Friday, March 30, 2012

Newt calls Ryan endorsement a "great achievement"

The Hill's Daniel Strauss reports on Newt's curious but tell praise of Romney's latest score.

Newt Gingrich called House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) endorsement of Mitt Romney a big win for the former Massachusetts governor.

"It's a great achievement for Mitt Romney," Gingrich said Friday on Charlie Sykes's radio show. "Paul Ryan is one of the rising stars in the Republican Party."

Gingrich said the endorsements from Ryan and, earlier in the week, from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were big gets for Romney.

If you remember, Gingrich and Mitt met privately last weekend, and some have floated that if Newt drops out soon, Romney might help him retire some campaign debt.

That's buttressed a bit by the fact Gingrich is also changing his messaging on one of the most critical arguments that he's made for staying in the race.

Gingrich said Romney "will probably" get the 1,144 convention delegates he needs to win the nomination, but added that Romney still has to earn it.