Gingrich would want Palin to serve in his administration

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves during a Tea Party Express rally Sept. 5, 2011, in Manchester, N.H. Getty Images

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves during a Tea Party Express rally Sept. 5, 2011, in Manchester, N.H.
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Updated 5:23 p.m. Eastern Time

Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin are continuing their political romance as the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary approaches.

On Sunday, the former Alaska governor said she would vote for the former House Speaker in the South Carolina primary if she could, though she stopped short of a full endorsement. In the wake of that comment, Gringrich told CNN that he would ask Palin to take a major role in his administration if he is elected president.

"Certainly, she's one of the people I'd call on for advice," Gingrich told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday. "I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I'm president, but nothing has been discussed of any kind. And it wouldn't be appropriate to discuss it at this time."

Gingrich is putting the pressure on his chief rival for the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney, calling for the former Massachusetts governor to release his tax returns and calling for his conservative rivals -- Rick Santorum and Rick Perry -- to unite behind his candidacy.

CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday shows Romney leading in the national GOP race, with 28 percent support, followed Gingrich in second with 21 percent and Santorum and Ron Paul with 16 and 15 percent respectively.

A new CNN/Time/ORC International poll of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters, meanwhile, shows Romney leading Gingrich 33 percent to 23 percent, followed by Santorum at 16 percent and Paul at 13 percent.

Full CBS News coverage: Newt Gingrich

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