March 6th, 2009
09:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich talks openly about running in 2012

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gingrich is mulling a White House bid in 2012."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is talking out loud about a possible run for the White House in 2012.

“Calista and I will look seriously, and we'll probably get our family totally engaged, including our two grandchildren, probably in January 2011, and we'll look seriously at whether or not we think its necessary to do it,” Gingrich told reporters in Ashland, Virginia last night, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“And if we think it's necessary we'll probably do it,” he said. “And if it isn’t necessary we probably won't do it.”

The former House Speaker told the New York Times magazine something similar in a profile published over the weekend.

“I think I’m closer to Benjamin Franklin than to George Washington,” Gingrich told the magazine. “I’m a contributor to my country and to my times. If it turns out that there’s a moment when it makes sense to run, then I’ll run. But if I end up never being able to run, then it won’t devastate me.”

Gingrich briefly flirted with the idea of running for president in 2007, telling supporters that if he could raise $30 million in a three-week period he would enter the race, but ultimately decided against entering the race.

Though he’s mulling a run, Gingrich said it may be time to pass the torch to younger crop of leaders. He told the Times-Dispatch that he sees the Republican Party “moving towards a whole new generation” and predicted that Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Minority Whip, is on the path to becoming Speaker of the House.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (461 Responses)
  1. Rahm the Man

    We need gingrich, maybe not to win but into influence policy and fire people up.

    March 6, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Newt, it will absolutely be necessary! GO FOR IT! And get rid of this socialist/communist society once and for all.

    March 6, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Just because you're Newt Gingrich doesn't mean you are entitled to anything. You are part of the do nothing party.

    March 6, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Mike

    This is the best news the republican party has gotten since last nov.

    March 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Brian Crooks

    Awesome! Run, Newt, Run! The way to counter young voters and new ideas is clearly to recycle a candidate who hasn't held office in 15 years and who offers the same stale ideas he used in the 90s! Good call!

    March 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. worriedmom

    Newt would be a good candidate. but that is 4 years away and anything and anyone can become a shining star. By the way, i was just informed that the so call increase I will get in my paycheck for April 1 has a problem. The tax table isn't changing so i will end up paying more when filing next year! So the small increase that I get I will have to ask that it be taken out for taxes nowso I don't end up paying next year! Guess we got snockered again!!!
    this bites!

    March 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. JIM...TX

    Another loud mouth nut.......Repubs need somebody NEW whose NOT tied to their failed policies.

    March 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. dan in Tucson

    You've got to be kidding me. This guy is the boob of all boobs. Anyone remember the racial comments he made that almost got him evicted from Washington. This person is bad news for everyone. We don't need anymore corrupt politicians fleecing America.

    March 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. dan in Tucson

    Another point. If this is the best the Republicans can offer, then they really are done.

    March 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Margie

    Bring it on.

    March 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. william lacoste

    Go for it! Like Joe Kennedy said to Jack. If not you, then who? If not now, when? I t may be too late to save ourselves if you don't bring about your 12 points to a reality ASAP.

    March 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Bob

    What we are seeing today in the curent economy are the fruit of the seeds sown by Newt's "Contract on America" . America has moved beyond his failed ideas. Let's keep the failed ideas of the past in the past!!!

    March 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Tim E

    Won't it be difficult for Newt to play the "bi-partisan" card if he is a declared "partisan?" Still, it would be interesting to have his grandchildren involved; after all, they are the ones holding the IOUs.

    March 6, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Kelly

    I am a life long Democrat and I must say that even I am starting to feel sorry for the Republicans. It is truly a sad day when your only option is Newt at the top of the ticket.

    March 6, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. ruth

    Is Gingrich the best the Republicans have? I say NO to another GRAND OLD PARTY wife cheater.

    March 6, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Sue

    Good. The sooner Republicans prop up a list of candidates to throw their hats in already, the faster Obama will be able to campaign against them with evidence of not acting bipartisan.

    Obama in another landslide 2012.

    March 6, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Brandon

    Considering Newt Gingrich's personal life I would not use the phrase "flirted with the idea". Considering Republicans are supposed to be the "family values" party if Gingrich gets the nomination I would put the final nail in that coffin. This is that guy that was calling for Clinton's impeachment regarding an act of infidelity while he was engaging in acts of infidelity. His slogan will have to be "Hipocracy over Hope".

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. al+

    Dream on NEWT. Don't waste your time or money running against President Obama.

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. seabee

    Oh, please Newt do it.......please run for President of the USA and screw it up just like u did to Georgia! Both U and Russ are what's best for the Republican party, don't u think? CB

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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  21. tigerakabj

    You know what, instead of always thinking about the next election, the Republicans should articulate solutions that are going to help America TODAY (besides tax cuts, No to every Obama solution, tax cuts, more tax cuts, and some more "no").

    With their offering of their power, decision-making abilities, and their very careers to the alter of Limbaugh, they may not make it to 2012 at this rate. They need to change and adapt, and quickly if they hope to compete for America's trust.

    It's only been 40 something-odd days since Obama took office, and already he has kept most of his campaign promises and delivering sweeping and correct results at warp speed. The Republicans better get on board, or they will find themselves increasingly marginalized.

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Debi

    His running mate will be Rush.
    He would tap Ann Coulter for Secretary of State and Karl Rove for Chief of Staff.

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. ObamaShrugged

    Gingrich is an agenda driven pol who will do only what he and his party want. He will have no regard for what the real, common-sense Americans want for this country.

    Actually, that's what we have now. And had before him. And before him. And before him. And before him. And before him. And before him.

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. carlo

    If this country lets this snake bite us twice, we deserve whatever we get. I can't believe he has the nerve to show his face again, but, then again, this is the party that has so many Christian values, its leader is a pill popping thrice divorced, racist pig, so I don't put anything past them.

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Delldude

    That Jerk ??NO Way!!! Some more of BUSH Policies?

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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