By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
While heâ€™s still not ready to entirely concede defeat, exactly, Newt Gingrich these days sounds more like a man leading a cause than a campaign.
The onetime House speaker, who has almost no chance to win the Republican nomination, said he has a new mission: to make sure Mitt Romney runs as a conservative in the general election, as he has promised, rather than tacking back to the center, as his campaign has suggested he might.
â€œThereâ€™s no compulsion to get out of the race, except in the heads of writers and talk-show hosts,â€ Gingrich said in an interview. â€œAnd nobody runs up to me and says, â€˜Please get out of the race.â€™ They have come up to me and said the opposite: â€˜Please stay in the race.â€™ .â€‰.â€‰. People walk up again and again and say, â€˜Please stay in and please fight for conservatism.â€™â€Šâ€
Gingrich plans to start by lobbying for some sturdy planks in the partyâ€™s platform â€” a document that is usually ignored by all but the most stalwart of Republicans, but one that he insists â€œcan shape how the campaign unfolds.â€
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