "remain relevant" in February and somehow hang on until he can get back to Georgia. Hopefully, like another Northerner, Romney has not begun his march to the sea by then.

S. in Pensacola, Florida:
Don't think so. I think Mitt and Newt should run as a President-VP ticket. The combination would be perfect. Mitt + Newt = Mewt. And that’s about right in any case.

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  1. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Yes Jack,Ole Newt is not our nations future.He has been on the stump so long he just can not give it up.I wish him well
    but he needs to retire and be happy.
    David

    January 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  2. Randy

    Newt would be a fool to drop out when his billionaire Sheldon adelson and wife are throwing him five million dollar checks. His problem is romneys wall street billionaires are spending tons more to get their red light district politician elected. And lastly, the news media doesn't want newt out because at the end of the day, they get all the money anyway.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  3. Karl in Silverton ID

    Please don't drop out Newt....The republican party needs a shot gun passenger in the Clown car.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  4. Jk from Minnesota

    No – that's only 3 states. Selfishly I'd like to see him stay in all the way – the comic relief has been fabulous to watch.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  5. Dave - Phx

    I would say yes, Republicans will move on to another dream candidate here shortly. Someone who is moral and good, and loves money. Maybe Mickey Mouse.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  6. Pete from Georgia

    The main stream media desperately wants Newt to stay in, all the way to the convention.
    Who else can supply lethal venom toward Romney on an hourly basis ?? Unlimited ammunition for future Obama attack & destroy ads.
    Newt creates some degree of interest to an otherwise dull, decided republican race, no matter how desperate and pathetic he looks doing so. Anything that makes Obama look more "presidential" the media worships and will promote 24 / 7.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  7. Richard Texas

    A smart minded and logical person would say yes to keep from hurting the party, but then again Newt is not very logical now is he?

    January 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  8. Jenna Roseville CA

    If Newt Gingrich gets blown out in Florida, is it time to drop out?

    Oh no, he should continue all the way to the RNC convention. We Democrats love all the dirt that the Republicans pull on each other. It's like free advertising for us.

    Go for it Newt!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Few in the land will miss hearing Newt's draconian rants.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  10. Steve

    No, No, No, he can continue to do Obama's campaign job, while the President can do a President's job. Works out great for all concerned!

    IL

    January 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  11. Ann from Charleston SC

    It may be time for Gingrich to drop out, but not to worry, his colassal ego, his arrogance, his pomposity won't let him.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  12. John from Alabama

    Jack; I like the circus. All the acts, and the clowns. Please let it continue, because it is better than reality TV. In addition, the CNN debates must help ratings for CNN.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  13. David of Alexandria VA

    I think he should take an election sabatical to seek some anger management counseling. His vitriole is doing nothing for the debate and not clarifying positions on issues. If he stays until the convention, he will become like that smelly relative who came to visit and refuses to leave.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  14. jimmy in greenville, north carolina

    Heavens no! Newt should stay in the race until the bitter end. It is all a planned political ploy. It's like this. All of Newt's craziness is designed to make the Democrats feel relaxed. Newt's idiocy is like a Trojan Horse. Once his silliness has lulled them to sleep we will strike. Romney will appear as a great man for fending off Newt. At least that is the way I see it. Or maybe this scenario was an episode of the Kardashians. It's one or the other, I think.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  15. TOM TYSKIEWICZ

    Yeah Jack right! As soon as we get a hit TV show, you want to cancel it. It's called the Boob Tube for a reason, and when we finally get all the boobs on the same show, you want to suggest that it is taken away from an America the badly needs this diversion to get through our tough times.

    TOM, FOREST HILLS, PA

    January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  16. Doug Ericson

    I don't know, because I havn't heard Newt Gingrich sing yet. We will have to wait and see. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  17. David in Tampa

    Of course not; if he did what would we do for comic relief until after the Conventions? I so love to hear his temper tantrums about the media, and thank whoever came up with the remote control. Who knows some candidate or another may self destruct and Newt G. can be around to pick up the standard for the Republicans. In which case I would like to move to Bora Bora, Morea, or elsewhere in French Polynesia.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  18. Brad, Portland, OR

    Newt is funded by a Las Vegas billionaire, so he doesn't have any money pressures to drop out.

    He should stay in all the way to the convention and keep Romney honest.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    I suspect he will stay in until Super Tuesday. Then, if he loses big, he should drop out. The only danger for the GOP is that once the Tea Party is riled up, disappointing them may cause them to go away mad. The danger of him leaving is that they would go to Ron Paul instead, which is the last thing the establishment wants.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  20. Cy Gardner

    NOOOOOO! Would you drop the Situation from Jersey Shore just because more people like Snooki? Do you turn off the Three Stooges just because it's a Shemp episode instead of a Curly Joe? Whose gonna turn on the GOP debates if its Mitt vs Ron Paul? We Want Newt!!! cy from arlington, va

    January 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  21. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    It is highly likely that Newt will be blown out in Florida, but let's keep the entertainment going!! The Republican primary is better entertainment than any of the so called "reality tv" programs and the Dems are laughing there was to the November 2012 elections as they see that the longer the Republicans entertains us and bloodies each other , the less need for the Dems to raise $1 Billion for campaigning.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  22. Cy Gardner

    That means, with more than a thousand delegates needed to claim the nomination, you want to call it over when Mitt is barely ten percent there. There are millions of Republican voters who want their chance to vote against Mitt.4 out of 5 GOP voters don't really like him much. Let them have the illusion of participation in our fake democracy. Don't take their fun. Don't take OUR fun. Newt don't go!!! cy from arlington, va

    January 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  23. s in pensacola

    Quit over 50 delegates, Jack? With 46 states left to go? Newt? Don't think so. I think Mitt and Newt should run as a Pres/VP ticket. The combination would be perfect. Mitt + Newt = Mewt. And thats about right in any case. lol

    January 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  24. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    He should. He's become an embassament to his party and his campaign is all about him. But his ego won't let him. I really hope he wins his party's nomination. I am going to register as a Republican when the primaries for my state come around just so I can vote for him. He's the best thing Obama's got going for him.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  25. Pete from Florida

    Absolutely NOT. Winners never quit, Newt!. You're a street fighter, and that's what we need in the White House, not some two-faced Richie Rich who has more positions than the Kama Sutra.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  26. Mike S., New Orleans

    A rational person in his position would drop out, but it's Newt Gingrich. He's been on a self-promotional book tour for years, and his campaign could drum up some more lobbying business in D.C. Perhaps it's time for him to retire on his lunar colony (after his second term, of course.)

    January 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  27. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, Newt should never quit because these rowdy debates have been like group therapy for the badly divided GOP. Newt has been the guru for the “let it all hang out” sessions. Without Newt as a group leader there will be no transition out of the "Anyone but Romney" syndrome which may otherwise keep Republicans home on Election Day in November.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  28. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    The three states that Romney has done well in are blue states. Gingrich did well in the one red state Georgia. Out of the 2,286 delegates only a fraction have been allotted so far. Around 40% of delegates will be chosen on Super Tuesday. We're not talking about 75% of the states being blue on Super Tuesday. Romney might fare quite differently then. Every time the media has counted Newt out, it has bit them in the butt.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  29. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    Absolutely NOT! Jack, can you even imagine how BORING the Republican debates will be without Newt? And besides, Newt is the one true candidate who could make mincemeat out of Obama in a debate. Stay in Newt! The ratings war needs you!

    January 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  30. Demopub

    I have been listening to the interview with Mayra Hidalgo on CNN. I sympathize with her plight which was not of her making but an illegal act on the part of her parents. While her parents may have had many compelling reasons to leave Costa Rica and come to the U.S, they also had an obligation to their children to explain their status. Mayra CANNOT expect to be treated the same way as other immigrants who went through often exhaustive paperwork and scrutiny to immigrate to the U.S. It is a very difficult question that is faced by many nations however it is also a matter of fairness to all. If she is deported back to Costa Rica, her life will NOT end as she infers. The education she have acquired in the U.S will help her make that adjustment and perhaps she can then start a legal process to enter the U.S with some consideration for her situation at that point. She would then be able to fully participate and contribute to life in the U.S without fear of deportation.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  31. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    No, Jack, because there are still a bunch of southern states that haven't voted yet. In some of those souther states, my state of Mississippi in particular, Gingrich has a higher favorability than Romney. I believe that if Gingrich stays in the race, he will win the southern states and become the nominee regardless of the results are in Florida.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  32. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Well Jack, He's been saying that he's going to be taking this all the way to the convention, but one must consider what a liar he is and hope he's telling the truth, because I'm loving the amount of money his supporters are wasting on him. In fact watching the whole field of Republican Candidates be out classed every day by President Obama, well that gives me some delightful pleasure indeed. After witnessing the Republican Obstructionism since the President took office, I only have contempt for their Party, so much so I find some pleasure in their suffering. I urge all Republicans to donate all they can to any of their Candidates, I'm going to enjoy watching them lose their money, because Obama has this one in the Bag ! Pleasure Pleasure... euphoria !!! Oh yeah !

