Gingrich Hints at White House Bid
Posted on May 14, 2007
Reiterating his belief that U.S. troops should withdraw from Iraq “as rapidly as possible,” Newt Gingrich told “Good Morning America” anchor Diane Sawyer on Monday that there is a “great possibility” that he’ll announce his candidacy for president in late September.
But Gingrich took time to assess the field of declared candidates and said he wasn’t happy with the current contenders, comparing them to contestants on “American Idol.”
“We’re in this virtually irrational process,” he said. “It’s exactly wrong as a way of choosing a national leader.”
Gingrich said Republican candidates needed to champion large-scale reforms.
“I think unless a Republican who is nominated is committed to fundamental change in Washington they will certainly lose the election,” he said.
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Hail to the Newt? Former Rep. Gingrich was coy when Diane Sawyer pressed for a more definitive statement about his candidacy.