Gingrich has 'no idea' about 2016
November 26th, 2012
03:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich has 'no idea' about 2016

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who gave Mitt Romney some trouble in the Republican presidential primaries, said the GOP would have to make big changes before he'd consider another White House run.

"I have no idea at this stage," Gingrich, 69, said Sunday about the possibility of a future campaign while taking part in a book-signing tour in Florida, according to the Naples Daily News.

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Despite a rough start to his presidential run, Gingrich rose to become a formidable opponent to Romney at one point earlier this year but failed to win enough delegates to be considered a serious contender for the nomination.

However, he maintained a high-profile role in the general election while acting as an occasional surrogate for Romney and frequenting political talk shows.

But Gingrich said Sunday the Republican Party needed to make some serious adjustments before he would consider tossing his hat back into the ring for president.

Gingrich echoed the sentiments of many other Republicans, telling the Naples publication the GOP needs to move beyond its post-mortem focus on Romney's personality and learn to "modernize and adapt."

"Republicans have to stop and take a deep breath," he said, adding the party needs a "practical solution" for immigration. Democrats and Republicans also need to "slow down and listen to each other," he said.

Gingrich has been critical of the party since Romney lost the November 6 election, pointing out that the GOP needs to adapt to changing demographics.

While Romney won white voters, he overwhelming lost among Latinos (President Barack Obama took 71%) and among African-Americans (Obama carried 93%), according to CNN exit polls.

After Romney made the controversial claim that Obama won such constituencies by offering them policy "gifts" in an election year, Gingrich sharply fired back, describing those remarks as "nuts" and "insulting."

"The job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can't offer a better future that is believable to more people, we're not going to win," Gingrich said November 18 on ABC.

Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Newt Gingrich • Republicans
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    no, newt will not run again. time for new blood in 2016. hopefully there will be something left of the country and economy to be presdient of.

    November 26, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Jim Hahn

    Gingrich has no idea and neither do the Republicans. Americans want new ideas, they want leadership. They have made it clear that they do not want obstruction which is all the Republicans have been offering for the last two years.

    November 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Boo

    CNN – GIVE IT A REST ALREADY!!! We just went thru a painfully LOOOOOOONG election. Jeezy creezy! ENOUGH!!!!!

    November 26, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""Please, the adminstrative costs do affect things, or are you implying that they don't matter in your world?"
    Of course administrative costs affect things. The left touts Medicare and Medicaid as having below average administrative costs. Agreed! And it's no coincidence that the administrative aspects of the program are contracted to private business."

    Sigh. To the extent private businesses are involved, administrative costs remain low because of the regulation of Medicare and the nature of public contracting. Moreover, "below average" is an absurd understatement when Medicare's overhead is approximately 1.5% to 3.0%, depending on the study, and private insurers' overhead has historically been well over 20% over the past couple decades. In fact, the provision in the ACA that limits them to 20% overhead by requiring that 80% of the premiums collected must be spent on actual medical treatment and health care procedures...that provision is a primary source of health insurers' tantrums over the law: it resulted in health insurers having to refund over $1.1 BILLION this year. Guess whose bloated salaries are taking the hit the hardest and then tell the class what's REALLY driving the GOP/Teatroll congresscritters' tantrums. Go can do it....2 + 2.....

    November 26, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    Newt doesn't have an idea about December 2012. If he thinks he's a viable candidate for POTUS in 2016, he is sorely misinformed. Although it would make any democrats' job so much easier

    November 26, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    ""The job of a political leader in part is to understand the people."

    GOP Rosetta Stone says" When the vast majority of the public disagrees with you, you're supposed to deny it and spend all your time devising new and insidious messaging in an effort to misinform them so pervasively that they start agreeing with you more."

    November 26, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Squigman

    He'd better wake up. If he tries to run, or attempts to gain control of the Oval Office, he's in for a big shock. His loss will be among the biggest ever recorded in American political history.

    November 26, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Martha in CF

    Please spare us Gingrich. You are nothing but a blow bag!!!!!!

    November 26, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Let's Move Forward

    @just sayin–why don't you throw your hat in the ring you seem to have all the answers.

    November 26, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Gingrich has 'no idea' "

    End of story.


    November 26, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gingrich has the stinch of an old you know what and the Republican party won't be changing to benefit him because they too know he doesn't represent any kind of future for them. Go fish Newt because it ain't you and it ain't never gonna be your 3rd wife in the WH.

    November 26, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. John the Historian

    Newt should run. It would be a windfall to the Democrats. Newt the family values promoter who is on his third wife. Thhe man who had affairs on his first two wives but is now a devoted Catholic. The man who persecuted President Clinton at the same time he was having an affair.. Newt who will not talk to his lesbian sister Candace who openly supported President Obama. Newt should pick Michelle Bachmann and her Gay conversion therapy clinic. Knowing Mrs. Bachmann's husband Marcus is probably a closet case, I would love to see this family values Republican party convention. After the drivel of Anne Romney and the mormon cult follower, it will be fun to see Callistra explain the open relationship she wanted with Newt and his second wife. He comes the planet of kolob and purgatory.

    November 26, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Democrats and Republicans also need to "slow down and listen to each other," he said.
    Like most all conservatives, Gingrich doesn't get it. Democratic politicians and voters have been listening to Republicans. That's why Romney lost, and lost seats in both chambers of Congress.

    November 26, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    He had no idea about 2012 either, but that didn't stop him from running.

    November 26, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gingrich has "no idea" nobody wants him.

    November 26, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. taraj

    He and many more need to sit in time out and think about the consequences of thinking it's all about you and your few.

    November 26, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. v_mag

    Slow news day, I guess. A septuagenarian with a weight problem, a big mouth, and a bad political history is asked whether he plans on running in 4 years. Why don't they ask him if he thinks he'll live until June? That's a closer call than whether he'll run for president again.

    November 26, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Newt is done. Another 4 yrs. will simply make him too old to run again, if considering a second term. That would make him 81 by the time he left office, and simply not workable.

    November 26, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Presdient of what? Amercia? Maybe that's where the Righties will all go to.....besides, the idea of new blood is laughable when they keep looking for the next Reagan. A group that is by nature backwards-looking will never be able to convince non-whites to join them in significant numbers as long as they insist their problem is one of packaging, not content.

    November 26, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Ed Fl

    Do not know what LOONEY BIN, or what Newt is smoking or drinking,but if he thinks he could run for President in 2016, the election could become Americas greatest fantasy. Ronald Reagan would have a better chance at getting re-elected before A LIVE NEWT.

    November 26, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. nothing new here


    "Gingrich has 'no idea' "

    End of story.


    Couldn't have said it any better – thank you.

    November 26, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. ST

    Gingrich should ask Romney how it feels after losing for the second time. Go ahead and make your own day!

    November 26, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. California Gary

    He not only has "no idea" now, he hasn't had an idea for a very long time. Or a "clue" either for that matter. Say goodnight Newt........your party is over.

    November 26, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. RR

    Newt is no longer an issue now or ever. If he had taken the high road instead of calling people names, maybe he would be worth something. Instead, he will now drift through the rest of his life with no meaning. And I for one could care less.

    November 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |