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Newt Gingrich: I’m ending my campaign, but seriously, think about the moon colony idea

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By Doug Powers  •  May 2, 2012 04:39 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

About a year ago, around the time of his comments concerning the Paul Ryan plan and the subsequent rebuke in Dubuque, Newt Gingrich was having an incredibly rocky start to his campaign. Back then, Charles Krauthammer said stick a fork in him, he’s done. But Gingra Din had no intent of going away easily, and he staged quite a comeback for a while.

Now, after a primary process in which he gathered 137 delegates, as expected, Newt Gingrich has suspended his campaign — but he’s still keen on a moon base:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and threw his support behind Mitt Romney, saying, “today I am suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship.”

Gingrich deemed the campaign “a truly wild ride” during an appearance in Arlington, Virginia, saying, “I could never have predicted either the low points or the high points.”

Quoting an observer who suggested that his best days may be ahead, Gingrich vowed to focus on balancing the budget, advocating for “religious liberty” and social security savings accounts and working for American energy independence. He also said he would work to “reemphasize the work ethic” in America, advocate for his national security positions and press for increased brain research.

Gingrich also stood behind his campaign push for a moon colony, though he acknowledged that it was “probably not my most clever comment in this campaign.” He said that despite having providing fodder for “Saturday Night Live” by pushing for the moon colony, he believed that the proposal was sound, arguing that Americans should seek to “go out and pursue great adventure.”

The announcement came just a few days after the campaign announced they’d be ending the campaign in a few days, so file that under “promises kept.”

Gingrich’s campaign is reportedly $4 million in debt (plus at least one bounced check fee), but by endorsing the party’s presumed nominee, Romney and the RNC might help out with that.

Here are some of Newt’s greatest hits from the campaign trail:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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