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Voters Flirting with Gingrich, Will Return to Romney: Dan Quayle

Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 9:11 PM ET

Newt Gingrich may be leading the pack of GOP presidential candidates right now, but voters will eventually come back to Mitt Romney, former Vice President Dan Quayle told Larry Kudlow Friday.

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“They know how important it is to get rid of President Obama and therefore they’re going to take their time, they’re going to flirt with everybody” he said, “but eventually they’re going to come back to Mitt Romney because he’s our best choice.”

Quayle told Kudlow he believes the former Massachusetts governor is the most electable of the Republican candidates, and touted Romney’s ability to make tough decisions and create jobs. And while some polls show people believe Gingrich is more conservative that Romney, Quayle said that’s not the case.

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“Mitt Romney, mano a mano, is more conservative on the fundamental issues than Newt Gingrich is,” Quayle said. “He believes in the same conservative values that I do—limited government, tax cuts, create incentives, and he’s also very strong on national defense.”

And don’t underestimate character, he said.

“When you have a president of the United States, you have to have somebody that you believe in, somebody that has integrity. Poor ethics has no place in the White House,” he said. “If you have a person of questionable integrity, it’s very difficult to be a good leader, almost impossible.”

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  • Lawrence Kudlow is a CNBC senior contributor. Previously, Kudlow was anchor of CNBC's prime-time program "The Kudlow Report"