Newt Gingrich Makes Campaign Cuts, Promises to Continue

Newt Gingrich, Grappling With Reality, Makes Deep Campaign Cuts

Newt Gingrich, Grappling With Reality, Makes Deep Campaign Cuts

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March 28 2012 2:50 PM

Newt Gingrich Makes Campaign Cuts, Promises to Continue

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(Newt Gingrich is cutting back on his campaign for president in the face of dwindling cash and recent primary losses. Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference March 24, 2012 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.)

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Newt Gingrich may still be the nominee in his own mind, but his new campaign schedule tells a different story.

Trailing a distant third in the contest for the Republican nomination, the former house speaker is cutting a third of his campaign staff, his campaign manager, and a large number of planned stops between now and his party’s August convention.

After losses in key Southern primaries, an exodus of embedded media, and continuing cash flow problems, Gingrich is grappling with the reality that he might lose the long battle. But that doesn’t mean he’s close to giving up; on Wednesday, the candidate said he wouldn’t back down until the delegate math made his nomination impossible. “Until Mitt Romney has 1,144 locked down solidly,” said Gingrich, “I owe it to the people who have helped me for the last year to represent their views and their values.”

Apparently, the guy who wants to build a colony on the moon has other dreams that refuse to be sunk by reality.

Video produced by Paca Thomas

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.