Gingrich spoke at the National Press Club Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has told CNN that if he decides to run for president, he will let the country know by early October at the latest.
Gingrich’s revelation came after wide-ranging remarks at the National Press Club on Tuesday. The speech was billed as an opportunity for Gingrich to formally announce his “Nine Nineties in Nine” challenge to the 2008 presidential field. Through a new organization called American Solutions for Winning the Future, Gingrich and journalist Marvin Kalb have asked all of the presidential candidates to pledge to participate in nine ninety-minute debates during the nine Sundays between Labor Day and Election day in 2008 if they win their party’s nomination. The proposed series of debates is inspired by the famous 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates that put Abraham Lincoln on the national political stage.
“The current political system is not working,” Gingrich said Tuesday, in advocating his proposal for a more substantive discussion prior to the 2008 presidential election.
Gingrich did not, however, limit himself to his debate proposal during his remarks. He touched on a wide range of topics, including economic competition from China and India, the war on terrorism, America’s educational system, the plight of African-American men and the country’s crumbling infrastructure.
He even weighed in on the political skill of new French President Nikolas Sarkozy.
Gingrich also commented on the field of 2008 presidential contenders against which he may soon compete. “I think third party candidates who purchase the election violate the entire spirit of the United States,” said Gingrich, alluding to the possible Independent presidential candidacy of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “We are on the edge of a plutocracy and we need to understand how dangerous the current structure is,” he added.
“I think we actually have right now four very serious Republican candidates who could be very formidable next year – Mayor Giuliani, Governor Romney, Senator Thompson, and Governor Huckabee.” Gingrich added that he thought Huckabee will emerge as a “dark horse” candidate because of his “authenticity and sincerity and candor.”
On the Democratic side, Gingrich said Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, is “a very formidable professional. She works very hard.” Echoing remarks from many other Republicans, Gingrich also said of Clinton that “the suggestion that she would not be capable of this is just wrong.”
– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
If you're running, we'll know, trust me, because we'll be running too, running away for our lives, in terror.
Smart guy with command of the issues and a sense of history, but polarizing and ultimately unelectable. Don't do it, Newt. You'd be wasting your time and ours.
I think that Newt would represent the GOP as well as any of the other presidential candidates. In fact, Newt should think of selecting Tom Delay as his VP.
As a conservative all I can say is "Don't do it". I am sick of all the crooks from both sides of the aisle. I don't consider myself even close to being a modern day Republican but unfortunatley we only have a two party system.
If he wants to do something for this country he will push for political reform along the lines of the reform that gave the Republicans control of the House and Senate. He would then push for reform that would limit the possibility of corruption. Unfortunately he just doesn't get it and is too much your run of the mill politician at heart so it will never happen.
As for third party canidates buying the election, it won't happen. Any third party candidate that wins the election will do it because he is a better choice then the R or D, not because he spends more. People don't vote based on money, they vote based on the Presidential candidate that best represents their views and beliefs.
The rise of a third party would probably be a thing for the best. It is only a matter of time before the conservative base breaks off from the Republican Party or the Moderate voters break off from the Democratic and Republican Party. This might actually teach the politicians what actual compromising involves. Not this bull crap where one party or the other dictates the majority of legislation. Maybe then we would get some real ideas thought out before being implemented haphazardly.
Wow, someone who actually has LESS of a chance of winning than Kucinich.
Didn't think it was possible.
He's just upset because Tancredo has emerged as the lead whackjob in this election and that was the niche he was trying to carve out for himself.
Spare us the non-news release, Newt, whatever you decide. If anyone has advised you that you stand any chance of nomination or election, give them a drug test.
For the love of all that is holy, please do not run. I'd rather Bloomberg, honestly. Or even Gary Coleman.
Please don't. We have enough of you and your CFR cronies running already.
Okay, let's go all the way in terms of horror, hatred, bigotry, big business, and good old reliable greed. Let's trot out Delay, Thompson, Gingrich, with cameos by Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Gonzales. The greatest horror film ever made. Wow.
I feel sorry for the Republican Party if this is all you've got in reserve.
Dear Mr. Gingrich,
We understand perfectly well that what you mean by "You'll know in October" is really that YOU sir, will know in October, if all the leading Republican candidates have passed on due to age or trophy wife related heart attacks, thus leaving you the ability to sweep in and run the same meaningless type of campaign that they did.
Weren't you the guy that was given credit for the "Republican Revolution" that brought your party into the majority in Congress.
Well, we can see how well that worked out for both you and our country.
A pointless war, horrible healthcare, two melting icecaps, three more nuclear powers, and at least one two faced sex scandal involving yourself as you tried to impeach Clinton leading to your resignation later... you may be back...
but we'll know more in October, right?
No thanks. I think we know enough now.