    January 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  33. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Newt Leroy should have never entered the Presidental race from the git-go. He will continue until the convention promoting himself and his futuristic ideas-–all of which amounts to NOOTIE! Desparate men sometimes don't know when to quit---he has stayed at the party to long! He should--–but he WANT!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  34. Steve,NY

    If Gingrich looses Florida, it's time to get out. I think the people can only take so much of these debates on TV. We only had four states that had debates. It seems like eternity. Just think if Gingrich doesn't drop out, we have 46 more states to go with more debates. The candidates will kill themseves with these debates, and can the public take it?? Can the news media take it?? Remember you have the liberals, the conservatives, paid news analysts, and the self proclaimed experts making their view points known and arguing among themselves with their spin. Forty-six more states to go!!!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  35. Mary J Billings

    Now why would he drop out, Jack. If he has a big sugar daddy to finance his campaign he might as well stay the course. Besides, all us progressives find this whole circus as pure entertainment leading into the general election where whomever is nominated will attempt to inflict a total case of amnesia on all of us before November. I am from Sarasota, FL

    January 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  36. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    It couldn't come soon enough. I doubt if his inflated ego will allow him to admit defeat, and so, we will not be spared the misery of his presence on our TVs.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  37. Ed from California

    Hell No!! How then will John Stewart and Steven Colbert make a living?? Noot and Mitt don't have a snowballs chance in hell of living at 1660 Pennsylvania Ave. What those two are really doing is proving that the 28th Amendment is truly needed. Good job, Supreme Court. where does it say in the constitution that the the Supreme's have a job for life? Maybe, we need a 29th Amendment too.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  38. Dan from Long Island

    Jack,
    If Newt gets blown out, I hope he stays in the race. Since the campaign has already fallen into the cesspool, at least Newt would keep it entertaining. Boring and sleazy is deadly for the next 9 months. At least funny and sleazy works on cable. Just imagine, the Republican Convention could be like a Superbowl week of Wrestlemania!! It would be a fitting conclusion to this primary season of misfits and tabloid fodder. God forbid, what the rest of the world thinks of us

    January 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  39. Southern Lady

    It is my hope that Newt stays in the race 'till the very end. He and Mitt Romney have made such disgusting accusations about each other that I find the behavior of both shameful. The longer they keep it up, the more the voters will understand that neither of these men should sit in the Oval Office and will come to understand the only person trying to help the middle class and restore the county, the only intelligent adult in the room is President Obama. It truly scares me to imagine another Republican administration after the disaster caused by eight years of Bush and Cheney. Love your country – vote for President Obama.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  40. Karl in Flint

    Newt Gingrich was neither morally or ethically fit to enter the GOP presidential race in the first place. He should bow out gracefully, but he won't. As for Romney, he is no prize either. Now a ticket of Colon Powell, if he'd run, and John Huntsman for VP is a GOP ticket even I could consider and probably vote for. Enough said.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  41. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    Of course it would make sense for Newt to drop out. But that would only happen if politics made sense and the real goal was to defeat the President. But politics does not make sense and it's not a team sport. It's about power and individual egos; and Newt has one as big as the moon. If the Republicans truly wanted to defeat the President they would get behind the strongest candidate, Romney, and stop beating up on each other. But that ain't happening. Newt will probably do anything at this point to stop Romney, possibly even running as a third party candidate. As long as he has the Super Pac money, the nonsense will continue.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  42. Sylvia from San Diego

    No. Once State does not decide who is the best candidate. Newt needs to hang in there and show the country why he is best qualified to be the next President of the United States. Let's face it, Obama was behind Clinton during the primaries and look where he ended up!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  43. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl newt optimizes all that is wrong with our political system. lie, cheat, steal, even get caught, what's the downside? you label yourself a maverick and get reborn to wash away your past. politicians need to be licensed and bonded. get caught, lose your license and then have to get a real job as you are banned from holding office forever.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  44. Bill of New Mexico

    No!

    The roller coaster that this nomination has been–No!

    For the sake of the country, if Newt can be persuaded to drop out–fine.

    After all the information (negative & otherwise) on Romney–I don't know if I can vote for Romney. My wife does not like either of the two front runners, now. If my wife doesn't want to vote, I won't either.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  45. Annie, Atlanta

    Are you kidding? And lose the talk of American bases on the moon and it becoming our 51st state (which would in effect make him President of the moon)? Not on your life? Then there's the fact that we get to see first hand how our elections are now bought and paid for by monied interests. No way should he drop out. The American electorate needs to be educated, no matter the means.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  46. andy Lynn, MA

    Newtie is a disgraced former Speaker of the House. The fact that he is taken seriously as a candidate for the Republican party shows me exactly how desperate the Republicans are. To please the rabid Evangelicals, a.k.a. bible thumpers, I would suggest that a man married more often than a Mormon candidate for the presidency could be the anti-Christ. In fact Newtie has had almost as many wives as religions. Talk about trying to keep up with the Newt.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  47. Frances

    No, no more drop outs. Keep the clown show going. I need more amusement for free. Obama/Biden 2012

    Fran

    January 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  48. Harold in Alaska

    - Find a school and let the man clean some toilets! -

    January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  49. Teddy

    Only if Mitt Romney drops out, is it time for Newt to go. I don't think Romney has a prayer to beat Obama, not that Newt does either, but we need someone who can. newt must stay in the race until Romney is untouchable, or a new, more competent Republican candidate comes forward.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  50. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    This is Gingrich's last hurrah so he might as well go out with guns blazing. Especially after Romney went for the jugular. Putting myself in Gingrich's shoes [that puts a shiver down my spine when I say that] I would feel the same way. But in the end people do not win elections anymore they buy them and Romney's wallet is full.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  51. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    They should all drop, but knowing the "Newt way" its to drag this on until convention time. Why is Ron still in? Rick? its all about the money and the after effects- book tours, talk shows, etc. They willl be heard right up until the convention. Newt hangs on by his thumbs but still turns up wherever the media will listen.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  52. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    I would like to know Where Newt gets the nerve to run in the first place. He's on his third wife and has all of these scandals behind him. How about the answer to Wolf's question at the last debate- "Why is your wife the best to be first Lady?" After announcing her musical and artistis credits Newt comes off with "...and besides, I think it would be fun to hang out at the White House with Calista!" I truly don't think that's what the American people are looking for right now. Get out with some dignity Newt before you guarantee Obama a second term.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  53. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    No, Newt needs to stay in the race as well as the others so Romney has to spend a lot of money to help the economy in the other states. If there is no increase in tax rates for his rich friends we need to get the money someway. Besides the news pundits wouldn't have much to talk about until August when the real war starts.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  54. Joe

    No way! Newt is my last choice for President, but he's way too entertaining to see him drop out! I was disappointed when Bachmann and Perry dropped out, and even more hurt that Palin didn't run at all. If we lose Newt, we'll really only be left with Santorum for comedic value!

