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article imageGingrich ‘seriously’ ponders presidential bid for 4th time

By Kay Mathews     Jul 14, 2010 in Politics
Veteran politician Newt Gingrich publicly speculated about running for president, but he'll have to go up against other GOP stars such as Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.
Will former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich run for president in 2012? A New York Daily News headline reads “Watch out Sarah Palin” because Gingrich hinted about his presidential ambitions at a Republican fundraiser held on July 12.
Vanity Fair reports that Gingrich, 62, told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa:
I've never been this serious. It’s fair to say that by February the groundwork will have been laid to consider seriously whether or not to run.
"To capture the nomination," the NYDN states, "Gingrich will have to oust a number of likely candidates including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and Tea Party superstar Sarah Palin."
The NYDN cited a recent Des Moines Register poll which indicated "that 62 percent of Republicans in Iowa were likely to vote for Romney in the first state to hold a primary vote, while 58 percent favored Sarah Palin. Gingrich came in third in the poll with 56 percent."
There was some speculation in a Newsweek blog about whether or not Gingrich could actually win, noting that he would “have to outlast other GOP challengers” but that he did have the benefit of having “virtually no skeletons in his closet because…
they’ve all already been revealed. He left his first wife while she was dying of cancer and cheated on his second wife (with his third wife). A platform of conservative family values could be a tough sell. He also avoided serving in the Vietnam War, a similar quality that left Bush vulnerable.
Gingrich's "noncommittal confirmation" that he will run for president in 2012 was also highlighted on MSNBC's "The Ed Show." Salon.com editor-in-chief Joan Walsh and GOP pundit and former Gingrich press secretary Tony Blankley discussed Gingrich's history of announcing that he was thinking about running for president. As can be seen in the video above, Walsh commented that Gingrich had made this type of announcement three times in the past, but Blankley took issue with that arguing that is was only two times.
After "The Ed Show" appearance, Walsh wrote in her Salon.com column:
He [Gingrich] flirted with running in 2008, through much of 2007. He did the same in the second half of 1995, when Clinton looked vulnerable. That's where Elliott's reporting tripped Blankley up; Blankley insisted his boss thought about running briefly in June 1995 and quickly dropped the idea. But Elliott reported that in November, Gingrich was still telling the Boston Globe that he was thinking about a run, and that he'd sit down and discuss it with his wife Marianne. (They apparently decided against it.) Ironically, Gingrich has also said he'll make his decision in 2012 after talking to his third wife, Callista. Same story, different wives.
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