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Gingrich Says There Is a 'Great Possibility' He Will Run for President
ABC News ^ | May 14, 2007

Posted on 05/14/2007 6:46:39 AM PDT by Hadean


The Former Speaker of the House Warns GOP Hillary Clinton Has a Good Chance of Becoming President

Newt Gingrich for president? It could happen.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America," the former Republican speaker of the House said there was a "great possibility" that he would run for president.

He will make that decision sometime in the fall. Sawyer noted that previously Gingrich had only said he was "thinking about" a run for president.

"You said you'll make a decision at the end of the September,{is it} more likely, less likely this morning? Sawyer asked Gingrich. "I think right now, it is a great possibility," Gingrich said.

"A great possibility you'll run? Sawyer asked. But Gingrich declined to elaborate. "I don't want to get into all this stuff," Gingrich said. "I want to focus on what we have to do to make America successsful."

Gingrich was visiting "GMA" to talk about his new book, "Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December the 8th," which he co-wrote with William Forstchen.

But Gingrich took time to assess the field of declared candidates and said he wasn't happy with the current contenders, comparing them to contestants on "American Idol."

"We're in this virtually irrational process," he said. "It's exactly wrong as a way of choosing a national leader."

Gingrich said Republican candidates needed to champion large-scale reforms.

"I think unless a Republican who is nominated is committed to fundamental change in Washington they will certainly lose the election," he said.

According to Gingrich, Republicans need to realize that Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a good chance of winning the White House if she gets her party's nomination.

"They are very effective at raking on their opponents," he said of the Clintons. "I think she has a very good chance to win the presidency."

Time for Another Conservative Contender? Polls show that the Iraq War is a big undertow for Republicans. Gingrich said as far back as 2003 that Bush had "gone off a cliff" with the Iraq War. Gingrich believes the United States should get out of Iraq as soon as possible.

"I think we have to turn over policing responsibility for the Iraqis as rapidly as possible," he said. "Pull our troops out as rapidly as possible."

A Newsweek poll has every Democratic front-runner beating every leading Republican: Clinton edges out former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani by three points. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards beats Arizona Sen. John McCain by 10 points, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 37. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama prevails over McCain by 13 points.

Republicans also appear to be hitting other potholes on the presidential path. Conservatives are wary of Giuliani's staunch support of abortion rights, while McCain is seen by some as unreliable on other conservative issues, such as immigration.

The top Republican presidential front-runners are trying to woo conservatives, but so far it seems an unrequited love.

"The three front-runners are just not viable conservative choices, and I think what we know about the three front-runners is enough really to doom them," said one Republican voter.

There seems to be an opening for a conservative candidate. Former senator and actor Fred Thompson may have his eye on the White House. Some speculate that Gingrich, with the release of a new book and his apology to conservative leader James Dobson for past personal indiscretions, could as well.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; gingrich; newt; president
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1 posted on 05/14/2007 6:46:45 AM PDT by Hadean
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To: Hadean

Newt can’t run! After all, he is divorced!


2 posted on 05/14/2007 6:47:41 AM PDT by pnh102
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To: Hadean

Dont bother Newt.


3 posted on 05/14/2007 6:47:53 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: Hadean

He’s the only one with negatives approaching Hillary’s.


4 posted on 05/14/2007 6:49:09 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Hadean

Oh Lord no...please....Newt, you have more brains than that...come on.


5 posted on 05/14/2007 6:50:48 AM PDT by NucSubs (Rudy Giuliani 2008! Our liberal democrat is better than theirs!)
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I love you Newt, but forget about it guy...........


6 posted on 05/14/2007 6:50:52 AM PDT by Doofer (Run Fred Run........)
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To: pnh102
Newt is an adulterer. Big difference than just being divorced.
7 posted on 05/14/2007 6:51:20 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: Hadean

Clinton or Gingrich, Hobson’s choice.


8 posted on 05/14/2007 6:51:40 AM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: Hadean
I hope he reconsiders.
9 posted on 05/14/2007 6:52:39 AM 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: Hadean
I would welcome his entry into the race. He is such a lightning rod that the MSM could never resist spending way too much time trying to destroy him and every ounce of effort they devote to him is an ounce that won’t be available for the other candidates.

I would also welcome him on the basis of his intelligence and familiarity with today’s challenges.

I would hasten to add though that personally I am fond enough of him to wish for his sake that he would stay out of the race. I have always liked him and enjoyed his outlook on all things political.

He would certainly add to the excitement of the race!

10 posted on 05/14/2007 6:53:38 AM PDT by jwpjr
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To: Hadean

There’s nothing “great” about this.


