Newt Gingrich’s campaign has sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus demanding that the national GOP require candidates to sign a pledge promising to support whoever becomes the party's nominee. The move was a clear swipe at Rick Santorum over a recent campaign trail gaffe, reports The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
“I request that you issue a pledge asking all the Republican presidential candidates to support our eventual nominee,” Gingrich chief of staff Patrick Millsaps wrote. “It is imperative that Republicans unite once the nomination process is complete in order to defeat President Obama. We cannot afford four more years of his leadership.”
The letter was prompted by Santorum suggesting Thursday that Obama could be preferable to a candidate such as Mitt Romney, according to The Hill.
Santorm's controversial comment: “You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”
Santorum backtracked on the comment early Friday.
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