(CNSNews.com) -- While formally suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that he believes presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is conservative enough when compared to “the most radical, leftist president in American history.”
Gingrich did not formally endorse Romney or suggest that he would campaign for him.
“As for the presidency, I’m asked sometimes, is Mitt Romney conservative enough?” said Gingrich at a press conference in Arlington, Va., today. “And my answer is simple: compared to Barack Obama? You know this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.”
Gingrich went on to list instances in which he believed Romney would be more conservative than Obama.
“If you simply take judges and ask yourself, who are the kind of people Gov. Romney would be inclined to appoint and who are the kind of people we know Barack Obama appoints? The gap is as wide as in any point in American history,” said Gingrich. “I would argue it’s wider than between Reagan and Carter.”
“If you look at Romney’s pledge to cut spending, something which we’re going to cheerfully help him with,” said the former House Speaker. “To balance the budget, something I’ve had some involvement with. To work with [House Budget Committee Chairman] Paul Ryan [R-Wis.] and others on the entitlement crisis, to focus on economic growth by creating private sector jobs, something I would suggest Gov. Romney knows about 60,000 times more than does President Obama.”
“Just think about appointing common sense regulators as compared to the Obama EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] regulator who said it’s nice to occasionally ‘crucify’ an industry because it teaches them a lesson,” said Gingrich. “It’d be nice if someone said it’s nice to work with an industry so they can create jobs. Now you can’t get a much bigger gap than those kind of things.”
Gingrich has been trailing Romney in the polls and his campaign has reportedly accrued about $4 million in debt.
“Today, I am suspending the campaign, but suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship,” said Gingrich, who later added, “In my case, I have been an active citizen since August of 1958.”