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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  1. Leroy Stephens Evansville Indiana

    Gingrich is gauging whether he has enough support to make a run for the presidency.
    This man says he has a better record than most of those now running including Hillary. Give it a shot Newt you know Corporated funds are tanted stear clear of them as much as possible.

    September 28, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. John, Kansas City, MO

    Hitler was also "intelligent and solutions-driven."

    September 28, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. Scott Wilmington Oh

    Ah another crook, in the white house. Just what the country needs.

    September 28, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. RB, from the bay state

    I hope he runs – digging into his past will be like Christmas morning for the Dems.

    This guy thinks deciding to run is like trying to woo suitors for a date to the junior prom.

    Please run, Newt. It's a gift that'll keep on the opposition.

    September 28, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. Jim, Atlanta

    Please please run Newt....that will guarantee that a Democrat will be in the White House in January 2009.

    You'll need to decide quickly if your current wife is pretty enough to be the wife of a President, otherwise you'll need to get through another divorce before the campaign. I hope she doesn't have cancer...those bedside divorces don't look good in the paper.

    September 28, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. John, Newport News, VA

    I think Newt Gingerich is a bright person and could be a good presidential candidate. That's why I'm going to donate $100 on Monday ... to the Barack Obama for President campaign! Oh yeah!

    September 28, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |

    Mr. Gingrich,

    Why do we have to pledge to you first and give you our money when it is not the people who will benefit from your candidacy. It will be the special interests that you always support.

    If it is levees and bridges and education that you want – go to the industries that will benefit from your programs for the money. We know you already have them in the bag and when the $30 million comes in you'll tell us the public gave it to you. That way you will dupe the voters into thinking you have our support.

    Maybe you could try running in Iran. Some of their policies sound a lot like yours.

    September 28, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Mark, Shreveport, LA

    Wow! A candidate who admits he can be bought! For 30 million, you can have a candidate!

    September 28, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. Megan, Louisville, KY

    I cannot put it better than Mr. Choate. On Monday I will be making my first ever donation to any candidacy.

    September 28, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    He is an old bag of wind and a hyprocrite. No one will give him $30 million, and he has no chance of winning.

    He was a hyprocrite when he criticised Bill Clinton while he himself having an extramartitial affairs.

    It is sad to see fading old politicians resorting to making outragious statements to get attention.

    September 28, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Moe, NY

    Not one thin dime will I donate to Gingrich. This phony is all America needs in the White House. Go away Gingrich...americans do not want or need another self-serving republican running our country..we have had enough!

    September 28, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. Susan, St. Louis MO

    Oh Lord, He is trying to come back.
    Please all lets vote for change in America. Hasnt our economy suffered enough at the hands of George W? I always thought Republican = Recession. and W is exhibit A.He is a slimeball and is basically admitting he can be bought or bribed.

    September 28, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |

    PUH – LEASE!

    September 28, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Anonymous

    I wonder if his lesbian sister and any of his ex-wives will support him?

    September 28, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Roger, Conway SC

    I have to hand it to Newt he is intelligent.....BUT I think he is also a major hypocrite and is all about NEWT which makes him a major asset to the republican party

    September 28, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Newt has a good fiscal record – yet he is another right wing conservative. There are two groups out there stating they represent the people of this great country – what we need is a moderate – the Dems are various flavors from pure left wing (Obama and Edwards) to a socialist (Hillary) – they only represent 20% of their own party – and the Republicans are running various flavors of right wingers (with the exception of Giuliani who seems to be the only moderate running) – I know that many Dems will vote for Rudy in the general election..along with all Republicans and Independents – (if they run Hillary) – check out the unity08 web site – the premise is a good one....but they are trying to run comedians as candidates....they need to take this seriously

    September 28, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. Bubba, Tulsa

    I don't think he he's admitting he's for sale; rather, I think he's more like one of my hometown crazies, Oral (Jesus, Jr.) Roberts, who will only survivive if he receives his 30 mil.

    Just another snake oil salesman...

    September 28, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Sue in Michigan

    He needs to money so he can apply for MATCHING FUNDS-ah, yes, our tax dollars at work. Shouldn't someone who resigned in disgrace from his job be automatically disallowed from even considering putting the country through another mud-slinging with him? The gall of this man. I do agree that the Republicans don't yet have a voable candidate-Guiliani is a one-hit wonder; Thompson has a lot of skeletens hiding in the front of his closet; and Romney is just too weird. But NEWT? Yikes! Save us all from that. And yeah, he plans to not do any phoning or "begging" just "Send me the money." OK, if the Repubs fall for that, they deserve him!

    September 28, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Tim Gaskin Austin TX

    I'm hoping he raises the money and announces he's in. His voice and leadership are both sobering and needed.

    September 28, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. HomeoftheBrave

    Newt wasn't going to run this time but with Hillary assured the dem nomination, he knows a Republican will be the next President because of her hate factor. Only John McCain would be better than Newt..

    September 28, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Emily-New HAven Connecticut

    You gotta be kidding! That's the best they can come up with? What a joke!

    September 28, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    If Gingrich runs, it means he has confidence to beat 10 Republican candidates, another word he think he is better than them. I agree, no current candidate is comparable with Dems, but I am sure Gingrich will be all to a mashed popato by Hillary Clinton if he makes nominee.
    Gingrich, bring on silly yourself.

    September 28, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Jim, Burlington NC

    Will this clown ever go away?

    On the other hand, if the "Contract on America" taught us anything, it was that having Newt in office or running for office gives the Democrats the perfect incarnation of what is wrong with the Republican party.

    Run Newt run!!

    September 28, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Kathy, Atlanta, GA

    HAH!!!! He has been caught screwing so many staffers it isn't even funny!!! Run Newt, Run!!! You are a pitiful politician, an idiot, and morally bankrupt!! People in GA know, and that is why you can't even get elected as dog catcher!!!

    September 28, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The only issue for Repellican voters is whether Newt can beat the decreasingly inevitable Shrillary, and if not, why bother with this relic from an empire which has fallen into a minority which will last for years?

    September 28, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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