(CNN) - Newt Gingrich has a 10-year plan for America and it may or may not include him running for president.
"Rejection doesn't fix a center-left coalition," Gingrich said. "We have to decide we're going to replace the left."
He said the replacement strategy isn't just a plan for the next two years.
"We have to think in terms of January 2021," he said.
In his first speech since the Republican electoral victory in the midterm elections, the former House Speaker told a crowd in Dallas, Texas, that he and his wife, Callista, have important decisions to make in the few months - presumably over whether he will make a run for the White House. But he also said the future of America isn't about him.
"I would ask you to pray not for us, but for our country," Gingrich said. "If we can arouse a community of faith, a community of believers, a community of patriots, then the job Callista and I will have to do will be very easy."
The speech was sprinkled with historical anecdotes and jabs at the Democratic Party, and detailed his history of public service and childhood as the son of a career soldier. But it also encouraged the audience to think about a Republican takeover in broad terms.
"If we truly want a wave of change that ends a majority system that has been around since 1932, the wave can't be the Oval Office. Not that the presidency isn't important, and not that I may not come back here another day and talk to you about a different topic, but that that topic by itself is too narrow," Gingrich said. "The only way the presidency matters is if there's a wave of citizens."
Even though he didn't address a presidential run directly, the hour-long speech laid out his stances on education, the economy, unemployment, bankruptcy and even the post office, as well as his feelings toward the current administration.
"The choice we want to offer in 2012 is very straight," Gingrich said. "If you think your children ought to have food stamps, you have a party you should vote for. And if you think your children ought to have a paycheck and own their own business, you have a party you ought to vote for."
He said you can track the decline of the economy to the "years of [Nancy] Pelosi and [Harry] Reid," and predicted the economy would get better once Republicans take control of the House.
"Obama will promptly claim credit for having adopted Republican polices and he will hope we don't notice," Gingrich said.
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