Gingrich Says He’s “Inclined” To Run For President
When Newt Gingrich’s name was floated as a possible Presidential candidate in 2008, it became clear rather quickly that he was more interested in sitting on the sidelines than throwing his hat in the ring. This time, it’s looking more and more like he’s serious about running:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he’s leaning toward running for president in 2012 and may decide as soon as February.
“We’re much more inclined to run than not run,” Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday” today. “Everything we’ve done over the last year, talking to friends, thinking things through, has made us more inclined to believe that it’s doable.”
The use of “we” is interesting. I don’t think Gingrich is using it in the sense of the “royal we,” but in an obvious reference to his wife Callista. After being forced to leave office after admitting to an affair with a House staffer and thus ending his second marriage, Gingrich clearly knows that his personal peccadilloes are a problem, especially for the social conservatives in the GOP. Almost everything he’s done publicly over the past several years has been with his (third) wife at his side. If he does run, I suspect we’ll see the two of them on the campaign trial together a lot.