Gingrich 'wouldn't say no' if Romney offered him VP slot


“No, I wouldn’t say no. I can’t imagine him offering. There are a number of — I mean, obviously, you owe it to the presidential nominee to be helpful if you can, and I’ll do everything I can to be helpful if that turns out to be the case, just as I think Mitt would do everything he could to help me if I end up as the nominee," Gingrich said on Fox News. "We’ve got a lot of bright, competent people out there who are potential vice presidential candidates. We are going to have a strong ticket whether it is Gingrich and somebody or Santorum and somebody or Romney and somebody. We are going to have a very strong ticket one way or the other.”

Gingrich has been highly critical of Romney throughout the campaign process, and said Monday on CNN that he planned to run until Romney reached the 1,144 delegates he needed to clinch the nomination. He also called Romney "the weakest front-runner in modern times."

The former House Speaker pivoted from discussion of vice presidential aspirations to an incident earlier Monday where President Obama was caught on a microphone telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he would have "more flexibility" to deal with missile defense after November's election.

"The Russians want him to dramatically back down on missile defense. The president is essentially saying, 'Give me some space until the election, I’ve got a lot more flexibility after the election.' What do you think he is saying? The question it raises is how many countries, whether it is Iran or somewhere else, has he had a similar conversation with? You know, 'Let me pretend I’m tough long enough to get reelected, then I’ll take care of you,' " Gingrich said.

As he continued his critique of the president, Gingrich sprinkled in jabs directed at rival Santorum, who made headlines over the weekend when he cursed at a New York Times reporter because he felt a question took his remarks out of context.

"I think it’s a very chilling comment, because where Rick Santorum might have lost his temper for a second — this is the president of the United States, supposed to be defending us, telling the Russians that he’s willing to give something up that he can’t publicly admit to now. So I think the question for the president ought to be, what is it you plan to give the Russians after the election? Tell us now so the American people can decide whether or not that’s a future, a gamble that they want to take with their safety," Gingrich said.

Asked directly about Santorum's comments, Gingrich played coy, saying the remarks did less damage than those by Obama.

“I suspect whatever damage is done to him is a lot less than the damage Barack Obama did by being caught on microphone promising to sell out our missile defense right after the election," Gingrich said. "So I would say as mistakes go, Obama’s mistake is a heck of a lot bigger than Santorum’s.”