May 27th, 2010
09:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich drops presidential hints

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested Wednesday that he and his wife may be spending a lot of time in the key campaign state next year.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested Wednesday that he and his wife may be spending a lot of time in the key campaign state next year.

(CNN) – Swinging through Iowa Wednesday to promote his new book, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested he and his wife may be spending a lot of time in the key campaign state next year.

Though declining to discuss the specifics of his political future, Gingrich said his wife - who attended college in Iowa - may be preparing to make an extended return to the Hawkeye State.

"She likes being in Iowa and its very possible she'll be spending a lot of time in Iowa," he joked with reporters in Des Moines, according to CNN affiliate KCCI.

Gingrich has repeatedly left to the door open to a presidential run, saying last January that he considers his name to be on "a list of seven or eight possible candidates at this stage."

The former House Speaker has also remained significantly involved in the Republican Party, having been a constant fixture on the campaign trail for a string of GOP candidates this cycle. He's also appeared at several high profile party conferences and become a forceful critic of President Obama.

In fact, while promoting his new book, "To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine," Gingrich took aim at the president's reaction to the oil spill off the Gulf Coast.

"It's been five weeks into this and the president has taken time to raise money, campaign, time to do everything but deal with the biggest single environmental problem in the USA," he said. "Why didn't the president take a commander-in-chief responsibility and what hasn't he established a command post in a sophisticated way?"

Gingrich said he will make a decision about a possible presidential run early next year.


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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. maf

    America better hope that the GOP find a new list! If Gingrich believes he is on that list, the talking heads should come up with a new plan!

    Keep going GOP. There will be nothing left but dust after 2010 and 2012. You will become as the dinosaurs. . .

    May 27, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Rubert Balochkunt

    This is another worthless blowhard Republican. Right now, a good pick for prez. would either be Colin Powell (Rep.) or the democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. This Gingrich should have given up back in the nineties...he is nonsense!!!

    May 27, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. lila

    meaning he wants to sell a book.

    May 27, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Felonious Monk

    Come on America, can't we get or find anyone better than what we have in Washington now?

    This is ridiculous!

    May 27, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. gary

    smart guy but too much baggage, the republicans need someone who is young, handsome, likeable, fiscally conservative but socially moderate. That is the ticket for beating Obama in the next election.

    We need a president who is committed to cost cutting to balance the budget not taxes, not more government, not socialized medicine.

    May 27, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Papasan in AZ

    I can't stop laughing! Newt is such a comedian...

    May 27, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. frank

    Its to late for the republican party, and they don't need this.

    May 27, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Jack

    We, as Democrats, can only hope. If we're really lucky we'd get a Palin/Gingrich GOP ticket.

    May 27, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Realistic

    Newt is a memeber of the republican idiot list. if Newt truly believes that President Obama is not keeping up to date with the oil spill than Newt can never be President. Everyone knows that the President has to be able to be multi-task and if this is beyond Newts understanding, than Newt must go away. If a president only concentrates on one thing than the country suffers. And if Newt is playing politics and being part of the idiot republican machine, than we do not need Newts input or his vision for the country. So yes, Newt is idiot and the last time we elected an idiot, Bush, the country suffered because of it.

    May 27, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Bob, VA

    Please run, Newt, and can you see if Sarah Palin wants to run too?

    Sincerely,

    President Obama

    May 27, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. mike

    thats great I hope he does runs for president our socialist government
    should get involved in the oil spill then that would be a great gift to bp the oil company can wash its hands of the spill and fight it out in court
    stating that they would have done a better job in the cleanup but as long
    as they are going it alone they will have to foot the bill and the republicans know that

    May 27, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Keep dreaming Newt. We don't need a falanderer like yourself in the Oval Office. Kick rocks!

    May 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Giftedone

    The Republican party is so screwed up that it wouldn't matter, unless Newt can split himself into about 3 different parties within the Republicans and become a Republican liberal, conservatives and Tea Party. I say Newt should focus on getting his party in order first then running for President.

    May 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Natural Born American

    Oh great. Just what the GOP needs. As if they weren't having a hard enough time attracting new voters, now they want to drive away moderate voters that they already have. I'm certainly no liberal, but this clown is way to far right for my taste.

    May 27, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. kevin

    I can hear his speeches right now. To paraphrase Joe Biden, every sentence will contain a noun, a verb, and Ronald Reagan

    May 27, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    WHAT?

    This man is one of the most un-American individuals ever to litter Washington D.C. This man is even more self-serving than Sarah Palin. I danced a jig when he packed his bags and went home during the Clinton Administration.

    He would be a worse president that George W. Bush ever was. The American people can't be so stupid as to let this idiot anywhere near Washington again.

    May 27, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Ron in California

    Nah! He is just trying to sell books. Newt knows he has skeletons in his closet and would be a polarizing figure.

    May 27, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. TSimp

    I think it was pretty clear that Newt would run for President as soon as he converted to Catholicsm. He can do that to get the NE of the country while still remaining strong in the South due to his consevative ties/history. May not like the man, but he's politically very shrewd.

    May 27, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Gwenn Klingler

    What a gift to Democrats! Gingrich leads the pack of hypocritical "pro-life, pro-family" Republicans who lectures us on family values while currently married to his third wife. I'm a moderate Republican, and I'm sick to death of hypocritical men like him.

    May 27, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. cjr

    book must not be selling! newt is a jerk of the first water.

    May 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. mike

    Gingrich will do to the republican party what palin did to mccain

    May 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Dylan

    Some of us remember all too well why it is he's not in congress anymore... Hindsight is 20/20 sir, and we remember what you've done. Do you really think you'll have a chance?

    May 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Scott OKC

    Please run!!! I just have three words for this moron CONTRACT...WITH...AMERICA.

    May 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. me

    You will not get my vote-Newt. Not now, not ever.

    May 27, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. ETM:

    As a supporter of President Obama, I would be delighted to have Gingrich get the Republican nomination. An Obama landslide against this guy would be even more likely than an Obama landslide against Palin.

    May 27, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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