By: Lauren Saccone
On Wednesday, Newt Gingrich officially suspended his campaign for the presidency. Gingrich’s bid started strong but quickly lost steam amid unrealistic campaign promises and increasing financial issues, which he was ultimately unable to overcome. His withdrawal from the race ensures that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for the Presidency.
Gingrich’s original plan was to hold out until the Republican National Convention, wherein he might be able to secure the nomination via a brokered convention. Unfortunately for him, rising pressure from Republicans to band together behind Romney as the nominee, coupled with the financial collapse of his campaign, led to the end of what will go down in history as a truly unusual bid for the presidency.
“Today I am suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship,” Gingrich told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. Over the course of his 23-minute speech, Gingrich rambled about his dream for a moon colony, the books he had written, and his various policies. He even spoke briefly about Romney as the nominee.
“As to the presidency, I’m asked sometimes, ‘Is Mitt Romney conservative enough?’ You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history.”
Gingrich’s campaign, while certainly a source of entertainment, has left the politician millions of dollars in debt. Consultant firms and other companies are waiting for Gingrich to reimburse them, to the tune of $4.3 million. Considering the Gingrich campaign recently bounced a check for $500, this could prove to be problematic for all parties involved.
Gingrich is expected to officially endorse Romney in the coming weeks. But compared to a campaign that involved child janitors, moon bases, and penguin attacks, the Romney candidacy can’t compare to Gingrich in sheer entertainment value.
[Pic via Flickr - Gage Skidmore]