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Gingrich: I'll run if we raise $30 million
The Associated Press ^ | September 24, 2007 | The Associated Press

Posted on 09/24/2007 1:21:50 PM PDT by Baladas

WASHINGTON (MCT) -- In the latest sign of how unsettled the Republican presidential race is, Newt Gingrich says he'll run if supporters come up with $30 million in three weeks.

"I don't see as a citizen how you could turn that down," Gingrich said on "Fox News Sunday."

The fiery and controversial former speaker of the House has been a polarizing public figure.

Still, he believes he can mount a White House bid just a few months before voting starts because the GOP faithful have yet to solidify behind a candidate. Rudy Giuliani remains the leader, at 30 percent in the latest Gallup Poll, just 8 percentage points ahead of already-stumbling actor Fred Thompson.

Gingrich has tasked longtime adviser Randy Evans with launching the ambitious fundraising bid next Monday, and reporting back in three weeks.

"I want the commitments first," Gingrich said. "If there is, in fact, enough people in the country who think we need this kind of approach and this kind of change-oriented policies, then I think I'd feel a responsibility to run."

Gingrich isn't the only potential candidate whose name is still in play. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg shouldn't be written off, because the terrain remains so unsettled.

"This business is full of uncertainties," Hagel said on CNN's "Late Edition."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chuckhagel; election2008; msm; newtgingrich; tr
That's within three weeks, apparently.

Well, you can't accuse Gingrich of not being specific enough, but I wonder if Chuck Hagel realizes Bloomberg isn't a even a RINO any more.

1 posted on 09/24/2007 1:21:53 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

Newt, you want my medical records electronically??? You and your pal Billary Clinton??? Take hike.


2 posted on 09/24/2007 1:23:12 PM PDT by Fred ("What is it that makes liberals think the best way to help someone is to punish them" FDT)
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To: Baladas

Newt said this a week ago. He knows it won’t happen.


3 posted on 09/24/2007 1:24:35 PM PDT by RightWhale (25 degrees today. Phase state change accomplished.)
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To: Fred

Newt is so yesterday, still displaying the arrogance that made him loved and admired.


4 posted on 09/24/2007 1:25:19 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Baladas

Ron Paul _promised_ he’d raise $50 million. I’m not sure who is more delusional.


5 posted on 09/24/2007 1:25:22 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Baladas
"Got 30 Million to loan me?


6 posted on 09/24/2007 1:25:31 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Baladas

Forget it Newt. No one thinks you can win.


7 posted on 09/24/2007 1:27:04 PM PDT by MovementConservative (Terminate the Duke 88)
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To: Baladas

Already stumbling Fred Thompson?

The Leftist Media is delusional.

The Fred Thompson steamroll is powering forward, and is unstoppable right up to the White House steps and through the front doors.

The ScuMedia are desperately looking for 2008’s Ross Perot to help split the GOP vote.

Ron Paul. Newt. Pat Buchanan. ANYBODY!


8 posted on 09/24/2007 1:28:59 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Lee Bollinger is a HERO to America)
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To: RightWhale
Newt said this a week ago. He knows it won’t happen.

Don't be too sure. I'd bet that Hillary could find some creative ways of funding his campaign. I doubt he'd have a chance at the nomination, but he could dilute the conservative vote enough to let her face Giuliani in the general election.

9 posted on 09/24/2007 1:30:16 PM PDT by Wissa (I despise the liberal media.)
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To: Baladas

Quick! Everyone donate to someone else!


10 posted on 09/24/2007 1:31:21 PM PDT by pnh102
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To: Baladas

Nononononononononono....


11 posted on 09/24/2007 1:31:49 PM PDT by hershey
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To: Baladas

What an ego Gingrich has.

The “Fred stumbling” B.S. is the media trying its best to stop a steam roller.


12 posted on 09/24/2007 1:32:32 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Baladas

Newt stands as much chance of being POTUS as I do.


13 posted on 09/24/2007 1:33:01 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: Wissa

Now what did I do with my popcorn popper??????


14 posted on 09/24/2007 1:33:05 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: Baladas

Don’t look at me.

My money is going to Duncan Hunter.

http://www.gohunter08.com/


15 posted on 09/24/2007 1:33:54 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: Wissa

Facing Giuliani gets her beat.
The others...I’m not so sure about.


