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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Newt Gingrich Running For President, ‘Only As a Last Resort’?



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Bad news for Newt supporters, if I’m interpreting his comments on Fox News Sunday correctly…

WALLACE: But you sound as if you think about running for president as a last resort, not as a first resort.

GINGRICH: Exactly. I mean, nobody’s ever said it quite that way, but you’re right.

I believe that, as a citizen, that if I can provide solutions, if I can develop new ideas — and we’re going to share these with all the candidates in both parties. If we can, as we have with the Center for Health Transformation, develop an entire generation of new ideas on health care, if we can do that on energy, on education, on national security, on immigration, that I’ve served as a citizen in a very effective way.

If, in that process, it becomes necessary to run, then I’ll run. But I — and I know this sounds naive, but the Contract with America preceded winning; it didn’t follow it.

WALLACE: Last resort, not first resort.

GINGRICH: Last resort.

Also in that interview, Newt gave Hillary Clinton odds of “6-in-10 or better” of winning the Democratic nomination.


Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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