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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.


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KEYWORDS: 2008; gingrich; newt; president
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To: Hadean

He’s too late. Only if all of the others drop dead will he have a chance.


51 posted on 05/14/2007 7:31:36 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Hadean

Newt,...please...go...away.


52 posted on 05/14/2007 7:31:39 AM PDT by Crawdad (I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.)
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To: Hadean

What a waste of time and money.

LLS


53 posted on 05/14/2007 7:34:37 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: Pistolshot

“Newt will make a great SecState...”

Ohhhh. Yeah! I hadn’t thought of that! Great role for him.


54 posted on 05/14/2007 7:35:39 AM PDT by Gum Shoe
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To: Pistolshot

“Newt will make a great SecState...”

Ohhhh. Yeah! I hadn’t thought of that! Great role for him.


55 posted on 05/14/2007 7:36:07 AM PDT by Gum Shoe
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To: Vigilanteman
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).

Duncan Hunter needs to get a job with paychecks that come from ADP, not from the US Treasury. I would vote for the guy, don't get me wrong, but it wold be nice to have someone who has done something outside of government.

56 posted on 05/14/2007 7:40:22 AM PDT by kerryusama04 (John 19:31)
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To: DJ MacWoW
But, as usual, the elected forgot on their way to Washington exactly what it was that got them there.

I posted about that serious malady in November, 2005:

See post #124 in the Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 November 2005. It discusses SMS and SMSMS.
57 posted on 05/14/2007 7:41:13 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Brilliant
He’s too late. Only if all of the others drop dead will he have a chance.

I bet he has a plan. It probably goes like this: He will sneak up behind each competitor and goose him, forcing a Deaniac scream that results in the end of that political career. After 10 or so times, Newt would be the last one standing and would win the nomination, like Kerry, by default.
58 posted on 05/14/2007 7:48:00 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Blogger
it will be difficult for him to overcome bad press.

Agree.

59 posted on 05/14/2007 7:57:29 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: Hadean

Oh great, Katherine Harris redux. Forget it Newt, you are damaged goods.


60 posted on 05/14/2007 7:59:20 AM PDT by NonValueAdded
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To: kerryusama04
Check out Hunter's biography.

He worked in the private sector from 1976 until his election to congress in 1980.

Four years is better than probably most people in congress. Yes, it would be nice to see more.

In fact, if I were the king of the country, I'd make it a rule that a person had to spend one year in the private sector or on active military service for every year they spent in public office. All high level bureaucrats would have to be hired from the private sector and could spend no more time in government service than years they had experience in the private sector. And mandatory retirement age for all those at mid level and below would be age 40.

61 posted on 05/14/2007 8:01:53 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: TomGuy

There’s bound to be a lot of that going around when any people end up being governed by lawyers.............which is another of my problems with Washington.


62 posted on 05/14/2007 8:02:00 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Vigilanteman

4 years isn’t enough. There needs to be a Constitutional Ammendment that no individual can spend more than 20 years in Federal elected office. This means Senators can only have 3 terms, and any Congressman who serves over 12 would be prohibited from the PResidency. We need more turnover up there, not less. A lot of the corruption stems from these career types, IMO.


63 posted on 05/14/2007 8:09:13 AM PDT by kerryusama04 (John 19:31)
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To: All
P.S. Newt...and this goes for all the candidates...lose weight, become fit. The presidency has a schedule and pressures that if you don't, you are at a real disadvantage. "Aging Like a President" is a very real deal. Also, with America being such a visual society, we want a pres who looks good all around. You say that doesn't matter...okay...how many of you were proud of President Bush when you saw him in that flight suit...private smiles are included!????

President Bush should be an inspiration to all who follow!

64 posted on 05/14/2007 8:10:19 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: Hadean

I believe Newt has proven that he is capable of accomplishing good things for our country, and that he has much to contribute, but not as POTUS.

This country needs a person of strength in that office, and no one deserves it who admitted and demonstrated, as did Newt, that he was “weak-kneed” around Bill Clinton (or anyone else, for that matter, except God Almighty).

All have sinned, but some have the courage, and strength of character to withstand the blackmailer’s threat with humility and the truth, relying on the mercy of God and the people, and willing to accept the consequences. He was tested on the world stage and he failed the test. The information that apparently made him weak-kneed came out anyway, as he should have known it would do, and the way it came out diminished his crediblility, imo. We are at a point in our history,imho, that we cannot afford to trust him not to fail again, in a far more important position, should he face something or someone else that made him weak-kneed.


65 posted on 05/14/2007 8:10:59 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Hadean

Newt DON’T run.

