Last month, former Speaker Newt Gingrich told a town hall audience that he would consider Sarah Palin for his running mate or a “very important” cabinet position.
His exact words were as follows:
Caller: If you’re fortunate enough to be nominated, would you consider having Sarah Palin as your running mate?
Gingrich: She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers, and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska. So, she’s somebody that I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government, and that would be one of the possibilities. There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well. I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. So, tell her she certainly would be on the list of one of the people we would consider.
Palin seems to have reciprocated warm feelings when she stated she would voted for Gingrich back in the South Carolina Primary, although she qualified this by using the rationale that a vote for the former Speaker was a vote for a good primary fight.
Of course, this was back when, a few weeks ago, Gingrich looked poised to take the GOP Nomination by storm before Mitt Romney outspent him heavily in the Florida Primary, winning, last night, by a wide margin.
And now it seems many eyes are on Palin. She’s one of the few moving parts that has the power to resurrect Mr. Gingrich’s campaign, but will she only do it in return for a guarantee to be on the ticket? It would be a remarkable achievement for anyone, but especially Mrs. Palin, whose approval rating among Democrats and Independents is below the temperature it takes water to freeze.
Fun Fact: No person has ever appeared on two consecutive tickets as VP under different presidential nominees. Joseph Lieberman came close in 2004 and 2008 when he was briefly considered by John Kerry and John McCain, respectively.
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