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Posted on 01/08/2005 9:57:15 AM PST by Sub-Driver
AP Interview: Gingrich Criticizes Bush, Open to Presidential Run By Ron Fournier The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Newt Gingrich is taking steps toward a potential presidential bid in 2008 with a book criticizing President Bush's policies on Iraq and a tour of early campaign states.
The former House speaker who led Republicans to power a decade ago said he soon will visit Iowa and New Hampshire to promote his book, try to influence public policy and keep his political options alive.
"Anything seems possible," including a White House race, Gingrich told The Associated Press.
The quotable and controversial former Georgia congressman, who now runs a consulting firm in Washington, is promoting, "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America." He seemed to welcome the thought that a book tour will increase speculation about his political aspirations.
"It never hurts to maximize opportunities. That's the American tradition," Gingrich said. "If I can influence the reporters and political activists in Iowa and New Hampshire, they will influence the candidates."
Asked if he might be a candidate himself, Gingrich said. "For an Army brat from Pennsylvania who became the only Georgia Republican in the House and the first Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years, anything seems possible. I don't think it's very likely. On the other hand, if I have an impact on public policy and do it in a way that is exciting and positive, why wouldn't I want to do that?"
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No. I respect Newt's intelligence, but a fresh face is required. Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
Mr. Speaker has no national constiuency. He also left DC in a less than desirable way (even though it was the fault of the MSM.) We need a new candidate who will NOT be afraid to wallop Hillary Von Rodham and say to all American that she is a Socialist Elitist Zealot with no redeeming social qualities whatsoever.
ARe you kidding me? I appreciate Gingrich and all, but he's so 1990's. Maybe Caspar Weinberger can announce his candidacy next.
Newt, your time has come and gone. You were smart, but you didn't have the moral qualifications to be a leader. The media only pays attention to you when it hurts the president or the image of the party, so find a nice teaching job somewhere and shut up.
Gingrich was always the most intelligent politician in my view. He seems to gave fell into the "me" syndrome over the past few years.
Et tu, Newt? He allowed himself to be slimed by Clinton & Co. during the 95 budget battles without answering, and the left will never give him a chance no matter how much he trashes Bush.
Love ya, Newt, but ZOT on your presidential trial balloon, baby. Take up slot machines if you're that bored...
In which case, Governor Sanford is an attractive candidate. He has proven himself to be trustworthy and able in his service to the people of South Carolina (he actually cut the state budget, and served only as many terms as he said he would when he was a Representative). Hillary will look like a retread in comparison: she is already an old bag, Republicans merely need to show a fresh face to highlight it.
Yes, but would you vote for him? Would he win the primary?I don't see that happening.
While he may be good on policy, he has disqualified himself morally. There is a price to be paid for ones actions, and Gingrich is not exempt.
Exactly, and God knows that McCain and Hagel have already filled that particular niche. Sheesh.
Hm. Wonder what party?
Because, from what I know of him, he'd not get my primary vote.
<< Newt, your time has come and gone. You were smart, but you didn't have the moral qualifications to be a leader. The media only pays attention to you when it hurts the president or the image of the party, so find a nice teaching job somewhere and shut up. >>
<< While he may be good on policy, he has disqualified himself morally. There is a price to be paid for ones actions, and Gingrich is not exempt. >>
And AGAIN with the "Hear, hear!"
Didn't Newt dump his cancer ridden wife for some younger broad?
Newt Gingrich is taking steps toward a potential presidential bid in 2008
Good! I cannot think of another electable Republican anyhow.
I could support Newt enthusiastically. He has an historian's view of the issues faced by the nation; he is conservative in outlook; and he has proven mass communication/leadership skills. Electability is the biggest question he would have to face. He would need to deal with morals questions from the right, and executive experience questions from the middle (Americans generally elect governors or VPs to the Presidency). The left would froth at the mouth--always an entertaining spectacle.
What??? I am astounded.
Forget it, Newt. You're last year's chopped liver, pal.
Yep. Newt is old fish.
Newt was good in his day, but he's yesterday's news.
I love the guy but there's not a chance. Look at every stratum of voter out there (blacks, women, rats, Republicans, you name it) and there are more people who hate Newt than hate Dubya.
Scumbag was a two term president and his party loves him. I would say Newt's morals are light years ahead of Scumbag's.
Well said..it is more and more apparent that the
voters and country will not allow another sleazeball
in the oval office....Say what you want about Bush
but he is a moral man and is trustworthy..once you
lose that, as Gingrich has, you are toast..burned toast...
Newt allowed his zipper to control his intelligence.
He wouldn't make it.
For all his intelligence and insights, Newt would end-up being a tyrant. I can't support him.
Read the article.
I agree .. and Newt better figure it out fast - BASHING BUSH is not how you win votes - the dems proved that.
Nada chance Newt.
I'm telling anyone who cares to listen about Mark Sanford. If he chooses someone skilled in foreign policy, say, Condi Rice, as his VP candidate, the Republicans could have a formidable ticket to take down Hillary in 2008.
Gingrich is my man but I don't think he get very far nationally any more.
It's hard to defend someone for actions you think they will take in the future. It's also a very easy charge to level. Just say you don't trust him with your liberty.
You've made me a believer, I like the pig in the legislature anecdote. Is he a bible-thumper?
I love newt, but Sanford is my top choice a the moment too.
I was visiting the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during an Easter vacation in DC.
The Newt was sitting by himself in the basement cafeteria. I thought it was strange that a non-Catholic would be hanging out at the National Shrine. A bit of Googling later turned up the fact that the Newt was dating some sweet young thing who sang in the Choir.
The guy sends my cringe-o-meter to tilt every time he appears on FOX.
I haven't a clue as to his religious stance...however, he apparently has voted the proper way on abortion (No, no and no again) and scores high marks on gun rights legislation. However, it is his fiscal rectitude which is really needed. I suspect he would cause a lot of politicians to squeal in pain. Good.
We would have the "Reagan Democrat" phenomenon all over again.
Precisely. And were I someone like Karl Rove, I would emphasise Governor Sanford's freshness and rectitude as opposed to Hillary's tiredness and chicanery. She is a soft target if the proper approach can be taken.
Newt is an incredibly gifted politician. Even with the moral problem, I think he could be President were it not for one major problem - his personal mannerisms when he talks. He puts on an air that many people won't stomach. It will never happen.
Newt! Stop smoking that stuff! Now sit down and behave yourself.
First Hillary vs. Gingrich in the hate bowl.
I hate to disapoint you but the next president will be George Allen from VA.
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