Gingrich will gauge his support for a possible run ovre the coming weeks.
(CNN)–Will he or won't he run for president? Many people watching the GOP race for president have been asking that question of Newt Gingrich for months. Gingrich says wait a little longer.
Appearing on 'Fox News Sunday,' Gingrich said his advisor, Randy Evans, would spend the next few weeks talking to people across the country to determine whether they can raise the financial resources necessary to mount a presidential run.
"Governor Romney has been very successful legitimately as a businessman," Gingrich said of former the Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who is currently seeking the GOP nomination. "He can write a $100 million check. I mean, there's no point in getting into a fight with a guy who can drown you unless you at least have enough resources for a vote. And so if we have enough resources, then close to that we'll face a very big decision in late October. If there aren't enough resources, I'm not for doing unrealistic things," Gingrich said.
Gingrich has said he wants to see if he can get pledges of $30 million before deciding to jump into the race. "I don't want to go out on personal ambition," he told Fox's Chris Wallace. "If there is, in fact, enough people in the country who think we need this kind of approach and this kind of change-oriented policies, then I think I'd feel a responsibility to run."
But would that be too short of time to mount a serious campaign with the first votes of the front loaded primary calendar happening earlier than years past? "I think in the age of television, we are reaching more people today than Abraham Lincoln reached personally his entire career," he said. "You know, we have many friends across the country. If we have enough friends, I think we could mount a campaign in a matter of weeks."
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford