Nightly News | May 02, 2012
>>> in presidential politics this evening, it's safe to say he changed the race while he was in the race, but today, that came to an end for newt gingrich , the former house speaker finally suspended his bid for the gop nomination today after leaving behind memorable moments in the campaign that seemed for a while there like it was not going to end. our report tonight from nbc's peter alexander .
>> today, i'm suspending the campaign.
>> newt gingrich 's campaign was improbable, unpredictable, and always optimistic.
>> we're going to contest every place and we're going to win and we will be in tampa as the nominee in august.
>> that's a promise the former house speaker won't be able to keep.
>> i'm asked sometimes, is mitt romney conservative enough? and my answer is simple, compared to barack obama ?
>> from the start, critics questioned the seriousness of gingrich 's bid for presidency. less than a month into the race, his decision to take his wife on a mediterranean cruise led to the exodus of much of his staff, but gingrich fought back.
>> can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney.
>> with a series of memorable debate performances that were as effective as they were fiery, often directed at the national news mead withdraw.
>> i'm appalled you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.
>> gingrich , who tried to cast himself as the true republican conservative, blamed his losses on what he derided as the romney machine.
>> newt gingrich , too much baggage.
>> still, the party's faithful wasn't always impressed.
>> you're an embarrassment to our party.
>> i'm sorry you feel that way.
>> and his campaign of big ideas .
>> by the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon, and it will be american.
>> but came late night fodder.
>> the moon is our future and it has everything we need.
>> but gingrich 's sharpest attacks on romney could have lingering effects. the bama campaign already rolling out a collection of its favorite.
>> are you calling mitt romney a liar?
>> and tomorrow, the pro romney super pac that helped overwhelm gingrich with negative ads in the campaign will release its first commercial of the general election season, brian, restore our future is spending more than $4 million, this time with a positive ad aimed at improving romney 's image.
>>> peter alexander , thanks.