16 posted on 09/24/2007 1:34:01 PM PDT by threeleftsmakearight
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To: Baladas

Hey Newt call someone who cares........ maybe Dobson...


17 posted on 09/24/2007 1:34:30 PM PDT by deport (>>>--Keep your powder dry--<<< [ Meanwhile:-- Cue Spooky Music--])
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To: Baladas

Um, hey,Newt, do you recall asking us if we wanted you? I don’t...


18 posted on 09/24/2007 1:36:50 PM PDT by Aut Pax Aut Bellum (Try to look unimportant, the enemy may be low on ammo...)
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To: Baladas

I hope he gets his money and runs and shakes all these first tier clowns out of their loafers. (I have no trust for any of those dudes.)

We need a good hurricane to get the show on the road and force these whatever to show their real hand. After that, we can then get down to real business.


19 posted on 09/24/2007 1:37:48 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Enduring Freedom

I thought that, too - I don’t see Fred as “stumbling” at all, he’s more “uniting”. The MSM wants a bloody GOP primary, anybody can reason why.


20 posted on 09/24/2007 1:37:49 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Baladas

But when he only raises a “buck three eighty” will he return it to both of his contributors?


21 posted on 09/24/2007 1:38:34 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Union work: comparable value for twice the price.)
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To: threeleftsmakearight
Facing Giuliani gets her beat.

I disagree. Throwing away the gunowner and social conservative vote is a good way to turn the purple states blue.

22 posted on 09/24/2007 1:40:27 PM PDT by Wissa (I despise the liberal media.)
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To: Baladas

I guess Newt ain’t running then....


23 posted on 09/24/2007 1:43:22 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Enduring Freedom
Already stumbling Fred Thompson? The Leftist Media is delusional.

Yeah... somebody forgot to tell the voters!

24 posted on 09/24/2007 1:44:25 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: threeleftsmakearight

Boy, you could not be more wrong. When faced with two candidates whose positions on the issues are almost exactly alike ( as spoken by Rudy himself ) the voters, if they are looking to vote for a liberal, will go with the most committed liberal, which means that Hillary wins.


25 posted on 09/24/2007 1:46:02 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Baladas

Sorry Newt but you’ve been kissing Hill’s @$$ since she announced and have given her odds of 80-20. You debate John (Viet-Nam) Kerry about global warming and agree with everything he says. In short, take a hike!!


26 posted on 09/24/2007 1:50:45 PM PDT by kenmcg
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To: Baladas
I must have missed the overwhelming groundswell of support for Newt among conservatives. < / sacrasm >

Oddly enough, I like Newt. I read some of his books before he was elected to Congress, and he makes a great deal of sense.

But he is not presidential material. Even among that crowd, his ego is too big. Or, more accurately, Newt is not good enough at hiding his ego. They all have giant egos or they wouldn't be running.

27 posted on 09/24/2007 1:55:36 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Baladas
Newt, Newt, Newt. Newt is a lot like Winston Churchill. He is a visionary, a shrewd political schemer, a man willing to stake out a position and not only defend it, but able to stiffen the resolve of wavering friends, and even win political opponents to it, a man who has a vision for not just winning the next election, but for preserving our civilization ... and a blowhard so egotistical that all the other politicians notice, a man who is just as willing to stand up for his vainity as he is for principle, and man who can be oblivious to reality.

But for Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill would be remembered as his father's son. An immensely talented politician, who got further than Lord Randolf, but whose monumental ego, and knack for making enemies, destroyed his political career, and left him a bitter, back bench crank. Hitler saved Churchill by giving him something to rail about that was actually worthy of his melodramatics.

So far, thank God, Newt doesn't have a Hitler to create a crisis that so shakes the Republic that we turn to him for leadership. I hope he never gets one, but Ahmadinejad, and Harry Reid, are both doing their best.

28 posted on 09/24/2007 2:01:59 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Baladas
Newt, Newt, Newt. Newt is a lot like Winston Churchill. He is a visionary, a shrewd political schemer, a man willing to stake out a position and not only defend it, but able to stiffen the resolve of wavering friends, and even win political opponents to it, a man who has a vision for not just winning the next election, but for preserving our civilization ... and a blowhard so egotistical that all the other politicians notice, a man who is just as willing to stand up for his vainity as he is for principle, and man who can be oblivious to reality.

