With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich out of the race for real now, and Mitt Romney taking the stage as last (viable) man standing, the real general election is officially on.
But based on the endorsement process surrounding Romney, it’s still a little hard to tell.
Gingrich is on board and ready to move on with the general campaign. As part of his final official concession, he reiterated how ready he is to hit the trail in support of Romney as inevitable nominee. For a small price, of course. According to USA Today, “The two men will make a joint appearance in a few weeks, when Gingrich will make an official endorsement. The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee have offered to be helpful as Gingrich works to retire his campaign debt.”
Former candidate Jon Huntsman is also ready to get on the Romney train, albeit with a rather tepid endorsement. “I see him as the best of the options we have available,” Huntsman told his local paper. “[He is] the best we have out there. We have a choice at the end of the day and he’s my choice. I think he’s the best equipped by far to deal with the economic issues and challenges that confront us.”
Romney may be the “best option,” but that still hasn’t brought all of the other former candidates on board. Although Texas Governor Rick Perry and Tea Party star Herman Cain offered their support, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum are both biding their time, making the coveted social conservative voting-block still tauntingly out of Romney’s reach.
Maybe Romney needs to offer to pay off a few other folks’ campaign debts, too.
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