September 30th, 2007
03:36 PM ET
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Gingrich: Good chance Clinton will win in '08

Gingrich announced Saturday he would not seek the presidency in 2008.

(CNN)–Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said it was legislation co-authored by a current candidate in the GOP presidential race, that prevented him from continuing to run his own political action committee, American Solution, and opening a presidential exploratory committee.

"Yesterday morning we learned from our attorneys that under the McCain-Feingold law, it is a criminal penalty if I had retained any communication with American Solutions. I could go to jail," Gingrich said Sunday in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "And the idea that you're on the turn of the dime kill this program in order to obey the McCain-Feingold Act which I think is an unconstitutional, frankly destructive bill, was crazy. And I just said if we have to choose, then it's irresponsible to not finish building up American Solutions."

Gingrich was referring to the 2002 piece of legislation authored by Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, a current candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, and Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wisconsin, that regulates the financing of political campaigns.

Gingrich said his party does face a tough road in its quest to re-capture the White House. "I think the odds are 80 per cent that Sen. Clinton is the next president; I think she is almost certainly going to win the Democratic nomination," he said of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York. "And I think unless the Republicans can find a way to represent real change for the current situation in Washington, unless they can convince the American people they represent fundamental change, I think they'll have a very hard time."

On the current field of GOP candidates, Mr. Gingrich said he found them all to be "hardworking, smart people." He said he would hold off on endorsing any particular candidate until after the Republican National Convention next summer in Minneapolis.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Newt Gingrich • Race to '08
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Well, well, well, hell must be about to freeze over!! First time I agree with him on anything!!!

    September 30, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Sybil+

    This dimwit called CHRIS FROM MIDDLETOWN,CT. has something to say about everything CNN puts on. We hope that he's trying to be funny, if he's serious then he has a screw loose. What a DORK

    September 30, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Truth Teller

    Newt: I don't really care if you run or not. What is important, is that it sounds like you support Hillary. Could that be because she voted FOR the Lieberman-Kyl amendment, potentially giving GWB the power to invade Iran? Could it be that she has demonstrated through her votes, both for the intital war, and now this amendment, that she doesn't demonstrate the judgement to be president?

    She told us that she learned from her first vote for the war. If this is true, why did she vote again to support a violent, as opposed to diplomatic approach to our current conflict with Iran?

    Arrogant posturing towards our enemies has been a disaster! Will she ever learn this?

    Those who do not learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them.

    September 30, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Roberta, Sarasota, FL

    Newt might want to stand down for awhile. I think he is stirring the pot, trying to get "drafted" as the GOP candidate. First, he says he will run if $30 million in pledges can be achieved in 3 weeks. A few days later he says, no - he has changed his mind. He doesn't wish to give up his lucrative position as head of that little non-profit money-maker he established.

    And now, just a day after declaring he won't run, he publicly says Hillary is likely to be elected. It all looks pretty transparent to me.

    September 30, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Mark Kansas City, Missouri

    It's all about the money. The more he say's Clinton will win the more conservatives send money. Clinton is the best fund raising tool the GOP has.

    September 30, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Maurice, Washington, DC

    I didn't think I will ever agree with Newt. I cringe just thinking I agree with Newt Gingrich. But he is right on the money, Hillary will win her party's nomination and the general elections. All Hillary haters can get a one way ticket to space and stay for the next 8 years. Go Hillary!!!

    September 30, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Sal, Los Angeles CA

    Didn't Bush endorse Hillary last week, saying she would beat Obama? Now Gingrich is endorsing her. I think the neo-cons would love to have her in office.

    If people think she's an anti-war candidate, then they need to wake up. She's voted for funding the war 100% of the time, and now wants it to expand into Iran.

    September 30, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Nick, Basking Ridge, NJ

    The only hope the GOP has is to nominate Ron Paul. That's the only possible change.

    I would also rather see Obama than Clinton running the white house.

    September 30, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Kathy Callan, Palo Cedro, CA

    Gingrich and the Republicans are hoping to run against Hillary Clinton for obvious reasons. John Edwards is the candidate the Republicans fear the most–he has the most courage of any of the canidates in taking on corruption in Washington, AND he is the most electable Democrat in general election match-ups against all the Republican contenders (Rasmussen Reports). He brings new states into play for the Democrats in the Midwest and South. He is the Republican's worst nightmare. Go, Edwards!

    September 30, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. JG, Poquoson, VA

    Hillary Clinton is the most qualified presidential candidate on either side of the fence, so I imagine that Newt is correct in assuming she will be our next president.

    September 30, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Watcher

    This race is still wide open. People were surprised that Senator Kerry won his party's nomination in the 2004 race. He gained momentum late in the race.

    September 30, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. John Braeger, Wrightstown, Wisconsin

    CNN headline reads, "Gingrich: Good chance Clinton will win in '08." Really?! Gingrich said, "I think she is almost certainly going to win the Democratic NOMINATION". He did not say "presidency" as the headline implies.

    Twisting words and reporting out of context appears to be CNN's and MSNBC's pitiful attempt to steer democratic election support.

    CNN – give us fair, unbiased, equal reporting. What you’re doing is painfully obvious and could backfire.

