Newt Gingrich is fighting for nothing less than the soul of the Republican Party, says political analyst Howard Fineman.
Fineman’s assessment came as he discussed the Florida primary race and the GOP presidential contest in general with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and former national Republican Chairman Michael Steele on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” Monday night.
Noting that Gingrich has vowed to stay in the presidential contest through the national GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., in August, Fineman observed that some of the former House speaker’s friends "strongly advised him to go all the way to the convention, and they didn't have to do a lot of convincing.
“He wants to do it, but they also want to do it because they want to keep raising money, and they want to raise money based on the idea that there's an ideological fight that needs to be waged for the good of the soul of the party in the conservative movement all the way to the convention," said Fineman, editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group and an MSNBC analyst.
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