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After running, dropping out, presumably

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This season we went from an apparent front-runner to an apparent nominee to a presumptive nominee, and now we have a new political creature, the “presumptive drop-out,” as The New York Times dubbed Newt Gingrich the other day when he let on that he would be ending his candidacy. I liked it very much. You couldn’t exactly call him a drop-out, because he was still showing up at scheduled campaign appearances, though very few other ...

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April 30, 2012
5 p.m.

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Carl, check your figures or sources. Where do you get $40K per day for Secret Service protection for Gingrich?

April 30, 2012
7:53 p.m.

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Woodrow: a quick Google search shows that costs for Secret service protection of Gingrich have been widely reported recently, and most reference this 2008 article that quotes the director of Secret Service saying "that each candidate’s protection detail costs taxpayers roughly $38,000 a day — a figure expected to increase to $44,000 a day as the campaign heats up and the number of events per day increases."

May 1, 2012
10:15 a.m.

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rswanker - I know, I've seen the same report. It sounds so unbelievable that I suspect it was either mis-reported once, and carried out. It sure seems crazy that 2-4 SS men for ten days, for one person, would cost $400,000, doesn't it?

Think about it, we just found out last week that the first-lady's vacation to Spain cost the taxpayers almost $500,000. Certainly, there were many Secret-Service there preparing the way, and many agents guarding the first lady, the girls, and their fellow tourists. There must have been no less than twenty agents involved for ten days, let's say. At $40,000/day for every three agents, the cost to the taxpayer must have been almost three million dollars.

If it cost $40,000/day for a couple of agents to protect Newt, then there's no way the already egregious amount it cost us for the Spain vacation includes the cost of Secret Service coverage.