One day after it was revealed that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney recently held a "secret" meeting, the former House speaker publicly divulged the "essence" of private conversations he's had with Romney and Rick Santorum.
On Friday, Gingrich did not specifically answer what he and Romney discussed in a private meeting last weekend in Louisiana. Instead, Gingrich told reporters at his Green Bay, Wisconsin, headquarters that he, Romney and Santorum have chatted and have made a broad political agreement.
"We talked about lots of things," Gingrich responded when CNN asked directly about Gingrich-Romney meeting.
"Look, I talked - in the last two weeks - with Santorum at length. I talked with Romney at length. The three of us have a general agreement: we want to beat Barack Obama."
Gingrich continued: "If Santorum is the nominee I will support him and Romney will support him. If Romney is the nominee, Santorum and I will support him. If I end up being the nominee, both Romney and Santorum will support me. The fact is that we are committed to defeating Barack Obama and we've known each other a long time. And we want to make sure that however this thing comes out in the end that the Republican nominee defeats Barack Obama."
"That's the essence of the conversations we've had," the candidate continued.
News of the Gingrich-Romney get together, previously shrouded in secrecy, was first reported by the Washington Times. Since it's revelation, Gingrich had been mostly mum about even having the meeting - and what the two Republican presidential candidates discussed.
For example, CNN pressed the former House speaker during a plane ride to Milwaukee, Wisconsin hours after the story emerged.
"No comment," Gingrich repeatedly responded.
Just a day later, Gingrich was ready to talk.