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Newt in 2012?

By Jon Cohen
Newt Gingrich, who hinted at a possible 2012 presidential run at a Thursday talk in Ashland, would likely start around the middle of the pack of the better-known GOP contenders.

In a Gallup poll after the November election, Republicans and GOP-leaning independents split evenly on the question of whether the former speaker should seek their party's nomination: 47 percent said they'd like to see him run, 47 percent would prefer he sit out.

Just after Gingrich resigned as speaker following sizable GOP loses in 1998, 58 percent of all Americans in an ABC News poll disapproved of Gingrich's job performance and 70 percent said he was right to step down. Nonetheless, 56 percent in that same poll said the Georgia congressman had been a "successful" leader in the House.

In Gallup's poll of GOP-leaners a decade later, 2008 hopefuls Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee both fared far better than Gingrich when looking ahead to the next presidential election. Ahead of the pack, though, was GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin; 67 percent said they'd like to see her in the race.

The latest national read on Gingrich is from a November Democracy Corps poll showing 23 percent of all voters with "warm" feelings toward Gingrich; 41 percent fell into that designation regarding Sarah Palin.

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BTW-Newt's site:

Go there;


B-Square! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 8, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised by Newt's Political Webpage talked about in the News article concerning GOP Leadership.

His Views appeared to be very much like Mitt Romney's more-so than the Evangelical Spew of Huckleberry's I expected!

Maybe Romney/Gingrich?

I believe the Newt would easily qualify as the 51Rst. Senator! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 8, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse


Newt would be better "progress" than Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | March 8, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The GOP can't win as long as it runs as the alternative to progress.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 7, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait for 2012....I would vote for Newt.

Well, well, well...another day, another problem and another embarrassment for the American people. Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of England, (our great friends and ally) receives snubs in more than way...

Brown came bearing gifts to the Obama's. a pen holder, which came from the oak of the HMS Gannet, a naval ship that served during antislavery trips to Africa...a very thoughtful and symbolic gift.

The next gift, the framed commission of the ship that symbolized our friendship with our ally - the U.S.S. Resolute (yes, the desk in the President's office is made from that wood --remember National Treasure).

Last, but not least, Gordon Brown presented Obama with the FIRST EDITION of Martin Gilbert's seven volume biography of Winston Churchill. All gifts are priceless are literally priceless to my way of thinking.

What does Obama give in return as a lovely parting gift? 25 classic American movies. Total cost approximately $200.

HELLLLLOOOOOO! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? There is no decorum in this White House. There is no common sense in this White House.

Then there's the one about Hillary and the Russians...the rest button that actually translated to "overcharged".

What a total embarrassment to the American people. Every day that comes around there is something WRONG. No wonder the stock market won't come's too embarrassed.

Posted by: Daylo1 | March 6, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a Danger to the GOP's chances of success.

President "Newt", is JUST as Un-Acceptable!

Is asking too much for the Country to try to THINK? The President is the Statesman/Executive/Commander in Chief!

We are going down like a Rock because IDIOTS in this Country hired an even bigger Idiot for a Job he was wholly un-qualified for!

Unfortunately, the Economic catastrophe we are in was NOT an issue at the Time McAmnesty stole the Nomination, or, even when he chose his "Cheerleader" for a running mate.

But, anyone with a brain, and a real job, would obviously be wishing Mitt Romney won at this point!

It's a JOB! Not a "Popularity" Contest!

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 6, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd much rather vote for Palin and/or Jindal.

Posted by: JakeD | March 6, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Which wife will Newt be on at that point?

Posted by: LABC | March 6, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The suggestion that this country will vote for Newt reflects conservative nostalgia more than current reality.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 6, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the claws to come out in a Mitt vs. Palin vs. Newt vs. Jindal vs. Cantor 2012 battle.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 6, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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