Speaking the morning after a series of five blowout primary losses to Romney, Gingrich said it has become apparent that the voters have not picked him as the GOP standard-bearer against President Barack Obama and that he wants to continue pushing conservative ideas "as a citizen."
"I think obviously that I would be a better candidate, but the objective fact is the voters didn’t think that," Gingrich told about 75 well-wishers at a Gaston County GOP breakfast, just west of Charlotte. "And I also think it's very, very important that we be unified. No conservative anywhere in America should have any doubt about the importance of defeating Barack Obama."
"We’ll be working out the details of our transition and we’ll have information for the press in the next couple days," Gingrich said. "But I am committed to this party. I am committed to defeating Obama. We will find ways to be helpful but I do think it’s pretty clear that Gov. Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee."
Gingrich’s only primary victories were in South Carolina in January and his former home state of Georgia in early March. Gingrich is expected to suspend his presidential campaign by May 1.
The former House speaker is one of the architects of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Despite having "destroyed the sanctity" of two of his three marriages with extramarital affairs, Gingrich regularly blasted gays and gay rights on the campaign trail—such as when the Obama Administration announced it would no longer defend DOMA in court and when New York passed its historic marriage equality law. Gingrich infamously told a gay Iowa voter that he would be "better off" supporting President Obama.
Good riddance, bad trash, etc..