Todd Palin has endorsed former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) for the GOP presidential nomination, ABC News reports:

Todd Palin holds a Bible as his wife is sworn in as governor of Alaska. (Associated Press file photo)

Palin said he has not spoken to Gingrich or anyone from the former House speaker’s campaign. But he said he respects Gingrich for what he went through in the 1990s and compared that scrutiny in public life to what Sarah Palin went through during her run for the vice presidency.

Todd Palin said he believes that being in the political trenches and experiencing the highs and lows help prepare a candidate for the future and the job of president.

He did not criticize any of the other candidates and said his “hat is off to everyone” in the Republican race.

The former Alaska governor herself recently told Fox News that she has yet to decide on a candidate in the 2012 GOP presidential primary. But that apparently hasn’t stopped Alaska’s former First Dude from weighing in on the race.

In her interview with Fox News last week, Palin had praise for several of the GOP contenders, including Gingrich, although she sounded a note of disappointment with how Gingrich has been running his campaign.

“You can’t win a ballgame by playing defense all the time,” she said of the former House speaker’s reluctance to air negative ads in Iowa.