January 14th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Gingrich says he's a potential 2012 contender

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's among a handful of Republican candidates who are thinking about running for president in 2012.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's among a handful of Republican candidates who are thinking about running for president in 2012.

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's among a handful of Republican candidates who are thinking about running for president in 2012.

"I think I'm probably on a list of seven or eight possible candidates at this stage," Gingrich reportedly told reporters in North Carolina Wednesday before speaking to a gathering of conservatives. Joe DeSantis, Gingrich's communications director, confirmed the accuracy of the quotes to CNN.

"We have a lot of people around the country who would like to have somebody who represents a commitment to replace the current failed programs and to develop a set of solutions that are practical and workable," Gingrich also said.

Among the other Republican candidates Gingrich named as possible 2012 contenders included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also included on Gingrich's list are Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. South Dakota Sen. John Thune may also be a potential candidate, Gingrich said.

Gingrich said he would make a decision about his own political future next year after discussing the prospect of a presidential bid with his wife.

Gingrich's comments come days after organizers of The Southern Republican Leadership Conference - a high-profile gathering of party activists considered to be an initial venue for potential GOP presidential candidates - announced the former House Speaker will be among the list of Republican speakers. Palin and Pawlenty are also expected to attend the event.

Gingrich also recently filed government paperwork to form a political action committee, named American Solutions PAC, according to Federal Election Commission records. The forming of a political action committee will allow Gingrich to raise cash and donate the money to federal and state candidates across the country. It could also be a sign that Gingrich is serious about running for the White House in 2012.

American Solutions is also the name of Gringrich's political organization, which is incorporated as a 527 group, and is not subject to the same contribution limits as political action committees. Unlike PACs, 527s can also directly accept funds from corporations but are barred from directly contributing to a candidate or financing a potential White House bid.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Peter Hamby contributed to this report


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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Contempt for Corpublicans

    Hey that Newt's a hoot. Speaking of failed policies Still trying to fulfill the contract on America. Too Late. You could not get along with your fellow republicans when you were in the house. How would you ever work with both the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans? And just like Sarah Palin you are a quitter. When the going got tough you quit. That is not the kind of a leader this country needs....

    January 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Gingrich would make a GOP loss, a certainty.

    Hopefully, the Tea Party, will have more to offer, than that, in a third party choice.

    January 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. David

    Egads, what a terrible collection of possible nominees to take on an equally terrible incumbent president. When will more of us put off the two party scam?

    January 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. mtdHouston

    I thought the "Contract ON America" was successful. We are more divided than ever.

    "We have a lot of people around the country who would like to have somebody who represents a commitment to replace the current failed programs and to develop a set of solutions that are practical and workable,"

    January 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Raj A

    As an independent voter who voted for Obama, I along with my family are fed up with the "change" that Obama has ushered in. I will be voting for the GOP in 2010 and 2012. Gingrich, Romney and Jindal would be great contenders to kick out the bums in the White House

    January 14, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Tony R

    Good luck Newt in wasting your time and money; there's only one viable candidate, and you know it: Sarah Palin. The earlier you and the others realize it, the better for the GOP.

    January 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Sorensen

    He is probably the smartest, fastest and most intelligent politician in
    the country to-day.
    However, he has no EQ, his personality is arrogant, provocative and
    aggressive, and he is probably the worst diplomat in the country.
    He has absolutely no chance ever of becoming President.
    He should use his considerable talents otherwise.

    January 14, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Tektite in Houston

    This list of potential GOP candidates reminds me of the 1933 membership of Germany's brownshirts. I am beginning to believe that the writing is rapidly appearing on the wall of doom. Pick out a nice warm, sunny spot to emigrate to before Armageddon strikes.

    January 14, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Chris D.

    Geez, seems like the entire GOP is running for President. I think all named including Mr. Thune will be smashed. President Obama, can out debate all of them, at the same time.

    January 14, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Kimberley

    Sorry Newt. Your ship sailed years ago.

    January 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. CR

    Ha Ha. How pathetic. Newt's time has come and gone. Had his chance. More and more obvious the GOP has nothing positive to offer the country.

    January 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Cara Mills

    Oh Please Please Please Mr. Gingrich.....I have NEVER put a political bumper sticker on my car or a candidate sign in my yard but I would PLASTER both with your name!

    January 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. ART

    Not only is this man irrelevant, but he is a hasbeen

    January 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Edward

    Well, that a long list of hopefulls. But make no mistake Palin would be a major mistake for this country. She knows nothing, she is brain dead!

    We would become the laughing stock of the world.

    January 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Crazy ass human being

    Well Gingrich: outline your solutions

    January 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Tom C in NY

    I hope that he gets the GOP nomination, as it will guarantee that Obama gets reelected!

    January 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. RCasson

    Obama will MASSACRE this old bastard. Bring it on!

    January 14, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. deb (long island)

    God help us. Newt for President. I don't think so.

    January 14, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. andrew

    When I read this headline today I thought the article would be about how last night Gingrich likened the possibility of Scot Brown beating Martha Coakley to an "earthquake..." Saying "if the earthquake happens next Tuesday," referring to the day of the vote. Pretty insensitive considering Haiti's current plight. Definitely raised my eyebrows. I think he was focused on the wrong earthquake.

    January 14, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. BG

    Surely he jests...this is a man who, while persecuting Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky, was cheating on his wife who had cancer. And he was essentially forced out of his job as Speaker.....who so cared more about his own and the GOP's power than the country, forced a budget showdown and total government shut-down. Can't the Republicans think of someone who actually cares about the good of the country rather than their own power?

    January 14, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Roadrage

    Raj A – January 14th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

    As an independent voter who voted for Obama, I along with my family are fed up with the "change" that Obama has ushered in. I will be voting for the GOP in 2010 and 2012. Gingrich, Romney and Jindal would be great contenders to kick out the bums in the White House
    ____________________________________________________

    Ohh yeah. I'm "sure" you voted for Obama in '08....

    And, if by some small chance you are telling the truth, then why did you? Because you were sick of Bush's "Change" ? Seems like you're the kind of guy who's never happy with anything...

    January 14, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. maude

    I guess Newt (isn't that a slimy lizzard?) will be discussing his political future with his present wife, not the one he left with breast cancer.

    January 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. mtdHouston

    If she is not down with the program he can serve her divorce papers at the hospital. Got to conserve on that modus operandi, being a traditional family-values kind of guy. What an imp-pathetic trend setter!

    "Gingrich said he would make a decision about his own political future next year after discussing the prospect of a presidential bid with his wife."

    January 14, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Dieter Zerressen

    Another old, white, southern, racists who idolized Strom Thurman. Oh, and don't forget the "family values" aspect of this coot: he's on his 3rd wife after divorcing one while she was dying in the hospital. Nice. Real nice. Yes, go with Gingrich or Palin or Rick Perry. Most of us progressives are disappointed only because there hasn't been enough change; not that we're thinking about wanting to go back to the Bush/Cheney days.

    January 14, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Travis In Colorado

    He's got my vote! Go Newt!

    January 14, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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