By Alicia M. Cohn - 10/06/11 04:56 PM EDT
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday that he would seriously consider accepting a vice presidential spot if asked, calling it his “duty” as a citizen.
Gingrich clarified comments he made to CNN Wednesday night that his answer to a potential vice presidential offer “wouldn't be a no," saying he was following the same course set by Ronald Reagan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“I am running to be president. I hope to be the presidential nominee,” Gingrich added. “I hope to be offering the vice presidency to somebody as the nominee, not having it offered.”
Gingrich’s name is not typically included on a list of likely vice presidential choices. Gingrich himself suggested last month that his pick would be Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), rather than another presidential contender.
Gingrich has enjoyed a bump in national polling in surveys this week, both nationally in a Fox News poll and specifically in North Carolina, Nebraska and West Virginia, according to Public Policy Polling.
The former Speaker of the House also said that he would love to have former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s support for his presidential campaign.
“I think any candidate would like to have her endorsement, but I don’t expect her to jump in the near future,” Gingrich said. “I think any of the candidates would love to have her become an active part of their campaign because she has so many followers.”
Palin ended months of speculation that she would enter the GOP race for 2012 by announcing Wednesday that she would not seek the nomination. Gingrich called her “a force in her own right.”