    Burlington, VT

    January 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  55. bud rupert

    As a practical matter – yes. "Phony Balgona" will be the GOP nominee and I predict will get crushed in the general election. OK – crushed may be a little strong.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  56. Bob

    Jack, without question Gingrich should drop out if he losses big in Florida. Newt is really showing his true colors these last few days. Sounds like he is trying to make it so that if Romney is the GOP nominee he cann't win the general election. In other words if Newt isn't nominee, he's making sure Romney doesn't have a chance to win in the general election. Not only is Gingrich making himself look bad, but also the GOP.If he's such a good republician how does
    he explain his bad behavior. Not only is he going to cause the GOP to loss the White House, but the House also. Maybe this is his payback for members on the Hill not supporting him. What a shame. Speaks volumes about his character.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  57. Thomas

    Noooooo!!!! We need to keep the comedy train running!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  58. Donaldo in ATL

    He should never have gotten in.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  59. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Maybe not Gingrich, but if Santorum or Paul get blasted out of Florida, then in all honesty, they need to do the sensible thing and just bow out gracefully. Ron Paul hasn't done better than 3rd or 2nd place in previous caucuses and Santorum's continued presence is just ridiculous in itself. Maybe Gingrich could remain long enough for the GOP Convention, so he can see how badly Romney beat him, then he can bow out.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  60. Leisa in Alabama

    As a married concervative woman I think he should have NEVER been considered as a viable candidate. I remember the "Gingrich" years all too well, they stunk then and they would stink just as badly now

    January 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  61. Gary from Atlanta

    No. Currently there are two other candidates splitting the votes as well. You have to ask if these voters would go to Newt or Romney if the other two candidates dropped out. Tons of people voted absentee before Newt won SC. Pretty sure folks thought Hillary was the person to beat this time four years ago. It is simply too early for him to drop out. How about Rick and Ron?

    January 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  62. Sherrie

    Hell no, Jack, he shouldn't drop out. Neither should the others. Presidential nominees should not be selected by the
    folks in just three or four states. In fact, Republicans should hold all their primaries ON THE SAME DAY. Count the
    votes, who's in is in. Same for Democrats.

    Sherrie
    Morgan County
    IN

    January 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  63. Carol M.

    No, Newt should not quit. The process is just getting started. Why should the candidates and the Republicans just hand it to Romney? The vetting process is a good thing.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  64. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Gingrich is an Influence Peddler. As along as he has influnce he'll keep peddeling. He should have a peddeler's license to be legal though

    January 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  65. K3Citizen

    Gingrich will bow out if Romney pays him enough.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  66. Nancy

    All should drop out except Ron Paul. He is the only candidate that is different from Obama. He has studied economics for years and is the only one who nderstands the monetary cycle. He is the only candidate with a solid plan for true cuts in spending. He is a doctor and, therefore, understands medical costs, insurance, and so forth. He is the only true champion of the constitution as our forefathers set forth. He is genuine and honest. He is the only candidate with a sane, realistic foreign policy and plan for national defense. So isn't it time that the media stop calling him "unelectable," "fringe," "radical," and "out there," and give him credit for the wonderful opposite of Obama that he is? Nancy Harrison, Flagstaff, Arizona.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  67. Dave, Orlando, FL

    WHEN Newt is blown out of FL, he will not have the brains to realize that he doesn’t have a chance and will never have a chance. After all, if a lizard can’t make it in FL he can’t make it anywhere, for which I thank the Lord’s granting us small favors.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  68. Robert

    If it gets to the place where Newt has no chance of winning, then I would like him to stay in the race and have both candidates blast Obama instead of each other. That might make up for the MSM decided slant towards Obama. They'll have to report on what's happening in the race while exposing the flaws of Obama.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  69. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No way! He deserves to stay in the race to bloody up Romney and soften him up for the General Election. Romney is getting way too cocky and he's still not nearly as cocky as Gingrich. I want this comedy to continue. Sarah Palin is right-keep it going-even though she doesn't realize it's helping President Obama.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    No, he will keep putting his foot in his mouth until the convention.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Dale N.M.

    Newt Gingrich does not have a chance he has too many multimillionaire enemies in DC and private and he does not fit the mold anymore.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  72. Manny Báez

    Hell nooooooo !!. This circus is too much fun !!. I wanna to keep it going until, at least, The Tampa's Convention.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Terry

    From Michigan: Oh he is going to get blown out due to the older generation and their instilled Regan beliefs, but I don't think one state is going to decide the race. There is still time for another donation from Newt's buddy in Vegas and it may prove to be enough ammunition for Newt to overtake Romney's attacks.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  74. Darlene

    Of course not. Why should anyone drop out in the face of public rebuke? Especially a former congressional leader who brought shame upon himself and his office and yet finds a billionaire backer to urge him on to even greater egomania and higher office.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  75. Nick from MA

    Yes, absolutely. But if he needs something to do he can be the first volunteer to inhabit his moon colony.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  76. Jeff In Minnesota

    One could only hope, but that is probably a lot to ask for as his ego will likely not let him drop out.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  77. Jeff

    Absolutely he should stick with it. Nobody takes him seriously, but he has sharpened Mitt's debate and advertising campaigns immensely. Newt doesn't weather Mitt at all. He only weathers himself.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  78. James Ullman

    Yes, when he looses in Florida, someone should tell him that rigor mortis has just set in. If he is so unwise as to attempt to stay in until the convention, Romney, Santorum, and Paul will be there to dance on his grave.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  79. Kathi

    Newt Gingrich should have never gotten into the race in the first place. His morals, continuous lying and stretching the truth, plus his outrageous plans to inhabit the moon and make it a State are just a few of the other many reasons why he shouldn't have entered this race to begin with. This certainly makes the Republican circus more interesting, tho.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  80. anagram_kid

    No, he needs to stay in the public eye. We Americans need Mr. Gingrich to remind all voters what the modern GOP represents – lies, willful ignorance, hatred of women, the poor and minorities, lies, un-Christian behavior and did I mention lies? Granted Romney, Paul and Santorum are pretty good too at these things too, but they sir are no Newt Gingrich.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  81. swschrad

    Newt has had no chance in the general election to start with... too much baggage. Doonesbury had a good Sunday cartoon strip on that. it's time for him to pack his bags for the moon, and let his unhappy funders kick him there. Zoom! to the moon, babe!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Greg Abair, Port Huron, Michigan

    Absolutely he should stay in! He's the better candidate to defeat President Obama. The liberal media seems intent on selling to the masses that the White House "prays every day" for Gingrich to be the nominee. And yet they keep trying to bash him during the primary process... Seems strange, doesn't it? Maybe Gingrich is actually the nominee they're scared of... We need a man in the White House that speaks to the American people and not special interests (keystone).

    January 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  83. jimmyleetexas

    The GOP has a problem besides Newt VS Mitt. It seems that neither candidate gets it, any more than Sen. McCain did before being blown out in the last Presidential election. This will most likely assure a similar outcome in November. Obama was not elected because we wanted a minority President, or because he is a good speaker, or because he looks good. He was elected because of his message. He got the job by promising to do the things that people wanted. Whether you like him or the subsequent results is not even an issue. The issue is the message. Americans liked what he had to say. Until the GOP realizes they depend on listening to that message, not each other, the results probably will not change.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  84. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    No, Jack. Let Newt and Mitt bombard each other with their negative campaigning while avoiding the issues. Eventually, Newt will fall victim to some form of self-immolation. In the meanwhile, Ron Paul will just keep plugging along and will emerge as one of the final two candidates.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  85. justaman

    YES! Then, maybe we'll start doing what we should have been doing long ago: take a much, much closer look at Santorum.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  86. Jose

    If Newt is not nominated Obama does not need to waste money to win. The Mormon faith race superiority teachings against woman and blacks as well as Romney "Venture type capitalism" and the fact that he lost to McCain will be enough for Obama to WIN again.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  87. FLOP from Sacramento

    Newt won't quit. He doesn't know how.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  88. Bobo, CT

    No, he will still get funding from Mr. Adelson, et.al and take his rhetoric all around the country. As long as he has funding he has nothing to lose, and everything to gain. He doesn't care about the Republican party, most of whose leaders are not his friends, so he doesn't have to appease them. Meanwhile, he has the support of the Tea Partyists who buy his outrageous statements.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  89. manhandler

    Not a fan of either of these candidates, Jack. But Newt needs to hang in there because political fortunes can change on a dime. Voters generally have a hard time relating to "Stiff as a board" Romney and If Newt can portray Romney as a rich man trying to buy the presidency, it could resonate with alot of voters. Personally, I'm voting for Obama,

    Steve
    Santa Cruz, CA

    January 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  90. Do

    Most intelligent Americans know that to allow liberal/moderate Romney becoming the candidate for the Republican party is just another repeat of Dole and McCain....both big losers.........so if the American people want Obama for four more years, then vote Romney.........if indeed the people want real bonified conservative change, vote Newt.......at this point Newt is the nations only chance against the Obama out of control administration..........

