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. Doug, New Jersey

    If the votes of those who contribute to society were the only ones counted, no Democrat would ever be elected.

    Not saying that is what we should do, but it is a lot more moral that Chicago thug libs and their Acorn who pay homeless people to vote, illegally count the votes of convicted fellons, throw away the votes from our military, and have hundreds of lib counties accross this nation where the number of people who voted lib out-numbers the total population of that communist county.

    Face it, if you vote lib you are saying that you believe in the values of Blagovich, Sharpton, Obama, Wright, and Ayers. Is it any wonder that so many libs are afraid to believe in a god?

    March 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Chris

    OMG...not him again!!! He has a lot of personal issues, but it seems the GOP don't have a problem with folks private lives when they are a Republican.

    March 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. John

    Good we dems would like a shot a newt, he deserves to be drug through the thorns we would like a chance to tear him down too.

    March 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Seth

    You liberals, I feel sorry for you, and the way you think, I mean this is America, you have a right to think as you please, isnt it nice, Not someplace where you would be hanged or beheaded. And your still not satisfied, you want to make this country a socialist country, and you dont even appreciate what you have. What is it going to take, this country has always had a nearly two way party (with some liberals) but your losing ground, you thought putting this man in the White House would be a piece of cake for you, know learn your lesson and go to your corner. Its politics, this will not change. Hello its not what you know its who you know

    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Edward

    March 6th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

    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.

    What are you so angry about? Your party got us here. How easily people for get who was in charge for the last 8 years. And don't give me that Democratic congress crap, they were the majority for 2 years and you were the majority for 6 ... you blew it.

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Dave

    Yeah, right... This moron couldn't get elected President of the Dogcatchers, let alone President of the United States.

    March 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Sara K

    I'm all for it! The right wing clowns love to proclaim themselves as the party with family values. This is one less lie they'll be able to use.

    And to the morons who don't understand that socialism doesn't equal communism – go back to school. With Obama's help, you can get yourself the education you couldn't afford. Turn off Rush Limbaugh, put your gun down, and read a book NOT written by Ann Coulter.

    March 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Get Well Soon GOP

    If Obama is a Socialist, Bush was a dictator. No matter the view of the POTUS the constitution is robust. There is nothing Obama can do to hurt this nation so just relax and let the man right the ship. Think of it this way, if you just relax and not clinch up so much it will not hurt as bad.

    March 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Don't look at me I didn't vote for Socialism

    This is the man that will get us out of this mess.

    In addition, he was the reason we had a surplus during the Clinton years. He was running the show in Congress, not Nancy Pelosi that is essentially running into a ditch of enormous debt.

    March 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Edward

    Oh yeah, if the stimulus bill works the GOP can kiss 2012 goodbye. You were opposed to helping people get back on their feet. What did you propose ... tax cuts. That's it, nothing else ... tax cuts. No answers.

    March 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    Didn't take him too long to crawl out from under his rock. He is just another reason the Rushlicans need to find some new leadership and fast.

    March 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. cheryl brooks from cali

    so what, forget it you're not a people person....

    March 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Don't look at me I didn't vote for Socialism

    I can see the moderator here feels that 98% of the comments should be pro liberal Barack "killer of the American dream" and 2 % should be sensible solutions through Americans private sector productivity through Conservative values. Productive people made this country great, not the losers like many of the blogger on this site.

    March 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Don in Albuquerque

    Let him run. Shaking all the skeletons outa his closet will be real fun. Like the woman he was playing with at the same time he was trying to nail Clinton for the Monica gig. Bring it on Newt. As morally bankrupt as the rest of the repugs.

    March 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. JMc

    "they can't lead themselves out of a cardboard box! "

    If only the Newt Revolutionista's had left a cardboard box......If only he had a historians perspective. Of course if he can indeed, like Ben, get a kite to fly and attract lighning perhaps he could get a green bailout.

    March 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Debby

    Newt would be a great candidate. Just think if the McCain administration was in office now, there would be tax cuts for everyone, yes even the rich, since they pay a higher tax because they earn more, and our economy would be slowly coming back with people investing again. A good dream anyway.

    March 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. abc

    🙂 i knew he had plans for 2012 since late last year. a guy like him will not be this active and media-exposed if he didn't want the #1 job. but if he's onboard with the childish act of no constructive, innovative & new ideas for our country but chat socialism & play extreme right wing like their base support, most of the independents and moderate democrats will not support him.

    i mean he needs to have 21st century mind and ideas which seems to be a Mt. Everest obstacle for the GOP 2012 presidential candidates.

    March 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Don't look at me I didn't vote for Socialism

    Hey anyone with a pulse that is representing the Republican party will win in 2012. I've had two months with this false Messiah and I feel like puking everytime he attempts to destroy a different sector of our economy (banking, housing, energy, etc..)

    I can see the moderator here feels that 98% of the comments should be pro liberal Barack "killer of the American dream" and 2 % should be sensible solutions through Americans private sector productivity through Conservative values. Productive people made this country great, not the losers like many of the blogger on this site.

    March 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Independent

    Ya know, You liberal clowns make me laugh. You rant about
    Gingrich indescretions, and how you can't stand the man, and in the
    same breath you speak of Clinton who did the same things, and
    yet you were in love with him.
    Help me out here! Is one a good guy and one a bad guy?? What's
    the key ?

    March 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Tina

    Finally a serious republican candidate. Not going to vote for him; but, I could sleep at night okay if he won.

    March 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. connie

    thanks Newt this is what the country needs. People he help Clinton become a great president. This is one smart man. I would rather have experience because what i have seen of the younger generations is cry babies-they can't handle rejection or defeat. This is one smart man and his business mind dam he is smart

    March 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. TX Jim

    Ok so they run Newt and the Obama strategy is still the same. Split the white vote and get 95% and 70% of the Black and Latino vote and win by almost 200 EV.

    Also win the under 30 vote, the swing vote, and the women.

    I doubt the Republican party will exist in its current state after the beating they are going to take in 2010. They will split in some manner or another.

    There is a reason why they are setting the economy up to recover in early 2010, to give the voters a fresh glimpse of how well the Obama administration and Congress are doing their jobs. When people are employed and somewhat happy, it makes it easier to vote for the party who helped them be that way.

    March 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Patricia

    Newt the man that wants everyone that has less then one oz of weed to be put to death.

    The man that stated this I hats liberals thing back in the day, and he wants to become President. LOL

    I don't think so.

    March 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. J Huck

    Don't do too much thinking, Newt... YOU WON'T WIN!

    McCain got 47% of the voting population (30% Hardcore + 17% Moderate)... you will end up with just 30..

    March 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Steph

    Are there any republicans out there who would like to be part of putting this country back on its feet?!?! Nope. You are all too busy licking your wounds, being whining little obstructionists and planning for 2012. Way to put Country First (or did you really mean to say party first).

    March 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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