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. Jennifer

    Newt Gingrich divorced his wife while she was in a coma in the hospital. Since his term as Speaker of the House the Republican Party has been in a tailspin going from the majority party in the House and Senate to a useless in minority in the House and Senate. So considering people's "revolution" against his party since he left office, I doubt anybody will take him seriously. Religious types can't vote for him since he has been divorced and since Jesus said the greatest sin was adultery which he is guilty then their religion dictates they cannot support him. The majority of Americans that voted his "revolution" out of office will not vote for him again. So basically that leaves a mere 12% of the population who will vote for a Republican regardless of whether they have a pulse or not.

    March 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Bayousara

    Isn't it Newt who was having an affair when he was also involved in the impeachment of then President Bill Clinton over sex charges?

    March 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Mike

    He might parade as a fiscal conservative, but the right-wing social nuts of his party will chew him up. How many divorces & affairs? Based on his track record, Calista may be an ex-wife by 2011. The Dems will have a field day with him too. He's full of hot air and nothing else.

    March 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Jeanne from Arizona

    Yikes!!!!! Just what we need in this country another failed old, politician. Didn't we have him in the Congress with the "Contract with America"?? For gosh sakes he is part of the problem we are facing now.

    March 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. digger

    I would like some one to explain this to me. The libs. are always ranting and raving saying that the republicans are for only the rich. What about all the rich dems. Is it o.k. to be a rich dem. but not a rich republican?

    March 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Cantor? Boehner's yes-man? Speaker? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    March 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. ule

    Another mad man again talking about 2012

    March 6, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. actionsauce

    HELL NO!

    March 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. No way

    Are you kidding me? Newt Gingrich lost credibility by hypocritically going after Clinton while doing the same thing himself.

    March 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. may

    Mitt and Newt....2012.

    Of course by then Obama will be the Emperor ot the United Socialist States of America.

    March 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK GOD!

    2012 CAN'T GET HERE FAST ENOUGH!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. snki

    The one question I'd have for him is, during the time you were castigating then president Clinton for being an important politician who was having an extramarital affair, you've admitted you were an important politician who was in the process of having an extramarital affair. My comment is "Huh?".

    In Benjamin Frankllin's words:
    The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor.

    and:

    Clean your finger before you point at my spots.

    March 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Taniel

    We also got some important 2010 news yesterday from Louisiana: (1) a new poll finds that David Vitter is vulnerable in both the primary and the general election but (2) two top-tier challengers announced they will NOT run. If there is a GOP primary here, it would obviously be a huge part of the party's ideological war.

    March 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Richard L

    Great! The "family values" supporter can run on a platform of hypocrisy.

    March 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Tommy

    No surprise here. I think the GOP has a better chance of posthumously running Ronald Reagan in '12 against the dems. Or even Rush Limbaugh (naw, he wouldn't stand a chance against Reagan either).

    March 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. carl

    I think that he would be a LOT BETTER than what we have now.

    March 6, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. The Truth

    Gringrich is, without a doubt, the smartest politician out there. The media has and will continue their hatchett job on him because he is a conservative and they know how good he might be.

    March 6, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. KALA-CHARLOTTE NC

    THIS IS COMMING FROM A MAN WHO BELIEVES ALL CHILDREN OF SINGLE PARENTS SHOULD BE PUT IN A ORPHANAGE.

    AS A SINGLE MOTHER, YOU DON'T HAVE A CHANCE!

    March 6, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. ron

    Could you imagine a pres named Newt? Canada here I come...
    Hasn't this guy done enough harm to America?

    March 6, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Expat American

    2012 is a long time away. Welcome back Mr. Gingrich. Where have you been?

    The world is becoming more and more globalized. An intelligent administration that appreciates a global perspective will be required for the United States to compete economically while keeping its people safe.

    This is why I hope that Palin campaigns as the front runner. Her defeat will set in motion the beginning of the end of the blind xenophobic isolationism and John Wayne apple pie holier-than-thou cowboy attitude of conservatives; because The United States is not the center of the world. And Jesus Christ wasn't a white man, nor was he an American.

    March 6, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. African-American Republican

    I think that Romney/Gingrich 2012 would be an excellent ticket.
    Or Gingrich/Romney.
    Just not Obama 2012. As long as Obama is not a 2-term president, I'm happy.

    March 6, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Anonymous

    i AM A cANADAIN MARRIED TO AN AMERICAN. I LIVED IN THE US FOR FIVE YEARS AND WAS APPALLED AT THE INEQUITIES OF THE US HEALTH SYSTEM. I TAKE EXCEPTION TO THE LADY I JUST HEARD CLAIM THEH US HAD THE BEST SYSTEM IN THE WORLD FOR THEIR SENIORS. I KNEW OF SENIORS IN THE STATES WHEN I WAS THERE WHO WERE PAYING MORE THAN 1/2 THEIR MONTHLY INCOME FOR THE MEDECINE. I AM A SENIOR IN CANADA NOW, GET GOOD MEDICAL CARE AND PAY THE FIRST $100 A YEAR OF MY DRUG COSTS AND AFTER THAT IT IS COVERED. THERE IS NO WAY WE COULD AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE STATES EVEN THOUGH MY HUSBAND'S FAMILY IS ALL THERE. WILMA IN CANADA

    March 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Jim Hall

    Another radical extremist republican wanting to run for president. Why doesn't Limbaugh run as his VP nomine. If any one of the two would run it would be like having Hitler run or Bush again another village idiot. We were republicans but the last presidential elections we have voted democratic our whole family has. The republican party has gotten so extremist it is like having Hitler in the White House (well we did have Hitlers twin in the White House for 8 years). When will the party get moderate and get away from these religious extremist, biggots, and big corporate greed CEO's? Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    March 6, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. MLH

    How on earth would one determine that it was 'necessary' for them to run for the office of President of the United States. If he wants to run, he should run.

    March 6, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Alan

    Yes! This is the PERFECT ticket - especially if the overblown idiot adds Palin as his running mate. The PERFECT guarantee we'll see four more years for President Obama to complete turning the mess created by the Republicans around.

    Republicans are famous for pointing fingers at previous administrations. I don't buy it. Even if it's true that means for EIGHT YEARS the problems created by the PREVIOUS administration were ignored. Either way it's a horrific failure.

    Run, Newt, run! Announce your support for "family values" and show the American public how much you care about them. It will only help the Democratic party grow in strength.

    March 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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