September 28th, 2007
09:10 AM ET
15 years ago

Gingrich edges closer to run

Gingrich is gauging whether he has enough support to make a run for the presidency.

MARIETTA, Ga. (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich edged closer Thursday to launching a possible run for the GOP presidential candidacy in 2008, telling supporters that if they pledge at least $30 million to his campaign over a three-week period starting Monday and ending Oct. 21, he will compete for the nomination.

Gingrich chose Thursday, the 13th anniversary of the signing of his "Contract With America," to launch his "Solutions Day" campaign, which he said is a search for bi-partisan answers to the country's major challenges. (Related video: Gingrich makes foray into virtual world)

While never mentioning the 2008 race in his speech Thursday night, Gingrich outlined what sounded like a campaign message when he called for "real change, not the same old stuff."

He said "very bold" proposals are needed to bring theUnited States government into the 21st century.

"I think, as a general rule, that levees should not break, that bridges should not fall, that students should actually learn," Gingrich said.

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  1. Anonymous

    All "Anonymous" comments were made by me George Dubbaya.

    September 29, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Larsry Orvis, Norfolk, Nebraska

    American Foibles

    In the Sunday, Sept. 30th Editorial of the Omaha World Herald, the editors correctly point out several factors we should keep in mind as we anticipate a swing in American politics and leadership away from the more conservative options towards the more liberal, and I fear, ever more left towards wing extremes that not even moderate Republicans want to embrace as they contemplate voting for Hillary and their next U.S. Senator here in Nebraska.

    Like Newt Gingrich. I will say to all, Hillary’s election to president is very much a political possibility that may very well become a political reality after the next election. Perhaps it is with that thought in mind Hillary seems to be trying to balance her words, thoughts and actions to accommodate not only swing voters, but also moderate Republicans still bristling at what was done to their party, and will continue to be done if certain people have their way.

    For example, note the editorials take on the “burden of taxes.” While it is correct in noting that the restraining of taxation is central in encouraging economic activity, it fails to point out that if all the money is in the hands of the few, rich, famous, and fabulously wealthy, that the consumer has no money to consume with, and economic vitality doesn’t just die and wither on the vine, it leads to, and can result in, populist revolts resulting in either communism, or military juntas, and/or dictatorships


    Let us not forget that FDR’s solution of wealth redistribution through taxation was not only the correct step at the time, but a vital ongoing element of Taxation policy upon the wealthy which keeps money in the hands of the consumer and allows them to consume while keeping their two thirds ( 2/3 ) share of the economy booming.

    Anyone foolish enough to think that our economy consists only of Wall Street, the Stock Market, and how much money you can stuff into your pockets thereby, is going to end up being a Robber Baron and a Darth Vader to the very essence of American goodness, for it results only greed and greed mongering.

    That too is part of what went wrong with the Bush years and his presidency, for he allowed it to happen on his watch, even if not directly involved in it himself. He did nothing to stop it, and indeed, is still doing nothing to stop it, Vis a Vis our southern border and the accompanying (AND CONTINUING) negation of our labor and immigration laws without an act of Congress.

    But perhaps the saddest thing associated with this, is the treating of employees, even federal and state employees, as little more than dirt to be swept up and put under the rug to either maximize corporate profits, or hold taxes down in irrelevant and mindless fashion. And if you do not understand why, please reread what I said above about the consumer being TWO THIRDS of the U. S. Economy that Government dare not neglect.... nor Wall Street and their investors lose mind of.

    Rev. Larry G. Orvis, 124 Driftwood, Norfolk, Nebraska 68701 ph 402-644-8250 09/30/07

    September 30, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Steve Schoner. Flagstaff, Arizona

    Posted by Pat of NY:

    "Steve Schoner of AZ – exactly who are we supposed to be declaring war against? Your response is typical of a red state rethuglican who's education is so lacking you don't know what you are talking about…which makes it scary that there are peopel like you out there who'll vote for someone like Gingrich.
    Posted By Pat, NY : September 28, 2007 12:35 pm"

    Afganistan and Pakistan... That is where the ilk that launched 9/11 came from. Oh... We have a half ass effort is Afganistan, but if we had a full effort there and in the tribal regions of Pakistan this war would be over years ago. Invading Iraq was a stupid mistake. And not declaring outright war before Congress was previous mistake. As for my "education" maybe you should check your spelling before you post. That is an indication of your education level. And by the way. I am not a "Red State Republican", and my education level is college graduate 1975.

    Steve Schoner

    October 24, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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