Newt believes in Newt
December 1st, 2011
05:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Newt believes in Newt

(CNN) – Along with his poll numbers, Newt Gingrich's confidence seems to be growing by the day.

"I'm going to be the nominee," the former House Speaker said on Thursday. "It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee."

His comments, which came in an interview with ABC News, follow a day of good news for the former House Speaker's odds in Florida, an early voting state in the primary and caucus calendar.

A new poll puts him well ahead in the GOP presidential race with 50% of support among likely Republican primary voters in the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trailed with 19% of support.

On Wednesday, Gingrich said he feels at least 60 days ahead of where he expected to be by now and described his recent surge in the polls as a surprise to his campaign, which nearly fell apart earlier this year.

"I would have thought originally it was going to be a 'Mitt and Not-Mitt'," Gingrich said on Fox News, talking about his early predictions for the top two Republican contenders. "It may turn out to be 'Newt and Not-Newt,' and that's a very different formula."

But on Thursday, any hesitation Gingrich had about securing the nomination seemed to disappear. Gingrich said he was unfazed by the attacks from his opponents, who are now jumping on his soaring frontrunner status.

"They are not going to be the nominee. I don't have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who are not going to be the nominee. They are not going to be the nominee."

Asked along a ropeline in Iowa about his newfound confidence in predicting his own nomination, Gingrich simply said: "I'll leave it at that."

- CNN's Chris Welch contributed to this report.

Also see:

Gingrich: Race will come down to 'Newt and Not-Newt'

Romney: Obama will 'cower' from debating his record

Romney and Gingrich take gloves off

Gingrich embraces 'lifelong politician' label

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. steven harnack

    His head is getting bigger than a Macy's balloon! You don't want to be down wind when that balloon bursts!

    December 1, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Bart

    I think you missed something in your headline and story: Newt believes in Newt and lobbyists' money.

    December 1, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. AlaskaPalin

    New newt is good newt! The comeback kid. It shows his caliber as a politician that when all abandoned his sinking ship; single handed he righted it and turned it on its home ward voyage. The white house. Here is the man who'll right obamas sinking economy and point it in the right direction.

    December 1, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. stevetall

    Oh, brother. Could this guy be any more full of himself? If Newt's professional credentials doesn't torpedo his campaign, his personal baggage will. He's nothing like the kind of person who should be president because he doesn't represent the best interests of very many of us. He mostly represents intolerant, overly-religious, smug white guys who have been married too many times!

    December 1, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. bobden

    I think that it would be great if Newt would get the repug nomination. But I doubt that the repugs are that dumb.

    Newt's platform would be "elect me, because I want more money".

    December 1, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Republicans need to take a look at themselves. Backing a man with Gingrich's history is should be embarassing..

    December 1, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Jeff--Tacoma WA

    Newt is the man; if you don't believe it ask him.

    December 1, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    Newt just signed pledge to build fence along southern border. Signing these pledges are one the stupidest moves a politician can do. Mr. Gingrich has guaranteed his loss of the Hispanic/Latina vote has he guaranteed the loss of the young OWS voters after his "Take a bath & Get a job" comment. He told ABC "I will be the nominee" – maybe but that doesn’t mean he will be president. I swear these candidates must think that if they win the nomination they can get in a UHUAL and just pull up to the White House and start moving their stuff in.

    December 1, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think the Kochs should dump Mittens and embrace Newt. After all, if Newt gets elected, children will be allowed to work in the coal mines for 80 hours a week and at less than the minimum wage. The $15 billion in profits that Chuckie and Davie made last year would be pale in comparison to these bigger profits.

    December 1, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Squealy

    "I'm going to be the nominee," the former House Speaker said on Thursday. "It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee." Evokes visions of a 10-year-old Newt (teeny body, same head) jumping up and down because he didn't get picked last for the dodge ball game.

    @AlaskaPalin: "New newt is good newt! The comeback kid. It shows his caliber as a politician that when all abandoned his sinking ship; single handed he righted it and turned it on its home ward voyage."

    Single-handed nothing! The only, and I do mean only, reason anyone is even looking at him is because they already dismissed everyone else. He had nothing to do with it, and this too shall pass.

    December 1, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. weequahic68

    He righted the ship?........all the other lunatics had there turn and the 87 ethic charge not me candidate now has his turn.
    When will someone with any substance appear.......oh thats right....Huntsman has an education...wont work for this party.

    December 1, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. jeff

    His Newtness. If we could harness that ego we could be energy independent in no time!

    December 1, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Jules

    Newt believes he did things that he didn't do so he is either delusional or a liar. The right can preach deliverence and redemption all they want, and I believe in that, too, however, it is always wise to remember that redemption and deliverence is available to all, even those guilty of the most awful crimes. What Newt has done in the past tells us all we need to know about his lack of character, his egotistical mania, his heartlessness and from what I have heard come out of his mouth lately, nothing has changed but his religion. It would be a complete sham for the Christian right to support this individual.

    December 1, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Don Emmanuel

    The presidency is not for his type. Very soon he will realise how unpopular he and their style is to the American people.

    December 1, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Hammerer

    Dems are shouting that the Repubs should take a look at Newt - that backing Newt should be embarassing.
    They should look at obama. "Yes we can" didn't . Name one area that obama has improved, excluding more handouts to the professional welfare group and the group with their hand out expecting a free ride. Oh! I forgot he has started a class warfare, you know the rich should support the deadbeats.
    Maybe Newt will ask about some of obama's personal history. That would be interesting.

    December 1, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. loathstheright

    Yeah, and lose to Obama, let's hope American voters are not so stupid as to vote in this low-life...but then, they were stupid enough to let Bush steal the WH, twice.

    December 1, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |