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.

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soundoff (461 Responses)
  1. Steve

    If it is necessary?? Necessary for what – to save us?? The arrogance of Gingrich that he will ride to our rescue by running for President – he failed miserably once to 'save us' with the Contract with America. To think he even believes that he would be a viable candidate...oh wait...he must be reading from the same script as Sarah Palin.

    March 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. RUSH

    Hide your kids if newt runs

    March 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Rob

    If the last month and a half are any indication, anyone will be able to beat whatever Dem idiot is running. They're already shooting themselves in the foot, and showing that while they may be able talk of a 'pretty world where everyone gets along', they can't lead themselves out of a cardboard box! Look at it, the stock market is tanking, and instead of doing anything to fix it, they go after a radio host. What happens when we have a terrorist attack, they gonna go after Kelsey Grammar?

    March 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. tim

    Check Newt character inventory first.......

    March 6, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. David

    sorry Newt Grinderswitch, not going to vote for you. You're part of the two-party problem/scam. You're aslo a CFR cronie.

    March 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Freddy

    Ah, yes. The supposedly "progressive and tolerant" liberals are expressing their racist bigotry yet again. Keep up the rhetoric, libs, and help ensure a Conservative victory in 2010 and 2012.

    March 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. lovable liberal

    This guy is the conservative savior!? That just shows how bad things are for the right-wingers. Gingrich-Limbaugh sounds like some terminal medical condition.

    Run, Newt, run. The hilarity that ensues will be entertaining.

    March 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. RDS

    @Kurt C...u must have meant the doofus that just left the White House, he the one that could be compared to a bumbling idiot!

    March 6, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. susie

    I would vote for Gingrich, he knows what he is talking about and doesn't need a teleprompter.

    March 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Charles Atlanta

    Can GOP bring someone from younger generation? The whole world is changing and need young blood. The whole GOP is still arguing socialism/communism that is completely out-of-touch in 21st century. Besides, they have no clue what they are talking about.

    March 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. sean from ohio

    Gingrich/Palin 2012 will bring this Christian country back to glory our founding fathers imagined ran by those who know how to use a gun and are not afraid to force the opposition to agree with us by any means. Man how many countries can say they are run by the vessels of god. America can surely say that with Gingrich/Palin 2012 we can join israel and annihilate the Moslem world and take what is rightfully ours. Manifest Destiny.

    March 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    So, Gingrich, the poster child for hypocrisy everywhere is now deciding to run? What about Palin? I thought she had it wrapped up?

    Isn't Gingrich the same guy, who as a dead-beat dad and wife beater, was salivating to get Clinton? I remember him saying he ws going to run Clinton out of office, when lo and behold, it was Newt who was sent packing and out of politics completely. I guess he's following the Nixon plan – go away for a few years and then have the nerve to come back, tanned and rested, and under the mistaken idea that your ideas count for much.

    So, please, Newt, with Palin. I can't wait to hear you debate Obama.

    March 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. ch

    He must be kidding – we got rid of this loser back in 1998 when he was forced to resign after the GOP LOST seats in the mid-term by running against the Lewinsky "scandal".

    So President Clinton kept his job and maintained sky high approval ratings while Newtie (who was carrying on an extra marital affair) was forced to resign.

    Poetic Justice – Go to He** Newt and take the rest of the right wing with you!

    March 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. ran

    My comment will be the same as before. Mybe this time you will post it. This guy is a joke.

    March 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. julio

    Oldt (not Newt) Gingrich wants to comeback with the same old conservative ideas, the same old Get Rich Quick for his Rushpublicans friends and campaign backers, and the same old, old, old, old philosophy: illegal mexicans and blacks are the problem in America. When are all those white conservative americans (and the few Uncle Tom asians, blacks and latinos) going to wake up from the mental fogg that they have been subjected to for so many years, when? Rushpublicans should lick their wounds to heal their problems rather than increasing their pain with sulfuric-minded candidates like Plushlimbaugh, Sarah Falin', and other non-patriotic hate mongers who want the country to fail. Rushpublicans are for themselves and nobody else.

    March 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Felly

    The Grand Obstructionist Party does not know how to run an economy.
    Clinton handed Bush a surplus and he messed it up. My projection is that the GOP will be in a political wilderness for about two decades. Their base has shrunk drastically with no new ideas. All they talk about is tax cuts for the rich.

    March 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Faye

    It is so sad to read some of these comments. I think some of them or torture to the American people. People when Bush was elected did you or did you not oppose of everything he did?

    No. The only difference here that this President is an African American that is smart and have been studying this country in its economy distress since Bush was in office. At least he is smart enough to tell the American people what went wrong during the last 8 years and how we can fix it, but I don't hear no one offering any suggestions.

    March 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. SHIRLEY "60"

    Didn't he offer these same words for the previous election, and why didn't he think it was necessary with angry, old McCain running?

    March 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Vera

    There won't be a US by 2012. The mesiah is seeing too it.

    March 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Same old-same old

    Isn't Newt the guy that started the division between the Dem's and Rep's that is so rampant today? Isn't he also the guy that was trashing Clinton over Lewinski, when he (Newt) was also having an affair during that time? What's good for the goose is good for the gander...

    March 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. RadianChalant

    Most people talking against President Obama and hoping that he fails are Republicans. The President has been in office for just over a month and people talk like he has been in office for 8 years. We gave Bush 8 years and now President Obama is trying to clean up his huge mess. Guess what? Republicans want to go back to the Good Years with wars and tax cuts, under Bush. Obama is trying to take care of home first, the U.S. President Obama, keep spending our dollars; we need help. Republicans keep saying NO and fighting amongst yourselves.

    March 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Cynthia in Michigan

    Who's Calista? Wife #4, #5 . . . ?

    March 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Where's a Portly Pepper Pot when you need one? Look around, it's not hard to find an American woman who fancies herself a (tortured victimized) queen.

    The Con[SS]ervatives need a starting point from which to launch their next hate generation campaign.

    March 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. takedownBHO

    Probably 90% of you Kool-Aid drinkers posting comments linked in from TheRawStory. Speaking of original thoughts, take a close look at the page today...not a SINGLE headline about the market, or the disaster unfolding at the hands of BHO. However, 2 headlines on Rush Limbaugh, 3 stories about Bush administration witch hunts, 2 about nationalized healthcare, 2 about Stephen Colbert mocking Fox News anchors, 1 about prop-8, 1 about Michael Steele fumbling of the RNC, and 1 about alleged theft by a US officer in Iraq. These are truly the stories of our time. I mean, we're not heading for a depression or anything. The economy's not even a story even though another brutal jobs report came out today, and BHO's SOCIALIST – that's right I said it – economic policies are being clearly rejected by a once capitalistic system. Ahhh, the power of distraction.

    March 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. still hoping

    @ christopher
    Please get your facts straight. clinton left the white house with a deficit. funny how the democrats keep spouting lies until you all believe it.

    March 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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