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. steve Loudon, TN

    Jeremy, you are so right and realize how solutions driven this man is and how intelligent he is. Public opinion was malformed during the "CLINTON" shutdown of the government when he was speaker. He simply didn't anticipate the total arrogance and insensitivity to the public by unneccessarily allowing the shutdown. He's going to get my money and hopefully if nominated, my vote. And you're right, he would decimate any current candidate on the facts (Dem or Republican).

    September 28, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. Andrew, NJ

    its just a cop out. He knows he won't raise 30 mil.

    Think about it...30 mil is pretty much #1 + #3 spot in fundraising combined. Except those had 3 months to raise the money...and he plans to do it in 3 weeks? Just not going to happen

    September 28, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  3. Jeremy, Chicago, IL

    Just what we need, another washington insider with enough connections to keep the system corrupt. We need a fresh face in the white house. I think all career politicians should be barred from becoming president.

    September 28, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. chritine los angeles california.

    please, please Mr. Gingrich we need you to run. We have been praying that you would step up and run for the GOP in 2008 presidential election. I believe that you will make a difference.

    September 28, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  5. Pete, Fort Worth, TX

    This is great news! Another Republican candidate that the Democrats can easily defeat!

    September 28, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  6. Jack, Evanston IL

    Laurinda from NY posted '[Republicans] are to dumb to...' a little ironic, the word is ‘too’?!? Maybe Gingrich has a point about students should actually learn in school... Anyhow, he'd make a great candidate at least the republicans are offering a wide range of choices for the American people. When are we going to get out of this Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton cycle if someone doesn't save us from a Hilary presidency?!?!

    September 28, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  7. Steve, Woodbridge VA

    Dear Mr. Choate in Atlanta–

    I know Gingrich quite well. The man is a scare-mongering opportunist who believes the "War" on terrorism is historically equivalent to World War II. Not only that, but he wants to fill our children full of his jingoistic ideas under the guise of "Patriotic Education." Thanks, but I'd prefer my children maintain a healthy skepticism of their government–nothing is more patriotic, or American, than that.

    Count me out on the "intelligent" Gingrich.

    September 28, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  8. bob way

    Remember that Newt has conferred(collaborated) with
    Hillary on healthcare..He is not a true
    conservative that he posed as in 1994
    and Hillary is not a true liberal..the 1984
    commercial with is eerily accurate..

    September 28, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  9. Candice and Thoma Lommel,Oakdale,Ca.


    September 28, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  10. Daniel, El Paso, TX

    Compared with the other republican canidates I am all for Newt running. Not saying I agree with him but man the other republicans just bring more bush to the table. Newt actually has a brain! And probably a better chance agianst Hillary than the other bozos we have running right now.

    September 28, 2007 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  11. geofrey, cyberhaven

    Gingrich is definately a solutions man. Good for him to go. Americas real problems require a bipartisanship approach.

    Furthermore by touching on the issue of Education, poor infrastructure,social security reform, the fight against Islamic terrorism, and problems in the minority communities among men he is showing himself visionary and different from the rest of the GOP pack who are just business as usual types

    Romney seems to similar to Bush in background and cleverly opportunistic. Fred seems like an un informed actor. ( also similar to Bush). The Dems will weaken America abroad and allow rogue states to flourish.

    Americas strength may be restored and the civilized world better off with somebody talking and seeking to put into place real solutions.

    September 28, 2007 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  12. Daniel, NY, NY

    In other huge presidential news, here is unexpected news out of California: The GOP groups have STOPPED THEIR EFFORT to divide the state's electoral votes!

    September 28, 2007 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  13. Sam, IA

    Perhaps he could revive the contract with America the pledges of which where never fulfilled. He held to that vow about the way he did to his wedding vows. Come out and play Newt. You will make a perfect example of Republican hypocrisy.

    September 28, 2007 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  14. Frank Honolulu Hawaii

    What is going on? Haven't we learned anything? Newt is bad old news. I wonder what makes him think he could actually gain a majority of voters to be elected president. Amazing!

    September 28, 2007 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  15. Christopher, Philadelphia PA

    It is amazing that he actually thinks that he has something to offer simply because no one else (Republican) has anything to offer. He actually cant see the simularity to him having an affair while at the same time he was dogging then President Clinton for the same. If you ask me, he is the same as BUSH... Perhaps worse...Gingrigh isnt quite as dumb....HUMMM or is he?

    September 28, 2007 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  16. Mike Dallas, TX


    CNN still doesn't talk about Obama's event that drew 24,000 people and Gingrich's thought or dream about running remains a top story? Give me a break.

    BTW if Hillary drew even 200 people it would have receieved coverage by CNN right away. 20,000 people in New York and no mention? This is ridiculous.

    September 28, 2007 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  17. jay gelek

    a bigot running for president sounds interesting, i am all for it just for the circus of it although there is no way in hell that a republican can win this coming presidency. gigrich is an all talk,can't walk,loud jerk, who knows nothing other than blathering with other idoots like sean hannity of the ever biased FOX news channel.

    September 28, 2007 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  18. jv, randolp, nj

    who cares what gnewt has to say. he's another lying hypocrit.

    September 28, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  19. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    Newt is a brilliant man, but would be a terrible candidate. He has a tendency to say outrageous things that get him in trouble. There are better ways that he could use his skills to benefit the conservative movement.

    September 28, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  20. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I think we all know how that "contract on america" worked out.Gingrich is smarter than rest,but he's still a conservative which means he lacks foresight and the ability to determine right from wrong.Let him put up an MRI to prove he isn't afflicted with that "dead spot" on his brain.I doubt he would.

    September 28, 2007 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  21. DF in FL

    So, the man who drew more than 80 formal ethics complaints against him while serving in Congress, was fined hundreds of thousands of dollars and subsequently resigned, now wants to become the next President?

    September 28, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  22. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Go Newtie Go!! It's like watching how many clowns can get into a Volkswagon.

    September 28, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  23. Pat Lambert

    Be scared of this man,, very scared.

    September 28, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  24. TC Orlando, FL

    If he is that indifferent and casual about running, maybe he shouldn't run. We need someone that WANTS to be prez, not someone that, eh, maybe, eh, well...hand me enough money and I'll do it. Gimme a break. And c'mon, let's be honest, do you really want a president with the name of a salamander???

    September 28, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  25. Al, NY NY


    He certainly is a "solutions-driven" candidate...Remember his leadership in the government shutdown? That stunt was a major flop for Republicans

    He can mop with floor with any candidate, especially regarding "values".....Remember his moral diatribes against Bill (with Monica) when he was abandoning his wife and diddling with one of his staff?

    I just might contribute to this hypocrite's funding just so he can get in and be taken to the cleaners

    September 28, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
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