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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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. James, New Jersey

    Newt Gingrich will tell you more truth in two minutes about the world, the government and so on, than you would get in listening to fifty (ho-hum) Democratic 'debates.'

    He also understands the true nature of the threat we face from Islamo-barbarianism.

    That in and of itself, qualifies him to run for president.


    September 28, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Dr Atomic

    Newt got us in this mess by suggesting the Hitlerian tactic of attacking the legitimacy of the two-party system, and now we have a one-party soviet which has imposed an appointed president and has us fighting a losing war on two fronts. I believe he's dangerously delusional.

    September 28, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Steve Schoner, Flagstaff, Arizona

    It is a about time that he has decided to take this first step toward the presidency. He is the only candidate that sees the so called War on Terror for what it really is... WWIII. After the next attack, which will come, he will be the only one that has the guts to go to the joint sessions of Congress and declare war as did President Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor. Bush should have done that right after 9/11, but failed. And here we are today, divided looking for a leader. Gingrich should choose McCain as his running mate. Let's win this war and make our country great again.

    September 28, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Red Guy in a Blue State, Seattle

    It would be great if Newt would run. If you've listened to him speak on issues, you'll see he has a thorough knowledge of the subject and provides logical solutions to the problem. Now that's something the Libs are unable to understand...logic and solutions...they'd rather shout some bumper-sticker slogan and talk in generalities.

    But, I'm afraid Newt might have a little too much baggage to succeed in an election. When the Republicans when the election (they will), Newt would be a great adviser to them on issues.

    September 28, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. anonymous, KS

    You people that think Newt would be a good candidate are ridiculous. You keep citing his stand on issues. The problem is you think those softballs that the FOX news reporters lay up for him are home runs. A child could hit those out of the park. Remember when he started the nasty attack party on Democrats in the 1990s? Bi-partisan are you kidding me? This guy is scary because people may actually vote for him. Anyone with any common sense would know better.

    September 28, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. graymi

    Campaigns should be capped at $1000 like a gameshow competition. Just imagine all of the creative solutions. I can think of a hell of a lot better uses for $30m. But to those who put some money in the kettle I guess the saying about a fool and his money is completely accurate. The amount of money spent on dead-end politics in this country is disgusting.

    September 28, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Gus, Gary, IN

    Wonderful! Just what we needed, another freaking CFR cronie in the race.

    September 28, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. kirk lamb perryville,md

    Gringrich is nothing more than a pompous a**. He sees an opportunity in a very weak race to become relavent again. Ask him about his scewing around on his wife, his moral values. He's no better than the rest of them and that's the problem. It's not about what's right anymore it's about big businesses' money.......

    September 28, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Paul TX

    Running for President on a dare? Doesn't sound like someone I want running our country.

    September 28, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Pat, 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.

    September 28, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Racket

    Nice way to raise money..."give me 20 million and I'll run" then gets 15M, and can donate it to his favorite candidate or party...for political gain for himself.

    September 28, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Calling Newt smart is really self-defeating to the right-wingers as it shows how much less intelligent they are than the majority of Americans.He still has that biological defect that dooms any agenda he might propose,whether that agenda is correct or not.Proof of functioning brain matter is more important than political stance.People with normal brains(liberal) can learn and evolve,conservatives are rigid and cannot.Do we want an ideologue or a thinker?

    September 28, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Mark Louisville KY

    OMG! You people need to go back a few years and revisit what an IDIOT this person really is. I guess if Hitler were still alive, he'd have as good of a shot at the Whitehouse as old Newt does.....The american people are mindless sheep who would crucify their own children by electing someone like this MORON.

    September 28, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. don

    man, gingrich sure does love himself doesn't he.

    September 28, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Newt, you used to work hard for Georgia's people, and then you got all these delusions of grandeur. A man of your intelligence should be supporting the whole USA, not advancing one party over another. You're easily smart enough to be president, but you'd like to rule instead of govern us.

    September 28, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Another 'Repugnant-can Family Values Phony.' You can even have Ann Coulter (America's sweetheart) as your running mate! Go away idiot.

    September 28, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. James, Phoenix AZ

    I wish Colin Powell was pondering a Presidential run and not Newt.

    September 28, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. James, Phoenix AZ

    Mark – Lousiville KY,

    You wrote, "OMG! You people need to go back a few years and revisit what an IDIOT this person really is. I guess if Hitler were still alive, he'd have as good of a shot at the Whitehouse as old Newt does….."

    Actually Mark, Hitler could not run for the Presidency. Only individuals born in the US (or a US Territory) are eligible. Aaanold (Ca) – not eligible.
    If Hitler WERE running for office, seems the Party most open to his candidacy would be Democrats – considering they don't really mind Robert Byrd (former klu klux klan member) is one of their highly respected Senators.

    Just thought you might want to have the facts while you're deriding Newt.

    September 28, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. afrit007

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

    The GOP doesn't believe in dinosaurs. They're creationists.

    Which is why they're about to become extinct.

    September 28, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. michael mckenna

    I think that it is a disgrace that a candidate has to raise 30 million dollars to run for the office of president. If we put all the money together that the candidates raise we could pay off the war budget. this is why we cannot get any good people to run for office. You have my vote newt.

    September 28, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Jim Cleveland ohio

    Newt stay home you have no value

    September 28, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Garrett Indianapolis, IN

    Every candidate that they throw at Ron Paul is getting trounced. So... Let's throw Newt in to save face for the Neo Cons. I, and the American people will not be fooled.

    September 28, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. papa_rod

    Wonderful! Another liar in the White House

    September 28, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Newt does not do what Newt says he will do. He is a very intelligent man and he has many original and creative ideas. But we must remember that he is the father of Scorched Earth Republicanism. He was the genius behind the Contract with America (whatever happened to term limits anyway). As Speaker of the House during the Clinton years, he used the Impeachment clause of the Constitution – a contingency for the most critical of national emergencies – to paralyze a presidency. Newt himself has no right to look down on any other man's sexual indiscretions – a comment I would make about no other man.

    Just remember that you read it first here: do not expect Newt to do what Newt says he will do. Newt does not connect thought and action.

    September 28, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    If Thomason could only raise $7 million, Gingrich is only dreaming to get $30 million.

    Any idiot would agree to run if given $30 million.

    September 29, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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