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.


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soundoff (461 Responses)
  1. Florida Dude

    It's amazing how republicans come out to say they are running to solve America's problems but don't seem to remember all the damage they have done in the past 8 years. Newt should give us his solutions now to solve our problem and we can consider him for President if that works. The problem is that ALL republicans think that lower taxes and deregulation is the only answer to everything.

    Sorry...I'll stick with Obama

    March 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. cnnnewser

    Absolutely no way Gingrich will be president.

    March 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. JJ in FL

    G.O.P... Grand OLD Party... OLD ideas that don't work, and OLD white men out'f touch with reality...

    By definition, the cure for what ails America would NOT be more of the disease!!!

    Newt Gingrich is an adulturous draft-dodging HYPOCRITE. The country does NOT need more of the same!!!

    March 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. dg

    finnally we will get someone who will get this country back to basics

    March 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. 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 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Jim, Burlington NC

    Yup just what the country needs, a 3 time wife cheater exspousing "Family Values". I wonder if Newt plans on serving divorce papers to Calista when she's in a cancer ward...

    This is the guy who brought us "The Contract on America" – he's the last person on earth who should be President – including Caribo Barbie...

    March 6, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Jim

    Much of the problem with achieving bipartisan action today is a direct result of Gingrich's actions when he was House Leader. He deliberately marginalized senior moderate Republicans and gave chairmanships based on their ideological purity. When the Repbulicans took over the Senate, the process was repeated. As a Pennsylvanian, I was particularly disgusted by the description of our light weight junion senator, Rick Santorum, as the third most important Republican in the Senate, when our senior Senator, Arlen Spector was clearly more thoughtful, principled, and courageous (Congressional Republicans can't even stand up to Limbaugh!) The Republican Party will not revive until they realize that Gingrich and his followers' quest for ideoogical purity have reduced their party to a small group of true believers who have deliberately and industriously excluded the vast majority of Americans.

    March 6, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. 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 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Minnesotan

    Nutty Newtie wants to run for President? Bwa-Ha-Ha-Ha! Keep shaking that GOP tree and all the nuts will be falling off!

    March 6, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. meh

    Oh, God. This just gets better and better. Who next? Reagan's ghost?

    March 6, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. dg

    go newt

    March 6, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Robert Jones

    Are you kidding me Newt?????
    Obama just got sworn in less than 6 weeks ago. You are a thorn in his side, you are just SO dang negative!!! jeez! I don't care if you are thinking about launching a 2012 campaign, let the man run this country. Obama won the election fair and square, give him a chance!

    March 6, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Big Ed

    I hope not. Talk about a nut-case!

    March 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Rick

    Calista, is that the one he divorced his dying wife for? Nothing like a guy who delivers divorce papers to a woman lying in a hospital bed.

    March 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Jaimon

    Newt is an ideas guy. Even bad ideas get the candidates talking about the issues instead of the American Idol fluff that usually plagues the campaign trail.
    That said, America is not yet ready for a candidate with Newt's personal background.

    March 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. I've gotta wear shades

    I think I speak for the American people when I say we hope it isn't necessary.

    March 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Jeff

    Can't wait to hear more of the Gingrich family values and morals if he runs for President. Is Calista the woman who caused him to serve divorce papers to his wife while she was dying with cancer? Or how about that affair he had while harpooning Clinton over the same. Yep, Republicans family values and morals will be hard at work again.

    March 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Steve

    Wow, the republicans just keep sending out their A Team. McCain and now Gingrich. Who's next, Bob Dole? Is there any one relevant person in that party under the age of 60? Here's hoping the Alaskan Bimbo runs in 2012!!

    March 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Ann

    Forget it Newt, you have as much marital baggage as Rudy G.
    Americans are just not into adulterers.

    But you're a great history professor.

    March 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. chris24

    Talk about a landslide.....

    Obama 75% Gingrich 12% No shows 13%

    March 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. J.Crobuzon

    I blame Gingrich and his idiotic Contract on America for the high level of partisanship we're suffering right now. He wants a one-party system like Russia used to have and North Korea has now, and he thought Bush was doing a good job.

    March 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. SNAPPA

    Can't wait for this, Americans (most anyway) are sick of these right wing nut jobs, a man who touted family values serves his dying wife divorce papers in the hospital so he could continue his affair with an intern. The man quit in disgrace and now he wants to be President of a defunct party...bring it on!!!

    March 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Brad

    That's funny.

    March 6, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Marge

    Hot Dang...the republicans really want to loose. Wouldn't it be nice. No republican party to deny, delay and obstruct the recovery of this country. There was an article about life on other planets and boy I hope like the devil there is not a political party just like the republicans there.

    March 6, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Mike

    He has my vote. Anyone would over this liberal spending obamby.

    March 6, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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