Gingrich: If I Lost Georgia, I Would Quit Race

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2012 03:09 PM

By Dan Weil

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wasn’t exactly bowled over by a plea from the super PAC supporting Rick Santorum to withdraw from the race.

"I said, look, if Romney or Santorum can beat me here [in Georgia,] I shouldn’t be in the race, and if I’d lost last night in Georgia, I’d have gotten out of the race this morning," Gingrich said on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" radio show Wednesday, according to Time magazine's blog The Page.

"But the fact is, when we went out, and we talked about big ideas and big solutions in a place where people have known me for a long time and known I delivered, we won a resounding victory. We gained delegates in three or four other states."

Gingrich congratulated Santorum for his success. “But I would also point out that Santorum lost his Senate seat by the largest margin in the history of Pennsylvania," he said. "And if I thought he was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama, I would really consider getting out. I don’t. I think each of the three candidates has strengths and weaknesses, and this is a very healthy vetting process."

Gingrich pointed out that after the Nevada primary last month, many Republicans urged Santorum to withdraw. "He ignored all of us, and he now has had a terrific month, I think you have to wait now and see how the race goes on," Time reported.

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