Gingrich on 2016 run: 'One never knows'
December 9th, 2012
12:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Gingrich on 2016 run: 'One never knows'

(CNN) - His 2012 presidential bid ended in defeat during the primaries, but that may not have been the last of candidate Newt Gingrich.

Asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he would run for the White House again, the former House speaker put on an enormous Cheshire cat grin and said: "I doubt that, but one never knows."

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At the end of November, Gingrich told a crowd at a book signing in Florida he had "no idea" whether he would run again in 2016.

One factor: his potential Democratic rival. Gingrich said Sunday if Hillary Clinton decides to put her name in contention, Republicans face an uphill climb.

"If their competitor in '16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl," he said. "And the Republican Party today is incapable of competing at that level."

"She is very formidable as a person. A very confident person," said Gingrich, who served as House speaker during President Bill Clinton's tenure in the White House and often sparred with the Democrat.

"She is married to the most popular Democrat in the country. They both think it would be good for her to be president. That makes it virtually impossible to stop her for the nomination, I think," he predicted.

If Republicans hope to stand up to Clinton - or to any Democratic rival - in 2016, they need to reflect on the reasons they lost the White House this year, Gingrich said.

"We didn't blow it because of Mitt Romney," he said. "We blew it because of a party which has refused to engage the reality of American life and refused to think through what the average American needs for a better future."


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Mikey

    I guess if you can get the gullible to donate and pay for your next book tour, why not?

    December 9, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. poopmeister

    Well spoken....it's sad that Gingrich is the voice of reason in the GOP. He would have been the only one that I would have voted for in the primary and he isn't exactly the most model candidate. He is absolutely right though, the GOP needs to put on their thinking caps because 2016 will be a tough year for the GOP.

    December 9, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Name

    I couldnt agree more Mr. Speaker!!

    December 9, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. WhereIsPalin

    "We didn't blow it because of Mitt Romney," he said. "We blew it because of a party which has refused to engage the reality of American life and refused to think through what the average American needs for a better future."

    You had your chance too, Gingrich. And now this great revelation??? Just go away.

    December 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. B.

    Oh please.. this guy will do or say absolutely anything to get in front of a camera..

    Fools rush in – - The GOP has just completed their own slow demise and this guy, and folks like him are responsible.

    December 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Tony

    For Republicans, losing once is never enough. Ask Romney.

    December 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Randall

    It is an interesting comment on the GOP that Newt Gingrich can still be considered a viable Presidental candidate. A Serial Adulterer. Serial Violater of House Ethics rules causing his fellow Republicans to force him to resign. Oh well he does really represent the ethics and morals of the Republican Party.

    December 9, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Tony

    It is difficult for Republicans to engage the reality of American life when they don't know about it, because FOX News and right-wing media don't report it.

    December 9, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Thomas

    He will never know . The American people do .

    Why would Meet The Press ask Newt anything other then why he feels like he's relavent to anything other then Tiffany's .

    December 9, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Leopold Stotch

    Anything is better than Obama.

    December 9, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Leopold Stotch

    Anything is better than what we have now.

    December 9, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Joseph Brown

    I didn't expect that level of intelligence from Newt Gingrich.
    Good luck Newt. You & yours have already clearly expressed your intentions.

    December 9, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Pander Bear

    Gingrich/Trump 2016! Send in the clowns (again)!

    December 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Oh, goody the GOP primary circus is getting ready to come to town!

    December 9, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Gonzoinhouston

    None of the 2012 primary candidates have a snowball's chance in Houston of winning the Presidency. The GOP needs new ideas and new leaders.

    December 9, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. fastrack1

    Yay, let's have Gingrich/Palin or Palin/Gingrich in '16. Another 4 years for Dems! No, wait, don't we have to ask permission from Norbert and The Donald?

    December 9, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    B.

    Oh please.. this guy will do or say absolutely anything to get in front of a camera..
    ------------

    I can't imagine what is taking so long for CNN and others to bench these senile old fools. They all spew the same old, same old Sunday... after Sunday... after Sunday... after Sunday... after Sunday.

    December 9, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. mommytwice

    I love how now suddenly Newt is the voice of reason for the GOP. he was a complete lunatic all through the primaries, espousing all the insane right wing nonsense they all yell about. So he's come now to be the sane, reasonable voice who knows just what the party needs. I wonder why he didn't know that a year ago?

    December 9, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Dan from Tx

    "One seldom cares"

    December 9, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    This guy is certifiable!

    December 9, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. jtsilver2th

    Oh come on he's running and he has been since Obama's re-election (well he kicked it in gear about two weeks before). I would urge the GOP to nominate him as the finale of the Republican Party.

    December 9, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    He may be an adulterer but what he said about the GOP's inability to connect with average Americans is spot on.

    December 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will run in 2016 and PWN Newt Gingrich. She will also PWN Hillary in the general election and become our next and greatest President!

    December 9, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Lizard and pals gave President Obama the blueprint on Bain Capitol and he used it to kick Mitt the twit's behind. Reflect on that lizard.

    December 9, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. RKN

    yeah, like we need to see Newt again in 4 years.

    December 9, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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