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The Secret Gingrich-Santorum Unity Ticket That Nearly Toppled Romney

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 nearly agreed to form a joint “Unity Ticket” to consolidate conservative support and topple Romney. “We were close,” former Representative Bob Walker, a Gingrich ally, says. “Everybody thought there was an opportunity.” “It would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign,” says John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist.

But the negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president. “In the end,” Gingrich says, “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 scheming is more typical of political thrillers, it was real this time. A year later, many of those 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 says. “And more importantly, it could have changed the outcome of the general election.”

The discussions between the two camps commenced in early February, just after Gingrich got trounced in Florida. Brabender called members of the Gingrich brain trust, hoping they could persuade Gingrich to drop out and endorse Santorum, who was rising in the polls. “I’ll tell you this,” says Brabender, “If Gingrich had dropped out at the right time, Santorum would have been the nominee.” Brabender wasn’t short on moxie: He wanted Gingrich to declare in the middle of a nationally televised debate that he was dropping out and endorsing Santorum. “I couldn’t write an ad to match the political theater that would have created,” he says.

Gingrich had other ideas. He proposed that both men join forces but remain in the race, each concentrating on the states where he matched up best against Romney. Gingrich thought he could carry Georgia, Delaware, Washington, and Wisconsin (from which his wife, Callista, hails). Santorum would focus on other states in the South and the upper Midwest. But there was a catch. “The appeal of a Unity Ticket was strength in numbers,” says Kellyanne Conway, Gingrich’s pollster. “The big question was, who was going to unify with whom? Who was going to be the sheriff and who was going to be the deputy?”

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buying it! The euphemistic 'they' decide who is going to be the nominee. ELECTIONS ARE RIGGED! How many videos need to get posted on youtube showing the rigging before it becomes common knowledge? How many videos need to get posted on youtube wherein people testify that they help rig elections before it becomes common knowledge?

...and I might add, I loathe Santorum so much that had he been the nominee, I would have changed my registration to Democrat and voted for Obama. I sincerely mean that!! (to send a message)

I agree with the person below who said Santorum makes his/her skin crawl. Me, too...not to mention he comes from a long line of commies and socialists. Here's one link of many similar articles:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/901047...

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whats the diffrence ?

Romney=Santorum=gigrich=Clinton=Obama=Bush=Powell=Roberts=Menendez
=Pelosi=Bernanke=Rumsfeld ect ect ect

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hmm

first ron paul should be prez

2nd--- i can not stand santorum---makes my skin crawl

but--- if gingrich lead ticket---- i may have voted for him,,,,, and i certainly think he would of done better than romney
he would have challenged and exposed obama
gingrich is good at proving why he's right in simple terms
during debates--- i found myself agreeing with some--some-- of his points and when he gave examples why
gingrich would of called out obama big time and probably blew him away in 1 on 1 debates
he's certainly a money grubbing, oppurtunist,,, but he would of knocked the shine off obama's magical, feel good ideas