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. John

    Please, please, please run Newt. It'll be even easier than trouncing McCain.

    May 27, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Ed Bennett

    Remember Martin Sheen's role in the movie Dead Zone ? Thats who Newt reminds me of.

    May 27, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. SNAPPA

    This arrogant adultere would be president? I don't think so. We've already had 8 years of dumb we don't need anymore thank you...

    May 27, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. David

    Newt.... save your time, energy and money... you have no chance...

    May 27, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. nate

    Newt doesn't have a snowball's chance of being nominated, but that won't keep him from seeking the spotlight. He's a snake oil salesman and the people of Iowa will see right through him.

    May 27, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. hayden zeke

    Maybe when he grows up. He's too much of a child to be president.

    May 27, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. ZacATL

    Does this really "make waves" or merely "raise brows"?

    May 27, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Rob

    He will fail. The conservatives need a character who isn't so repulsive to the moderates and who doesn't use fact-free rhetoric to strengthen support from the weak minded. I used to think Gingrich was a character like this many years ago but he sold out and is no different than Glen Beck in my mind

    May 27, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Michael

    Let none forget that this pig is largely responsible for the GOP campaign of the last 20 years to stamp out the middle class and bring back the economy of indentured servitude in America.

    May 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Leslie

    Iowa, I feel sorry for you!!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Felix

    Newt knows that he is not an idiot he knows that if he run he will be defeated in the first round.

    The Tea Party crowd do not want him and the Republican party is in a bing problem, Palim is Joke and making money out of her jokery and Mc Cain in the dicth .

    The Tea Party is a fith column and is making all those old politicians life miserable. You have the other one the Mormon one he is hiding somewhere he is scare to speak out he is terrified of the Tea Party crowd ..

    The Tea Party crowd is making the dirty job for President Obama and for the Democraty Party the reason they are people with a racist view and they are aliniating the blacks, latinos and white liberals and some of South Asian country that feel they had being attacked by the color of their skin.

    Ideassoul

    May 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Just Me

    I would not vote for Gingrich if he were the last politician on the planet. He represent the old guard. His error (pun intended) has passed. Keep looking forward America. Remember the story in the bible of the woman who was warned not to look back which she defied only to turn into a pillar of salt. Now..America..surely none of us wish to become a pillar of salt...now do we?

    May 27, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Joe Yarborough

    YES!!! at last, someone with some sense to vote for. Gingrich knows the Washington nightmare that leads the country now is putting US on a no return course to destruction. I only hope he run's on a TEA PARTY platform so we can get this country back on track God bless Newt and his wife, for he has my vote.

    May 27, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. TWM

    Having lived throuth Newt's "Contract ON America"
    I wouldn't vote for him for DOG CATCHER!

    May 27, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. RemainCalm

    If Gingrich is the best the Republicans can do in 2012, the Democrats will be very happy.

    May 27, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Jakey

    If he's all the Republicans have, Obama is in no danger whatsoever.

    May 27, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Mike Mc

    He's nothing more than the far right darling of the tea party. Newt is gonna need a lot more than the tea party to build a successful coalition. I don't see that happening.

    May 27, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He would be a powerful opponent for Obama in the fall because he is a thinker. The problem is that he is still an ideologue.

    May 27, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Observer

    Ah, yes, that Mr. Gingrich.
    The one who touts family values, who engineers silly little contracts for, against, away and on America, depending on how the political wind moves.
    He'll say just about anything to get back to the power he tasted in the 90s. Formidable? Yes. Trustworthy? That is a big fat NO ! Then again, it fits smoothly into the party of NO.

    May 27, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. TCM

    Hopefully Newt will run, and destroy this visiting Kenyan's chance of duping the public again. We need someone in the office who's not ashamed of the country; running around apologizing, breaking the financial back of the country...all while worried about his basketball with the prez seal on it....we need a leader in the White House.

    May 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Nurse Lisa

    Despite still being popular with the elephants with short memories, his credibility will forever be tainted by scandals and resignation in disgrace in 1998 not just as Speaker, but from his seat in the House as well.

    On January 21, 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich for ethics violations dating back to September 1994. The House ordered Gingrich to pay a $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it had disciplined a Speaker for ethical wrongdoing.

    Do we really need more quitters and unethical people at the helm?

    His contract with America is simply another work of historical fiction – the G-NO-Pers have been leaving us with huge deficits while Bill Clinton the tax and spend liberal left us with a huge surplus.

    Newt has proven himself to be a reptile.

    May 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Remember the Alamo

    Surely this man is not that dumb. He would cause the Republicans to lose even before the race is on.

    May 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. who cares

    lol. bring it on.

    May 27, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. SuperD

    I totally support Newt.

    He fully understands the proper role of govt in solving our problems.

    He believes in the greatness of the American people (unlike O who hates America)

    He articulates the issues in plain language and offers workable solutions.

    My concern is the Leftist media will attempt to destroy him. I'm sure he well knows that, less he wouldn't go on with this endeavor.

    For those of you who will post ridiculous, stupid and naive comments, the problem is you don't listen to what he says. He's an excellent communicator and people have said he's the smartest guy in the room.

    I would love to see him debate Obama, he'd destroy him.

    May 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Enrique

    Bring it on, Newt! You are an absolute joke. What do you even stand for anymore? You have no credibility.

    May 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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