September 28th, 2007
09:10 AM ET
7 years ago

Gingrich edges closer to run

Gingrich is gauging whether he has enough support to make a run for the presidency.

MARIETTA, Ga. (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich edged closer Thursday to launching a possible run for the GOP presidential candidacy in 2008, telling supporters that if they pledge at least $30 million to his campaign over a three-week period starting Monday and ending Oct. 21, he will compete for the nomination.

Gingrich chose Thursday, the 13th anniversary of the signing of his "Contract With America," to launch his "Solutions Day" campaign, which he said is a search for bi-partisan answers to the country's major challenges. (Related video: Gingrich makes foray into virtual world)

While never mentioning the 2008 race in his speech Thursday night, Gingrich outlined what sounded like a campaign message when he called for "real change, not the same old stuff."

He said "very bold" proposals are needed to bring theUnited States government into the 21st century.

"I think, as a general rule, that levees should not break, that bridges should not fall, that students should actually learn," Gingrich said.

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  1. Steve Mattern

    The last thing the Dem's want to see is Newt. Think what you want to about the man, but he is probably the best person to debate Hillary, or any other candidate the Dem's can produce. Lik him or not, he is probably the most intelligent of all the prospects from both sides. Hillary would be the worst candidate to take Newt to task on any morals issues, so I don't think that would ever come into play. Remember all the real estate troubles? How about her stance during the "other woman" troubles? The missing White
    House memos?

    September 28, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Chris, Orlando

    Go NEWT!

    ANOTHER Qualified candidate for the Republican nomination.

    At least the GOP has a serious process for choosing our candidate...the libs have already nominated Cankles Clinton (better known as George Soros Butt Kisser).

    September 28, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Pat, Huntington, NY

    America is sick of this neo-con nonsense. And especially this wing-nut rethuglican. Talk about divisive politics – if Rove wrote the book on it, Gingrinch turned it into a picture book for people like Bush and the other dumbed-down Red state americans. We dont' need this right now.

    September 28, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. William, Detroit, MI

    Newt has great ideas for our country. Most people have not really taken the time to listen to his ideas or what he has to say. Unfortunately his past will hurt him in an election.

    He is probably the only candidate who is smart enough and bold enough to implement fundamental change in the way our government currently operates. Our Government needs to become more efficient and it needs to implement radcial changes to our education system that will work.

    I have no confidence in any of the Democratic candidates. Newt is probably the only candidate with enough experience and intellectual capacity to do a really good job of running our Government. Politically he is going to have a lot of difficulty.

    You have my support Newt!

    September 28, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Stephen Kearny, San Diego CA

    Trust another Republican?

    Nah, I don't think so.

    September 28, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    The man who started all this partisan hatred has something new for us? Newt, you've done enough. Really. Go buy a sheep ranch or something.

    September 28, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. steve Loudon, TN

    The lunatic left really fear someone who is telling it like it is on Immigration, taxes, education, the jihadists deranged ideas to destroy the west...etc...If conservatism means allowing people to control their own personal lives, including requiring enforcement of our existing immigration laws, balancing the budget (only done when he ran the House of Rep. and clinton claimed credit), make clear his positions and not leaving everything open for change as do Hillary, Obama, etc. Hillary has changed her lies so often it is pitiful. The commies on the left really fear this man of principle, me think they protesteth too much. Do we want real leadership or let the others try to focus only on wedge issues of no real importance. Clinton was impeached for LYING to a Federal Judge, Hillary makes over $100K in one day on a $1K investment in cattle futures. Hillary gets over $850K from felon on the run, and openly posed with same crook and hubby calling him their special "friend". He kept his contract with America,while our president had his bagman,Gore, collect the illegal contributions and solicit them right from the white house and vp office. Filth from the left.We now see the Europeans, French/Germans/Italy all aligning with us...the French throwing out the liberals who provided the country with 16%unemployment, riots by illegals for control, etc. just where the Dems are taking us.

    September 28, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Chris, TN

    Why do they need so much money to run for president. They should use that money for something important like health care or help the senior citizens. If thats what hes worrying about money to run he has Priorities wrong.

    September 28, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Bob, Atlanta Ga

    There's too much name-calling (Hitler?) and not enough discussion of real issues. A good percentage of the Contract with America items were passed, and we had serious fiscal discipline during those times. It was not such a good idea to try to shut down the government to try to get what they wanted. Right now, I could see voting for Hillary or Rudy or Newt. I am looking for a progressive who will accept that the government needs to have a role in fixing certain problems, but also a pragmatist who can competently administer. I don't see Newt as someone who's out to force a certain social standard on the country.

    September 28, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    I thought he was dead.

    September 28, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Sybil

    And I promise to be a good person, God, if you will just let me win the lottery.

    September 28, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Stephen Taylor, Macon, GA

    Newt is the only one who can hold his own with Hillary in a debate. That's because both of them are policy wonks. Whether you think he's right or wrong (and I think he's wrong), at least a Gingrich-Clinton race would be more about substance than about style (Romney, Guiliani, Obama, Edwards, GWB).

