During the last several weeks GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has spent a majority of time bashing Mitt Romney for his ties to Wall Street special interests and his low federal tax payments but now Gingrich says he is willing to back Romney should he win the GOP primary.
Speaking on Good Morning America this morning Gingrich says of Romney:
“I think re-electing Obama is a disaster and I’ll certainly endorse the Republican nominee.”
Even as he offered his support should that time come he essentially called Romney just another Obama:
“But I think that Mitt Romney will have a very, very hard time differentiating himself [from Obama].”
The news that Gingrich would back Mitt Romney comes just days ahead of the Florida primary and at a time when he is shown to be trailing Romney in pretty much every single political poll collected in the state.
While Gingrich said he would throw his support behind Romney he also added:
“We nominated a moderate in 1996, he got beaten badly. We nominated a moderate in 2008, he got beaten badly. I know that the establishment would love to nominate Romney and they want to make him electable so they can beat [Obama] in the fall. But I think the record of ’96 and 2008 is you better have a conservative who can draw a really wide gap.”
Essentially Gingrich was quick to show his support for keeping the GOP united while at the same time still offering enough of a reason for his base to continue their support of his efforts.
Do you think Newt Gingrich’s comment coming at this juncture in the GOP primary shows the realization of defeat in his camp or sound judgement based on a real possibility?