Todd Palin Endorses Newt Gingrich

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 8:  Todd Palin speaks at the Global Seafood Event by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at Alaska House on May 8, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Alaska House) *** Local Caption *** Todd Palin

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    “I don’t know why it would matter to anybody. He’s a snowmobile driver." That was one person’s reaction to Newt Gingrich’s announcement in front of a group of Rotarians today that he’d received a call from Todd Palin saying he’s endorsing the former House speaker for president. Not everyone in the audience found the announcement puzzling and insignificant; Phil Hall, a retired engineer, said the endorsement was “certainly a plus” for Newt because Todd Palin's “wife was a very important figure in the last election.” Still, the endorsement news didn’t rally as much enthusiasm as perhaps Gingrich had hoped—fewer than half the people in the room even applauded. 

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