September 28th, 2007
09:10 AM ET
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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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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Stephen

    haha, can't wait for another joker to put his hat in the ring for the republican nomination. Is the nominee going to get like 20% of the vote to win the first four states?

    September 27, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. laurinda,ny

    Maybe he should run. The Pubs haven't got anyone good enough yet. Let him try. The Pubs need all the help they can get. They're to dumb to know they are on their way out.

    September 27, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Robert, Shelton CT

    If he runs he will be a bigger joke than Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter, no chance in hell of winning against Fred, Rudy or Mitt.

    September 27, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. A.J. - Bloomfield Hills, Mi.

    "They're to dumb to know they are on their way out"

    I have cut and pasted part of "laurinda's " comment to point out her ongoing erroneous spelling and bad grammar. If you're "to dumb" to spell the word "too", please spend a little more time in school before engaging in internet discussions.

    September 27, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. brian

    My goodness, his desperation to regain any semblance of the power he once had is downright ugly. He might as well name Larry Craig as his running mate - both are ethically challenged jokes desperate for whatever scrap of power they can scrounge and unafraid to completely humiliate themselves to get it.

    September 27, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    newt believes that he has a chance because there is a person by the name of clinton in the race he knows he will never win but he knows that he can make a good show out of a race. so newt steal anymore guns lately? what no decent world leader left too murder? it aint over newt-I am still alive.

    September 27, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Jim Boulter, Los Angeles, CA

    There is no question that Newt is a smart guy...he's also delusional.

    Why anyone would ante up a campaign donation for this dinosaur is unfathomable.


    September 27, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Beckster

    Watch out Robert and Stephen. If Mr. Gingrich chooses to run, he will be your next President. Rudy is not a conservative and the parties base knows it. He is barely a better choice than Shrillary. Mitt is done. Fred Thompson is too old and wishy washy on some major issues. And the other candidates just don't have the numbers to mount a charge.

    And when he goes up against the liberal nominee for President in a debate, you will witness the biggest ass whippin ever seen in politics.

    September 27, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. ken, Pleasantcille, NY

    OK, so it takes $30 million to get Newt to run. Well, at least he's put a real price on his values. Hope America can afford him. Should we all take up a collection? I guess morals cost money. If we raise $35 million will we get more?

    September 27, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. S.R. Semple, Carpinteria, CA

    Dr. Cockamamie crawls out of his cave and declares that the world is coming to an end if his "solutions" aren't adopted.

    September 27, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Keith Guice Franklin, Tn

    I find it very interesting that "NEWT" is interested in running if people can come up with $30 mil to help his campaign....why would anyone be so arrogant to think that?

    By the way, this is the same guy who started all the bitterness and diviseness between the two parties and NOW he wants "bi-partisanship?? What a flip-flop going on there.

    By the way NEWT isn't it about time you ran out on another wife?

    All we need now is Rush Slimeball and Sean Insanity to jump in and Ann Coldsore as Press secretary. This would set the country back 100 yrs.

    September 27, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. Nate, Dallas, TX

    Wasn't he Speaker of the House 15 years ago? Newt implies that if he is President then "levees and bridges won't break anymore and kids will actually learn." Why did he not fix these problems when he had the chance? Why would he do it now? This does not make sense to me.

    September 27, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  13. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    While I respect Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, I think he should just abandon his decision to run as there is already very well qualified contender out there – Gov. Mitt Romney.

    September 27, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Joe Silverman, San Diego, Ca

    Newt Gingrich is the most under-rated and under-appreciated man in politics. I truly hopes he runs, but given that he isn't trying to be all things to all people (like HRC), his chances of getting elected are low.

    America needs people who demonstrate the same high level of conviction as he does. If he didn't lead the Republican Revolution in 1994, the federal government's budget would never have been in balance between 1996 and 2000. (It wasn't before, and it hasn't been since.)

    September 27, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  15. Dana, Dallas, TX


    Newt could absolutely take the GOP race by storm and be a frontrunner. First, the Evangical Christian right would be major supporters , especially since they're not thrilled with Guilani. Second, he would appeal to fiscal conservatives. He is also smart and well-spoken. He's not perfect, but next to Hillary, whom I have appreciated for staying strictly in the moderate center, he would be an attractive choice to those that view Hillary with such distain.

    September 27, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. new bern, nc

    he shouldn't run.

    September 27, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. Randy, Cobb County, GA

    Ironic that someone telling us how dumb Republicans are doesn't know the difference between the word "to" and the word "too".

    BTW, the mere suggestion that Cobb County is some kind of haven for Republicans tells you where Mr. Duke is coming from, nes pas?

    September 27, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. Chris, Loudoun VA

    If Newt throws his hat into the race there is no question that he will win the Republican Presidential nomination.
    Winning the Presidential election is a whole other issue and will be a very hard battle for him.

    September 27, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. Jeremy Choate, Atlanta, GA

    Newt Gingrich is, by far, a more intelligent and solutions-driven candidate than any of currently running, Republican or Democrat.

    He will inevitably mop the floor with ANY candidate who faces him in a debate. Anyone who says otherwise simply doesn't know the man.

    September 27, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. brad, corona ca

    wow, must be that great by education for someone to be to, not too, dumb

    September 28, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. Allen, Redlands CA

    Run Newt Run!! If the Repubs hate Hillary, the Dems hate this clown even more!!! I can't think of a better way to get Democrats to the polls than for Newt to get the nomination.

    September 28, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Rick, St. Marys, GA


    Are YOU showing yourself as an entity NOT CONCERNED OR INTERESTED IN ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE BLACK/HISPANIC COMMUNITY? Are our issues less newsworthy than "J-Lo or Brintany Spears?
    I submit the majority of the Black and Hispanic communities view/read your Telecasts and internet site vice the "FOX'S" same!

    CNN should be ashamed of YOUR inattention to "IMPORTNTAT COVERAGE"! as it relates to POLICTICAL COVERAGE!!! I sincerely hope you will corect this oversite!!!

    Rate them, descibe them, and offer opinions as you have preveioully done!

    September 28, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Joseph Sweeney, Drexel Hill PA

    He's the only Republican I've heard speak about the significant issues facing this society and he proposes some thoughtful solutions to the challenges.

    I won't vote for a 911 candidate. I won't vote for fear. Most of all, I won't vote for a president that isn't steeped in the issues, including that of our responsibility for the American identity as stewards of this great experiment in human freedom.

    If he doesn't run I'm voting for the Dems.

    September 28, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Hope he runs.

    Many of the so-called "frontrunners" on the republican side are pure frauds. Mitt Romney is a born again fake social conservative, McCain and Thompson too.
    And Rudy Guiliani is the biggest fraud of them all, milking 9-11 for all it;s worth in a disgusting manner, as if he actually did something extraorinary in those days other than constantly yapping on TV. He just happened to be mayor.
    Newt at least is a true believer of the republican creed. If the republicans go down in defeat in '08, and they should, at least with Newt the ideological choice would be clear, no fakery or stealth stuff from frauds like Mitt and Rudy, and people can vote honestly.

    September 28, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  25. Tim, East Greenwich, RI

    Like him or not, Gingrich will tell the voters what he thinks, rather than what he thinks they want to hear. Looking forward to his campaign.

    September 28, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
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