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Gingrich Ready to Step Into ’08 Race

by Pamela Leavey

Newt’s gearing up for ’08 after all, Politico reports:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will open a website by Monday in an effort to round up the $30 million in pledges that he says would be his ticket to entering the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

A longtime adviser, J. Randolph Evans of McKenna Long & Aldridge, will hold a press briefing at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Atlanta to describe plans for what Gingrich aides are calling a “feasibility assessment.”

Aides say Gingrich will announce his intentions by Oct. 21, ahead of a Michigan filing deadline.

During a recent breakfast with a Politico reporter and other journalists, Gingrich made it clear he has given a great deal of thought to how he would run, starting with a national television ad that would be heavy on his policy ideas.

Gingrich will not be forming an exploratory committee so his team “cannot collect cash, only pledges.”

Getting $30 million in three weeks will be a tall order, and top Republicans said they are skeptical it can be done, saying Gingrich has a large following but has hurt himself with his on-again, off-again approach to running.

Newt’s uniqe way of testing the waters comes in the form of his own draft Newt site.

4 Responses to “Gingrich Ready to Step Into ’08 Race”

  1. It doesn’t make me happy BUT:

    A. He’ll raise the $30M easily.

    B. He’ll be one helluva candidate to face in the General Election. The sonofabitch is good

  2. Good. As an American (and I’m an American first) he’ll raise the debate in his party since he truly is a man of ideas for the future. It will force our nominees to articulate policy. He’s the GOP’s Gary Hart.
    As a Democrat, the more Republicans and the greater variety of them is good for us because it exacerbates the differences in their coalition.

    My take on the other side:
    Romney- clearly the frontrunner since he is organized, funded, and ahead in the early states. He’s a metro Republican, the only type that could possibly win.
    Giuliani- The media is just hyping him. By next year, we’ll all know of his personal corruption and the thuggish way he ran NYC.
    Fred Thompson- A joke. After he fades, he’ll make Southern Protestants realize they don’t have one they can identify with (except Gingrich).
    McCain- All of this talk of a comeback is media hype. He doesn’t have the resources, nor the moderate voters in NH.
    Gingrich- He can make a play for the South as well as educated voters.

  3. Al, et. al:

    I don’t agree that Ginrich is the GOP Gary Hart . I do, however, believe he is the only person on their scene that is, in fact, articulating ideas, concepts and criticism.

    My post last night got cut off my my own HTML editing. What I wanted to say was the Newt has spend 3 years completely re-inventing himself.

    The first year of effort was met with disbelief and laughter on all sides. Then the truly revolutionary rhetoric and concepts he began to use started to get traction, as the overworked saying goes, because of the idiocy of this Administration.

    The last two years has established him as something none of us would ever have thought could be possible: The former ‘grand master insider‘ is now the ultimate “ insurgent outsider ‘ trying to re-take control of his party.

    What a huge change.

    I believe his campaign will be based in an ‘anti-Washington’ rhetoric. It could also be the most hard hitting campaign in many years. He knows how to play clean, dirty and everything in between.

    If Newt could be the presumptive GOP noominee we better have one tough sumbitch as our nominee. It could turn into one helluva a free-for-all.

  4. I’m going to take a contrarian view, grounded mainly in my eternal optimism. This country is on the road to peace, not to war, and we’re going to make the journey with or without leadership. I believe a. that no Republican can win, or at least b. the least war mongering candidate will win. That is not Newt Gingrich. I heard him on Rush or Hannity (I can’t remember six months back) making pronouncements on confronting Iran that make even Junior sound reasonable and pacifistic. I just don’t think that the country is buying that brand of new ideas.