(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."
Why not... pounding away at pinata's is always fun!
It is too far –but days roll by pretty fast. I advise Obama to be little swift and fast in doing some of the reforms. Leave Hillary a good economy and good stead for her. I think we need Hillary for 2016. I have full confidence in her.
Every republican that ran in 2012 should run again in 2016. They were very entertaining.
Hey Newt – Please read Maureen Dowd's piece on the GOP and the Incas in to-days New York Times.
It is brilliant. And true.
It might help you make up your mind about 2016.
I think he will be too old, to run again.
Please run. It'll be the funniest thing to happen since Palin.
What happened to change and rebranding the GOP/Tea Party? Running the same losing slate of losers is not a winning strategy.
The GOP didn't chose not to engage in the reality of American life. They have no clue what reality is. The "conservative" brain can't comprehend facts or science or empathy. They subconsciously choose someone they admire and form their beliefs off of that persons opinion, whether it is fact based or not is not an issue. If Hannity says global warming is a hoax these people just flat out believe him because they like him. They have no need or desire to research the issue or to pay any attention to the educated experts that DO know the facts. The Republican party better find someone who isn't looney toones or their days of leading have come to an end.
Newt continues to show why the GOP cannot compete at the "Super Bowl" level.