    Actually, a very simple choice...........like 2 + 2 = 4.............not 5.....

    January 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  91. Gigi Oregon

    Let them keep fighting. Newt's true colors will finally show sooner or later. He is a high risk He reminds me of Nixon in temperament.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  92. UtahProf

    Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum should all drop out and let Ron Paul lead the country in a totally new, non-partisan direction. We must reclaim our Republic and we must do it right now or there will be nothing let to reclaim ... sad but true.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  93. Bob in Kansas City

    I wish they would all go away, Newt, Mitt & co.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  94. bxgrrl

    The U.S. election system is corrupt because of elitism and money:
    The angst of the Republican "elite" that some people have the unmitigated gall to not want their anointed one, Romney – I was taught in school that it's the people's choice! Gingrich would have been out before South Carolina if it weren't for the infusion of obscene amounts of money from that billionaire casino mogul. Think what genuine good could have been done if he chose to use his wealth for positive causes.
    P.S.: I'm voting for Obama.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  95. Gary H. Boyd

    An unmistakeable YES Jack if, for no other reason than to stop in infighting within the GOP and unite behind Romney to defeat Barack Obama. After all, that's what it's all about - defeating Obama. This incredible side show that;s been going on within the Republican Party is now down to Romney and Gingrich. If Gingrich loses Florida he would be chasing a rainbow to continue on and by doing so simply allow a further fracturing of GOP chances.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  96. brooker in san diego

    IF he had any dignity, which he doesn't, Newt should be the end of Newt.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  97. Annie, Atlanta

    Not when his only other competition in the race offshores his money to avoid paying his country the taxes he owes, and supposedly opened a Swiss bank account to hedge against the declining American dollar. And Romney has the nerve to accuse the president of not being loyal? Newt may be slimy but I'm beginning to have serious doubts about Romney's patriotism, to be honest.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  98. Anon

    No – stay in for a while to help Mitt

    January 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  99. Harry Wortz

    For the good of the country he should drop out but for the good of Obama's re-election bid he need to stay in until the convention.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  100. Don

    I hope not. He is far from what the U.S needs but he will bring some very interesting challenges to Romney going forward. The Florida run has shown Romney to be the exact opposite of the religious Mormon with the values and principles. He's demonstrated that he will say and do anything to win the election. That arrogant ego thing is certainly been shown to the public. How in hell can any clear thinking voter want this smooth talking millionaire running America.

    What a mess this country is in.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  101. Anthony Ward

    Well Jack,it's very simple be it in the private sector or on the federal level it should be equal pay for equal work.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  102. Ron in Rochester NY

    Gingrich needs to face facts and drop out if he loses Florida.

    Republicans in order to have any chance of winning in 2012 need to moderate their message not move it farther to the right. I am an Independent now, but was a registered Republican for most of my life. I left because of the likes of Sarah Palins, Rick Santorums and Michele Bachmanns who insist upon delivering a message that they know will play well with the extremist portion of their party, as those are the folks wild to vote in primaries.

    As funny as this may sound to Republicans, what's needed is a Republican version of Bill Clinton. Someone that can make up the loss of the extreme end of their party by building up a solid consensus from the middle of both the Democratic and Republican parties. At present, that isn't happening and it will hurt the eventual nominee. Mr. Gingrich is killing his party slowly in 2012, his ego just won't let him see that...

    January 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  103. Donald DeFesi

    Newt will carry on, hoping Rick Santorum drops out to pick up more conservatives. However the "Shock and Awe" of the Romney ad money barrage could give him, or anyone pause. Newt needs to "remain relevant" in February and somehow hang on until he can get back to Georgia. Hopefully, like another Northerner, Romney has not begun his march to the sea by then.
    Don DeFesi/Danville, California

    January 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  104. Patty

    No, I'd love to see the messiest, dirtiest fight ever all the way to August.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  105. Gay Hollingshead

    I think it is disgraceful that we even consider him as a presidential candidate. He has the morals of a snake and the mouth of a rabid rat. Hope he drops out so we can get Romney elected to run this great country before it is too late.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  106. Cal in CA

    Why should Newt quit? Florida doesn't matter. In 2000 the Supreme Court even ruled that votes don't count in Florida and the Floridians were perfectly happy with it. Why should Florida matter now?

    January 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  107. Bob123

    Newt "demonize your opponents" Gingrich?

    Time for him to be relegated to the dustbin of history.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  108. Brent

    YES! Then, maybe we'll start doing what we should have been doing long ago: take a much, much closer look at Santorum.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  109. Dan in Seattle

    The big questions is how long Santorum stays in dividing up the votes. I thnk that Newt should bow out, especially given that his source of campaign financing is too limited to too few big donors who will be tapped out. He has no real org to speak of and will implode soon.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  110. ja

    no, he should not drop out, the tide could reverse

    January 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  111. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Newt has a story that is eerily similar to the 2008 Democratic primary. Hillary knew she was more qualified to be President than Barack Obama, but the voters showed her in every state that it was a losing battle. Money became the factor that put her out of the race. Newt cannot compete with the millions that Romney's Super PACs are using to flood the airwaves. It all comes down to money on who will eventually be the next President of the United States. Sad.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  112. Brian, San Diego

    Of course not. The movement to give the Democrats back full control of the government must continue!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  113. Daniel J

    Yes, time to drop out. It has been that way for several months.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  114. JC in SC

    No. Please no. This is just getting fun for this Dem.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  115. Dick Marti

    Heck no! Why should Romney get the nomination just for winning 1 state?

    January 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  116. rex in portland, oregon

    Let us hope that Newt does not drop out. The comedy is really good. As long as Newt is bombasting, Rick is the straight man, and Ron is all comedy this campaign is very entertaining. You guys in the "media" must continue salivating, too.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  117. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Gingrich will never drop out. He still have a good chance to beat Romney, and Gingrich by far is better than Romney to face and maybe beat Obama.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  118. ray

    no ... the electoral process requires competition just as free market capitalism does

    January 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  119. Carol

    We can only hope that he will drop out and spare this country further embarrassment.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  120. Jim

    Chicago, Illinois
    Either Gingrich or Santorum has to give up and support the other, or, Romney will win. Gingrich is the best solution for the country. But, with the baggage he is carrying, he has no chance. Santorum, with strong Gingrich support, may have a chance to keep our country from another 4 years of Obama, or, the Obama clone; Romney.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  121. mark

    I think Newt wants to go home and go out to dinner but he's probably been bought and subject to some under the table requirement to stay in for a while to make it look good.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  122. beevee

    Not at all. I think he should take it all the way the GOP convention floor. Who knows what could happen. Clowns.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  123. nate

    No- he is the most entertaining candidate- if he goes the fun is gone..

    January 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  124. Fred Evil

    It was time to drop out long ago, but Newt's ego is almost as big as his self-adoration. As a Dem, he would have been run out of town on a rail years ago, but somehow, conservatives find it in their 'hearts' to give him another shot?
    Sorry cons, you've just lost your 'morality card,' and you will NEVER get it back.
    Newt is the lowest of the low, the hypocritiest of the hypocrites, and so are all the jokers voting for him!
    Herndon, VA

    January 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  125. Brad

    It is past time to drop out. Why is it that only the candidates themselves fail to not grasp that until the fat lady sings?

    Tarpon Spring, FL (I voted)

    January 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  126. guy

    after florida, newt plans t shed his scaly skin and go back to eating rodents somewhere that is dark and moist

    January 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  127. Emily

    It's time for Gingrich to drop out! He travels very heavy; this guy has so much baggage ... he should do himself and the GOP a favor, ASAP!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  128. ejr

    Newt will not quit because he is a meglomaniac. The big question is Sheldon Adelson and his wife: will they pour another $10 million into Newt? They are the fuel propelling Newt. He will become Michelle Bachmann without another $10 million from them. But even if they abandon him, Newt will probably continue because he loves to hear himself talk even if it to only five people in a room. Newt isn't about politics. Newt is simply and solely about Newt and his ego.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  129. Gary H. Boyd

    The answer is YES and this PARAPROSDOKIAN is the reason and it fits Newt Gingrich to a "T": "Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman".

