Gingrich ponders 'realistic possibility' of 2012 bid
January 28th, 2011
08:19 PM ET
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Gingrich ponders 'realistic possibility' of 2012 bid

Washington (CNN) – Republican Newt Gingrich touched down in Ohio Friday on the heels of a trip to early-primary-Iowa on Tuesday, both trips that indicate strong interest in the upcoming presidential race.

Though the former speaker of the house isn't shy about discussing a presidential bid, he did his part to temper expectations about his potential candidacy. In a phone interview Wednesday with the Columbus, Ohio, newspaper, The Dispatch, Gingrich revealed that he's been talking to voters in early primary states "to see if there is a realistic possibility" that he can win the GOP nomination next year, but admitted that he trails three other possible Republican contenders.

"Romney's the front-runner in fundraising, Palin is the front-runner in celebrity status, and Huckabee is the front-runner in polling data," Gingrich said. "All three of them should feel pretty good about where they're positioned right now."

Though several GOPers have openly considered a 2012 presidential bid, none have made an official announcement to date.

Gingrich traveled to Ohio, in part, to screen "Nine Days That Changed the World," a film co-produced and co-narrated by him and his wife Callista, and to participate in a discussion on the environment. He has recently spoken on his idea to replace the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with an "environmental solutions agency" that has "a collaborative attitude toward the states."

Gingrich is scheduled to travel to at least two more states that hold early presidential primaries, New Hampshire and South Carolina, in the coming weeks.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. earl fey

    If elrected will he decide not to serve as he did in GA because he could not be chief in the House of Rep, He taughtr Palin a thing or two about snubbing the voters.

    January 29, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  2. Mike

    Is there anyone "more over" then newt ? Just go away. No one is interested in anymore "shutdowns". got it ?

    January 29, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  3. joe blow

    ah newtie boy, the hubris of the disgraced and dismissed former speaker - please go away. actually, dude, run for president. that will assure obama gets two terms.

    January 29, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  4. Jack in Florida

    Irrelevant comes to mind when I think of Newt..........come on Repubs, you can find someone better and more in touch with today's reality!!!

    January 29, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  5. Anonymous

    More ignorant blathering from a GOPBagger long past his expiration date. For such an allegedly "smart" person, he sure is stupid. Environmental regulations require a strong national rule-making authority because pollution does not respect state boundaries. Too bad the Newster can't recognize this obvious fact.

    January 29, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As long as there are 7 bagger candidates, Mttens will get his 28% and win all the primaries. Remember, Mittens is the official candidate of the Koch brothers, billionaires, and foreign corporations.

    January 29, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. Ric

    You've got to be kidding. Gingrich is a has-been joke. He's got too much baggage – the divorce from wife while she had cancer, etc.. Is this the best GOP can do? Dig up some egomaniac that already had his shot?? Please.

    January 29, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Earth to newtman. You lied and cheated and asked your wife (in bed at a hospital fighting cancer) for a divorce. You were thrown out on your butt from congress.
    Do you really think you are worthy of anything more than your old tired ideas?
    Go watch grass grow in Arizona!

    January 29, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    The fact is, this crook is one of the best that the Republicans have to offer.

    January 29, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. Bill

    I'm already tired of Newt.

    January 29, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    "Though the former speaker of the house isn't shy about discussing a presidential bid, he did his part to temper expectations about his potential candidacy."
    Should read:
    Though the former speaker of the house isn't shy about discussing a presidential bid, he did his part to temper concerns about his potential candidacy.
    And those are all Republican concerns... We Democrats are yellin' RUN NEWT RUN

    January 29, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. w l jones

    Regardless how good a fruit were if it stay on the vine to long it spoil . We had one old fruit for president we do not need another running our country. Bless.

    January 29, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Clwyd

    Newt stands as much chance as an ice cube melting in Antarctica! With all his affairs and flip-flops, then add his religious foot in mouth comments. The ammo to use against him far outweighs anything else this right wing nut could say or do!

    January 29, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. diridi

    Gingrich is president then I will be his Vice about this....what an idiot...we have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 29, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. TomNPITT

    He must be deaf dumb and blind. This is another Repupublican Democrats are hoping will run. He has nothing to offer to a constructive debate, and little to show as a moral compass. What's left? Well – he can bitch about nothing just like the Girls of the Conservaive Party. I hink the Republicans need a candidate who can say something more than, "Cut taxes for the rich; reduce the size of government; take our country back; and make war – not love". Seriously. Seriously? Seriously.

    January 29, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Anonymous

    All this dancing around- why don't these guys just announce and get it over with? When it is SO obvious that certain people will run, why play games? That will cost them my vote. We don't need game players.

    January 29, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Sid

    Good ol Nuke. Thia guy has done more damage to this country than the tea potty! He is a dinosaur,Man! President Nuke! What a concept,I wouldn,t vote for him just because of his name! Get out of our faces Nuket,your washed up!!! No more republican greed,Mr Rich Man!!!

    January 29, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    That's right Newt You and Sarah Palin. The GOP's answer to the Dream Team, the Nightmare Team.

    January 29, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Sorensen

    Not much to ponder old man. Nobody wants you.

    January 29, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Dave

    I wonder if the arrogant idiot pondered how he will get his arse handed to him by Obama. Gingrich is just a typical "do as I say, not as I do" conservative and the public has been aware of this for many years.

    January 29, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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