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AP Interview: Gingrich Criticizes Bush, Open to Presidential Run
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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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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; booktour; contractwithamerica; electionpresident; gingrich; newtsdrinkingagain; winningthefuture
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1 posted on 01/08/2005 9:57:16 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

No. I respect Newt's intelligence, but a fresh face is required. Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Regards, Ivan


2 posted on 01/08/2005 9:58:00 AM PST by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: MadIvan

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.


3 posted on 01/08/2005 10:00:51 AM PST by Shady
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To: Sub-Driver

ARe you kidding me? I appreciate Gingrich and all, but he's so 1990's. Maybe Caspar Weinberger can announce his candidacy next.


4 posted on 01/08/2005 10:00:52 AM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


5 posted on 01/08/2005 10:01:44 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Sub-Driver

Gingrich was always the most intelligent politician in my view. He seems to gave fell into the "me" syndrome over the past few years.


6 posted on 01/08/2005 10:01:44 AM PST by commonguymd (My impatience is far more advanced than any known technology.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


7 posted on 01/08/2005 10:01:53 AM PST by aynrandfreak (If 9/11 didn't change you, you're a bad human being)
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Love ya, Newt, but ZOT on your presidential trial balloon, baby. Take up slot machines if you're that bored...


8 posted on 01/08/2005 10:02:36 AM PST by StAnDeliver
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To: Shady

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.

Regards, Ivan


9 posted on 01/08/2005 10:03:33 AM PST by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: commonguymd
"Gingrich was always the most intelligent politician in my view

Yes, but would you vote for him? Would he win the primary?I don't see that happening.

10 posted on 01/08/2005 10:03:45 AM PST by stopem
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


11 posted on 01/08/2005 10:05:18 AM PST by connectthedots
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To: kittymyrib
The media only pays attention to you when it hurts the president or the image of the party,

Exactly, and God knows that McCain and Hagel have already filled that particular niche. Sheesh.

12 posted on 01/08/2005 10:05:28 AM PST by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hm. Wonder what party?

Because, from what I know of him, he'd not get my primary vote.

Dan


13 posted on 01/08/2005 10:06:48 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: kittymyrib

<< 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. >>

Hear, hear.

Dan


14 posted on 01/08/2005 10:07:30 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: connectthedots

<< 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!"

Dan


15 posted on 01/08/2005 10:08:31 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: kittymyrib

Didn't Newt dump his cancer ridden wife for some younger broad?


16 posted on 01/08/2005 10:08:36 AM PST by zarf
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt Gingrich is taking steps toward a potential presidential bid in 2008


Good! I cannot think of another electable Republican anyhow.


17 posted on 01/08/2005 10:09:21 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


18 posted on 01/08/2005 10:10:49 AM PST by Faraday
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To: Sub-Driver

What??? I am astounded.


19 posted on 01/08/2005 10:21:06 AM PST by Peach
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To: Sub-Driver

Forget it, Newt. You're last year's chopped liver, pal.


20 posted on 01/08/2005 10:21:51 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: MadIvan

Yep. Newt is old fish.


21 posted on 01/08/2005 10:22:20 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt was good in his day, but he's yesterday's news.


22 posted on 01/08/2005 10:22:53 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


23 posted on 01/08/2005 10:25:12 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: kittymyrib
didn't have the moral qualifications to be a leader.

Scumbag was a two term president and his party loves him. I would say Newt's morals are light years ahead of Scumbag's.

24 posted on 01/08/2005 10:26:47 AM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (John Kerry--three fake Purple Hearts. George Bush--one real heart of gold.)
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To: kittymyrib

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...
Jake.


25 posted on 01/08/2005 10:27:20 AM PST by sanjacjake
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To: MadIvan
he actually cut the state budget

Do you mean cut as in less spending or cut as in a reduction of the rate of growth?
26 posted on 01/08/2005 10:28:58 AM PST by BJClinton (65,535)
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To: BJClinton
All About Governor Sanford

Regards, Ivan

27 posted on 01/08/2005 10:34:06 AM PST by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: aynrandfreak

Newt allowed his zipper to control his intelligence.


28 posted on 01/08/2005 10:34:54 AM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: OldFriend

He wouldn't make it.


30 posted on 01/08/2005 10:42:05 AM PST by The Teen Conservative (Taglines really get me worked up to write something in them for nothin', y'know?)
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To: Faraday

For all his intelligence and insights, Newt would end-up being a tyrant. I can't support him.


31 posted on 01/08/2005 10:42:41 AM PST by IonInsights
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To: Sub-Driver
Notice that AP doesn't mention the reason he is not longer in the house. Must mean that they want him. That worries me.
32 posted on 01/08/2005 10:43:12 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: T. P. Pole
They want him out in public bashing Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bremer.

Read the article.

33 posted on 01/08/2005 10:45:36 AM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: MadIvan
sipping a Bud Light and chatting in a Polo shirt and khakis. As befits this 44-year-old who runs and swims daily, the Dave Matthews Band plays quietly on his sound system.

He lost my vote right there.

Seriously, this guy sounds great. Wish we(TX) had a real conservative as governor.
34 posted on 01/08/2005 10:46:03 AM PST by BJClinton (65,535)
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To: MadIvan

I agree .. and Newt better figure it out fast - BASHING BUSH is not how you win votes - the dems proved that.


35 posted on 01/08/2005 10:46:33 AM PST by CyberAnt (Where are the dem supporters? - try the trash cans in back of the abortion clinics.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Nada chance Newt.


36 posted on 01/08/2005 10:46:57 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: BJClinton

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.

Regards, Ivan


37 posted on 01/08/2005 10:47:43 AM PST by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: Sub-Driver

Gingrich is my man but I don't think he get very far nationally any more.


38 posted on 01/08/2005 10:51:35 AM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: IonInsights
... Newt would end-up being a tyrant.

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.

39 posted on 01/08/2005 10:52:50 AM PST by Faraday
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To: MadIvan

You've made me a believer, I like the pig in the legislature anecdote. Is he a bible-thumper?


40 posted on 01/08/2005 10:53:11 AM PST by BJClinton (65,535)
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To: MadIvan

I love newt, but Sanford is my top choice a the moment too.


41 posted on 01/08/2005 10:53:51 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/terrorism.htm)
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To: zarf

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.


42 posted on 01/08/2005 10:54:01 AM PST by Gaetano
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To: BJClinton

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.

Regards, Ivan


43 posted on 01/08/2005 10:54:41 AM PST by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: MadIvan

We would have the "Reagan Democrat" phenomenon all over again.


44 posted on 01/08/2005 10:58:24 AM PST by BJClinton (65,535)
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To: BJClinton

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.

Regards, Ivan


45 posted on 01/08/2005 11:00:24 AM PST by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


46 posted on 01/08/2005 11:06:44 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt! Stop smoking that stuff! Now sit down and behave yourself.


47 posted on 01/08/2005 11:08:46 AM PST by jmaroneps37 ( Frist/ Blackwell in 2008 for a landslide: you saw it here first.)
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To: Sub-Driver
If criticizing President Bush didn't help get a Democrat in the White House, what makes Newt think it will work for a Republican?
48 posted on 01/08/2005 11:08:54 AM PST by msnimje
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To: Sub-Driver

First Hillary vs. Gingrich in the hate bowl.


49 posted on 01/08/2005 11:12:43 AM PST by alrea (I came here a slave. Now I vote like one.)
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To: MadIvan

I hate to disapoint you but the next president will be George Allen from VA.


50 posted on 01/08/2005 11:26:25 AM PST by JRochelle
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