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  130. frankie

    They say: 3rd Times a Charm

    Newt dropped out of being speaker of the house; he loves to drop out of marriages; now it's time for him to drop out of this race. Frankly, he presents himself as a creepy idiot who reminds me of a Denny Crane (of Boston Legal) brought to life. He's so full of his inflated ego yet has no sense of reality. Oh did I mention yet that i'm a conservative? So no I'm not a liberal speaking against Newt. I'm from a family of very conservative people, but I know when it's time for an egocentric moron to take a walk.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  131. Burbank from CA

    If he wants to do what is best for his party, Newt should drop out. The problem is, Newt is a narcissistic sociopath and has always been out for Newt and only Newt no matter who or what gets hurt by it. I doubt he will call it quits unless the plug is pulled on his funding.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  132. Chris Konkol

    Newt is doing America a great service by staying in the race. The media is teaching our kids that its perfectly OK for someone to buy the nomination, as everyone knows Romney has done. The media seems to think not only that there is nothing wrong with that, but have actually encouraged it. Shame on the media.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  133. jimbo

    After getting blown out tonight he should end it.To keep going is going to hurt Romneys chances to beat Obama. I'm a democrat but definitely need a change.I'm not a Romney lover but he isn't stupid.I don't fault him for having a ton of money, what it does tell me is he's been sucessfull in business unlike Obama who did some social work or something.I was really hoping Obama would do well, now its time for Gingrich to concede , he has zero chance of being the nominee, time to get out and start attacking Obamas record.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  134. Brett

    Again the liberal media like CNN trying to get Newt out of the race. Listen to John King- he showed race likely to be 600 delegates for Romney to 400 for Gingrich in April. Why would he drop out?

    January 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  135. Al

    I hope he stays in the race long enough for me to get an opportunity to vote against him.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  136. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Who says a long battle would weaken the eventual nominee? It didn't weaken Obama four years ago.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  137. Scott in Atlanta

    How can someone define moral values, when he had a mistress while his first wife was battling cancer.
    To add to the hypocrisy, he pushed to get Clinton impeached, when he himself was having an affair.
    Then he ditches his second wife when she won't have an "open marriage" with his now third wife. I find it
    ridiculous, that evangelicals ordered him to take a pledge,as if that would make him a better man. We hold our presidents to
    a higher standard and Newt is not a that man.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  138. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    He never should have entered, but for a voracious ego here he is muddying up politics once again. He truly is the poster child for denial.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  139. Derek (San Jose)

    He should drop out, but he won't. We will begin to see why Newt does not have many former colleagues supporting him–becuase Newt knows better than anybody around him and won't be convinced that he doesn't have what it takes.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  140. Mike

    Quit, Oh no, let him do what he does best: Stir things up, create a mess and leave his party in the lurch.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  141. JimmyinNC

    Newt will not drop out. He will probably mount a 3rd party run if the casino mogul continues to back him. Newt would probably like to destroy the Republican Party if he can't lead it because of being reprimanded by his colleagues in Congress. Newt is a vile and vindictive individual who will say or do anything for power.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  142. dean

    I remember well the mid ninetys! impeachment, monica and the push by gingrich to be the "sheriff"
    gingrich calls obama "the food stamp president" lets call newt! "newt earmark czar gingrich!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  143. Ed Burke

    No, Newt should stay in and fight. The more he attacks Romney and the Republican establishment, the better. We need epic ideas and Newt's got 'em. Of course, any of the good ones he took from someone else, and his own are simply bad ideas. Newt's one talent is to stir the pot and perhaps wake the electorate up to the reality of the GOP. This isn't to send flowers to the other side of the aisle, but you got to make a choice. We each have a battle within between two wolves. One is all about anger, jealousy, resentment, inferiority, greed, lies, and ego. The other is mostly about joy, love, kindness, humility, empathy, compassion, and truth. Which one wins depends on which one you feed.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  144. Pam from Texas

    No. If Santorum and Paul were to drop out I believe the majority of their votes would go to Gingrich. And because if you add up all the votes "NOT" for Romney, he's not "winning". And that's what the Gingrich campaign is running/hoping for. Thus you're looking at a very interesting primary and I cannot wait to see the convention.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  145. urit

    Newt should not only drop out, but volunteer to be a space traveler. He is toxic. He abandoned a former wife on her deathbed. He accuses other candidates but when questioned during debates backs off his previous statements. Maybe there is a position in Iran for him.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  146. Bill in Ottawa

    Newt quit? Please no.

    The entertainment value of watching the corporate cash-infected politcial process unwind it's way to the ugly conclusion is very much like slowly driving by a horrible accident on the highway. Between PACs, SuperPACs, horrid egos and bald faced lying this is a more sordid reality television event than the Bachelor, Jersey Shores or the Real Housewives of the Beltway.

    You have to give Newt props for his complete lack of hesitation to wrestle with the pigs. He squeals, bellows and charges through debates as true American Hogger subject matter.

    A few more months of this and the average American will be standing in line for a frontal lobotomy provided by the next upgrade to Obamacare.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  147. Kate

    Newt isn't going to win in Florida, and Newt isn't going to drop out. Nasty Newt is here to stay until the last possible moment. And he will trash Romney so badly that he will have done the Democrat's job for them. A wounded Romney will get the nomination, and Obama will most probably win. The Republicans have eaten their own.

    Kate, Tampa, FLA

    January 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  148. Dixon

    The answer is absolutely not! This race is almost as entertaining and nasty as the race between Hillery and Barrack in 2008, only Hillery was more focused in her assaults. The more Newt and Mitt go at each other, the more we learn just how clueless they both are when it comes to the needs of the Middle Class and how tuned in they are when it comes to the illogical and voracious appetites of the wealthy 1% and big business. Their attacks on each other highlights the overall hypocrisy of the GOP's love of free markets and low taxes as both have been painted as negatives for Newt's historian fees for Freddie Mac and Mitts corporate raids which gutted businesses and left American middle class workers out in the cold. These two charlatans are doing more to energize the Democratic base, shatter what's left of the Republican base after the tea party significantly weakened it and lastly they are strengthening the Democrats core arguments on business regulation and taxes on the wealthy which pretty much guarantees a Democrat victory on all fronts come this fall. Newt, stay in and take the party down with you!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  149. Joe

    Newt needs to stay in until the bitter end or until he ruins the republican party, whichever comes first. After years of deceit, smears, lies and obstruction instead of genuine attempts to work with the president to solve the country's problems, Newt is the Karma the GOP deserves.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  150. saftgek

    Jack – short answer, No! Longer answer? Florida should be the end for the GOP. Not one "candidate" is worth of the Office of President of the United States. They entire Party with which they affiliate is full of hatred, bigotry, anti-American and anti-cultural venom. The GOP declared war on President Obama and the people of the United States on Inauguration Day 2009. They have demonstrated, every step of the way, they are interested only in expressing their negativity and power-mongering – at the cost of our society, and the domestic & global economy.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  151. Shellibellie

    If Newt wins, if he is actually elected as the next President. Then we truly deserve all of the horrible things that will happen while he is in office. He is a joke. WHY so many cannot see this I just dont know why.
    Out of all of the Paul makes the most sense.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  152. George

    Either Gingrich will drop out, or he'll be dropped out by the voters. What I don't understand is how GOP voters can truly believe Gingrich is the answer to our nation's problems. He's more of an insider than Dick Cheney; an adulterer; and ethically bankrupt. If Obama wanted to pick someone to run against, he couldn's choose better than Gingrich.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  153. Kelvin

    No. So long as the GOP continues to try to reap the know-nothing whirlwind that is the "tea party," it owes a place to a would-be tea bagger. Amazingly, Newt seems to be their guy (were they all born after 1996?) So OK then, he should hang in as long as the party refuses to walk the real Reagan road. And it must accept the consequences.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  154. Ben

    A plurality of citizens in this country are moderate. If the GOP continues to appeal to the far right as Gingrich continues to do, they have a much slimmer chance to beat Obama in the general election. Although I don't agree with all of Romney's politics, I believe he appeals to more people and has a much better chance of winning. The question is whether Republicans really want to win or just point out how reactionary some of their views really are.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  155. Larry in Houston

    Jack – Why don't you re-read your first 2 paragraphs, and your very last sentence, before your Question ? I think you will get an answer or two, at that point.

    Now, for Your Question :

    If Newt Gingrich gets blown out in Florida, is it time to drop out ?

    Answer : Not as long he gets on the Horn, and make some calls, Jack . You know what I mean ? Maybe Aldelson the casino owner will end up making some type of deal with him . I mean, Heck, who knows ? What about "the Donald" ? About once or twice a week, he just loves to get interviewed with "the Greta" on her show, either through a phone call, or actually on her show, he practically spills his guts, when he talks to her regarding politics.

    What about Perry's Friends, Jack ? Remember when he endorsed the newter ? There may be some "resources" coming from the Perry people. I mean, he's got some really serious Billionaire Friends, Jack.

    I'd say – to be guessing : "the Newter" is Goin All the Way, Jack – But to be perfectly honest – I think he's a fool to go on. It hurts their party – when the process goes that far. Sometimes I really wonder if the republican party actually Wants Obama to win a 2nd Term, in all their in-fighting, their negativity to one another, in their ads, & etc.
    Vote for the working people in this country – Vote Democrat !!!

    Larry in Houston

    January 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  156. will

    Anyway I like how CNN only focuses on Newt and Romney as if they are the only candidates. At least mention others. my gosh. Then they say 'well those are the ones leading in the polls so we have to deliver to the voters for ratings;. Wrong. It's a vicious cycle of them getting more press thus getting more votes, thus you giving them more press.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  157. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    No way should Newt quit! He should keep on fighting right up to the convention! We need Newt as the anointed Great White Hope of the GOP!

    (Tongue firmly in cheek)

    January 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  158. SHELDON J. HAUCK

    He ridicules the US in world opinion. The big pompous buffoon! Should be barred from political office forever!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  159. FRANK IN LAS VEGAS

    It should be time for both Newt and Rick to drop out. Even if Rick would drop out which I doubt, Newt will not. Newt doesn't care if he ruins the republican chances in the elections for Mitt. Newt is 68 years old and this is his last chance for anything and if he doesn't win his career in politics is over anyway. At this point all Newt cares about is Newt, so don't let him fool you about him caring for anything else. In fact I would imagine that after he tarnishes Mitt to the point that Mitt looses to the President Newt will happily jump up and say, "You should have nominated me, i would have won", which of course he would not have won, the president would have won by a much larger margin against Newt. But of course, Newt, the self-proclaimed historian (which he's not) is so full of himself that he would never admit that fact.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  160. Jim-Charlotte NC

    And kill all the fun. You've got to be kidding

    January 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  161. Ed in California

    Newt will carry this all the way to the convention despite who wind in Florida. It's like someone said recently, "who would turn down the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl." Newt see's this as the playoffs and he's not quitting.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  162. name

    No he should continue to march on. I live for this kind of entertainment.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  163. M.A.

    Obviously, the Gingrich campaign feels some degree of desperation as exemplified by the mean-spirited actions committed against one of their opponent's supporters earlier today in Florida.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  164. jim jackson

    jj, santa monica
    for newt, yes. time to fold. for the party, yes. stop the ugly prelim so the nominee apparent can prep and engage obama.
    for the country? makes little difference, barring any extreme unforseen developments, the president will easily defeat either of these unqualified losers. nobody really likes either one of these guys. unlikeable, unelectable.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  165. kgt

    In a word, NO. What about the voters in the other 46 states that have yet to vote. The candidates should stay in this through the entire primary voting for all states.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  166. Bill, Bloomington Il

    It is time for Newt to go away. He wont have my vote in the fall anyway. Then Romney and Obama can duke it out while no one is in charge of the White House. We dont have a leader now and we wont when the general election is over.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  167. John

    Hell yes Jack, because he shouldn't have been able to run In the First Place. I think anybody that have to resign from Congress or the Senate for any reason shouldn't be able to run for any public office and surely not to be President.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  168. Jason

    Not a chance. How about Santorum and Paul drop out. From everything I have read, most Republicans DON'T want Romney as thier candidate. The problem is that the vote against him is being split 3 ways with Newt getting the majority. Without Santorum and Paul, Romney would be a out of luck. That is how we got a pot smoking govenor from Arkansas as president. That darn Texas billionaire, Ross Perot split the vote.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  169. Jerry in Alaska

    Jack i know that you don't get much news working at CNN, and watching FOX all day long so you can make fun of what they say & do, BUT, did you know that WWIII has started in the Middle East and is about to erupt into a global thing with America dead center in Radical Islams sights??

    As i have said all along, GET OVER THE GOP & who may run against the Obamanation of Desolation, there will not be a 2012 Prez. election, so wake up and smell the sulfur and see the signs being given world wide about WWIII.
    We Americans wanted God removed from OUR lives & voted for a new hope to believe in, well God is gonna give us OUR wish, and its not gonna be pretty for OUR Nation.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  170. Illeagle-j1

    Chamelion, I mean Newt should stay in until the last dollar he has is spent. Then he can see how the other 99% live.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  171. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Who cares! Unfortunately every President that gets elected is rich. You tell me how a rich man can know what the average american needs. Do you think Newt cares about the average man who loses his home to foreclosure? Do you think he cares how much of a struggle it is to send your kids to colledge?
    All I'm trying to say is that all the things that the average american struggles to get or keep sits in the palm of every candidates hands including Newt. Why should they care. They are a different breed.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  172. My name is Jose Jimenez

    No Jack. gingRich should take his campaign as far is possible. The conservative voice of the Republican party needs to be heard.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  173. Gordon

    Okay, so I am a constituent in Newt's old district in Georgia, and have witnessed ad nauseum his endless tactics of spear chucking. As much as he slobbers over gaining the Presidency, he knows he can't have it. Therefore his ultimate objective is to be the defender of the right and forever have the podium to carry the conservative torch for the crazies–because he is in fact the lead crazy. All this is about his future place in the sun and about making a great deal of money to keep up with fellow crazies Hannity and Limbaugh. The unwitting accomplices are the horde of right wingers he carries along with him.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  174. Chris

    Naples, FL
    Newt shouldn't have run in the first place. He has NOTHING to offer, and all of us who are old enough to remember the last time that he got anywhere near the center of power are old enough to do the necessary to keep him from getting anywhere in that vicinity again, even if it means holding our noses to vote!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  175. MaryM

    No, No, NO if Newt can continue his divisivness and hate speech, Just think how much more the American people will despise the RNC, GOP/TP. All good for the Dems.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  176. Wayne Powers

    The "Slick Mitt Multi-Million-Dollar Smear Machine" shouldn't be allowed to decide the Republican nominee.
    We need Newt to continue his campaign to ultimate victory, regardless of Florida, so we don't wind up with another Dole or McCain!

    Wayne Powers
    Charlotte, NC

    January 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  177. David Guthrie

    Newt should drop out in the next 15 minutes. Gingrich is living proof that Lincoln was correct when he said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time."

    David Guthrie
    Overland Park, KS

    January 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  178. Bob from Washington DC

    Not only should Newt not drop out, he WILL be the nominee and defeat Obama in November. The conservative vote is currently split between 3 candidates but it exceeds Romney's' support. Once support is consolidated behind a single conservative, Mitt will be gone and good riddance. I'm an Independent who voted for Obama and regret it deeply, but I don't think voting for Mitt is much better. You'd all love to pick off one Mitt opponent at a time to crown another elite, but it's not going to happen. This country has had enough of empty suits... and while I'd invest my money with Mitt, when it comes to politics he is just another in a long line of overproduced empty suits... A political product... like Obama turned out, sadly, to be...

