January 14th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Gingrich says he's a potential 2012 contender

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/12/newt.0811.gi.jpg caption="Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's among a handful of Republican candidates who are thinking about running for president in 2012."](CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's among a handful of Republican candidates who are thinking about running for president in 2012.

"I think I'm probably on a list of seven or eight possible candidates at this stage," Gingrich reportedly told reporters in North Carolina Wednesday before speaking to a gathering of conservatives. Joe DeSantis, Gingrich's communications director, confirmed the accuracy of the quotes to CNN.

"We have a lot of people around the country who would like to have somebody who represents a commitment to replace the current failed programs and to develop a set of solutions that are practical and workable," Gingrich also said.

Among the other Republican candidates Gingrich named as possible 2012 contenders included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also included on Gingrich's list are Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. South Dakota Sen. John Thune may also be a potential candidate, Gingrich said.

Gingrich said he would make a decision about his own political future next year after discussing the prospect of a presidential bid with his wife.

Gingrich's comments come days after organizers of The Southern Republican Leadership Conference - a high-profile gathering of party activists considered to be an initial venue for potential GOP presidential candidates - announced the former House Speaker will be among the list of Republican speakers. Palin and Pawlenty are also expected to attend the event.

Gingrich also recently filed government paperwork to form a political action committee, named American Solutions PAC, according to Federal Election Commission records. The forming of a political action committee will allow Gingrich to raise cash and donate the money to federal and state candidates across the country. It could also be a sign that Gingrich is serious about running for the White House in 2012.

American Solutions is also the name of Gringrich's political organization, which is incorporated as a 527 group, and is not subject to the same contribution limits as political action committees. Unlike PACs, 527s can also directly accept funds from corporations but are barred from directly contributing to a candidate or financing a potential White House bid.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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  1. rick

    like i am ever going to vote for a man who has never had a wife he could not cheat on and then marry the woman he was cheating with and then cheat on her.

    newt go home!

    January 14, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Moki, Tucson

    Wow. The dearth of Republican creativity is amazing . . .

    January 14, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Posting here since CNN closed comments for the "Tax The Wealthy?" Article...

    Darn right. Tax the wealthy CEOs and high paid "pay for (failing) performance" executives who earn 25 – 100 times+ more than the average U.S. worker. With salaries, bonuses, stock options, perks, leave/ bail but pay anyway contract clauses, et al, yeah TAX THEM MORE! Further investigate, indict and prosecute those who perpetrate illegal off shore accounts and tax shields to avoid taxes too. This costs our treasury billions. And re-evaluate tax shields that mean they often avoid paying a corollary fair share. So what if they have to only have 4,000 square foot houses than 8,000...or two instead of four houses, and two instead of four high end cars. I do not mean to sound like an alarmist, but my instinct tells me if things do not become more equatable and corruption (Enron, Worldcom, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Haliburton, Madoff...the list goes on) minimized there is going to be social and generational warfare. I do not condone it, but I am amazed that with the billions of dollars and jobs lost some of the failure banking CEOs, et al corporate swine have not been systematically sniped/ offed by someone...seriously!

    January 14, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. lorraine

    No way do I see Gingrich becoming Pres, both he and Sarah Palin are living in a dream world, none of us are that dumb

    January 14, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Der

    "Gingrich said he would make a decision about his own political future next year after discussing the prospect of a presidential bid with his wife."' Unless she develops a serious illness and leaves him no choice but to divorce her whilst she is hospitalized in which case he will discuss it with his girlfriend.

    January 14, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Is he a wrestling or boxing contender? Don't get it...

    January 14, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Bxgrrl

    In his right-wing blowhard fathead dreams....

    January 14, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Mike In MO

    I'm an independent. Not a liberal (fiscally) nor a conservative (socially.) Definitely not ideologically rigid but pragmatic. Most likely a libertarian. I value personal freedoms and do not like Govt interfering with them in any way. Out of all those candidates, Gingrich would be the best pick (from the list if I was ordered to pick one) but he has NO chance of beating Sarah Palin in the primaries if she ran. She is insanely popular and would appeal more to the GOP far right. I also like Huckabee (when it comes to economics ) but he's insanely dogmatic in his religious views and hawkish. He would never attract any liberal or moderates who don't play to his social conservative values. The others are complete unknowns (relatively) and grossly uncharismatic and would get drilled in a general election by Obama unless he screwed up really really bad by tanking the economy. Jindal, Gingrich and Huckabee are very good debaters (one on one) and would fair very well against Obama but Obama kills both in public speeches and soaring rhetoric which matters alot in persuading the fence sitters in a GE.

    January 14, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Joe

    So which one of the republicans will be fiddling when the country is in flames-Newt maybe. All I can say if you vote for that pack of lies by the same party who was in power the last 15 years than we are in Big Trouble.

    January 14, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |

    I wonder if Mitch Daniels is aware that his name is being floated?He took stimulus money for Indiana.Tea party litmus test failure. Newt blew that one. His list is null and void.

    January 14, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. not alone

    Get Pat Robertson as a running make you two would make a great pair of fear mongers for the GoP to rally behind.

    January 14, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Lisa in CA

    If that's the best the GOP has to offer, maybe Ron Paul ought to try again. A good third party candidate may just take it.

    @Raj – what will you do if the GOP fails in their promises to you as well? Who will you vote for then? Oh, and I think the GOP has failed us - the previous administration ran (in its first term) on a campaign of bringing honesty and integrity back to the WH. We know how that turned out ...

    Remember, we aren't limited to the 2 parties the media wishes to promote. Perhaps they should start promoting all the candidates ... or we could do our own homework.

    January 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Marc Gendron

    Let him run...and Obama will win hands down. What a joke!

    January 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. guest

    Why don't the republication start changing the system now and not wait till 2010 or 2012? We need help now. How are they going to help? and Sarah Palin Pleaaaaaaaaaaaase.

    January 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Chris

    FOR WHAT? He is too old!!!
    Unless he do like Regan and dye his hair for life, he don't stand a chance. Running for President also require the look and he don't have it. Do your research over the election since Regan.
    it is about how you look. The younger you look the better your chance of getting the job. Why because it show you can relate to the younger generation. He don't stand a chance!!!

    January 14, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. mike

    is this what the conservatives have to offer what a JOKE now I am
    sure that its not about the people in this country, but about the selfish
    people that support them they are only concern is what it is in it for them
    I am still waiting to see any republican after there political career go
    out on there own and help other people they like to talk the talk but
    they sure don't walk the walk

    January 14, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Robert McQueen

    Has he looked in a mirror? The presidency is the ultimate popularity contest of the USA. He looks like a biochemistry experiement gone wrong. Charisma matters, and he has none of it.

    January 14, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. MacCt

    Gingrich "would make a decision next year after discussing it with his wife" My question is WHICH wife Newt? This year's, next year's or the one you're going to have in 2012?

    Regardless I know that we real Americans with family values can count on you.

    January 14, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. yeah

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! I just cant believe this guy actually thinks he has a chance, like we forget what him and his buddies did to this country!!!!!!!!!! you already had your shot newt and failed, your own party doesnt even trust you.

    January 14, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Greg Schneider

    Not a big Newt fan but I admire his knowledge of history and the Constitution and I'd rather have him flying the plane that the current group.

    January 14, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Marcus W.

    I'd never vote for him, but he's a smart man and I have to admit that I'd love watching him tear the vacuous Sarah Palin apart. It would be loads of fun watching Newt and the rest of 2012 Presidential GOP eat her alive.

    January 14, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Romney in 2012

    There are no perfect candidates*, but he'd be great. I'd prefer Mitt Romney because of his leadership, honesty and skills with the economy.

    *Obama was a great candidate, but not so good as the president.

    January 14, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. sara

    And then we will have another, do nothing "contract for america?" Is this all they got.........furgetaboutit......."slaughter time". Do republicans really think we have forgotten the misery of the last 8. And Guilaini, ALL OF IT HAPPENED ON THIER WATCH. WANT ME TO NAME THEM, later have to work.

    January 14, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Well one thing is for sure and that is that Republicans may have found a replacement for Sarah Palin in Gingrich. I really thought it would be hard to find a person with more empty space between their ears than she has but I guess that once in a while it is OK to be wrong.

    January 14, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. TBA

    Newt is going to run on campaign of terror and false lies. Something that Palin did when she was running as VP. Hes going to say something like "Obama support terrorist, hes a terrorist himself, hes not America and he wasn't born in the US." Basically we are going to hear the repeat of 2008.

    January 14, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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