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

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. Bud Tarken

    This chump is a slime ball didn't he sleep with his babysitter and other women while married? Thought he was a cross dresser too for a bit when he was riding high with his contract for America (more big government controlling us).

    January 28, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    Em, Newt, buddy, have you seen you polling numbers?? IT AIN'T REALISTIC.

    January 28, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Go for it Newty ol' boy. If anyone can lose more soundly to Obama than Sarah Palin, it's YOU.

    January 28, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Yeah Right

    The only thing realistic is how little you're likable. You and other has-beens need to retire and leave politics to the grownups who are relevant in today's world. Stop pretending to still be important Newt.

    January 28, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Ben Ben

    I wonder what he will say when it comes to "family values"? I wonder if the wife he left who had cancer would vote for him?

    January 28, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. letsallvotefornewt

    lets all vote for the newly converted newt because... Censored.

    January 28, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. letsallvoteforthenewt

    because... The history of western civilization is .... Censored.

    January 28, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. thomas

    "Nine Days That Changed the World,"
    History spun in a way only a politician turned lobbyist can tell on the big screen !

    January 28, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. EddyL

    FAT LYING SLOB.... go back under your rock.

    January 28, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Gil

    Newt, it would make for a great new TV series, "Fringe!"

    January 28, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. chad

    He knows it's a lot harder when you're the target of attacks. He wouldn't be able to sit back and spew his nonsense like Palin does.

    January 28, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. Hotdog

    He definetly is not the brightest bulb on the tree. Apparently, he must think the American public have been sleeping. He needs to go back under the rock where he came from. The answer is plain and simpe Newt. No. you do not have a chance of winning the nomination for the GOP or ever becoming POTUS.

    January 28, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. 11cavnam

    Yeah right. Here is a man who has divoced a number of times, but, we can trust him. Ask his ex-wives how much truct he can possibly be given, His ex-wives could not trust him, but for some reason we can? On a lighter note, NOAA reported topday that a flock of pigs were fyling North. Scientitsts were strugglinjg to come up mwith any sort of reasonable explanation to explain this.

    January 28, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Jan

    Isn't this the same guy who essentially was forced out of office due to ethics scandels? It seems to me he has already shown his lack of character in keeping the public trust. So, why would I want him as presedent.?

    January 28, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. AMERICA 1st

    anybody would make a better prez than nobama! even Pewee Herman!

    January 28, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. draeggo

    Surely this man will have enough sense NOT to run for president. His contract with America was a bust. Some of us were very glad when the GOP took over then he blew it. Got too self important. Rather have him than Palin but wouldn't vote for either if I had any other decent choice. Someone tell this guy to shut up and go home.

    January 28, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. John

    gingrich, huckleberry, paling, romney...SOMEBODY's gotta lose to President Obama in 2012, why not newt?

    January 28, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    Realistically Ginrich you have nop chance to be nominated. The GOP will not stoop that low.

    January 28, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. normajean

    If this man is able to run for president, it will show just how hard up the Repubs REALLY are. His reputation is atrocious and his record of lying is well noted .He really is nothing but a big blow-hard has been.!!

    January 28, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  20. Marko

    No realism here. A has-been must realize when they are a has-been and this is a has-been. Enough of this kind of polititian.

    January 28, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Alan

    Youmean the same man who heckled Clinton and was the driving force for impeachment when at the very same time was cheating on his wife while she recovering from cancer ....the guy is a world class creep

    January 28, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. jl taylor

    This disgraced former speaker of the boarding on being insane. Newt will be President .

    January 29, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  23. AMERICA 1st

    jethro bodine would make a better prez than nobama!

    January 29, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  24. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Sure, join the flock of those two dozen republican runners. We can use a good laugh. The more jesters the merrier.

    January 29, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  25. Monkeyboy

    C'mon Newt, what happened to "I am not 'running' for president. I am seeking to create a movement to win the future by offering a series of solutions so compelling that if the American people say I have to be president, it will happen." You were so much more entertaining four years ago.

    January 29, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
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