November 17th, 2010
09:28 AM ET
12 years ago

Adviser: I would be surprised if Gingrich doesn't run

(CNN) - A close political adviser to Newt Gingrich says he expects the former House speaker to make a bid for 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The comments by Joe Gaylord to the Des Moines Register Tuesday came as Gingrich told the newspaper that he is making personal arrangements that would free him up to launch a campaign for the White House.

"I would be very surprised if he doesn't run," said Gaylord. "Does he want to run? You bet. Does he think he can figure out a way to do that? Yes. But he's got to go through all the processes to make sure he can do it financially."

Gingrich told the newspaper that he expects to make a campaign decision by February, which he has said in the past. But he also told the Des Moines Register that he is figuring out how to arrange his business and public policy organizations, if he decides to mount a bid for the White House.

"Callista and I run a series of small businesses," said Gingrich, referring to his wife. "To really tackle this seriously, you have to consider what are you going to do with them."

Gaylord said such arrangements would be out of practical consideration for Gingrich's family, employees, and for adhering to federal campaign law.

Gingrich and Gaylord's comments came as the former House speaker was in Iowa for a book tour.

The book, titled "Valley Forge," focuses on one of the most desperate moments in America's struggle for independence: The winter of 1777, when George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, hunkered down in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to survive a brutally cold and challenging winter.

The book, co-written with Bill Forstchen, appears to also be a pitch to the powerful conservative Tea Party movement.

"Tuesday's historic elections are a reminder that power in America belongs to 'We the People'. As we prepare for change going forward, it is inspiring to reflect back on the first American heroes who helped fight for that power," said Gingrich earlier this month, in an e-mail to supporters.

Gingrich's book tour took him to two stops in Iowa Tuesday: West Des Moines, Aimes. Gingrich also spoke Tuesday night at the Iowa State University campus at an event co-sponsored by the College Republicans and the Committee on Lectures. Wednesday Gingrich is scheduled to sign books in Cedar Rapids.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Ben in Texas

    Sure, Newtie, we'll gladly forget about your disgraced departure from the House, your disgraceful behavior toward your cancer-stricken wife, and the disgrace of half your public pronouncements. America will no doubt turn the other cheek and elevate you to the highest office in the land, despite your obvious lack of humanity, morality, and judgment.

    Or, maybe not.

    November 17, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    If he did run, what platform would he run on? How to cheat on his wife, how to be a hate monger or just how to be a jerk.

    November 17, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Bob Dog

    Newt, America needs you. Some people would call you a pompous windbag. Some people might say you have the integrity of a wet tissue. I would agree with those people. But if Sarah Palin runs, the entertainment value to America would be magnificent were the two of you to go head to head. It would make the republican party look even more stupid.

    "Run, Newt, run!!"

    November 17, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. stufit

    Did you see the horrible stuff the libs posted about the Bush library and Cheney. That Barb@ is certainly delusional and I would bet that she acutally believes that it was Sarah Palin that mouthed that "I can see Russia..." comment. That is how shallow these anti feminist, racist, drug addicted followers of the democrat liberals are. They still don't get the lessons of the last election, including how many votes the demonization and demeaning of people who disagree with them cost them. Sh, don't tell them, let them continue with their insane, inane rants and we can get couple of more million votes, the Senate and the Presidency in 2012.

    November 17, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Randall in Torrance, CA (Disabled Navy Veteran, Retired) - It is time to put the heels of our Liberal Democratic Boots on the necks of the out-of-control Right-Wing Dumb-ass uneducated fear mongering Republicans who claim to be Christians

    Yeah, America really needs someone who was married THREE TIMES running our country! Why do so many CHRISTIANS support this adulterer? I've been married over 31 years and I refuse to let this idiot telling me how I should be governed. Why doesn't James Dobson speak out? Because James Dobson also hates the poor and the middle class and other Christians like me who side with the Dems on nearly every issue.

    November 17, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. ronalde

    please do ginrich is morally bankrupt,could the so called christens vote for him?

    November 17, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Marge

    It would be nice if Newt ran........all the way to another country and couldn't find his way back.

    November 17, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Sniffit

    We'd all be suprised. The guy has spent the past two years positioning himself for it and providing Dems/liberals with soundbite after soundbite to shove right back in his BS spewing mouth.

    November 17, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    The Republicans Ticket 2012 ,Palin and newt all the way.

    November 17, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Bob, Virginia

    I certainly hope this fat, amoral, sack of crap runs. With scum like him, Santorum, and Palin in the race, Obama looks better and better.

    November 17, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    The ginGRINCH who wants to STEAL an election is just like the person in the <<PREVIOIUS Ticker who also wants to run for President – the PA’IN in the NECK!!! I don't TRUST either one of them. They know DAMN well they CANNOT get elected so they have something else up their sleeves!!!

    If both of them run together – that would really hand President Obama the title in 2012. And LORD help us if they WIN!!!!

    Please – let's not get distracted with FOOLISHNESS and keep Moving America FORWARD with our current leader, President Obama!!

    November 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. ED FL

    Gingrich as president, HMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. i hope it takes an act of congress to change the name of the WHITE HOUSE to House of Philanderer. That won't happen.

    November 17, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    I would be surprised if he succeeded.

    November 17, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. thomas

    Newt is better off rewriting history !

    November 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. King

    These Gingrich probably is the best of the lame duck candidates in the repug party to challenge the president. The problem is he's going to respond himself with the ultra crazy right that the American people loves so much and distroy any will to compromise for the better good for the American people. Even though the American people might object to Any good he has for them.

    November 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Jilli

    Only the republican party would even consider a serial cheater, hypocrit and disgraced and discredited former speaker for a possible presidential run. Of course, republicans have no shame or sense of responsilbility (or any long term memory), otherwise John Ensign and David Vitter would be flippin' burgers at Wendys right about now.

    November 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. duke

    Ol Newt has been destroying washington for the past 30years,
    Richard Armey has been in washington for the past 40years doing the same destruction!
    And T Boone Pickett is in the same category, Career political manipulator,
    So how are they relevant today??
    Stupid,stupid americans!!

    November 17, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Of course Gingrich is going to run, run the country all the way back to 1777, you know the wagon wheel days for you and me but not for he is Callista.

    November 17, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Robrob

    Gingrich? The guy who publicly condemned President Clinton for having an affair – while *he* was having his own affair with a staffer, 23 years younger than him.

    November 17, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. ART

    When ever this man speaks it smells like some one farted

    November 17, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Liz

    Same old republicans. Same tired message. When will the voting population get a clue?

    November 17, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Sgt. Joe

    Nah, let's stick with Palin; she's got all that 1/2 term governor experience, plus that folksiness would go a long way in negotiating with the world's leaders. She even has an almost virgin passport, so not experiencing much outside Alaska is a huge advantage because she's not jaded with all that weighty and cumbersome experiential knowledge that world travel affords a person. An education? Hey, she all that pageant experience where they must have asked real important questions...who could ask for more in our next POTUS? C'mon Newt, don't take away our fun!

    November 17, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Please run. Palin as runningmate.

    Comedy gold.

    November 17, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Another Reformed Republican

    And what could this philandering idiot bring to the table? Stupidity?

    November 17, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Debra

    A little advise for Mr Newt. Leave running our country to the President of the United State, Go to marriage counseling to keep your current wife, and SHUT UP.

    November 17, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |