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.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (461 Responses)
  1. ~~ July ~~

    Oh please do run Newt! ..... the press will have a field day with your mistress/wife story.

    March 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. chuck

    What will FOX news do without it's favorite guest? I suspect FOX will get a room next to the Oval Office. Please say it isn't so!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Proud American

    Thanks, just what the Republican party needs is another Moron. Did Mr. Conserative dump the latest wife to achieve this yet? She should be real scared.

    March 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. phoenix86

    He has my vote. He is the ONLY one who makes sense and has the experience needed. Most importantly, he has the ability to fix Obama's mistakes.

    March 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Kimberly in Azizona

    Hes as relevant as palin. He is a blow hard that also hates ALL Americans that are not like him. Hes a fear and hate monger. I am loving all these polarizing boobs the repukes keep putting up for consideration, and watching each and every one of them get shot down. The party needs to go away and lick its wounds in private. They have ZERO chance of winning anything, and yet they continue to rant and rave about everything and offer NOTHING to help. LOSERS ALL of them, whinning anti American LOSERS! I must say though, its all good for the Dems. I am loving it....Thank God I am not a repuke, losing like this must suck!

    March 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Blinker

    GO NEWT!

    March 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Briana, NY

    Oh big surprise. He WROTE A BOOK, and toned his rhetoric down. That should give you a clue.

    Who cares he's still the same guy who SHUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOWN BECAUSE CLINTON DIDN'T TALK TO HIM ON AIRFORCE ONE. He hasn't been gone that long, we know exactly who he is.

    March 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Kurt in PA

    Yeah, parochial, regressive policies from a parochial, regressive Republican party are exactly what this country needs again. That will definitely be prime-time entertainment...

    March 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Rachael

    The GOP is looking more and more like a desperate group of thugs. Newt doesn't stand a chance in hell..especially with his scandalous past.

    March 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Dan

    You have an ice cube chance in you know where, Newt!

    March 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. J.P.

    Regardless of what you think of the man, Gingrich is one of the most simple, succinct, effective and eloquent speakers on either side of the aisle.

    He may have his personal demons, but policy wise, this man is no dummy. He is the man that gave birth to the very economic policies that Bill Clinton later laid claim to, AFTER they were proven successful. Bill Clinton owes his entire economic legacy to Newt Gingrich.

    Obama can talk, talk, talk a big game. But when its all said and done, Obama just has lots of pretty words. Actions speak louder than words, and results speak even louder. Newt's pro-growth and pro-people policies of ending welfare and balancing the budget have been proven to produce prosperity. Which do you think will best feed your family? Pretty words or prosperity?

    March 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Roland

    Stay home you old wind bag your a flash from the past and let's keep it that way.

    March 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Isaac

    Newt, somehow I don't think the American people want you as their president.

    March 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Cathy

    Smart articulate man.

    It may actually not be necessary to run becos Dems led by president Barack Obama will be there for the a very long long long time. I mean over 100 years.

    I hope you understand.

    March 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. David in San Diego

    Enough already with the Republican't jokes!!

    March 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Larry from RI

    Isn't this the same hypocrite who was going after Clinton over the Lewinski scandal while at the very same time was married and was boning his girlfriend on the side?

    The "family values" party never ceases to amaze us now do they?

    March 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Independent Minnesotan for Obama

    Don't forget to ask Limbaugh first.

    March 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Schneider (D) - CA

    As a Democrat, I say, 'Yes, please run Newt.' I'd love to see Obama see his success all the way through.

    March 6, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. WilKo

    Mr. Gingrich has quite successfully shown that he's able to 'kick up dust' in support of a change agenda, and equally incapable of managing the consequent responsibility and oversight required to settle things into place in alignment with that agenda.

    It's easy to point fingers and complain, and even propose a plan, for which he deserves credit, and as he experienced, VERY difficult to maintain that discipline once in possession with the reins of power and the means to execute on the plan's main points. On this he failed visibly, resulting in his resignation from the House in 1998, and the Republican party that I knew and once respected became nothing more than a corrupt and bought party of special interests that remains rudderless and bereft on ANY new ideas, and one that has played a major role in enabling the stresses present within our domestic, economic and foreign circumstances.

    March 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Karim

    I shudder at the thought of this man running for President. I would be downright horrified to know that he could win.

    March 6, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. An Independent in Oregon

    The last thing this country needs is loser Gingrich running. This liar was unmasked years ago, and needs to stay retired. The GOP has enough problems with "oxycontin Rush", without this. On the other hand, President Obama wouldn't even have to campaign to win.

    March 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Pepou

    Poor soul. Just what we need. A loser.

    March 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. that guy


    March 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. PK California

    Good! The Republicans think they can do better, so let them try! They had 8 years to get it right and failed! All that happened was dig our hole deeper, allow big business to rip everyone off; get more of our troups killed; do NOTHING about the environment.; etc. etc. etc! Our president is doing everything possible to get the best of the best to solve the problems he inherited. The only thing the Republicans are doing to help is sulking in the corner, not voting, presenting a united wall against everything presented. Is this what we cal the UNITED States?It's a lot easier to find fault with what is being offered, than being part of a solution.I hope the voters will remember their DO NOTHING TO HELP people, the next time they vote!

    March 6, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Los

    Republicans are under the impression that if Democrats screw up, the pendulum will swing back their way. Do they think we've forgotten the last eight years? Or for that matter the last 30 years? What makes them think we'll go running into the arms of the party of hate? The party whose only idea are the same tax cuts that emptied the nation's coffers?

    This is it. This is our last chance. There is no plan C.

    March 6, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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