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Newt Gingrich's Former Aide Open To Rejoining Campaign

Newt Gingrich

First Posted: 11/16/11 04:13 PM ET Updated: 11/16/11 06:30 PM ET

Rick Tyler, the former spokesman for Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign, said he is "surprised" that his former employer has made a comeback.

"I think Newt has definitely benefited from a second look," Tyler told The Huffington Post in an interview.

Shortly after releasing an elaborate statement blasting the media and political elite for their treatment of Gingrich, Tyler quit the campaign in early June along with other top campaign officials, citing philosophical differences between himself and his employer. “There were two visions, two paths to victory, and Newt’s path and my understanding of the path to victory were different, and when that happens, then the candidate’s vision has got to prevail," Tyler said at the time.

Gingrich came under fire for taking an extended cruise to various Greek islands soon after his campaign launch. The trip was widely viewed as one of the reasons many of Gingrich's campaign staffers quit en masse.

Yet if his recent poll numbers are any indication, Gingrich seems to have overcome the staff turnover and the early gaffes that plagued his candidacy. "I had my doubts early on," Tyler said. "He's been remarkably disciplined in these debates."

Tyler is impressed enough with the turnaround that he admitted he'd consider working for Gingrich again. "I won't rule anything out," he said.

Nearing The End?
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Speaking the day before the Delaware primary, Gingrich hinted he was considering ending his presidential run:

"I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing," Gingrich said in an interview with NBC News during a campaign stop in Delaware. "We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are."

According to NBC, the former House speaker said he would need to "reassess" based on the results of Tuesday's primary in Delaware, a state where Gingrich has spent a great deal of time campaigning in recent weeks. Gingrich indicated that the state's 17 delegates were crucial to his viability as a candidate.
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