Not interested.


66 posted on 05/14/2007 8:12:28 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: mainepatsfan

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

Really. As much as Gingrich accomplished as Speaker, whom do you think the Dems would most like to run vs. Hillary?


67 posted on 05/14/2007 8:14:06 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: Hadean

Go Newt!

I don’t think he will get past the primaries, but I think he will force the other candidates to actually discuss what it means to be a fiscal conservative. I had hoped Ron Paul would have ignited that debate, but he is too minor a figure. Newt, on the other hand, would bring it to the forefront. And if nothing else, he might get the nod for the Vice President slot.


68 posted on 05/14/2007 8:25:06 AM PDT by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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To: Hadean

Hannity will be having Newtgasms today!


69 posted on 05/14/2007 8:27:15 AM PDT by don-o (We are "THEY")
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To: pnh102

Right. He committed serial adultery, dumped two wives after they became seriously ill, and wouldn’t support his children, so the family had to get support from their church.

Sounds like a fine upstanding guy.

In my book, he’s just as bad as Giuliani or Clinton.


70 posted on 05/14/2007 8:31:11 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Conservatives want freedom. Republicans want power.)
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To: mainepatsfan

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

Guess you’ve never heard of Rudy..


71 posted on 05/14/2007 9:12:25 AM PDT by RebekahT ("Government is not the solution to the problem, our government is the problem." -- Ronald Reagan)
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72 posted on 05/14/2007 9:52:56 AM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: mainepatsfan
He’s the only one with negatives approaching Hillary’s.

And how does Joe Six-Pack vote if he has a choice between Newt and Hillary?

73 posted on 05/14/2007 10:24:04 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: Coldwater Creek
Newt is an adulterer. Big difference than just being divorced.

I believe you can put Rudy and McCrazy in that same boat. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

74 posted on 05/14/2007 10:25:56 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: Hadean

He lost me when he folded on global warming to JohN (Viet Nam) Kerrey. Newt’s not tough enough, especially after he resigned as speaker.


75 posted on 05/14/2007 10:31:35 AM PDT by KenmcG414
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To: Hadean

Newt is only fooling himself. He has absolutely no chance and should quit before he really makes a fool of himself.


76 posted on 05/14/2007 10:48:37 AM PDT by Deo et Patria
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To: DJ MacWoW
Newts Contract with America was stellar and I believe he’s needed in our government.............but not as President

Newt's Contract was nice, but it was just paper. He quickly sold out. Read Tom Coburn's "Breach of Trust."

77 posted on 05/14/2007 11:20:05 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: B Knotts; Hadean; All

Here’s an interesting hypocrisy-exposer regarding the current “candidates”... How many senators running for president claim to want to reduce so-called global warming, or at least our dependence on oil from the Middle East? Plenty. BUT(!) have you noticed how they’re nevertheless so lacking in vision (or integrity, amidst the petro dollars that they seek) that they still refuse to sponsor the Energy Department’s potential “H Prize” for hydrogen fuel breakthroughs? Where are McCain, Hillary, Obama, & Kerry?

One can learn more about the “H Prize” at:

http://thomas.loc.gov , S.365

In the House, H.R.632 already has several dozen co-sponsors AND ACTUALLY PASSED LAST YEAR...only to languish due to Senate inaction including that of Senators McCain, Obama, Kerry(!) and Hillary Clinton.

For some reasonably recent articles on the H Prize:

http://www.fuelcellsworks.com/Supppage6788.html

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/01/24/41211.aspx

&

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/01/22/38371.aspx

EXCERPT: “[p]rizes can provide an extra push, particularly for innovators who may be flying under the big automakers’ radar.”

And for an additional analysis of the prizes paradigm:

http://www.spaceprojects.com/prizes

http://www.CentennialChallenges.NASA.gov

http://www.Darpa.mil/urbanchallenge

And most interestingly nowadays, for relevant information about the only current or potential presidential candidate who aggressively backs government-sponsored prizes:

http://www.newt.org/backpage.asp?art=3055

Remember how exciting it was when he shut down the federal government 12 years ago for its wastefulness? Since he left office our national debt has nearly doubled.


78 posted on 05/14/2007 11:21:27 AM PDT by Shuttle Shucker
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To: Retired COB
I am not casting any stones, just stating facts.

That piece of scripture has been taken out of context, way too often.

79 posted on 05/14/2007 11:22:57 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: Barney Gumble
Which is why I stated that I wouldn't want him for Pres. But he does have some great ideas. Also see my post 43 :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. Don't need to read a book as we both watched it happen.
80 posted on 05/14/2007 11:26:37 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: B Knotts
Thanks for the ping.

