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Gingrich: GOP will unite behind nominee — field ‘committed to defeating’ Obama

GOP presidential contenders Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul pledged to continue campaigning Sunday, but only one would commit to supporting Republican front-runner Mitt Romney if he receives the nomination.

Appearing on CBS’s "Face the Nation," Gingrich called President Obama’s policies “radical,” and emphasized that Romney or Rick Santorum would be preferable as a candidate. He said all four members of the GOP field would likely support one another over the president when the nomination is decided.

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“We are all committed to defeating Barack Obama,” the former House Speaker said.

But Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) declined to commit his support to Romney. Paul said he was “still campaigning,” and that even though Romney could be the nominee, there is “no guarantee” he would win the GOP contest.

“The votes haven’t been counted. There are six or seven states that we are doing quite well ... who knows what will happen at the first vote at the convention?” Paul said.


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Paul also said he would not be vice president on a Romney ticket because their policy views are so different. He is “a dignified person,” Paul acknowledged, while pushing back against the VP possibility.

Paul, who trails the field in the GOP delegate count, also said he had not considered a third-party bid were his effort to win the party’s nomination fail.

“I’m going to try to win the nomination,” Paul said. “We represent the future. The other candidates represent the past. Barack Obama represents the past.”


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