The Secret Gingrich-Santorum ‘Unity Ticket’ That Nearly Toppled Romney

The Secret Gingrich-Santorum 'Unity Ticket' That Nearly Toppled Romney

The Secret Gingrich-Santorum ‘Unity Ticket’ That Nearly Toppled Romney

Itโ€™s one of the great untold stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, a tale of ego and intrigue that nearly upended the Republican primary contest and might even have produced a different nominee: As Mitt Romney struggled in the weeks leading up to the Michigan primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum nearly agreed to form a joint โ€œUnity Ticketโ€ to consolidate conservative support and topple Romney. โ€œWe were close,โ€ former Representative Bob Walker, a Gingrich ally, says. โ€œEverybody thought there was an opportunity.โ€ โ€œIt would have sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign,โ€ says John Brabender, Santorumโ€™s chief strategist.

But the negotiations collapsed in acrimony because Gingrich and Santorum could not agree on who would get to be president. โ€œIn the end,โ€ Gingrich says, โ€œit was just too hard to negotiate.โ€

Source: Business Week

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