Gingrich, Perry Camps: 'Premature' to Discuss Vice Presidential Choice

Monday, 12 Mar 2012 12:00 PM

By Dan Weil

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Spokesmen for Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry have denied rumors that the two have talked about the possibility of Perry serving as Gingrich’s vice presidential candidate if the former House speaker wins the nomination. Perry endorsed Gingrich when he dropped his own presidential bid in January.

“Gov. Perry thinks Newt Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama and truly overhaul Washington,” Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said in a statement, The Hill reports. “The speculation is humbling but premature."

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond also called the speculation “premature” in an interview with CBS News late Sunday. He said talk about vice presidential possibilities would be more appropriate “later in the process.”

Several media sources reported that the two campaigns have begun talks about Gingrich announcing Perry as his vice presidential selection before the Aug. 27 Republican National Convention.

Some political operatives suspect the Gingrich camp floated the rumor so that conservative voters in Tuesday’s primaries in Mississippi and Alabama would hear it and feel more excited about voting for the former House speaker, according to The Hill.

Gingrich has banked on Southern states to boost a campaign that is flagging behind front-runner Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.



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