On Meet the Press Newt Gingrich says he's not going to decide on whether he wants to grace us with a Presidential run until 2011.
GREGORY: Let me ask you about the future of the Republican Party and the ongoing debate about who's the leader of the party. Vice President Cheney said when it came to Colin Powell he didn't even consider him a Republican any longer. Well, Secretary Powell--General Powell responded this week. He said this: "Rush Limbaugh says," effectively to me, "`Get out of the Republican Party.' Dick Cheney says, `He's already out.' I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again." Do you think Colin Powell is part of that Republican Party?
GREGORY: You think Dick Cheney was wrong?
REP. GINGRICH: Yeah. I, I don't want to pick a fight with Dick Cheney, but I think, I think the fact is the Republican Party has to be a broad party that appeals across the country and that does so--I mean, we have the governor of Vermont, we have the governor of Rhode Island. These, these are not states that are traditional Southern, right wing states. The--to be a national party you have to have a big enough tent that you inevitably have fights inside the tent. Ronald Reagan understood that. And Reagan always used to say--and as you know, my wife Callista and I did--recently did a movie on Reagan. And, and, and Reagan always used to say, "My fellow Republicans and those independents and Democrats who are looking for a better future." He consciously wanted the broadest possible coalition. That's how he carried 49 states in 1984. I think Republicans are going to be very foolish if they run around deciding that they're going to see how much they can purge us down to the smallest possible base.
GREGORY: When you were last here, I asked you if you were considering a run in 2012, you said probably not.
GREGORY: Are you, are you thinking that through a little bit differently now?
GINGRICH: I'll, I'll be glad to accept an invitation in early 2011 to have that conversation, but I'm not...
GREGORY: So you're thinking about it?
GINGRICH: ...I'm not going to think about it till 2011.
GREGORY: All right, we're going to save the date. Speaker Gingrich, thank you very much.
GINGRICH: Good to be here.
I'm with Christy Hardin Smith on this one... Newt Gingrich for Prez? Ain’t Enough Stain Remover On The Planet. I know Gingrich is going to try to cloak himself in his new found Catholicism, but why anyone with this background thinks he has any chance of being elected President of the United States is beyond me.
Whether Gingrich realizes that or not, who knows, but until he announces one way or the other I guess we're in for a couple more years of the Gingrich re-invention tour. And of course the Villagers like David Gregory are more than happy to assist him in that endeavor.
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