The 2012 Republican presidential ticket that almost was


THIS would have been great fun:

It’s one of the great untold stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, a tale of ego and intrigue that nearly upended the Republican primary contest and might even have produced a different nominee.

As Mitt Romney struggled in the weeks leading up to the Michigan primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum almost agreed to form a joint “Unity Ticket” to consolidate conservatives support and topple Romney.

“We were close,” former Representative Bob Walker, a Gingrich ally, said. “Everybody thought there was an opportunity.”

“It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign,” said John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist.

The negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president, as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.com.

In the end,” Gingrich said, “it was just too hard to negotiate.”

Romney eked out a three-point win in Michigan on Feb. 28 and was never seriously threatened again. While this type of elaborate plotting is more typical of political thrillers, it was real this time. A year later, many who worked to build the Unity Ticket still believe it could have been decisive.

“I was disappointed when Speaker Gingrich ultimately decided against this idea, because it could have changed the outcome of the primary,” Santorum said. “More importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election.”



  1. Brian Opsahl

    If this scenario had played out Mr. Obama whould have won a landslide election thta’s for sure. All that dirt on Gingrich would have come out and he would have been exposed as the creep that he is. Dumping his second wife with his girlfriend in the car waiting at the Hospital when his wife was sick with Cancer and dumped her bedside would Not have played out very well with the public.

  2. Neftali

    Brian – You really should stop listening to these crazed left wing memes….


  3. Neftali: That FactCheck link only barely absolves Gingrich. The fact remains that he was a serial adulterer who cheated on both of his first two wives.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Everything I read about Newt came from the Republicans that were running against him..
    Plus Newt himself admitts to several lies he has told overtime asking his followers to forgive him…is that what you did nef…did you forgive his discretions. Or are you just going to blame the lame stream media for that as they do…?

  5. Neftali

    I’m just pointing out the facts and putting a stop to the myth Brian posted.

    Besides, its not like Republicans Presidential candidates have a monopoly on adultery. (Hart, Clinton, Edwards)

  6. Brian Opsahl

    Nef, thats called deflection, We are talking about one person while you want to deflect to another. (nice try) besides I dont do web sites.
    I have watched Newt on TV admitt to those very discretions…so twist at will my friend. He is a rotten husband three times over and to listen to his first wife tell it sounds like he was a boarderline abusive jerk, you want to tell her to look at some web site go ahead she lived it..!!

  7. Neftali

    Brian – You not “doing web sites” explains a lot. You put more credibility into a Geraldo Rivera or “The View” rerun because its own TV than you do a team of journalists trying their best to present an unbiased opinion.

    There is no hope for you. Strange that you even bother with Pat’s web site. (Are you calling yourself a hypocrite?)

  8. Brian Opsahl

    Rick Santorum had ideas that scared the hell out of people, and he was a closet racist and his religion would be the law of the land if he had anything to say about it…!

  9. Brian Opsahl

    I don’t do web sites for either side Nef, thats MY choice. and for a guesser like you I have never watched Geraldo,or the View (ever!) so you can look elsewhere for your guessing questions. Try again..!!

    Answer the question about Newts real life words that came out of his mouth…he said it not me.
    Do you forgive him for his admitted discresions …?

  10. From Newt to 3 democrats to somebody’s web browsing habits.

    Gotta love the righties. Thatsalmost as good as the usual tactic of ‘tell the lie and repeat as often as needed until half the population believes it’.

  11. hey, why not gingrich-santorum 2016? democrats would be drooling all over themselves. another plus- dan savage might kick his santorum website back into gear.

  12. shawnnews

    Todd A. is correct. How many people do you know who think that Obama really believes there are 57 states? Or that he wants to lead us to socialism? Or that Bill Ayers is his political mentor? Or that his education records are sealed? Or that he is the only president never to reveal his grades? Or that he has issued nearly 1,000 executive orders?
    The stupidity never ends.

  13. Brian Opsahl

    Dumb and Dumber….I mean Santorum/Gingrich or Gingrich/Santorum either way if these 2 were to hook-up in 2016 I think the Dems could win with anybody thats not in prison…literaly

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