In an interview with Iowa Press, a public-television program in the Hawkeye State, former House speaker Newt Gingrich took a shot at two “wealthy” potential 2012 presidential contenders: Amb. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor, and Mitt Romney, the former Bay State governor. He also alluded to his “middle-class background.”
Glover: And what are the factors that will go into that final decision? Just clearing up business things?
Gingrich: Well, I think part of it is the final assessment of support, I mean, to make sure that — when you have people that are as formidable as Mitt Romney who can raise a very substantial amount of money or Governor Huntsman who is personally extraordinarily wealthy. You have to be able to, if you were to come out of a middle class background you have to be able to raise a lot of money from a lot of friends. That is a piece of it. And I think the other part is putting together a team that is capable of being competitive because you don’t run for President by yourself, I mean, you have to build an entire system to do it because it’s such a big, big project. Those things are part of what — the final review would include that.