    Wrightstown, WI

    September 30, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Andrew Rice Houston Texas

    Newt's explanation that he just found out yesterday that the McCain-Feingold law prevents him from running is silly. The implications of this law concerning the conflict with American solutions had to be obvious to him for a long time - we are not talking about rocket science concepts. It is not clear what his real reason for not running is.


    September 30, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Sheila, Nashville, TN

    There is no doubt that Gingrich's prediction in terms of Clinton winning in 2008 is a ploy to wake up the GOP. Obama will be the the candidate to get vote across party lines. He is the future president of the Unites States and will unite Americans!

    September 30, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. We must win in 08

    Ultimately, this was a Three Prong Approach...
    1. Call McCain out and build support to remove it.
    2. Generate a fire in the core neo-con & republican base.
    3. and look willing to make sacrifice for the betterment of the country.

    Remember: This is the man who divorced one of his ex-wives while she was on her death bed, had an affair on the second one with a much younger employee, and left congress before the scandal hit.....Not to mention used his power in Congress to get Connie Chung removed from CBS....This man is pure evil....a wolf in lambs skin!

    September 30, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Stephen

    She has got to win the primary first ... Go Obama!

    September 30, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Becky Beatty, South Glens Falls, NY

    I wish the media would stop hanging on every prediction that Hillary is going to win this nomination! We have not begun to vote and mine is going to Barack Obama!!

    September 30, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Noboby, Irvine CA

    CNN must be joyful to hear that Gingrich thinks that Nurse Hillary will win Presidential election in 2008. That is so typical for CNN. CNN alway been favorite/supportive of Liberal.

    September 30, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. AP, New York City, NY

    This is an obvious ploy to rally the Republican base. Clinton is not the "inevitable" candidate that she wants people to think she is. Obama has a lot of support from non-traditional voters that doesn't show up in the polls and he is winning in Iowa already.

    September 30, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Russell NC

    Who is Newt Gindrich?

    September 30, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. kimberly Pensacola fl

    Mrs. Clinton reminds me of the kinda women I hate , you know the woman that say she will help out the poor, but spits on then as she walks by them. she will say nice thing to your face then stabs you in the back ! If you think Bush is bad ( I have no personal opinoin on him ) just imagin what this country will be like if she is pres. ! (scary thought huh ) my vote is for barack.!!!! just ' remember it isnt november yet !!!

    September 30, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Daniel, NY

    Check out these newly updated Senate Rankings. Almost everything breaks for Dems in September...

    September 30, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Adrian, San Diego, CA

    I think it's just so fascinating to read what people are writing about Hilary. "She is the only candidate who will change America", "She has all the experience we need in a president" "She will end the war in Iraq". Ladies and Gentlemen, you are being dooped. This is the result of political maneuvering and ambiguous statements that are so vague, people will interpret what they want to hear. For those who know how to critically think, Hillary is not a candidate with new with bold new ideas; instead, what she represents is exactly the same product wrapped up in a new package, that happens to be a woman (wow, it's a woman! Let's elect someone who looks different, then things will be different too, right?).

    I feel sorry for America. If the majority of its citizens could actually think independently, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now, and we wouldn't be beginning to delve ourselves even deeper into these quagmires by choosing Hillary in 08. Rip Van Winkle is applicable again: Wake up, you sleepy-head Americans!

    September 30, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Lawrence Jay Shields, Melbourne, Fl.

    Newt IS CORRECT!! Unfortunately, when Concervative politicians forget their principles, the dem's WIN! The ONLY way we win is by STICKING to our PRINCIPLES!! Lets face it! People ALWAYS do the WRONG thing UNLESS they are SHOWN the RIGHT WAY!! So far, there is NO LEADER that has broken away from the pack! There is NO ONE who has REAL solutions to the problems we face. So, the dem's are there to scoop-up all the discarded voters. They will replace REAL problems/REAL solutions for PHONY problems/PHONY solutions!! We are about to be BLOWN-UP by our ENEMIES!! BUT, WE WILL ALL HAVE FREE HEALTHCARE!!! WHOOOPPIE!!!

    September 30, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Q. Christian Atlanta GA

    The one question I ask of all the people who want Barack Obama to be President is why? What does Obama represent? He has consistently said he has been against the war, yet he funded it each time it came up for a vote until he realized he was running for President. He makes very DANGEROUS foreign policy statements which shows his naievity when it comes to world affairs. Do you really think it would be a good idea to go into Pakistan our only muslim "ally" in the war on terror guns blazing???? Heck no! I think people need to realize what they are getting with Senator Clinton. The one thing I can say is we know where she stands. She has a proven record that we can criticize or look to to prove her worthiness in seeking the Presidency. Mr. Obama doesn't have that. I find it amusing that Mr. Obama can criticize someone for voting for a war that he wasn't even a member of the senate to vote on. In fact if it weren't for his Republican opponent getting embroiled in a sex scandal there would be no Sen Barack Obama from Illinois. In these perilous times that America faces I really don't think we need a person that completely lacks the experience and leadership America needs to restore our moral authority and credibility as the worlds leading power.

    September 30, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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