1. Imagine That

    Gingrich & Santorum Almost Teamed Up

    MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich talk before a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. The debate is the last one scheduled before voters head to the polls in Arizona's primary on February 28 and Super Tuesday on March 6.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    The 2012 presidential election could’ve been very different. Like, Mitt-Romney-not-the-GOP-nominee different. Apparently, in the weeks leading up to the Michigan primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum considered joining forces to form the “Unity Ticket,” consolidating their support to topple an increasingly vulnerable-looking Romney. So why didn’t it happen? The two men couldn’t agree on “who was going to be the sheriff and who was going to be the deputy,” according to Kellyanne Conway, Gingrich’s pollster. Each thought he brought more to the table and deserved the presidency, and therefore the Unity Ticket never came to fruition.

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