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

Gingrich talks openly about running in 2012

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/06/art.gingrich.gi.jpg 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. Chris

    Run Newt! We need a real republican with conservative credentials as the nominee this time. McCain was the wrong man.

    March 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Dan

    Newt is a smart guy but in 2012 we just won't need four more years of failed Reagan/Bush economic policies. They've been tried and they have failed. They are known to leave greater deficits, the rich richer and the poor poorer. For the good of the nation, Newt shouldn't run.

    March 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. AK

    Newt is one of the smartest the Republican party has to offer, but that doesn't change the fact that Republican policy is tired. If Obama can't get it done, our only hope is a new third party.

    March 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Lisa from AZ

    Honestly, who does Newt think he is? Rush Limbaugh?

    March 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. J

    Oh, PLEASE GOD, not again. -- We`re still trying to recover from the downhill spiral ya`ll started us in in the late 90`s. - I, obviously, haven`t forgotten---–

    March 6, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Susan in SC

    Oh Please. Another GOP full of HOT AIR man.... Go run for office in Iceland – maybe they can harness your hot air for something good.

    March 6, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Video Guy

    Don't worry Mr Newt, we will not need you. Maybe they "GOP" might let you run as a dark horse.

    March 6, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Mickie

    I wonder if he will pick Palin as his running mate?

    March 6, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Zion

    Go Newt. Do it. The republicans are officially extinct. Run for office if:

    *old
    *white
    *male
    *pulse

    March 6, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. jm

    while the rep. base may welcome this news, gingrich may not be the answer for the party. when all is said and done, what trully won the race for the dems. has not been their base, but people who have gotten tired of both parties – independents. most independents are leary of politicians who are stubbornly catering to their base. gingrich may put up a good fight, but the party needs to think out of the box without trading in their core principles wholesale, for a stronger future.

    March 6, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Faux News and Beyond

    Those blabbering about "socialist/communists" are just repeating Rush & Faux News talking points ... repeating those new "scary" words again and again won't make them true.

    As for Newt's wife – is the the one he cheated on while denouncing President Clinton ... just wondering ...

    If he doesn't want to waste his time and ours, he'd better come up with better ideas than the failed "tax cuts, deregulation, and trickled down"

    March 6, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. HBO

    Please do!

    That would secure a victory and increase the odds for a 50 state victory for President Obama's second term.

    March 6, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. nora CC TXAS

    Good one Newt, I know you are kidding!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. alvino

    With all his failed marriages and his fooling around, I am sure he will get the family values conservative vote.

    March 6, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Moderate Republican

    Lol, this isn't 1994 Newt.

    The diminishing influence for the neo-con & broad uber-convervative agenda makes you not-attractive to the large majority of Americans.

    Just wait until your past voting record are scrutinized for months on end.

    March 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Debra from Georgia

    I think Newt have some dirt that came out of the Monica Lawinsky mess. Newt is not a good idea, more brainstorming, come on with it.
    Not Newt.

    March 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Debra from Georgia

    I think Newt have some dirt that came out of the Monica Lawinsky mess. Newt is not a good idea, more brainstorming, come on with it.
    Not Newt.

    March 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Debra from Georgia

    I think Newt have some dirt that came out of the Monica Lawinsky mess. Newt is not a good idea, more brainstorming, come on with it.
    Not Newt.

    March 6, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Debra from Georgia

    I think Newt have some dirt that came out of the Monica Lawinsky mess. Newt is not a good idea, more brainstorming, come on with it.
    Not Newt.

    March 6, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Greg

    Great run Newt you have plenty of baggage to bring up in the campaign. He was a great orchestrator of a message for the republican party, however he was hardly the poster boy for family values and morals. I don't think he is the answer. I believe the Republican party has to drop the religious right and come to the moderates who believe in science and separation of church and state. If they can find a normal representative (un-Palin,Jindal like) they could certainly pull conservative democrats and moderates alike. The problem is they have no message other than cut taxes and we know that it is a failed way togovern when you continue to spend the way they did these past 12 years.

    March 6, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Kevin in Ohio, you're boring and approaching tedious fast. You never have anything to contribute, youjust throw cr@p and offer nothing constructive. Do you know the meaning of socialism? Why not prove that you're worth listening to instead of just posting negative rants.

    March 6, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Tim

    Newt Gingrich's Skeleton Closet :

    Mr. Family Values is amazingly similar to Bill Clinton – both are pot smoking, draft-dodging adulterers from poor Southern families.

    Newt pressed his first wife to sign divorce papers while she was still in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. He also graciously said "She isn't young enough or pretty enough to be the President's wife." But his second marriage hasn't been that smooth either. Newt and Marianne have been separated – "frankly", she told the Washington Post in June 1989, "it's been on and off for some time."
    Does Newt have some kind of problem with women? He has said that he read a book called "Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them", and "found frightening pieces that related to my own life."

    March 6, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Sara

    It's not necessary... In any way share or form.

    kaythxbai

    March 6, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. pdec

    Oh, no! Looks like Newt just made it to the new Enemies of the Whitehouse list. Let the demonization begin! Time for Rahm to fire up the Obama-turned-Nixon trash machine.

    March 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. alvino

    Kevin in Ohio-

    The biggest increase in government and move toward socialism was from the Bush 43 Bailout to the tune of $800 Billion with no checks and balances where the money went, but you already know that.

    March 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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