Fox News Drops Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum Ahead of 2012 Campaign

May 5, 2011 6:23pm

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:   Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are no longer under contract with Fox News, the company confirmed today after Politico first reported on the change.

Fox suspended the two potential 2012 presidential contenders in March and said they were no longer being paid. It gave them a deadline of May 1 to declare their candidacies or choose to remain with the network.  

The expiration of their contracts is now a sign both men are gearing up to formally enter the presidential race, though neither has done so yet.  Santorum is participating in a Fox News-sponsored presidential debate tonight in South Carolina; Gingrich is not attending.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin both remain on the payroll, a Fox spokeswoman said. Neither were given a deadline to announce their intentions for the race, she added.

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