Newt Gingrich, Welfare Queen - Businessweek His campaign is $4.3 million in debt. He doesnâ€™t hold a prayer of beating Mitt Romney, something he has all but conceded. And yet since March 6th, the Secret Service has honored his request for protection at a cost to taxpayers of roughly $40,000 a day (or, to translate that into a metric Newt might favor, enough to supply 13,333 people a day with food stamps). That would yield a tab of more than $5 million were Gingrich to carry out his vow to stay in the race until the Republican convention at the end of August. wait......WHAT? Listen, I know there is a hooker joke in here somewhere, but joking aside...how the flunk does he get secret service detail?