    September 28, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Angie, Manchester UK

    So he will launch at the Value Voter Washington Briefing Oct 19-21st. Surprise. Surprise.

    September 28, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Joseph/ Memphis, TN

    Do we need someone else on the GOP ticket, Newt could raise thirty million and help in the hurricane stricken areas.

    September 28, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Horsham, PA 19044

    Pledge me $30 million and I'll run! Either to Tahiti or the Bahamas!
    Even if he only side swiped a couple of % for his own expenses, he'd be happy (nice pay check)

    Bernie

    September 28, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. J Houston, TX

    So many "progressives" come to blog on the internet because they're dying to have their voice heard. Comments are always hilarious.

    I'm all for somebody that would bring fiscal responsibility to Washington. Certainly none of the Democrats would do so. Maybe Obama if he was actually successful in ousting special interests groups, but then how would any Democrat get elected?

    September 28, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    He said "very bold" proposals are needed to bring theUnited States government into the 21st century."

    Very bold proposals indeed!

    Like Negotiating Peace not War. Like a Bi-Partisan Democratic versus a Dictatorship Government. Like aspiring to be a Nation of Peace not War. Like protecting and upholding what your Nation stands for. Like protecting your Constituion. Like making decisions based on your people's needs and priorities. Like respecting those who put you in office. Like respecting your International Allies not only when you need their aid but on a continual basis. Like reaching out to all ethnic backgrounds in respect and support. Like Governing for the People by the People with no favourtism or cronyism for the elite, rich or famous.

    Yes very bold proposals indeed. But, neither George or Newt or any Republican are up to the challenge.

    September 28, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. John Marietta, GA

    He said "very bold" proposals are needed to bring the United States government into the 21st century.

    "I think, as a general rule, that levees should not break, that bridges should not fall, that students should actually learn," Gingrich said.

    WOW, that is bold, bridges should not fall? Yes this man is brilliant. He wants to bring us bold new idea's like his old contract with America under another name.

    This man is an idoit. His actions and his comments are of an idiot. The Republicans keep repeating how brilliant he is until they start to believe it. He left office in disgrace and failure. He represents everything that is killing the republican party today. The "empty intitiative", "think outside the box", "bold new Plan" nonsense has been exposed as empty retoric. Newt is the best at empty hypocritical retoric. This country is in a terrible mess from following leaders with empty slogan promises and are not looking for more of the same old tired political "experts".

    September 28, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Thomas, Oklahoma City Ok

    Come one, Come all, politician for sale in the discount bin on aisle three for only $30 million.

    September 28, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. chris, cincinnati, oh

    America should raise $30 Million for Gingrich NOT to run!

    September 28, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    The fact that there is ONE Republican who thinks that Newt Gingrich could get his party nomination, much less win in the general, perfectly illustrates why you lost in 2006, and why (absent massive dirty tricks) you will lose again in 2008. Reality. Get to know it.

    September 28, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Jo, Atlanta GA

    The truth is the issues are more on the DEM side this time around. More GOP and Independent voters will side with affordable health care and the war in Iraq. Hence they

    GOP has failed to realize they can't be going after the evangelical vote all the time. Those issues don't favor them anyone because they are not true to those values including Newt. that being said the media has failed to realize why the Major from New is ahead in the GOP polls. The evangelical votes are gone. Evangelicals are true to values not a political party. And the media missed it again, the main reason GOP lost the last election.

    They think if Hillary is nominated that will bring them back to the fold. No it will not and that's the mistake they make. They will not side with anyone current in the GOP race even if they don't agree with Hillary.

    Bush was able to trade on their intelligence by telling them that Kerry will make gay marriage legal. Know fully well the house was controlled by GOP and such a law will never pass. Kerry was too dumb to explain it to the American public.

    September 28, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. J.Crobuzon

    I think at heart he's a good person, but his Contract on America had awful results. Jimmy Carter had good intentions and a good heart but was short on results as well.

    September 28, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. W.J. Murphy Esq. Chicago, IL

    The reality is Newt Gingrich is a very talented politician and a true student of history so for politicos he will be perhaps the most “exciting” republican candidate for 2008. His political and personal gaffs in the past may haunt him throughout the race, yet he personally led the House of Representatives back to its most powerful position in forty years by orchestrating the two most productive terms of congress since Sam Rayburn controlled the House in the ‘50s. He is someone whom hard-line republicans trust, moderates can appreciate with the help of some advertising, and southern democrats will get behind when they are faced with the option of either electing a women or a black man into office. When people come to understand that every decision Gingrich has made in his political career has been the result of shrewd calculation, they will also realize that Gingrich’s political machine is already on the move and can only pick up steam as other candidates start to lose their luster come January.

    September 28, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. rich nj

    I am running out of creative and comical text to address all of these Republicans...thats what happens when you have Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales etc etc...I've run out of ideas...but with a man like "Newt" and his baggage, I'm sure I can come up with a few more...political disaster recipe? just add the eye of "Newt"..just getting warmed up!

    September 28, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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