WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Herman Cain backed Newt Gingrich on Saturday night, providing him with a late boost days before Florida's primary. Cain endorsed his fellow Georgian at a GOP fundraiser Saturday, calling him "a patriot."
"Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas," he said.
Cain is set to campaign with Gingrich on Monday in a late push for support in Tuesday's primary. Gingrich on Saturday night said he is running a campaign based on big ideas and bold solutions.
Paul has no intention of dropping out
GORHAM, Maine -- Rep. Ron Paul said Saturday the Republican presidential race has "a ways to go," and he doesn't intend to get out or back another candidate anytime soon.
Paul, R-Texas, was campaigning Saturday in Maine, which holds caucuses beginning Feb. 4. He spoke at the University of Southern Maine and held an outdoor rally outside the famed L.L. Bean store in Freeport.
He won the endorsement of Linda Bean, granddaughter of the company founder and a prominent GOP activist in the state.
Paul told reporters it didn't make sense for him to campaign in Florida, which awards all its 50 delegates to the primary winner. Polling indicates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is leading there.
Santorum's daughter hospitalized in Pa.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum canceled this morning's campaign events and is spending time with his hospitalized daughter.
Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said Saturday night that the former Pennsylvania senator and his wife, Karen, were with 3-year-old Bella at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Gidley said Santorum plans to return to campaigning in Florida as soon as possible.
Bella Santorum has Trisomy 18, a genetic condition caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 18th chromosome. Bella was not expected to survive until her first birthday and her health worries have canceled previous Santorum campaign events.
Santorum had scheduled to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" and attend church in Miami.
NBC asks Romney to pull campaign ad
WASHINGTON -- NBC asked Mitt Romney on Saturday to pull a campaign ad made up almost entirely of a 1997 "Nightly News" report on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's ethics panel reprimand.
The "History Lesson" ad started running in Florida over the weekend, when it is harder for stations to switch ad traffic, even if they want to.
Broadcast days before Tuesday's primary, the ad shows former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw saying some of Gingrich's House colleagues raised questions about the then-speaker's "future effectiveness."
Under Brokaw's image is a line that states: "Paid for by Romney for President, Approved by Mitt Romney."
The "Nightly News" footage was used without permission, and the use of the broadcast "inaccurately suggests that NBC News and Mr. Brokaw have consented to the use of this material and agree with the political position espoused by the videos," NBC's vice president of media law, David N. Sternlicht, wrote to the former Massachusetts governor's campaign manager, Matt Rhoades.