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. Al-NY,NY

    Good. Grab the quitta from Wassila as your running mate and guarantee Obama another term. You're a hypocritical little troll and deserve the pounding you would take

    May 27, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Dave Teglia

    The Republicans are amazing in their hypocrisy. It amazes me how they scorned and chastised Bill Clinton for having an affair, saying he was "unfit for office". Yet the Republicans can endorse and support a candidate who not only had an affair, but was involved in that affair at the same time he was calling for Clinton's impeachment.
    You people are really a piece of work.

    May 27, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Shucks

    No more old white men running the country please. WE have had enough. Their thought processes are outdated, and mired in old failed ideas. Whether republican or democrat, it is time for the next generation of politicians. Vote all the cronies out.

    May 27, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Jeff

    But will this be the same wife in the key campaign states next year or will it be a new wife? You know, the family values kind of guy Newt is!

    May 27, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. paul

    The man who was the leader of the house , when GOP put the contract on Americans want,s to finish the job.

    May 27, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. waheid

    Newt Gingrich for President? - another has-been trying for a come-back.

    May 27, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. steve

    Like a fighter who fails to see his career is over and just wants one more chance at a big comeback.

    May 27, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Dano

    The day we have a president named Newt will be a good time to leave the country!

    May 27, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    This clown has a great imagination.

    May 27, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Ann

    Yah – and pick Sarah Palin for VP... that's be a real winner.

    May 27, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Michel

    Newt, newt newt, that ship has sailed, move on. No one is going to vote for you for president.

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

    Gee, he was right! A one-party system does work better than two. His contract on America destroyed his own party and left the Dems in charge. I wonder what his NEW idea will be?

    May 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Really?

    How long b/4 Obama blames Bush for the oil spil? Not long. He already has Bart "Sell out" Stupak make the rounds to say Bush lay-off all the people incharge. Of course if it was negligence on on Bush to do that, why didn't Obama re-hired them in the over 15mtns he was in office?

    Oh he was too busy with Crap& Trade, HC, golf, basketball, campaigning to "ramp up".

    May 27, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. atc333

    This is wonderful news!!! Just considering this has me really excited! ,We will have Newt running for President, and hopefully he will pick Sarah Palin as his running mate! She will offer the ticket a much larger degree of common sense, and down home practicality which, like it or not, Newt lacks, and she will appeal to the women voters who have clearly expressed an interest in her views. She will give balance to the ticket, and will allow the GOP to show its compassion for the women in this country whose views have been largely ignored. This may prove to be a very interesting election indeed! GO NEWT/SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    And while you're asking why's about President Obama we'd also like to know while you, Mr. Gingrich, was Speaker of the House how did you find time to run around with your mistress and cheat on your then wife at the same time you were holding impeachment trials. Is that what you Mr. Gingrich called campaigning in "sophisticated way"?

    May 27, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Fed Up!

    I used to believe that Newt Gingrich would make a great president ... until I read about his former wife's illness and his affair.

    Perhaps Newt should make Mark Sanford his running mate. That would be a real GOP family values ticket.

    May 27, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Jim

    Typical of the Republican party. Nothing new here but the same old dinosaurs who haven't brought anything new to the plate but failed leftover ideas and policies that the American working class is sick and tired of hearing. These dinoaurs do nothing but write books, sniff each others behinds and mud sling since they can't come up with ideas that will work in the modern age.

    This loser needs to bury his head in the sand and stay out of politics. The American people can see through this fools lies. I like how Newt invokes his wife about being in Iowa that is of she doesn't get sick beforehand and if she does she better have a pen ready to sign the divorce papers. Do us a favor Newt go away otherwise you'll just be another pimple deep in the annals of suffering humanity.

    May 27, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Church of Realism

    Oh, hahaha, the serial adulterer Family Values candidate, right? Newt Gingrich is the perennial turd to the presidential punchbowl. The end.

    May 27, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. mike

    I wonder how much money do you think old fart newt is going to get
    from BP because the republican party needs the money and they also
    need people like newt to shift the blame to the socialist government
    if they get involved with the clean up and at the end the taxpayer will
    take care of the bill I love it we yelled and screamed about healthcare
    that takes care of american taxpayer but now they want the taxpayer to take care of the clean up wake up you can't have both side of the coin

    May 27, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. democratray

    Pleeeeeze have Newt Gingrich run in 2012. With Sarah or better yet Michelle Bachman, or hey, how about Rad Paul. Pleeeze.

    May 27, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Chas in Iowa

    Doesn't this fool remember being run out of office in shame?
    Does he think we need the good ol boys back?

    Get real

    May 27, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Robert in Texas

    This out-of-touch crackpot is "dropping presidential hints" so that the press will pay attention to his red-faced rantings and he can make money with speaking engagements. He has zero chance of ever getting close to the White House and he knows it.

    May 27, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. observer

    Guess it may be time for a Republican adulterer to run

    May 27, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. RN

    Gingrich is quick to find fault – with almost everyone. He criticized Clinton for his affair – while he was cheating on his wife. He faulted the Democrats for everything – while doing more to help corporate America and hurt the average middle class American. He has done more to divide this country by constantly portraying anyone who is not conservative as being less of an American and less deserving to be heard. What has he done For this country? What has he done to help solve problems that we face? We need ideas and we need to work with ideas that are presented to us to make the ideas work – or find some that do. We DO NOT need more of the same Republican mantra of "smaller government", "cut taxes", "cut government regulation of corporations" and the government intrusion in selected parts of our lives.
    We do not need Newt.

    May 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. chad

    none of these fools have a chance at beating obama in an election.
    by the time 2012 rolls around, the republicans will have been pushed so far right that the center of the country will vote (D). when a rational person stands in that both and has to chose, they wont chose hate and ignoance. rand paul and sarah palin are gifts. obama 2012!

    May 27, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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