Newt Gingrich: Ready to see if there are ‘enough folks’ to launch a ‘12 bid

Update at 1:59 p.m.: Newt Gingrich at press conference, asked if he’s going to run for president in ‘12:

“We have today established a website, newtexplore2012.com. We’ll look at this very seriously. We will very methodically lay out a framework of what we’ll do next.”

And then the man walked out. No exploratory committee. Just exploring.

In the end, Gingrich told the three dozen or so reporters assembled no more than he said on a radio program two hours earlier. For the cable TV outlets that went live for the event, especially, the event was anti-climactic.

The eyes of Gingrich-watchers next go to a Friday evening appearance the U.S. House speaker has scheduled on Fox News — now his ex-employer — with his friend Sean Hannity.

But make no mistake. The guy’s running.

Update at 1:35 p.m.: Newt and Calista Gingrich are in the state Capitol. The Gingrich advance team is shaking hands with press, and handing out info about Gingrich’s “Tenth Amendment Project,” an operation of his American Solutions organization.

Original: Newt Gingrich’s first confirmation of his 2012 presidential aspirations came soon after he hit the ground in Georgia this morning, with an interview on Martha Zoller’s radio show at on FM103.7 WXKT.

Listen to the interview here. Here’s what Gingrich said about his run:

“Calista and I promised, as you know, for well over a year that we would make a decision in late February or early March. And we have kept our promise. We will have a website up later on today. People can go to it today. It’s newtexplore2012.com.

“And it’s an effort to reach out to folks and say, ‘We really want to get back to being a country of American exceptionalism, and we really want to create jobs competing with Germany and China and India, and we really want to shrink government, get power out of Washington and balance the federal budget. And we really want to have a stronger, national and homeland security so we’re safer.

“Lots of folks are going to have to decide that that’s a project they want to be engaged in. Calista and I are prepared to see if there are enough folks who want to get this country back on the right track. It’s a great challenge, but it’s one we both take very, very seriously. Both as citizens and behalf of our grandchildren and all the young people in America.”

We just checked the website. It hasn’t been activated yet.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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68 comments Add your comment

clifton

March 3rd, 2011
1:13 pm

I’m an independent who votes for the candidate, not the party. That said, while I’ve voted for many Republicans, I could never vote for Gingrich because of his serial adultry and arrogance. Wish he and the latest Mrs. G would just go away.

JP

March 3rd, 2011
1:18 pm

I disagree with Newt on a lot of things, but think he will be a formidable candidate….

fergie

March 3rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Newt Gingrich is not fit to be president. Who does this man think he is? He has no morals. Does he really think people like him?

cs

March 3rd, 2011
1:22 pm

And we really want to have a stronger, national and homeland security so we’re safer.

Translation, we want cut everything except our offense budget and the idiotic homeland security crap.

ptjackets

March 3rd, 2011
1:22 pm

He who is without sin, cast the 1st stone! I am a Christian and I believe what Mr. Gingrich did was wrong however everyone deserves a 2nd chance.
I feel Mr. Gingrich is a very smart person and is the right person to turn this country around and place it back to where we belong. I know of no other canidate that could/will do this. Mr. Gingrich is not going to promise special interest groups the moon and the stars to get there votes. I would support him for President.

Ralph

March 3rd, 2011
1:23 pm

Newt’s glib but unfit. This is all about boosting his book sales and speaking fees.

I Know You Are But What Am I

March 3rd, 2011
1:32 pm

Newt is so 90’s.

Eww.

Cedric

March 3rd, 2011
1:33 pm

No, Newt. Please. We’ve had enough serial infidelity, hypocracy and false conservatism from you to last a lifetime or two. That ad with Pelosi promoting the lies about global warming was the icing on top of moral failures that have become habit.

Alabama Communist

March 3rd, 2011
1:33 pm

No doubt Newt present wife will be a force in America politics by moving Newt’s ex wifes to the back of the Bus…Run Newt! Run! and make America your police state fascist neo-con Paradise..

