May 27th, 2010
09:18 AM ET
5 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.


Filed under: Iowa • Newt Gingrich • Popular Posts
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. lovable liberal

    All the drill-here-drill-now idiots now blame President Obama for the errors of BP and Halliburton. If only Obama were a magician, well, they'd attack him for using magic.

    Newtie doesn't like the alleged lack of sophistication of the federal government's command post set-up, which is just about the stupidest possible objection. First, Newtie is unlikely to know anything about it. What he sees is a political opportunity for himself.

    If Newtie still thinks he's Presidential, that just shows how weak the Republican line-up really is.

    May 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Jan

    It is always amazing how those who are on the outside seem to have so much criticism about this president.

    The ones who call for "Government to get out of the way" , "Too much big goverment" "Let the private sector solve problems " , are now screaming for government to get involved.

    The facts are if the Government sideline BP under the current deficit situation and criticim of too much government, who is going to pay for all the expenditures involve in this national catastrophe.

    It is sad that at even in times of national catastrophe, the leaders are only interested in pointing fingers and cirticizing the President . The next election is not until 2012.

    Please work together to solve the problems of the country.

    By the way if there are so many millionnaires in the House and Senate why are they getting a salary? There time should really be devoted to serving the people. Not saying that people in need should not have health care

    May 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. mattnohio

    Go away for good. No one with half a brain would vote for you.

    May 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Bob

    Great news! Now the Obama family will not have to pack up in 2014. Newt will get creamed.

    May 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. mightyfudge

    What's the matter Newt? Career losing momentum? Need to get back on the public payroll for a few more years so you can re-prime that book deal money pump? Apparently, there is no such thing as an ex-politician...

    May 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Hendrik

    Gees, thank fool again.

    I remember watching and admiring him during the Oliver North hearings. I thought both Gingrich and North were these patriots. I have long since found that these neocons are criminals. I am glad I woke from my sleep and figured out that Republicans are evil, all of them, no exception.

    May 27, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Yes, Newt. Please run for president. Please, please, please. The country needs a good laugh.

    May 27, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Justin

    Please, please, please, let this moron run for president! It will be so entertaining watching other republicans rip him apart for his infidelities, divorces and moral failures!

    This loser needs a good humbling at the hands of the American people for the great harm he has caused this country. Don't do it Newt, it's going to get bloody!

    May 27, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Jay

    Another Republican has-been with delusions of current relevance.

    May 27, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Bob

    I hope he does run. He, at least, understands what is going on and know history to prevent going backward instead of forward.

    May 27, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. rudy

    Oh look more political grandstanding instead of actually coming up with ideas of helping our country. All politicians are evil and cater to those entities known as corporations. He should be directing those comments at the company that is responsible for this mess. None of the politicians complain when there pockets are lined by these big companies. Politics = poly-ticks...many bloodsucking leeches.

    May 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. A. Robertson

    The last person the US needs is Newt Gingrich. He should along with his ethics have a greet and meet with the dimwit Sarah Palin

    May 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Future expat

    The only way this article could've been any less exciting is if it had been about T-Paw's presidential ambitions.

    May 27, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Jay

    Hey Newt when Katrina happened can you please show the difference between what Bush and Obama did?

    Just shut up bozo. You're nothing but a male-Palin. Just want to get rich and get attention by attacking Obama without any real understanding or solutions.

    May 27, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. kd

    Gingrich is like a bad sore that keeps coming back. He was terrible while in office, doing nothing but lying and destroying. He was kicked out of the house in disgrace. He's hardly the 'moral' leader the hypocritical right seems to keep wrapping themselves in.

    He is the worst of the worst. And the possibility of his running for president is a terrible reflection of the state of things today.

    May 27, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Dustin

    Oh what a dream! Pain and Gingrich???? Has anyone ever won all 50 states in a Presidential election? 4 more years if the Repubs think this clown will win over moderates.

    May 27, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. People's Voice

    As if he ever had a real chance to win.

    May 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Dave

    That's hilarious! This hypocritical idiot couldn't get elected dog-catcher. Please run, Newt. It will ensure an Obama victory!

    May 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. SayWhat

    Yes, Mr. Partisanship hack is the answer that America has been waiting for.

    May 27, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. KMAN821

    Porky the Pig's chances in 2012 are better than this blowhards! He really doesn't seem to understand that he is loathed by the majority of Americans.

    May 27, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Mike

    If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. I jst don't see how he can garner enough support after being irrelevant for so long. I don't think he would be a good president.

    May 27, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. not all docs play golf

    Newt's problem is that he is simply not a likeable personality. Now, that might make him fit in with the grumpy naysayers of the "Party of No" (Ever seen Mike Pence smile? Does John Boehner know how to be anything but negative? Has Mitch McConnell ever been caught being anything but a fear-mongering sourpuss?) but I'll take Obama's genuine smile any day over the frowns of these sore losers.

    This hipocrite was also the main ankle biting attack-dog in hanging Clinton (who smiled and was likeable around the world) in the public square for having a girlfriend, when Newt was later exposed for the same thing! Obama represents us well to the world, while these guys are still mad that they didn't get invited to the prom.

    May 27, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Orlando r.

    Im tired of these right-wing republicans calling obama and his policies "socialism" -_-. And now Newt is criticizing Obama for the oil spill? Typical...if obama was a republican,do u think he would be opening his mouth? no..

    May 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. CHUCK

    He can make a run. But I am sure it will be over quickly. This man is a very bad part of the last administration, why would anyone vote for him. I see that he is making comments about President Obama's handling of the oil spill, what does he know about it anyway? Mr. Gingrich don't waste your time running for President, you will never come close to being elected.

    May 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Shucks

    Gingrich and Palin in 2012. Now that would be a definite win for democrats.

    May 27, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6