Newt Gingrich Hints at Alliance?

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AFP/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — Flailing presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he’s been talking with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum about the best way to beat President Obama.

Gingrich told a Milwaukee radio station Friday that “we have all three been talking with each other all during the process because we all three understand that the number-one mission is to defeat Barack Obama.”

“So I talked to Santorum recently, and I think that’s just a part of the process,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich and Romney met last week in New Orleans, though the former House speaker has denied that the conversation was about making some sort of deal.

Romney has always been seen as the likeliest candidate to win the Republican nomination, even as Gingrich and Santorum alternately stole the show for brief periods during the primary season. Now Romney is as inevitable as ever, having coordinated formal endorsements with party bigs like George H.W. Bush, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.

“We are people that want to make sure the Republican Party candidate is capable of defeating a guy that we think would be a disaster to reelect, and I think you also see us focusing more and more attention on Obama,” Gingrich said Friday.

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