Art Thomas

March 3rd, 2011
1:36 pm

I am a member of the ABO Party (anybody but Obama) To his credit Gingrich has national recognition, government experience but little credibility in the World Stage. To restore America in it’s many worldwide territorial regions of influence will require someone with skills to lead the 300,000,000 plus Americans in a united front not divided front such as Warmongering Bush with his WMD lies or Obama with his Change we can believe in lies. A literate man or woman who knows economic and debt reduction and will implement change to achieve it. We need a person like the Governor of Wisconsin who is standing up to internal threats to bankrupt his state with a solid plan of action . Any candidate coming in to upseat Obama must have the ability to plan , set goals and achieve results quickly .We are running out of time as on present path of divisiveness and false leadership we will fail as a nation and the end result will not be attractive.

the mehlman rings twice

March 3rd, 2011
1:40 pm

ptjackets @ 1:22pm
You Newtniks are as obsessed with him as Neal Boortz is with Ann Coulter’s anatomy. Face it, the religious right and his GOP rivals are going to remind the public about his foibles and attempt to destroy him in the primaries. But all that doesn’t matter. Women who make up more than 50% of the electorate are not going to vote for him in large enough numbers to accompany any other of his constituencies to victory.

seabeau

March 3rd, 2011
1:41 pm

No Next, No Newt.

Nemesis

March 3rd, 2011
1:41 pm

I am a person who does not vote the party line . But Newt makes my skin crawl. The man is so sleazy it is sickening. I would vote for Hilary Clinton before I would vote for the Neuter.

Independent Voter

March 3rd, 2011
1:47 pm

Sorry, I don’t understand all of these “Newt is unfit” comments. Newt is probably the smartest person that could run on either side and the only person in the GOP that actually has new ideas.

Are all of you who are saying he is unfit just far left Dems who don’t like him or his policies. I wasn’t fond of him back when he was the speaker; I did think he was arrogant and abrasive then. But I think he has matured a lot since then. And as others have said, I do not approve of his past infidelities, but the people complaining , did they oppose Clinton?

To be honest, on the Republican side, I would like to see Condoleezza Rice be the nominee, with Newt as her Chief of Staff, and Huckabee as Sec of State. I don’t think she will run, and I don’t think Newt would take the Chief of Staff job, but that would be my ideal choice. We would have very smart people running the country, and I think Condoleezza is one of the few that would and could be successful in reaching across party lines.

Centrist

March 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Newt would be a good cabinet member, but having been forced to resign as House Speaker, cloaked opposition to term limits he had in his contract with America, his marital history, and recent pandering to Iowa ethanol interests kill any chance of gaining the presidency.

His ego and insider “yes men” are blinding him.

John

March 3rd, 2011
1:51 pm

For the love of God…..JUST ANNOUNCE!

It’s like the Charlie Sheen of politics/

Independent Voter

March 3rd, 2011
1:52 pm

it is more like the Bret Favre of politics.

Alphare

March 3rd, 2011
1:52 pm

After Nathan Deal was elected, I realized if an al-Qaeda member comes to Georgia and shouts some conservative slogans, the guy will be elected too in Georgia.

But in any other state with a better educated population, Nathan/Newt has no chance.

Sloan

March 3rd, 2011
1:53 pm

I don’t know yet what I think about a Gingrich presidential candidacy. But if any of you who post derogatory comments about his character voted for Bill Clinton, especially his second term, please shut up!

TR

March 3rd, 2011
1:55 pm

I do vote for the right. However, I will not if Newt runs. This is not a man of integrity that I would want in the Oval Office. If the Republicans can’t do any better than shame on them! Then again, The good Lord is in charge of everything so no matter how much we talk and or complain about what is going on it really is out of our control. Best thing we can do as a country is pray! Boy, what a novel idea!