11 posted on 05/14/2007 6:53:58 AM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: Hadean

Newt needs a reality check..


12 posted on 05/14/2007 6:54:10 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: mainepatsfan

Yep. No thanks Newt. Your time is over.


13 posted on 05/14/2007 6:54:20 AM PDT by rintense (Rudy is nothing more than a Dem with an R behind his name. I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: Hadean

He is more an intellectual resource than a necessary addition to parade of pols presently (or about to be) running for President. He should be assigned the role of National Problem Solver - Medicare, Social Security...then give him the authority to impose his solutions...ah, just dreaming. DO NOT RUN, NEWT.


14 posted on 05/14/2007 6:54:39 AM PDT by magoo70804
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To: B Knotts; newheart; Prov3456; beckysueb; Tolik; RebekahT; BUSHdude2000; Jet Jaguar; familyop; ...
Newt '08 PING

FReepmail me to get on/off the Newt '08 Ping List

A Voice for Freedom: Newt Gingrich

American Solutions for Winning the Future

15 posted on 05/14/2007 6:55:29 AM PDT by B Knotts (Anybody but Giuliani!)
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To: Hadean
Newt’s a globalist who supports amnesty and open borders.

No thanx

16 posted on 05/14/2007 6:56:05 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: jwpjr
The problem with Newt is that 75% of what he says sounds great. But the other 25% sounds idiotic to the tenth power.

BTW, Pat Buchanon is the same way only his percentages are reversed from Newt's.

17 posted on 05/14/2007 6:56:19 AM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: Hadean

Newts Contract with America was stellar and I believe he’s needed in our government.............but not as President.


18 posted on 05/14/2007 6:57:30 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Long Island Pete

Newt’s time came and went.


19 posted on 05/14/2007 7:00:31 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Hadean

Egads, that picture could be of Bubba’s long lost brother.


20 posted on 05/14/2007 7:00:51 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Hadean

He would not stand a snowballs chance in hades of getting elected I am sorry to say.


21 posted on 05/14/2007 7:00:55 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: All
Enviro-Newt...
22 posted on 05/14/2007 7:01:44 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: Hadean

Newt will make a great SecState, but if he runs for POTUS he will solidify the Liberals as no one else can.


23 posted on 05/14/2007 7:02:25 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Thompson '08)
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To: Piquaboy
Agreed. The man has too much baggage to have a serious shot at the Presidency.

Forget it, Newt.
24 posted on 05/14/2007 7:03:21 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: pnh102
The problem isn't lack of conservative candidates. The problem is too many egos dividing up the conservative vote. Duncan Hunter is clearly the best choice-- he has military experience (which Newt lacks) and lacks zipper control problems (which Newt has).

While we all owe Newt thanks for engineering the 1994 mid-terms powershift, he is yesterday's news.

The number one issue of the day is the war on Islamofacism. Somebody with genuine military experience (as opposed to cameo photo-ops) needs to be leading the charge.

It is also worthwhile to recall that Newt wilted and faded when his martial indiscretions came to light, unlike slick Willie who turned himself into a martyr. Granted, the enemedia played the major role in creating these perceptions, but requirement number two for our candidate is someone who can stand up to the enemedia.

25 posted on 05/14/2007 7:03:47 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Hadean

The Republican nomination is far more in doubt now than it was two months ago, and Newt knows it. McCain is fading; Guiliani is fading; Romney is on the ascendancy. Newt could fit in anywhere.


26 posted on 05/14/2007 7:03:58 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Hadean
"I think right now, it is a great possibility," Gingrich said.

And I think right now, it is a great possibility that, if Newt did get the nomination, the Dems would every state, Guam, DC, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island, even if the Dems ran Micky Mouse.
27 posted on 05/14/2007 7:04:14 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Long Island Pete
He has a slightly better chance than McCain.
High praise of the lowest order.
28 posted on 05/14/2007 7:04:23 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Hadean
I would have voted for the 90's era Gingrich but the new greener than green, Kerry loving, I can get government to do more for the environment than you can version just leaves me cold. Once you start selling out to the socialists you are off my list.

Goodbye Newt.

29 posted on 05/14/2007 7:04:27 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: jwpjr

I agree completely. Well stated. It’d be quite interesting to have him in this and he’d take a few dem candidates down with him in the end.


30 posted on 05/14/2007 7:04:33 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: Pistolshot

It’s time for Fred to jump in. I respect Newt’s intelligence, but he is a sure loser and will suck up dollars that could help another candidate.


