September 30th, 2007
03:36 PM ET
15 years ago

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. BP, Cola SC

    Dear John Braeger from Wrightstown, Wisconsin,

    You wrote, that Gingrich said only that Clinton would win the nomination; that he said nothing about the presidency. You then accused CNN (and MSNBC for some reason) of "twisting words and reporting out of context" so as to "steer democratic election support." You then demanded fairness and lack of bias in CNN's reporting.

    Did you bother to read this sentence from Gingrich, which was located RIGHT BEFORE he said Clinton would get the nomination:

    "I think the odds are 80 per cent that Sen. Clinton is the next president."

    CNN's headline was more than appropriate. Gingrich did say Clinton is likely to become president.

    Who is being dishonest here, John: you or CNN?

    September 30, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Raymond, El Paso TX

    "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."

    Since it was the Republicans that created the current situation and given that they're apparently quite happy with the status quo, a Democrat will certainly be the next president. However, it's not necessarily going to be Hillary. Polls can say whatever the heck they want, we haven't voted yet.

    September 30, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Ron Nebraska

    Does anyone but me wonder why all these republicans, from Bush to Rove to Gingrich are saying Mrs. Clinton is the one to beat? I suspect, like all things republican, it has more to do with manipulating the ignorant than anything approaching truth or honesty. So the point is, don't buy it! Barack Obama is who we need at this point in our history to set us on the road to sanity.

    September 30, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. EB Rideout

    This shameless loser is just stirring the kettle to drum up support from the fringe right.

    He wants them to draft him in '08 and bury him in cash.

    He never had any sense of decency, anyway.

    He'll win up back in the trashheap before long.

    September 30, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Mike Graham Longview, TX

    I can't believe I am agreeing with Gingrich on something! Our country needs HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Longview, TX

    September 30, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. rich

    Newt just needs to shut his pot hole and go away he is irrealvant. Just another neocon who really don't give a crap about you or me just money

    September 30, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Penelope Snow South Portland Maine

    He's a smart man and he is right in his predictions because she is "the right man for the job!" She's not perfect, but she is an EXCELLENT choice for president. Anyone who has really educated themselves on the Clinton investigations knows that they cost taxpayers tens of million dollars and came up with NOTHING that was truly meaningful. For 70 plus million dollars what we got was the reassurance that Hillary is not at all "crooked"-because if something was there they would've found it and exposed it. Anyone who dislikes Hillary should take the time to go and see her speak in person-I promise you will meet someone very different than the media often portrays- she is kind but tough, extremely knowledgable on the issues in a very detailed way, and composed. She'll be a fabulous president who really works for Americans.

    September 30, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Sybil+

    Newt, what kind of a name is that. Sounds like some sort of reptile, lizard..whatever.

    September 30, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Chris T, Los Angeles CA

    Hillary will certainly not be the next American President when the Voice o' Justice has been running the show since Its revealing in June '06 (think about that you loyal c-span2 watchers) and what did it look like? – a graveyard-shift baggy-eyed eleventh-hour hopeful-rambler, like the Glassjaw Boxer we see truckin' on some other planet vowing to return home and fix things for The Family, and it certainly doesn't look like any Clinton is his endorsed candidate. Who is this Rolling Stone man with his mask and jumper-cables attached to that book he's read best?

    September 30, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. Maria, Houston

    Q.Christian and all Hillary's supporters:

    Could you please tell me, what has Hillary Cinton accomplished, that qualifies her to be our future president. Please, refer to SPECIFIC accomplishments. I truly want to know and I'd appreciate it if any of you respond with a list of references. Thank you.

    September 30, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. Ron Nebraska

    Chris T..........HUH!?

    October 1, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Every once in a while Newt gets it right. I agree that Hillary is going to be our next president, and I'm relieved for our country. Newt believes he has the best chance against Clinton, but isn't willing to give up his PAC to run. Guess we know what's most important to him.

    October 1, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. Daniel

    The new ARG poll with Romney on top in South Carolina is truly shocking news!

    October 1, 2007 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  14. John NC

    Gingrich should go bury his head in the sand.

    October 1, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Dear Raj: I noticed you didn't capitalize Hillary's name in your entry. Just the kind of childish mentality we need in these tough times. It might have been appropriate during the 90's when the major concern of the Republicans was Bill's zipper, but in these days of unilateral Domestic Governace & Foreign Policy, don't you think the Right should at least try to play nice given the mess they've managed to create all on their own.