Alphare

March 3rd, 2011
1:58 pm

Sloan,

before you shout shutup, you need to learn what is immoral and what is character-deficient.

Newt handed his cancer-ridden wife divorce paper on her sick-bed – immoral.

Clinton flirted with a sexy woman – character deficient.

glimpseofclarity

March 3rd, 2011
2:00 pm

This is funny. He is/was one of the most hated people in the federal government. I can’t believe that the way he treated his ex-wife and his daughter will be favorable to the large amount of people it requires to win the presidency. To me he ran when the going got tough and believe me there is no tougher job than president. Just ask the last two Bush and Obama. Man they have really caught it, whew!!!

BingBangBonk

March 3rd, 2011
2:01 pm

People are more concerned with Newt’s past than the future of this country. If adultery and morals really really mattered then Bill Clinton would have been impeached. The main concern is, could Newt run the country and get the economy turned around? The answer to that question is ABSOLUTELY. The man is an economical genius and is smart as a whip. We need somebody like that in the White House.

John

March 3rd, 2011
2:05 pm

Have to agree with the post a few up. It’s all in the hands of God anyway. Why sweat it out! Time to get right with God and let Him lead the way! – John 3:16

the mehlman rings twice

March 3rd, 2011
2:08 pm

Sloan @ 1:53pm
Bill Clinton is one reason a lot of people won’t vote for Nupt. Politicians like Clinton and Nupt (and most arrogant people for that matter) eventually return to their true nature. People desperately want to believe but don’t want to run the chance of being disappointed again. Stop equating “smart” with electability.

HL

March 3rd, 2011
2:08 pm

BingBang…Newt’s morality don’t concern me but his hypocrisy does.

HL

March 3rd, 2011
2:09 pm

whoops…Newt’s morality doesn’t concern me. Sorry I must proofread

Hank

March 3rd, 2011
2:09 pm

The guy served divorce papers on his his poor wife while she was in the hospital for cancer treatment. He engaged in a public affair in DC with another woman while his wife was in Atlanta at the same time he was trying to get Clinton impeached for infidelity. There’s no way he can overcome his complete lack of morality in his past.

Jim Bo

March 3rd, 2011
2:11 pm

If Newt Gingrich is an icon of Republicans, then the party has never taught the big boys morality they preach. How much insult could his candidacy add to the fragility of our nation left with their previous leader (”W”), gone.
I’m glad that he has doubts before he committed.

Clone

March 3rd, 2011
2:13 pm

It would be nice to already have Reagan cloned and ready to go!

Sloan

March 3rd, 2011
2:14 pm

Please wake up. I never said I support Gingrich. I said that the Clinton lovers on here can’t have it both ways!

Sierra

March 3rd, 2011
2:18 pm

David in Atlanta

March 3rd, 2011
2:29 pm

As a Democrat, all I have to say is this: “RUN, NEWT, RUN!” He easily go down in flames and take a lot of lower-ticket races with him.

Jim Bo

March 3rd, 2011
2:33 pm

As other readers have said of Clinton; yes it was equally deplorable, if not worst, when the “leader of a nation” stoops so low on his moral compass. But for those who ask Newt be given a second chance; has one previous “leader” not morally wiped-off our credibility in the world? We have become a laughing stock of the world, compounded with our duplicity in politics too. Only two-three decades ago, we were the envy of the world. We were just, kind and charitable whilst we excelled in everything put before us. And then presently, with what is happening in our politics of the liberals and conservatives, it seems this nation is divided as to pick a President of the Democrates/Republicans of United States. This citizenry is suffering from the politics of the upper 1-2 percent of people. Shameful

dfs3660

March 3rd, 2011
2:39 pm

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dfs3660

March 3rd, 2011
2:40 pm

Run Newt RUN! It would be an absolute pleasure to vote against you – and a joy to see you get clobbered! CANNOT WAIT!