    January 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  179. Tim Gibson San Diego, CA

    Newt should crawl back to the underbrush, come rain or come shine.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  180. GTD

    Oh, I hope not. It is far too entertaining to see Newt and Romney go at it. Honestly... Did anyone think the REPUBLICANS would be THIS interesting? I'll bet popcorn sales have dramatically increased on debate nights!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  181. Michael Wolfe

    Hell no. Mitt is far too bland to carry us through the next year on his feeble, shape-shifting shoulders.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  182. David in Chicago

    Absolutely! Where else can you have so much fun watching Republicans for less than $5,000 a plate?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  183. Eddie in Texas

    He should stay in so we can all hear him whine and cry about Romney doing to him what he has done to others for his entire career. Talk about pathetic. Ever notice he slams the legitimate media every chance he gets but quotes CNN, CBS, and other real news orginizations when they say something positive about him. He will probably work for Fox when the capaign is over like the rest of his ilk.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  184. Matt Voss

    No he shouldn't. Hopefully he will win the nomination, that way Obama has a better (if not guaranteed) chance of winning.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  185. Ron

    Jack... Newt is Mike Tyson, Romney is Gerry Cooney....these 2 battle it out for months bloodied and beaten leaving one the victor but greatly exposed....now with out time for healing or training...must step up to fight Barrack Ali Obama, who now thanks to your former opponent knows all your weak spots. Obama 2012

    January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  186. Tony

    Dems hope he stays. The longer he's in, the less the Dem's have to spend producing their own negative campaign ads.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  187. Mary Clark

    NO! Newt needs to stay the course. Romney is literally buying votes. Is your vote for sale should be his campaign slogan. Newt is the only one that can take down Obama. Stay the course, Newt!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  188. bill

    This year's Republican field proves H.L. Mencken's observation that democracy is the theory that the people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. Let Newt, Paul, and Santorum run all the way to the convention, bring back Trump, Cain, Perry and Bachmann, and throw Palin in there too. Seeing the whole group of nincompoops smiling together on a convention podium might finally convince the faithful that the Tea Party has turned the GOP into a Saturday Night LIve sketch.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  189. Eric

    NO and could CNN make a 4 way race other then just 2 ?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  190. Thomas O'Brien

    dang the i before e rule fails again

    January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  191. Pam in Oregon

    Newt Gingrich is not young enough or pretty enough to be our president. He should drop out.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  192. Blake Fry

    No. The latest polls in Minnesota, Ohio, and Missouri, all three significant bellwether states, show Gingrich ahead or in a statistical tie with Romney. It is foolish to insist that four out of fifty states should determine who the major party nominees will be in November.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  193. Josh Z

    I just voted for Mitt Romney because lets face it, Newt Gingrich can't beat Obama. All he does during the debates is criticize the media, and propose idiotic plans. Gingrich should have never even run. He's the one that caused this hyper-partisanship back during the Clinton Administration, and currently polls upwards of 15 points behind Obama. Gingrich should immediately drop out.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  194. Judy Root

    No way should Gingrich drop out. We have one candidate that can manage the government and knows the world leaders in the event we are in another war. The last time we had a warrior McCain and needed an economical leader by election day. This time the GOP thinks it needs an economical leader but we will most likely need also someone that can handle a war. That candidate is Newt Gingrich.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  195. Chris, Bx., NY

    I just wish this entire clown show would end already. Let Obama & Romney fight for the Presidency already.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  196. Pale rider

    I think Newt should stick it out...never know what will happen in an election. My real hope is that you Cafferty will decide to quit and go away;...retire or something, but just go away.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  197. John Schilling, Chambersburg, PA

    I hope not. A Romney win guarantees an Obama win. Only Newt can win a debate with Barry.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  198. Jesse Davis

    Jack,
    Newt is doing all of us Democrates a favor by staying in ! So we hope he continues to stay in the race! It becomes clear each day that the both of them don't have a clue on how to fix the big issues that face us today.
    So Newt please... don't drop out, please......
    Jesse

    January 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  199. sarahtonin

    It's only because the voters aren't too smart that he has any standing in this race and Florida has nothing to do with it. In an era that need politicians who can work together to solve complicated problems, we have NEWT. Newt has proven himself to be negative, divisive, arrogant and ethically challenged. Frankly, smart voters would have eliminated him with vote one!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  200. Terry

    Good grief Jack, let's get farther along before we pull the plug on the race. Frankly, none of these guys meet the requirements for a True GOP Candidate. These guys act like third graders in a school yard fighting over a swing. I pray that the GOP Leadership is holding the real candidates in the wing. Please tell me these guys are not the GOP answer for the November Election!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  201. Allen Gibson

    Newt should have never been allowed to run. I was a Romney fan but after watching the debates, and watching CNN I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT RON PAUL...............GO RON, people are pretty much sick of CNN,FOX ETC...we dont watch it. If I watch news its RT Russian television where they arent biased...THANKS CNN FOR HELPING ME DECIDE TO VOTE RON PAUL..The most honest non-elite puppet usually get excluded from the media, so Im with RON PAUL, BYE THE WAY I DARE YOU AT CNN TO SHOW YOUR POLL YOU HAD,,WHERE RON PAUL BEATS THE CRAP OUT OF THE OTHER GUYS.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  202. Nick

    No way Jack! Even after Florida has voted less than 4% of all delegates will have been awarded. To suggest that Newt should drop out after Florida when he still currently leads Romney in the national polls is ridiculous! This is going to be a long campaign season and we probably won't have a clear view of who the nominee is going to be until Super Tuesday. Just settle in and enjoy the show.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  203. Joel Crosby

    Newt has so much baggage and is such a rich target he was foolish to run in the first place. His ego overshaddows his common sense. Boggles the mind that he appeals to Tea Party and Evangelicals. I think Don Imus has it right with his contempt for Newt. As a lifelong Republican Newt, I believe, as the Nominee would be a disaster

    January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  204. ron paul

    newt takes up too much space and time on the debate stage. he needs to drop out either way

    January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  205. Kathy Colorado

    Newt should stay in until the convention, and use up as much of Mitts money as he can. While Obama banks his.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  206. Paul Houston TX

    Yes, Newt needs to bow out gracefully. He has abandoned the conservative principles when he morphed into an "Occupy Wall Street Apparatchik" He claims that Romney is dishonest, but all that he states are over the top inaccuracies. Right now he is hurting the conservative movement and personally I can't tell Newt's and Obama's point of view on free market enterprise apart. He no longer can claim that he is a conservative.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  207. C Longman ( Bconlong) Turks & Caicos

    Jack you are smarter than that, that's why listen to you. No don't drop Newt, go go go at it. If he drop out they won't be any more fun in politics. However, staying in will show America how out of touch they all are and that will help drive home the fact that Obama and his team is still the best team for America and the world.
    Come Jack give a better question. (Lol)

    January 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  208. elaine

    Yes..he should drop out. I doubt if his huge EGO will let him do it. He is doing alot of damage to the GOP..not to mention how much money he is wasting to spew his negativity! Everyone I am hearing is saying they can't even
    stand to see him on TV..they turn the channel. He needs to just bow out.. & donate his money to a charity that will help
    feed the UN employed. He would Never do that..he has NO heart..& that would show he actually cared about
    ordinary people...which we ALL know..he doesn't !!!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  209. doc

    Jack: Newt the Grand Ol' Pontificator would NEVER quit. It would not be good for Newt's future book sales. Nita from Georgia.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  210. Susan from Idaho

    Not for me, if he drops out who will harass Romney? Been the most fun since granny,,well you know.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  211. Danram

    Yes, Florida should be the end for Newt. It won't be, but it should be. if he loses Florida today, there's less than a 1% chance that he can win the nomination. After today's primary in Florida comes a series of 7 primaries and caucuses in states that should be friendly to Romney (Michigan, Nevada, Minnesota, Maine, etc.). By the time Super Tuesday rolls around, Romney should be riding an impressive streak of consecutive victories. A victory in Florida could have allowed Gingrich to blunt that momentum. But now, I don't see any way Romney isn't the nominee.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  212. Nick Russo

    Forget Newt for the moment. For me this is about Romney. I have been a registered Republican since 1976 and always vote that way. I am tired of always being force feed the moderate candidates . If Romney gets shoved down my throat I will sit home election day and watch Obama get another 4 years. We can't win with moderate candidates

    January 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  213. LE117

    Any Obama supporter would tell you Newt should definitely hang in there. They're running the most negative campaigns in history because they haven't nothing to sell, and the longer they bicker the more Americans will see them for who they really are.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  214. Krista

    Newt should gracefully bow out & all candidates should get behind the leader and start preparing to beat Obama.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  215. Kathy Colorado

    Newt is like that nasty kid in the schoolyard that would tease everyone then when someone would sock him he ran to the teacher and tattled. He can dish it out but can't take it.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  216. Stormer

    Should Gingrich drop out if he loses? Yes. Will he? No.

