Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., speaks as his wife Callista looks on during a meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal in the Governor's office Thursday March 3, 2011 in Atlanta. Gingrich said he is launching a website to explore a run for president.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he expects to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Gingrich announced Thursday that he’s exploring a run for president, launching a website to collect donations.

In an interview Friday night with Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity, Gingrich said “my expectation is that by the end of this exploratory process that we’ll have an announcement and we’ll be in the race.”

He called the prospect “very daunting, but it’s also very exciting.”

Gingrich has filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service setting up a political organization — Newt Exploratory 2012 — that can accept contributions. He has not formed a formal exploratory committee — which would make him a legal candidate — with the Federal Election Commission.

“I think it’s going to take a fair amount of time, at least a number of weeks, at least six or seven,” Gingrich, 67, said of his decision. “This is such a big decision if you’re serious about it.”

Gingrich said he plans to again visit early-caucus state Iowa on Monday.

On Thursday, he ignored reporters’ questions when he left the Georgia Capitol after appearing with Gov. Nathan Deal to announce the exploratory committee. But he didn’t hesistate to discuss his views on Fox, days after the news network suspended his contract as an on-air contributor pending a presidential race decision.

“This is the first time in I think 10 years I’ve been here as a guest and not as an analyst because Fox News said, ‘Got it. You’re not here anymore,’” he joked.

Asked if a general election contest against President Barack Obama would be between two figures with sharply contrasting visions for transforming America, Gingrich said, “I think President Obama wants to change America into a different country.” He then went on to say that Obama wants to redistribute wealth, and that he instead wants to create it.

He said the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts was responsible for the recent drop in the unemployment rate, and that he believes the Republican-controlled Congress should move now to make them permanent, including for high-earners.

Gingrich, who was elected in 1978 to Congress from Georgia just two years before Ronald Reagan was elected president, also made clear that he thinks tax cuts are the key to economic growth.

He said he would back “very dramatic tax cuts to create economic growth,” which in turn would get people off of government social programs and paying more in taxes.

Gingrich also derided Obama’s recent budget proposal as a “joke,” and said the president should seek the advice of Democratic governors such as New York’s Andrew Cuomo and California’s Jerry Brown about reducing spending, because they have to.

As unrest in the Middle East sends gas prices higher, Gingrich said he would aggressively seek to develop domestic energy. “If something goes bad in the Middle East, we will understand the cost of left-wingers who oppose using American energy,” he said.

Gingrich also continued his assault on the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

“This was an administration which was very aggressive about an American ally, Mubarak in Egypt, and very confused about an American opponent, Gadhafi in Libya. This is an administration which doesn’t notice the demonstrations and the brutality in Tehran, and it confuses Israelis building apartments with Iranians building nuclear weapons. And I think it’s very, very dangerous.”

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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3 Responses to "Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President"

  1. Carl Nemo  March 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

    It’s my belief that many pols eventually lose their minds due to an addictive overindulgence of ‘themselves’ leading to incorrigible levels of hubris as in Gingrich’s case.

    The photo shows him laughing like a bloated bufoon as he ‘dutifully’ puts his hand upon Callista’s wrist not clasping with any ardor, but simply laying his upon hers for the photo-op. Rest assured this guy is always trolling for new action and it wouldn’t surprise me as an even ‘older goat’ he doesn’t have some newer acquisition down the line so to speak.

    To me, he’s only cleared for doing “History Channel” narrations if even that, but unfortunately we must suffer his noisome presence during the primaries.

    He invariably comes out so low in the polls; so it’s beyond me why the guy wastes his time running for higher office. Seemingly he’s an ‘applause junkie’ too.

    Hey, this is ‘Mr. Contract ‘on’ AmeriKa’…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. m.terry  March 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve always been suspicious of the idea of spend millions of dollars to get a job that pays less than 500K. One wonders who the “winner” owes favors to, and how much it’ll cost the tax payer…

    • Carl Nemo  March 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Precisely M. Terry. It’s all about connections and networking along with the ‘set for life’ percs associated with having arisen to the Presidency.

      The last figures I read were that it takes 5 million per annum for retirement pay, protection and transportation of former Presidents.

      The total tab to date for all living Presidents is a whopping 340 million dollars which is absolutely ridiculous. When Harry Truman retired a little over 50 years ago there was no presidential pension and this was for a man that picked the awesome management task of wrapping up WWII, the rebuilding of the vanquished nations and a host of other mind-boggling problems to which none of these modern crimpol sissies must address nor are even capable.

      In addition most of them are paid handsome fees for speaking engagements post holding office. What they have to say that someone will pay as much as $50,000 is beyond me; excepting that the hand-pressing and howza yowza interface at one of these gatherings can benefit a deep pockets business interest. Rest assured the Bill and Hillary show, he as a retired President and she as SOS are both working the crowd for big $$ in order to wire connections for their patrons. Bill’s foundation post holding office has grown to one half billion dollars with money flowing into its coffers from all over the world. Why so? Cui bono; I.E., who benefits? In this case both parties the business entities and these presidential foundations.

      Carl Nemo **==

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