But for Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill would be remembered as his father's son. An immensely talented politician, who got further than Lord Randolf, but whose monumental ego, and knack for making enemies, destroyed his political career, and left him a bitter, back bench crank. Hitler saved Churchill by giving him something to rail about that was actually worthy of his melodramatics.

So far, thank God, Newt doesn't have a Hitler to create a crisis that so shakes the Republic that we turn to him for leadership. I hope he never gets one, but Ahmadinejad, and Harry Reid, are both doing their best.

29 posted on 09/24/2007 2:02:19 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Baladas

newt is a hildebeast plant... anything he knows... ‘toon will get... they own newt.

LLS


30 posted on 09/24/2007 2:02:42 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: Baladas
"I don't see as a citizen how you could turn that down," Gingrich said on "Fox News Sunday."

I'm turning you down, Newt. Go home.

31 posted on 09/24/2007 2:06:07 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Baladas

Where can I donate; I’d like to see the race “shaken-up” a bit..


32 posted on 09/24/2007 2:12:07 PM PDT by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: Baladas

At great personal sacrifice I’ll do it for 29.5 million.


33 posted on 09/24/2007 2:14:40 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Baladas
Gingrich: I'll run if we raise $30 million

Ditto. If you my fellow Freepers can produce the cash, I'll run.

34 posted on 09/24/2007 2:17:13 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: threeleftsmakearight

Really?


35 posted on 09/24/2007 2:21:02 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Baladas
Hey, Newt:

STFU

36 posted on 09/24/2007 2:24:44 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Baladas

Hey Newt!!!!....Hillary has your FBI file!!!!!!!.........


37 posted on 09/24/2007 2:25:42 PM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Vet===Fairness Doctrine for TV First!!!!!.....I'Am With Fred)
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To: Baladas

Newt can’t win the nomination, much less the election, but he might throw the nomination to Rudy. I wonder if that’s what he wants to do.


38 posted on 09/24/2007 2:33:25 PM PDT by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: Baladas

OK, send me the 30 Million and I will give it to Fred. Someone that has not pissed anyone off in the last five years.


39 posted on 09/24/2007 2:38:16 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands..)
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To: Baladas

Newt’s my man if he gets in the race. Until then, I don’t see an electable conservative Republican .


40 posted on 09/24/2007 2:39:03 PM PDT by BUSHdude2000 (Get the embedded reporters out of Iraq and finish the job)
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To: pnh102
Quick! Everyone donate to someone else!

**************

LOL!

41 posted on 09/24/2007 2:42:10 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Baladas

Newt bowed out today. He told Fox News that he didn’t think he could raise the money.

He should use his talents to destroy the media that destroyed him.


42 posted on 09/24/2007 2:42:40 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: Baladas

Newt Gingrich? Who needs that fat whoremonger?


43 posted on 09/24/2007 3:49:09 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: Baladas
I think Newt's strategy has finally emerged: Wait for Fred, and see if he sucks all the air out of the room. If not, there's still enough interest for him to run.

Fred hasn't blown folks away, and Newt's making his move.

44 posted on 09/24/2007 3:54:56 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Hillary for President? In the words of Bell Biv DeVoe: "Never trust a big butt and a smile!")
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To: TexasCajun
I'm sorry, TexasCajun, but that picture needs a different caption:

"Say little Timmy, do you like movies about gladiators?"

45 posted on 09/24/2007 3:58:08 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Pilsner
So far, thank God, Newt doesn't have a Hitler to create a crisis that so shakes the Republic that we turn to him for leadership.

That is a succinct and excellent analysis and I thank you for taking the time to present it. So many of the criticisms of Newt are just maddening in their utter doltishness. And I have no great problem with your characterization, because it seems partially correct.

That said, IMO we are already there. And we do have our very own Hitlery to add to the grab-bag of impending crises.

46 posted on 09/25/2007 3:42:35 AM PDT by angkor ("California, Is nice to the homeless, California, Supercool to the homeless..." South Park 11.07)
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To: Pilsner

How kind of Hitler to do all the for Winnie!


47 posted on 09/25/2007 3:52:13 AM PDT by carton253 (And if that time does come, then draw your swords and throw away the scabbards.)
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