jwhistler

March 3rd, 2011
2:43 pm

While I am a conservative, this blow hard will never run for president. He does this every 4 years and never ends up running. It simply raises his profile (the liberal press gets so excited that someone so far right with so many ghosts in their closet might run and post it daily for weeks in their papers and tv news reports) so he can continue to get big speaking fees and be considered to give input to our actual leaders.

jon

March 3rd, 2011
2:52 pm

Time must be hard for the Republicans what a joke Newt for what? lol get real ooop we did we got Nate in Ga, and that not a Deal. And Newt want the White House I think not.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 3rd, 2011
2:59 pm

I could give a damn about Newt’s personal life, I like his standings on the level of taxation, spending , and government INTRUSION into my life.

ATLER

March 3rd, 2011
2:59 pm

Newt Gingrich is an idiot who doesn’t know anything, but how to hustle country whites out of their money and minds. He failed at being the House Speaker and now he really thinks people would vote for his punk a$$???!!!!!!! People of Ga don’t be fooled and please don’t keep making dumb decisions putting no good rednecks in office.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 3rd, 2011
3:03 pm

Herman Cain is still my man, for now, though.

FAIRTAX.ORG

Luckily, even if the republicans drop the ball on the presidential race in 2012, Charlie cook and sheer math predict GOP Senate to go with control of the House… so a Neutered Barry Hussein Soetoro is ok too….no B-Hussein-O legislation shall pass

chillywilly

March 3rd, 2011
3:03 pm

Don’t waste your time, Newtie. You’ll never be President of the USA. People don’t trust you and you’re not presidential material.

David

March 3rd, 2011
3:04 pm

While I enjoy listening to him speak, and would certainly vote for him over Obama, I believe the adultery will haunt him to his grave and beyond. While God forgives those who have acted on this lustful behavior; common, 16 years of the behavior, at what point will God say NO, I cannot forgive you? He will certainly find out come judgment day!

Lets get Mitt in the WH!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 3rd, 2011
3:09 pm

@David, I fixed that (and similar issues) by declaring myself my own Deity..My own God..the holy trinity is now Me, Myself, and I..and I forgive myself everything , although I am thinking of instituting a series of flogging penalties.

Awkward

March 3rd, 2011
3:24 pm

“Calista and I promised”…….is Mrs. Adulterer running for something too? As if it isn’t sickening enough to imagine Newt actually being elected president, to think of this woman being First “Lady” is too funny!!!

GaBlue

March 3rd, 2011
3:25 pm

I wonder if Mr. Gingrich will hold out on us like McCain did. Remember how he said, “I know how to get Bin Laden! I can get Bin Laden!” but he was saving the answer for when he got elected, and when he didn’t get elected President, the Senator took his valuable national security information home and hid it from the new administration. Will Mr. Gingrich do the same with the economy? Or is it possible there’s a Republican candidate who actually cares enough about this country to help without thinking of his own ambitions first? Hmmm… I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Rule .303

March 3rd, 2011
3:30 pm

And I thought I hated Favre Watch. This is 10 times worse.

“Political Insider: All Newt, All the Time.”

Why don’t you take some advice from your colleague, Rodney Ho, he separates America Idol from his Radio and TV blog? Please do the same with this blog so that we’re all not subjected to Newt only wanting to promote himself so he can sell more books.

kldjf

March 3rd, 2011
3:33 pm

newt doesn’t need to waste his time or the money of other people. he has no better chance than palin

Edward Neuparz

March 3rd, 2011
3:41 pm

You have got to be kidding me..Who in there right mind would vote for him…

Newt Ron Baum

March 3rd, 2011
3:44 pm

I wish Georgians could be in charge of nominating the Republican presidential candidate.
It would make the general election bigger cakewalk than 2008 for Democrats.
Unfortunately, I think only Georgians are dumb enough to vote for characters like Gingrich and Deal.