Gingrich Suspends Campaign, Will Endorse Mitt Romney

National   |   Andrew Bair   |   May 2, 2012   |   3:09PM   |   Washington, DC

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will officially suspend his presidential campaign today at a hotel in Northern Virginia. Last evening, Gingrich released a YouTube video message for his supporters. In addition to thanking those who cast votes for him and volunteered for the campaign, Gingrich reminded his supporters of the ultimate goal of defeating President Obama. According to Gingrich, reelecting Obama “would be a genuine disaster.”

Gingrich told USA Today that he would endorse former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee. Speaking about his former rival, Gingrich said, “Mitt Romney met the first criteria of being a good candidate: He won. Now you have to respect that.”

He added, “We sure didn’t give it to him. We did everything we could to slug it out with him, and he ended up being tough enough and being good enough at raising money” to prevail.

Gingrich also noted that he is unlikely to run again for president. “I’m already 68 years old,” he said. “I believe Mitt Romney will become president. I believe he will do well enough to be re-elected, and I do not think in 2020 I’ll be a plausible candidate.”

The former House Speaker led the pack for the Republican nomination back in January, turning his surge in the polls into an electoral win in the coveted primary state of South Carolina. Gingrich went on to win just one other state, his home state of Georgia. However, throughout the campaign, Gingrich took President Obama and the mainstream media to task on pro-life issues.

One of the most memorable moments from the Republican debates came when Gingrich called out President Obama on his extreme pro-abortion record, highlighting the fact that as a State Senator in Illinois, Obama declined to support legislation to protect infants born alive in the course of an abortion.

Gingrich’s forthcoming endorsement of Mitt Romney marks another step in unifying conservative and pro-life voters behind Romney in the effort to defeat President Obama in November. The endorsement is expected in two weeks when the two former rivals will make a joint appearance on the campaign trail. Romney also boasts the endorsements of national and state pro-life organizations like the National Right to Life Committee and its state affiliates and the Susan B. Anthony List.

Romney made a pledge to pro-life voters in an editorial in the National Review last year, laying out his pro-life priorities as president:

“I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.

I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. And as president, I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.

I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy to ensure that nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from America refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in other countries.  This includes ending American funding for any United Nations or other foreign assistance program that promotes or performs abortions on women around the world.

I will advocate for and support a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

And perhaps most importantly, I will only appoint judges who adhere to the Constitution and the laws as they are written, not as they want them to be written.

If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.”