msnbc | May 03, 2012
>>> after months of trailing behind the leaders in the gop race newt gingrich finally dropped out. making that announcement in virginia. while he can't bring himself to officially endorse mitt romney as the gop nominee he reinforced his vision for the conservative base.
>> the election is an interim step then you have the next struggle. every conservative should be prepared to work every single day long beyond this election.
>> jackie is newt gingrich 's daughter and served as an adviser to the campaign. jackie , great to have you here again. romney is meeting with rick santorum tomorrow and says he wants some promises from mitt romney . will your father sit down with the man he once called the massachusetts moderate and is there anything your father wants in exchange for a stronger endorsement?
>> well, thomas, first of all, thank you very much for having me on. i always love coming and being with you. secondarily dad and governor romney have had several conversations and several meetings and will continue to talk to the campaign staff , romney campaign staff . they are finding out what's the best way to use dad's talents. he talked very passionately yesterday, as you said, about the future of our country. he's very clear not only do we need to keep the house of representatives republican. we need to regain the senate as well as have a republican president. there's plenty of work for all conservatives to do this fall. the question is what's the best way to use my father as part of that plan for the fall.
>> certainly mitt romney will want your dad's sharp tongue on his side because your dad spent months attacking mitt romney , repeatedly questioning his honesty, even once calling him a liar with rick perry criticized romney 's strength, his business experience. is your dad ready to take all of that back?
>> i think he's very ready. he said this yesterday, to say, look, this fall we have a clear comparison, governor romney versus barack obama . if you look at those compare sons clearly governor romney is much more conservative and has the values we need. i think, and you mentioned this earlier in the show, one of the things my dad brought to the stage when he was a candidate was the big idea . if you think about where we're focusing now as a nation with our energy policy that looks at getting our open oil, energy in our country that frees us up from an energy perspective, national security perspective and could pi down our debt in a generation if we use the royalties properly. i think you're going to see dad continue to have big ideas and talk about big ideas from a conservative perspective.
>> when you talk about big ideas , jackie , in some ways there are certain big ideas that became the butt of jokes. your dad referenced the moon colony , callista gingrich said maybe that wasn't such a sharp idea. there is campaign debt, tiffany tabs, zoo trips. do you think in the long hall here, the long game of your father's legacy that this campaign potentially tarnished your dad's political legacy?
>> i think you've got a great question but the reality is he is the person that let the republicans to the house in 1994 . he will always be that person. he's the person that actually balanced the budget four years in a row. the only person that's done that in my lifetime. he is the only person that has that legacy. he will always have that legacy. what i miss and actually wrote about this today you find on jackiecushman.com. i think it's wrong we laugh about big ideas . america has been about big dreams . americans get inspired and work hard and want to reach for the stars . i think it's important as americans we continue to focus on these great big dreams because that's how we inspire ourselves to move forward.
>> people laughed at the wright brothers and now we all fly around the country. jackie cushman, daughter of newt gingrich . thank you.
>> thank you.