31 posted on 05/14/2007 7:05:33 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Fred sez "I'm not interested in being the tallest midget in the room.." RUN FRED RUN!)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Newts Contract with America was stellar and I believe he’s needed in our government

Actually, it wasn't. Most of it never got passed. IIRC, only one item got passed, but that was after significant modification.
32 posted on 05/14/2007 7:08:16 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: greyfoxx39

I actually think Newt would be a better President than Fred, because of his History background. However, it will be difficult for him to overcome bad press.


33 posted on 05/14/2007 7:08:19 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Hadean

Save your money, Newt.


34 posted on 05/14/2007 7:08:50 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: DJ MacWoW; servantboy777; Hadean; Coldwater Creek

Newt has said recently that he believes global warming is man-caused. That did it for me. The result of global warming hysteria will be a global tax.

Newt’s also a multiple-offender adulterer. Besides the moral implications of this, it also says that he cannot keep his promises. If he cannot keep the vows he made to his wife, why should we expect him to keep campaign promises he makes to us?


35 posted on 05/14/2007 7:09:22 AM PDT by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Hadean

ZZZzzzzzzz....


36 posted on 05/14/2007 7:10:56 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Hadean

Newt would have more luck playing pick-up sticks with his butt cheeks than being elected POTUS.


37 posted on 05/14/2007 7:12:11 AM PDT by steadcom
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To: Hadean

One more metrosexual that Hunter will have to backhand.


38 posted on 05/14/2007 7:12:42 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Hadean

Yeah, right. Whenever I look for deep strategic thinking about REPUBLICAN presidential politics, I ALWAYS consult ABCCNNNBCCBS news and the merry band of slackers and flackers they call “correspondents”.


39 posted on 05/14/2007 7:13:51 AM PDT by MainFrame65
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To: Hadean
Who cares?

RUN FRED RUN!

40 posted on 05/14/2007 7:14:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder." --Frederic Bastiat)
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To: Hadean

Go for it Newt.


41 posted on 05/14/2007 7:18:40 AM PDT by MANO
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To: jwpjr
VERY well put.

I happen to be another that would welcome his presence/presents. I feel it would be a gift to America if he were in the primaries debating the issues. It would bring the "GOP game" up about twelve notches. We would have a stellar group to choose from, and America would finally get a chance to hear WHY the GOP is the better choice, because as you say, Newt would bring attention to the mix....as would Thompson, I might add.

God Bless 'em all for caring enough to try. I surely wouldn't want the job. I can't take FIVE minutes of CNN, let alone be nice to Dems on a regular basis....that doesn't account for all the times I'd have to be civil to those that clearly don't get it on the WOT. That really fries my cakes, and the fact that these inept voters have a voice...sometimes...it's just too much!

42 posted on 05/14/2007 7:19:56 AM PDT by NordP (The greatest gift God can give us is LIFE. The greatest gift man can give to another is FREEDOM.)
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To: TomGuy

It was stellar. It’s what got Repubs elected in 94. It reflected what voters wanted. But, as usual, the elected forgot on their way to Washington exactly what it was that got them there.


43 posted on 05/14/2007 7:21:23 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Hadean

While Mr Newt is a brilliant man, his enormous ego has always been his Achilles heel. I agree with a previous post, the conservatives need Newt, just not in the capacity as a presidential candidate.


44 posted on 05/14/2007 7:21:36 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: Barney Gumble
As I said, Newts Contract with America was stellar and I believe he’s needed in our government.............but not as President.
45 posted on 05/14/2007 7:22:45 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Hadean

Man most likely to be picked for Veep.


46 posted on 05/14/2007 7:24:56 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: pnh102

Newt is a schill for Bill/Hillary Clinton


47 posted on 05/14/2007 7:26:12 AM PDT by Fred (Democrat Party - "The Nadir of Nihilism")
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To: PackerBoy
The problem with Newt is that 75% of what he says sounds great. But the other 25% sounds idiotic to the tenth power. BTW, Pat Buchanon is the same way only his percentages are reversed from Newt's.

Right on my brother!

48 posted on 05/14/2007 7:26:35 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Discrimination against Muslims is acceptable if we are to survive.)
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To: Hadean
[.. "A great possibility you'll run? Sawyer asked. But Gingrich declined to elaborate. "I don't want to get into all this stuff," Gingrich said. "I want to focus on what we have to do to make America successsful." ..]

He cut her off at the knees.. so she had to look UP at him..
Now thats the communicator, America NEEDS..

49 posted on 05/14/2007 7:27:11 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: Hadean
I think after playing kissy-face with Kerry during their "debate" and hyping "green conservatism," as well as supporting William J. "Freezerman" Jefferson, Newt has clearly jumped the shark.
50 posted on 05/14/2007 7:30:15 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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