From CNN’s transcript of Newt Gingrich’s interview with Wolf Blitzer, the former House Speaker offers further praise of Sarah Palin:
BLITZER: A lot of us noticed last night that Sarah Palin virtually endorsed you. She said if she lived in South Carolina, she’d probably vote for you right now, which in my mind, and I suspect in others, immediately raised the possibility if you were to get the nomination, would she be on your short list as a potential vice presidential running mate?
GINGRICH: Well, look, I don’t want to suggest anything about–we haven’t talked about anything at all. Governor Palin is somebody who I think was a very good reform governor. She was extraordinarily effective negotiating with big oil. She did a good job in the state of Alaska. I think she’s a very articulate leader of the Tea Party conservative movement. I was honored and delighted last night when she said if she were in South Carolina, she’d vote for Newt Gingrich. I hope everybody who likes her decides she’s right. And I hope they vote for me.
Certainly, she’s one of the people I’d call on for advice. I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I’m president, but nothing has been discussed of any kind. And it wouldn’t be appropriate to discuss it at this time.
I’m just delighted that she and Todd have been both of them so supportive of my candidacy. And they recognize that, you know, I’m a Tea Party Reform conservative. I’m not part of the Washington establishment. And I think that’s the signal that her endorsement last night really sends.