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Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich takes part in the Republican debate, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich takes part in the Republican debate, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  

Talk show host offers Gingrich $1 million to drop out

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      Paul Conner

      Paul Conner is Deputy Editor with The Daily Caller. Previously, he was a contributing writer for four years with The Greenville News covering high school sports in Upstate South Carolina. A Palmetto State native, he is a graduate of North Greenville University.

Conservative talk show host Michael Savage is offering former House Speaker Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the presidential race “for the good of the nation,” calling Gingrich “unelectable.”

“While it’s true that Romney is not as strong a conservative as many would like him to be, the most pressing issue before America today is defeating Barack Obama,” Savage said in a press release. “And that is something Newt Gingrich cannot do.”

Savage cited Gingrich’s climate change ad with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the money he took from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, his past infidelity and his “right-wing social engineering” comment about Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Savage also faulted Gingrich for failing to implement portions of his original Contract with America and for supporting “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.

Contrary to a popular conservative line of thought, Savage does not believe Gingrich would be an effective debater against President Barack Obama.

“Regardless of how well he does, on television, he will come off badly compared to Obama and look like nothing more than what he is: a fat, old, white man,” Savage said.

“One million dollars in exchange for preserving the nation, Newt,” he said. “I say take the money … and don’t run.” (RELATED: Full coverage of Newt Gingrich)

Gingrich must drop out within 72 hours of Monday to claim the money, per terms and conditions set out by Savage.

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