I am not one of the "conservatives" that eat their own. Newt will be a welcome addition to the field. Chances of winning are low, but he will bring conservatives ideals to the process.

"I think unless a Republican who is nominated is committed to fundamental change in Washington they will certainly lose the election," he said." Fundamental change is what the country is in dire need of. I doubt however any President will be able to change what is happening in D.C.. And that is really sad for the Republic.

81 posted on 05/14/2007 11:50:47 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?" --Greg Adams--Brownsville, TX --On the other Front Line)
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To: Hadean

The MSM would love to beat him up again.


82 posted on 05/14/2007 11:55:13 AM PDT by skr (Car bombs and IEDs are the exclamation marks for the latest Democrats' talking points.)
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To: Hadean

Not a prayer in Hades.


83 posted on 05/14/2007 12:52:10 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("Proudly keeping one iron boot on the necks of libertarian faux 'conservatives' since 1958!")
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To: mainepatsfan
He’s the only one with negatives approaching Hillary’s.

You're very wrong about that.

Hitlery has never been divorced, so she is *better* than Newt.

Actually Newt has been divorced *twice*, so Hitlery is really two times better.

/sarc

84 posted on 05/14/2007 12:55:46 PM PDT by angkor
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To: DJ MacWoW

Exactly. Plus, he will just split the conservative vote even more and usher in Rudy. We need to choose the one conservative who can actually beat Rudy and the dems and put our support behind him. Hint, hint, hint, ——>Mitt Romney (or Fred - 2nd choice).


85 posted on 05/14/2007 2:37:53 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: Hadean

I’ve always supported Newt and I always will. The naysayers on this topic seem to forget that of the crop of Republicans that is already running, Newt, as a conservative, trumps them all, especially the so-called front-runners. Rudy is a RINO. Mitt is a flip-floper. McCane is our Howard Dean. Ron Paul has cast his lot with the surrender monkeys. Duncan and Newt are actually conservatives - always were, always will be - and of the two, Newt has a chance of being recognized.

That he can actually communicate with someone like a Kerry or a Kennedy or a Clinton and reach compromise for the sake of discussion (and that’s all it was for Bog’s sake!) rather than resorting to name-calling and childishness is an asset in politics, not a liability. It’s called diplomacy and its been proven to work whenever people of opposing views actually talk rather than rejecting a premise out of hand and stubbornly stonewalling.

Imho, the same Republicans who handed Pelosi and Reid their jobs in the last election are determined to hand the White House to Hillary in the next one.


86 posted on 05/14/2007 3:34:30 PM PDT by Drumbo ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats." - Jubal Harshaw (Robert A. Heinlein))
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To: Hadean
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Mr. Newt Gingrich,


"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."


Sir ...


I was seriously considering supporting you for your (clearly-planned) forthcoming Presidential run ...


In fact, I think a Newt-Thompson ticket (either way) is a real winner ...


BUT ... Victory in Iraq is essential, it is ABSOLUTELY non-negotiable ...



Patton-at-Bastogne

"May God and His Angels Guard Your Sacred Throne, and May You Long Become It."

Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II


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87 posted on 05/14/2007 3:44:03 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Can a Romantic "Fields of Dreams" ever be Resurrected ?)
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To: NucSubs
Oh Lord no...please....Newt, you have more brains than that...come on...

In the case of Newt, I don't think it's about brains, but ego.

88 posted on 05/14/2007 3:48:42 PM PDT by gogeo (Democrats want to support the troops without actually being helpful to them.)
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To: Hadean

I hope he runs because his depth of knowledge, both governmental and historical, and clear-eyed proposals will greatly energize and shape the debates...I don’t see him winning any primaries so what’s the worry?


89 posted on 05/14/2007 3:52:50 PM PDT by Cruising Speed
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To: Coldwater Creek
Newt is an adulterer. Big difference than just being divorced.

It's worse than that. He's an ecotard.

90 posted on 05/14/2007 6:01:24 PM PDT by xjcsa (xjcsa...source of number one Google result in search for the word "ecotard" [pleased with self])
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To: Blogger
However, it will be difficult for him to overcome bad press.

Like this?

91 posted on 05/14/2007 6:03:50 PM PDT by xjcsa (xjcsa...source of number one Google result in search for the word "ecotard" [pleased with self])
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To: xjcsa

LOL


92 posted on 05/14/2007 6:07:13 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: RebekahT

McCain’s are closer.


93 posted on 05/15/2007 3:13:08 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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