Ron Paul Suggests He Might Be Willing to Support Gingrich as the Nominee

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HANOVER, NH - OCTOBER 11:  U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) listens while former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich laughs during a presidential debate hosted by Bloomberg and the Washington Post on October 11, 2011 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The event moderated by U.S. television talk show host Charlie Rose and featuring eight Republican candidates, presents the first debate of the 2012 political season focused solely on the economy. (Photo by Scott Eells-Pool/Getty Images)
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About 15 minutes into the NBC Republican candidate debate in Florida, Brian Williams recognized Ron Paul's presence. Williams asked him if Newt Gingrich emerged as the GOP nominee, would Paul run as a third party candidate. Ron Paul said no.

Then Williams shifted on that subject and asked Paul, "Would you support Newt Gingrich as nominee of the GOP?"

Paul's response: "He keeps hinting about attacking the Fed, and he talks about gold, and if I could just change him on foreign policy, we might be able to talk business."

Implied by the back-and-forth was the idea that Paul would not win the nomination, but nevertheless, Paul answered honestly. Williams asked Gingrich if he would be willing to adjust his stance to get an endorsement from the Texas congressman.

"Well I got one on Friday from Governor Perry which I liked a lot," Gingrich said. "So I like endorsements from Texas."