In a call hosted by the Republican National Committee, the former House Speaker said he would work extensively to defeat President Obama because he regarded him as a threat to economic future of his family:
I am determined to do everything I can to defeat Barack Obama who I regard as a direct threat to my two grandchildren’s future. I think a second term by Obama will be an absolute disaster. So I am prepared to do – this has gotta be Mitt Romney’s campaign. He is the nominee. It has got to fit a rhythm and pattern he believes in. But within that framework, I’ll do anything I can to be helpful to them.
That’s a distinct change from the beginning of the year when Gingrich and Romney fought a brutal primary for the nomination. It was Gingrich himself who first raised the issue of Romney’s background with Bain Capital as a negative. Many believed that Gingrich’s attacks on Romney had damaged his future with the party. But 3 1/2 months after he suspended his campaign, all that seems to be fading rapidly into the background.