Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich, calls him a patriot who is not afraid of bold ideasby Andrew Abramson | January 28th, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH — One-time Newt Gingrich rival Herman Cain officially endorsed Gingrich Saturday night at the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Kravis Center, calling Gingrich a patriot and saying he’s not afraid of bold ideas.
“I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot, Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas,” Cain said. “I also know Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder, and I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know that he’s going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the future of the United States of America.
“I am inspired, you are inspired, Speaker Gingrich is inspired because it’s not about us. It’s about the grandkids.”
Gingrich referred to ‘Team of Rivals,’ the book about Lincoln’s presidency. Gingrich has now secured the endorsement of Cain and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry.
“I knew his central passion was jobs, economic growth and tax reform,” Gingrich said of Cain.
Gingrich said he hopes Cain will co-chair a commission on jobs and economic growth. He said Cain has actually managed a company and will “be a great asset.”
After the speech, Cain told The Palm Beach Post that he plans to be both active and vocal in Gingrich’s campaign.
“Newt embraces 9-9-9, we talked about it,” Cain said. “He doesn’t have to be out there carrying the flag, that’s my job. The fact is that I’m going to be a key player on his economic growth and job advisory panel.”
Despite polls showing Romney leapfrogging Gingrich in Florida, Cain said he thinks Gingrich “has that spark back.”
“I think that where people think he lost his spark was temporary, and you can’t let that one moment represent all of the other wonderful things he’s said, all of the wonderful things he’s done,” Cain said. “If people listen to his ideas and not listen to his distractions, they’ll see that spark.”
Cain said he decided to endorse Gingrich weeks ago, but felt this was the right time to made it public.
“Some endorsements have little impact, some endorsements have a big impact, and we will see on Tuesday,” Cain said. “But my philosophy has always been the voters will decide. I just want my supports to know how I felt at this moment in time.”