Skip to comments.Gingrich Makes Political Visit to Iowa
Posted on 05/12/2005 10:14:55 AM PDT by kingattax
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich conceded Wednesday that he might run for president in 2008, but said he will spend the coming years focusing on changes needed in the nation and less time talking about his own political ambitions.
"The message I'm trying to send is we need to have a discussion over the next three years about really big changes," he said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"We need some time spent by would-be political leaders talking about their vision for the future and answering big questions -- before they run out and hire the consultants and the 30-second attack commercials," the former Republican lawmaker said.
He said leaders must look at transforming the nation's health care system, improving its educational system and returning the nation to the days of a balanced budget.
Gingrich made his remarks during a three-day visit to Iowa, where caucuses launch presidential campaigns every four years. His trip included signing copies of his book "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America," his vision for national change.
By mixing in a series of political appearances during the trip, Gingrich raised questions about his own future. Asked if he would be a candidate in 2008, he said, "I might be, I don't know."
He repeatedly returned to his policy proposals and said he wants the debate surrounding the next election to focus on those issues. But Gingrich said he wasn't optimistic that a debate over ideas is possible in the current media-driven environment.
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You mean he's done making love to Hillary?
lol..i think he had to get Her Thighness' permission to make this trip
Ah geez, not this sh*t again!?
Maybe he will run as Hillery's VP...
The 2008 fusion ticket Hillary!/Newt
You beat me by 16 seconds
If Newt stops through Iowa City, maybe I'll come out and say, "Say it ain't so Newt! Say it ain't so!!"
I've been an admirer of his for a long time and a defender of his on occasion, but unfortunately, he has demonstrated behavior beyond the pale by sidling up with Hillary.
I was trying to pretend that it was just silly speculation, but now I'm getting the feeling that he might really subject us to it.
Who, oh who, will save us from the coming Guiliani, Hillary, Pataki, Newt, Kerry, smorgasbord of non-choices?
'Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blindworm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.'
Newt, give it up already.
Was his ally Hillary there with him?
"What can i say ? I'm Hillary and he's just a newt"
Gingrich is smart, and articulate. But he will never be president.
I like the guy where he is, as a talking head, a writer, a thinker, and gadfly. I would not vote for him. I watched as after a tremendous start he eventually bowed and sought to make common cause with Clinton, and was a weak sister when we most needed him. I always assumed the Clinton's had found out what the rest of us later found out about his personal life, and this affected his job.
His personal history will be thrown endlessly in his face, and in ours, unless he sells out to the Democrats. He is unelectable as president.
It's tough to figure out which one of them is more craven in using the other in an attempt to look like they can work with the "other side".
slow boat to China, Newtie. That's the closest you'll ever get to the Presidency. You'll never get my vote.
Mike Pence will
That is such an awful visual. Shame on you. ;)
Hey I'm in Iowa City too. Greetings.
1) Bash Bush
2) Bash GOP
3) Write book
4) Praise Hillary
5) Visit Iowa twice
Its so transparent.
Howdy---that's a great picture on your homepage (Frank giving someone their Christmas goose early this year).
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