    October 1, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Paul TX

    You're right Newt, Hillary will make a phenominal president. She's the right person to fix the Bush mistakes.

    October 1, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Los Angeles ca

    I agreed with Newt for the first time. Hillary is going to be our next president. We need someone to unite the country, A house divided can never stand. Lets not dwell on her husbands past. He who has no sin cast the first stone.It is now obvious that the republicans are not saints either. Lets forgive and move on to a better day. Good luck Hillary!

    October 1, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Coach Haughton

    The master of spin back to save the Neo-con's.

    Anybody believe that Gingritch is intentionally making a statement to play up hillary's strength?

    Clearly the smartest, most dangerous republican strategist alive believes that the republicans best chance at winning is rudy vs. hillary.

    so push her forward, bash McCain.

    Knowing how politcally effective this guy can be it might work.

    October 1, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Coach Haughton NH

    Ask yourself these questions.

    Is Lobbying a Problem in Washington?

    Was the War wrong?

    Didn't we as democrats know that the war was wrong before it started?

    Didn't John kerry lose because of his war vote?

    Is twelve years longer than six?

    Does your spouses experience count for your own?

    Is the best healthcare candidate one who has failed at it once already and who proposes that they can do it without raising taxes?

    Is a woman who empowered her husband to commit adultery a good leader for women?

    Is it good to for americans to see a loving commited family with a moral father and an independantly accomplished mother in the whitehouse?

    Is it good for america to prove that we can elect a president without corprorate baggage?

    Is it good for america to know that the president we are electing truly shares their belief that the war was wrong from day one?

    Is it good for america to elect the mind over the machine?

    Who is the best candidate for president of the United States of America?

    That one is the easiest.

    Barack Obama!

    October 1, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    A lot of people here are really uneducated. They critized things they do not have the slightest idea. Newt Gingrich is not a neocon. Neither Rumsfeld or Cheney is neocon. They are paleoconservative. Neocons are idealist liberals who were unsatisfied with the Democratic Party especially during the LBJ Carter eras and joined the Republcan Party. This is why they are called NEO-con. Neocons believes they are the true liberals and they are the true heirs of FDR and Truman. Their arguments are always from the left, not from the right. For example, the democratic peace theory. Bill Kristol and Richrd Perle are true neocons. Bill Kristol's father Irving Kirstol is considered the godfather of Neoconservatism.

    October 1, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    The mantle of experience has been credited to Hillary.

    Polls show more than four in 10 voters nationwide – including Republicans and independents – give Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton the edge among the Democratic candidates on the issue of experience.

    It is Hillary’s life experience first lady in Arkansas and White House and her experience in the Senate. To some extent, it's almost like she was the assistant to the governor and president for many years and she is now running to be the chief.
    She's met with foreign leaders, helped her husband on policy issues and supported him against political attacks.

    Hillary and her husband have been the focus of a right wing slander campaign, and they handled it very well.

    October 1, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Dan S.

    Like many others who have commented here, I can't believe I actually agree with Newt about anything! But one thing is becoming increasingly clear to the entire country - Hillary Clinton is by far the brightest, most articulate and qualified candidate regardless of party affiliation. She is an unstoppable force and as president she will help us all hold our heads high in the world as Americans again! GO HILLARY!!!

    October 1, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Frank Honolulu HI

    Newt Newt Newt

    Who cares what you think?

    October 1, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    What could be wrong with the next president of the United States of America being the spouse of a previous president? I admit as a Republican when Bill won the election over George H. I was sick. However, If everyone can think back over the eight years of the Clinton Presidency it was a very good time for this nation. I Myself sincerely believe we can have that again if we give Hillary a chance.

    October 2, 2007 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  25. Steven Stewart, Portland, Oregon

    This really just getting turned down the same dangerous routes it is always turned. Obama, I almost certain, could make an excellent president, but he needs more experience, such as coming from vice president to the ranks of president. You seem to think that our current president had any real skill at this job, seeing how he paid people to run Texas for him. I know we need Obama but I also we need experience and that is with Senator Clinton.

    Hillary and Barak just get over yourselves and go together, thats the real change with still the needed experience.

    Please just do what is really best not what you want to it be the best.

    October 2, 2007 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
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