Gingrich to Romney: You’d better invite Sarah Palin to the Tampa Convention

Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich slammed the Romney campaign Tuesday, saying former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney should extend a speaking invitation to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

“Governor Palin motivates and arouses an entire base,” Mr. Gingrich said in an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “[She] should absolutely have a speaking slot.”

Mr. Gingrich’s comment on the matter comes just days after reports emerged noting that Mr. Romney has yet to invite Ms. Palin to the Republican presidential convention hosted in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Gingrich, who has not been invited to speak at the convention, said that he would be honored to speak at the convention if asked, but the decision is up to Mr. Romney and his team.

Ms. Palin, who responded to reports that the Romney campaign has yet to offer her a speaking invitation, said the circumtances regarding the Romney decision was payback for her outspokenness and criticism of his policy stances.

“What can I say?” Palin told Newsweek when asked about the convention. “I’m sure I’m not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on the road to bankruptcy, and engaging in crony capitalism.”

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  • obieone

    AMEN! Not a dime until then!

    • twig

      Amen to that!!!

  • BOTH Gingrich and Palin had better be there to speak at the convention. BOTH of these two have the ability to FIRE UP the people…..and I have yet to get fired up listening to one of Romney’s speeches.

  • daveveselenak

    I hate to say it but it look’s more and more like “half-whitt Romney” is playing the fall guy to the new Hitler as “J. McShame” was. He’d better find a pair and a conservative running mate if he truly want’s to be elected! Instead of playing defense and whining, he should be ripping into what the new Hitler has done since being implanted! God knows there is more than enough material for that.

    • the_uglydog

      You got that right!

  • the_uglydog

    It sure seems like Romney is trying to seize defeat from the hands of victory! There’s so much he could be saying or asking for that matter. He needs to “Grab em by the nose and kick em in the ass”!

    • CincinnatiRIck

      Obama and his hostility to American values of striving and taking advantage of opportunity is our greatest campaign asset. Why put out front and center people who are going to alienate some in that squishy middle? We may love the red meat and those who deliver it but we need the votes of those who are turned off by it. Let Obama get Chicago nasty and turn people off…it serves us not at all to get down in the mud with him.
      He won on “hope and change” in 2008 but they are both gone and all he has now is slash and burn. It is we who need to offer hope and change here in 2012.

  • Quencher

    I think we conservatives agree that our objective in November is to remove Obama from office. That objective, alone, may well be enough to elect Romney. AND IT MAY NOT BE! The best insurance we can buy is to use known charismatic personalities to stimulate a high turnout of conservative voters. If Sarah Palin and Newt and “The Donald” and other known motivators are shunned, WE MAY WELL LOSE! We cannot listen to the RNC establishment small thinkers to plan for us. The RNC picked Dole, McCain and now Romney. I would not want the RNC to do my grocery shopping. The RNC are “lousy pickers” and we better take up the slack any way we can. At least get some life into the convention and the campaign!

    • CincinnatiRIck

      Obama and his hostility to American values of striving and taking advantage of opportunity is our greatest campaign asset. Why put out front and center people who are going to alienate some in that squishy middle? We may love the red meat and those who deliver it but we need the votes of those who are turned off by it. Let Obama get Chicago nasty and turn people off…it serves us not at all to reciprocate.

  • Since when does Romney have to invite anyone. He is a nobody. Peace,

  • notalib

    I want Romney to win–but he sure as heck better invite those that cleared the way for him to the party. Invite Sarah–as a speaker & Newt and others. They totally motivate many of us. Sarah motivates all of us.

  • CincinnatiRIck

    I don’t particularly like Romney, for neither his policies nor his persona. That said, he is the only viable alternative to Obama. What he thinks best to achieve victory, I am not going to second guess or undermine. The Obama team is going personal and off the subject in an attempt to distract voters from his record. Palin (and, for that matter, Gingrich) may please conservatives and get their juices flowing but that too can be used as a shiny object to distract. I say the hard right needs to sit down, cool it and keep their rabid partisanship to themselves. Rabid partisans on the right who stay home cost you one vote. Votes in the center that get put off and switch to Obama cost you two votes.
    Snubbing Palin, if that is what you want to characterize it, is something of a “Sister Souljah” moment for Romney to appeal to those who Palin offends or who have bought into the MSM vilification of her. Take one for the team, Sarah and try to realize what the game is here, Newt, and try to submerge that gargantuan ego, at least until we can take care of business in November.

    • Quencher

      Good logical points—However, politics is seldom logical as we can see from the election of Obama. There is a much greater factor than logic that rules politics and that is the same factor that takes millions out to the various sports events. Politics needs a leader with charisma as well as logic and if the candidate cannot provide this factor, then we must get it from other sources–and fortunately we have an abundance among the conservatives. Remember that 80% of the American voters are actually conservative but need to be motivated just as by the cheering squad at a football game. Any liberals that are turned off by this cheering squad are not likely to be turned on by anything Obama can produce. Oh yes, I do not consider that myself, Sarah Palin nor Newt, etc are “hard right”. I hope that you don’t really mean that, now do you?! Cheers!!!!

  • Ron

    So Sara tells it like it is and they get pissed at her . Well tough $hitski. I still like her . Why is it up to Romney as to the speakers are going to be . I thought it was a national republican convention. O’ I guess its still the same good old boys trying to run things . its time they wake up and see we want to get ride of that present idiot living in the white house.

  • CSN

    What do you think will be different if Romney is elected? Please list the things which you deem will be different if Romney, rather than Obama, is elected? I want to see a list. Romney is the inventor of Obamacare. Romney is an insider Elitist and talking points for the RINO’s. Romney doesn’t give a fig about more wars in the Middle East, just as long as he can line the pockets of the Big OIl Cartels. Romney isn’t a Small Government man, he’s a Big Government man. Think he’ll end the Federal Reserve Bank or have it audited???? Not on your life. So…pray tell…what will be different is Romney is elected? Think Abortion on Demand will end??? NOOOOOOOOOO, not Mr. Believe a Woman’s Right to Choose! That’s what he ran on when he ran for Governor of Mass. RON PAUL 2012, OR CONSTITUTION PARTY BUST UP THIS MESS IN D.C.