Gingrich: People Begging Me to Stay in Race; Bachmann Wants Quick Finish

Friday, 23 Mar 2012 11:48 AM

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While some Republicans are urging Newt Gingrich to quit the presidential race, he says many people feel otherwise and are telling him so in the strongest terms.

"We have 176,000 donors,” he told CNN. “People walk up to me every single day and beg me to stay in the race. Every single event we go to, people thank me for having the courage to stay in the race."

One Republican who isn’t eager for a long, drawn out battle for the nomination is Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a candidate herself before withdrawing after the Iowa caucuses.

“There’s a lot of fatigue among our party,” Bachmann said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Politico reports. “They are really kind of tired of this. They feel like the vetting is happening, and they want us to kind of batten down the hatches and make the decision.”

The party needs a nominee soon, so it can focus on the task of unseating President Barack Obama in November, Bachmann said, although she hasn't endorsed a candidate since she left the race.

“I really don’t want to be divisive in the process,” Bachmann said. “I want to be a unifier, because we are factionalized. That’s just the way that it is right now. We’ve got to come together and reach out to independents and disaffected Democrats. So at the right time, then I will get behind whoever the nominee is.”

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