    He is now positioned as the GOP's stalking horse. The Democratic party will waste time, effort, and money on defeating him while ignoring their potential winner and Republican Golden-Boy, Romney.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  217. hulagan808

    Newt Gingrich shouldn't even be in this race. He has no credible Presidential credentials. President of the national clown association,.... maybe.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  218. Loren

    It was time for Gingrich to drop out when he lost his cool and started attacking Romney as if he was the second coming of Obama. Newt Gingrich has shown that he is not tempermentally fit to run for the Presidency, and I would also question whether he is tempermentally fit to be President. He may be trying to get a bigger say in the Republican platform. If that is the case, then he would be better off staying in, but toning down the rhetoric and give voters a choice between two Presidential candidates, rather than between one and a street fighter.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  219. Taynue Winn

    No Jack. Romney did not drop out after he was trashed in SC.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  220. L S Pritchard

    No... this race is far from over and there is no hurry to have a frontrunner declared. Romney has been "running" for president for years, sooo, let's give others time to show there can actually be a campaign by the republicans.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  221. Dusty-Atlanta

    Yes. It was time for him to drop out when he attacked Bain Capital.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  222. JacsinJax

    I can't believe any thought Newt was in this for more than plugging his book. Then he became the flavor of the week at the right time. Then he started to believe his own press. Perhaps it's time he thought about taking his book royalties and cashing in where he can. I'm a Democrat and can't think of anything that would move the base to action more then Newt as the nominee.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  223. Dave T

    As long as Gingrich Consulting rakes in tens of thousands per month from the Gingrich campaign fund, why would he quit? The longer he stays in, the more money goes into his pocket.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  224. Elaine Maurow

    Ron Paul is definately the best guy, The others say what people want to hear, Newt is like a bad boyfriend on viagra , Mitt is way too scary in that his mormon principles will translate to his decisions and laws he proposes...Ron paul is the only guy that can win, I wont vote for anyone else.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  225. The Left Wing

    Both Newt and Mitt are providing a valuable service to the public. They are getting information to Republican voters that they would never believe if they were told the same thing by Democrats or the "lame stream media".

    January 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  226. Nevada Mormon

    I find it personally offensive to insinuate that I will vote for Mitt Romney just because he is Mormon. If that were the case I would have voted for Harry Reid (also a Mormon) to be my Senator. Don't be so naive to assume that we can't choose a candidate based upon issues other than religion.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  227. JC in SC

    I think the pace of this race is exhausting. It's a marathon that never lets up. He high tailed it home the Sunday after the SC primary, instead of going on to Florida, to sleep one single night in his own bed. I'm thinking that Newt is too tired to keep going. I know Ron Paul is older, but he's in much better shape than Newt. But he's looking wiped out too. And Ken and Barbie (Mitt and his wife Ann) are just getting started, looking none the worse for wear. I'm not a fan of any of them, but I'm just sayin'. The "old guys" might drop out . . . literally.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  228. What?!

    No one likes to vote for a loser – even a projected one. What an irresponsible question given the forum that CNN has to influence likely primary voters.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  229. clarke

    I believe that it is time for Newt to call it a day. He really is not the man for the job, but that is the way I feel.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  230. Should Newt get out?

    YES... will he? NO...

    I believe we are going to see the map drawn up as North vs. South at the end of the campaigning season. Many of the Southern states are going to go to Newt... but at the end of the day, Romney will take the nomination. Even if it goes to a brokered convention... there is no chance in H*&L that Newt walks away from that with the nomination.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  231. BIG RICH

    Yep Newt sucks, he wasnt even a thought until South Carolina and he wont be when he leaves Florida, The only guy that is intelligent and honest is Ron Paul. I also will only vote for Ron Paul.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  232. TomBomb

    I hope Newt gets nominated. After all, he has been dubbed the GOP intellectual (is that an oxymoron?). Anyway, that would just about guarantee Obama's re-election! So I say go Newt go!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  233. Pete/Ark

    Nope. He's the very best bad example the rest of his party has to learn from Jack.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  234. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, You should be careful about your language. Blown out has a violent ring to it and should newt win,you will likely be investigated by newt's staff,and end up doing time on the moon when found guilty,not if. Greg M. FL

    January 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  235. Schmidtstick

    Newt was a dodge drafter, the troops didnt support him, he also seems to make up things as he goes along. Im voting Ron Paul simply because of the media blackout and exclusion of the guy. Im with these other bots, I will only vote Ron Paul.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  236. Stuart Johnson

    Jack, I can't help but think it would be a win/win for President Obama. Newt stays in until the primary and tears Romney down so far that Obama will be able to run a positive campaign. Or, in the off chance that Newt actually gets the nomination, Obama still wins as a) America knows that Newt is the originator of the mean spirited climate of modern politics that we have today and b) Newt has never run out of different sides of his mouth to talk out of. But the real losers in the next election will be the American people. The left and right have moved so far apart that nothing will ever be accomplished in Washington again. Every issue will result in political blackmail. Obstructionist conservative politicians will continue to do the will of Grover Norquist (rather than the will of the people) and their liberal counterparts will continue to accuse them of pandering to the rich to take the focus away from the fact that they are filling troughs with money for their special interest supporters. I think on election day, I'll just stay home and build a large fence around yard.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  237. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, You should be careful about your language. Blown out has a violent ring to it and should newt win,if he wins in Novemeber,you will likely be investigated by newt's staff,and end up doing time on the moon when found guilty,not if. Greg M. FL

    January 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  238. Mike in Minneapolis

    Resigning in disgrace should have been the end of him.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  239. John

    YES...if there were any real leadership in the GOP, they would not have allowed themselves to be publicly humiliated by a candidate that has proven numerous times that he is not to be trusted. His political career should have ended when he was removed from the house because of a web of ethics violations. I really believe that Newt got in this race as a way to 'sell his brand' (can you say Sarah?) so he could continue to make a living from selling books to people who buy into the myth that he is a historian. His ego took over when the 'shallow' wing of the GOP couldn't reconcile Mitt Romney as their flag carrier. We are witnessing the last desperate flailings of the 'religous right' (we can only hope).

    January 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  240. Frank!

    NEWT MUST STAY IN THE RACE!!!!! Without him, it would just be no fun at all.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  241. Allan, Virginia Beach, VA.

    Regardless of the Florida results, Newt should stay in the race. The Republican party establishments wants to pick their nominee before the people vote. Dont drop out. Stay in. This goes for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul also.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  242. Mary Lou Myers

    What kind of a political process allows only 4 states to decide who the presidential nominee is? Why should an election already be decided before your state even gets to vote? I'm beginning to think the primary should be help on one super Tuesday and let the whole country decide.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  243. Patrish

    I switch channels when ever I see Newt's face or hear his voice – a very irritating man! Gingrich can't beat Obama; he's too controversial.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  244. Mark Foreman

    As I watch all this, this question keeps coming up: Does being a good critic make one presidential?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  245. VivNY

    NO Newt should stay in till the very end. He is doing Obamas job for him. Maybe everyone will realize Mitt is the 1% and better to stick with Obama .

    January 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  246. jon

    Both of these guys should just drop out. They will never beat President Obama. Save your money for 2016! No one wants to elect another Republican President who will promptly rip us a new one just like before.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  247. Thom

    Why not let all the states help decide rather than a few?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  248. Elwood Phillips

    Let Newt stay in the race. He stirs things up by throwing out novel suggestions on problems that the other candidates are afraid to discuss. He calls a spade a spade which his opponents do not. He keeps things interesting which is necessary in a long race.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  249. Chris

    Drop out? Don't you mean forced out?

    Lake Tahoe, CA

    January 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  250. Jim

    Jack,

    Newt can hope for miracles in the southern states but I think the writing is pretty clearly on the wall. If he stays in, it won't be to win the nomination, it will be to contribute lots more vetting of Romney. As an independent who intends to vote for Obama, I can live with that.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    January 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  251. Jan Hunyady

    Time to get out??? He should never have got in to the race. He had his chance in the 1990's and he blew it. Time for him and those like him to step aside.....they have screwed things up enough.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  252. Craig Goedecke

    I honestly think that Newt Gingrich should take his much deserved family vacation to check out his new moon colony and leave the Election to Romney and Obama. We do need to remind Newt to bring his sand pail and shovel when he reaches to the beautiful sands of the planet Stupider, he might even meet his next open marriage alien wife. Beam Me Up Newt!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  253. Dan

    I'm an Obama supporter and I hope he stays in so he can weaken Romney for the general election.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  254. ralebol

    Newt makes this joke, I mean Republican nomination process, fun to watch. Let him run, let him talk, let him fantasize, let him be himself. Newt is the man!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |