One of the weird moments during the most recent Republican primary debate came when the candidates, other than Ron Paul, were pandering to the audience by talking up Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio. Santorum, Gingrich and Romney all lauded him as a possible cabinet pick, then Newt went a bit further:
Gingrich added, “When you think Cabinet, I think for example of Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico. You know, at the Cabinet level, I think of somebody like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.”
Then Gingrich hinted at a potential choice for vice president, saying, “I actually thought about Marco Rubio on a slightly more dignified and central role than being in the Cabinet, but that’s another conversation.”
So apparently, Newt considers the cabinet to be less “dignified” than something else, presumably the VP slot. I’m sure his potential cabinet members would be glad to hear that.
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