May 27th, 2010
09:18 AM ET
8 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. David Johnston

    You have to be a man of the world and he already said that he is not.

    May 27, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. jms58

    Newt has always placed much more stock in himself than he has.He is a joke.

    May 27, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. blancheispoison

    The answer to every Democrat's dream.

    May 27, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. MoJo

    Newt is a clear example of someone who has much more ego than brains. He'll never figure out that his last gig in elected office was an abject failure.

    May 27, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Mike

    Run Speaker Gingrich, run. There is no one out there who has a better grasp of the world situations and can speak intelligently about world events than the Speaker. nobamby is tongue tied without his teleprompter and the Speaker does not need one.

    May 27, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. kate

    I WON"Tvote for this guy. He is for the wealthy and doesn't care about middle class or poor. He is suppose to be such a Christian man and have family values, huh, this guy doesn't live it.

    May 27, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. RJ

    Go ahead Newt, make our day.

    May 27, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Wade Griffis

    Old Newt is back at it again. What do we have to do to get these egotistical old fools to bow out gracefully?

    i voted for McCain because of his service to this country.

    I am not a Obama fan.

    But in order for the Republicians to win next time they are going to have to find fresh faces.

    Not Newt, not Palen, not Jindal, not anybody now popping up.

    Somebody new- who understands that most of us sane.voters lean center- Right.

    May 27, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Sean Thomes

    please, oh PLEASE, let this unhinged oil industry lobbyist run for president. even faux news has called this clown out for his totally hypocritical and unfettered nazi comparisons and his growing distance from reality.

    why does a 3rd place new network keep putting this disgraced, deposed, unelected hypocrite on the news all the time now? puzzling that.

    May 27, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Joe di Leo

    The thought of it is enough to make me sick.

    May 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Mike in Red State Kansas

    Newt Please slither back to where ever it was you were hiding at. All of your hypocritical nonsense is going to be fodder for the talking news shows and your political opponents. You made a complete fool of yourself persecuting President Clinton for having an affair and you were having one at the same time. I know it bothers you that A Black Man made it to the Presidency. But please get over any notions you have that you are entitled to the Oval Office before any Black Man. You are not qualified for the job and you have proven that you lack the moral fortitude to sit in the top seat. To be more blunt, you couldn't carry Presidents Obama's anything. So just go away, quit it with the delusions and get back under your old rotted tire that you slithered out from under.

    May 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Terry


    You are from old school with old thoughts will not work in the 21st century, your idia and fearmongering will only work with un-educated .You had your time now it is time for you to take it easy. Think about it...........................

    May 27, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. chefdugan

    Compared to Al Gore, George Bush and a few others he's a bloomin genius. I'd love to see him run and I think , in this political climate, he might just win. I voted for Obama but he's failed, big time. Gives a nice speach but not much substance.

    May 27, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. BOB

    America needs Newt Gingrich I hope he is available and willing when it is time for America to decide.

    May 27, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. j

    We all remember in `90`s, the "Contract on America", period he lead when the Repubs. gained control of Congress. That`s when the "Glass-Stiegle Act" that kept banks out of the brokerage houses. Phil Graham ( Rep senator) sponsored a bill that essentially gutted Glass-Steigle Act which lead to the birth of a new era of gluttony on Wall St.--– and here we are as a result. -- No more experimenting by the Newts of this world.

    May 27, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Sweetie

    He will NOT get my vote!

    May 27, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Brady

    Ew. Please, please, PLEASE no. I do not like Newt Gingrich. At all. I have absolutely zero respect or admiration for him.

    May 27, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. JPX

    I don't believe that there is a more vile personin the G.O.P. Gingrich is just a disgusting person who is on the wrong side of every issue.

    May 27, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Toni - Atlanta

    Newt is corrupt, evil and full of too much hate. Who in their right frame of mind would consider him for President of our beloved United States of America!

    May 27, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. richard in montana

    Aw jeez Newt, haven't you made enough money yet? Or is your lust for power consuming you? Or is it like any hitman, you have to finish your Contract ON America???

    May 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. chris24

    Does he think he will get more than 2-3% of the vote?

    Talk about un-electable. Why doesn't he run with
    Karl Rove and see if he can't get completely blanked.

    May 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Larry L

    Slimy little Newt should be able to collect support from the ultra-right, since they really don't require facts and quite freely appear willing to grant "waivers" for immoral behavior. Still, the weasel's affair with a staffer while his wife fought cancer, and while he helped the GOP pile-on Bill Clinton is a stretch – even for the "family values" crowd. Maybe he found Jesus. That usually works...

    May 27, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Moderate

    Ya, he can run with Sarah. That would be a great ticket, dumb and deceitful. Certianly sounds like the good old GOP I've come to know!

    May 27, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. doug

    I don't blame Newt, now that every Objective, fair minded, honest American who is not ruled by hate knows that Obama is an extremist who believe in the ideology of Ayer, Wright, and Chavez, any Republican is going to win in 2012.

    Who would have thought in 2008 that in 2 short years we would all be wishing we could have President Bush back, well the good Americans, the misguided brainwashed libs love Obama, as they wish they could reserect Stalin.

    Sorry, it is not American to want your neighbor and their family at the least harmed for their views, but that is how all Democrats think now. Their hate and closed-mindedness will be soundly defeated.

    May 27, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Ben in Texas

    Here's a guy with extremely high negatives and a ton of political baggage. He knows there's no way he'll ever get near the Oval Office, unless he takes the White House tour with all the peasants. He is only dropping hints to try and prove that he is not totally irrelevant. However, he is totally transparent.

    May 27, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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