Newt and Callista Gingrich Address Convention
August 30, 2012
Newt Gingrich may not have won the Republican presidential primary, but he still got his moment in the spotlight — however brief — on the final night of the GOP convention.
Gingrich and his wife, Callista, delivered a tag-team speech to delegates here in the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the same night Mitt Romney is slated to formally accept the party’s nomination for president.
The pair immediately followed a video tribute to former President Ronald Reagan, and their remarks focused largely on Reagan’s legacy and parallels to today.
“Remembering President Reagan reminds us that the choices we make matter,” Callista Gingrich said, adding that voters’ decisions in November are “as important as the choice we made in 1980.”
Newt Gingrich was originally not given a prime-time speaking slot in Tampa, and was instead relegated to a series of policy workshops dubbed “Newt University.”
He and Callista switched off lines throughout the speech, which lasted about six minutes.
“While in office, President Reagan had three major goals: to restore the economy, to revive the American spirit and to defeat totalitarianism, spreading democracy throughout the world,” Newt Gingrich said.
He urged delegates to unite behind Romney as their nominee and do everything they can to ensure he wins in November.
“Now each of us must commit ourselves, in the tradition of Ronald Reagan, to come together,” Newt Gingrich said. “President Reagan said there is no substitute for victory and this November, we cannot settle for anything less.”
They both stressed the parallels between President Barack Obama and former President Jimmy Carter.
“It’s striking how President Carter and President Obama both took our nation down a path that in four years weakened America’s confidence in itself and our hope for a better future,” Callista Gingrich said.