Coming up Wednesday

Wildfires burn through Colorado causing thousands to evacuate, and protests in Turkey are in 13th day. Tune in at 7am ET.
August 27th, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Former GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich previews 'Newt University' at Republican National Convention, says Paul delegates will likely support Romney so as to not embarrass son Rand

The former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, talks with Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" this morning, live from Tampa at the site of the Republican National Convention. The former GOP presidential front runner is lending his support and his delegates to Mitt Romney.

Gingrich addresses one of the big questions at the convention, as to whether presidential candidate Ron Paul will release his delegates. Gingrich explains to Soledad that he thinks Paul delegates will be very supportive of Romney.

"I think the Ron Paul people have said openly they are going to be supportive on the floor and do not expect problems," Gingrich says. "I think they worked out some things in platform in auditing the Federal Reserve and other issues important to Ron Paul. Plus, Rand Paul has played a role and does get a speech. It's unlikely that Ron Paul will want to embarrass his son in that kind of a setting."

Gingrich also previews his Thursday speech at the convention, which he will deliver with his wife Callista.

"We did a documentary a few years ago on Ronald Reagan, so the campaign folks and convention folks wanted to do a tribute to Ronald Reagan and why elections matter. So it will be a terrific, very powerful short documentary and then Callista and I will talk about applying the principles of Ronald Reagan to 2012. We're looking forward it. It will be a lot of fun," he says.

As for "Newt University," he explains that it's an opportunity to hold seminars throughout the week on big topics.

"We have a lot of delegates and activists in the area. People interested in ideas and policy. Governor Scott Walker will be with us today for example. We'll be talking about reforming government and what he learned and what he's trying to accomplish," Gingrich says.

He adds, "I think there's a real effort to bring together smart people, really good spokespersons who are sort of models for the rest of us, and big ideas that are going to be central to this campaign.

soundoff (No Responses)

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.