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.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Franklin says:

    Well we’re much more inclined to not vote for him.