Newt Gingrich vowed to press on in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, reasoning that he doesn't think Rick Santorum is a “slam dunk” to beat either Mitt Romney or President Obama.
"If I thought he was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama, I would really consider getting out. I don't," Gingrich said on Bill Bennett's Morning in America radio show on Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I think each of the three candidates has strengths and weaknesses and that this is a very healthy vetting process."
Some Gingrich surrogates are not backing down, either. Former Rep. Bob McEwen said on MSNBC on Wednesday that the former House speaker will continue in the race to the end.
“In four quarters, we are in the middle of the second quarter,” McEwen said. “Much is yet to be done. The next couple states coming up look very, very good for him.”
McEwen attacked Romney, saying that if he “were to run for president,” instead of attacking his rivals, that he would be the nominee already. But, as it looks now, McEwen said the election could look a lot different in just three weeks.
“You can quit in any ball game at any time,” McEwen said. “But the point is to finish the game and see who wins. We have much to go.”
Gingrich is scheduled to attend campaign rallies in Alabama on Wednesday and in Mississippi on Thursday.