Gingrich Lists 2012 Candidates and Includes Himself

by Sal on January 14, 2010

in Election 2012,Politics

In an interview, Newt Gingrich listed the prospective GOP field for the presidency 2012.  In that list, he included himself and made a pitch.  In that, he also listed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Minnesota  Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and himself.  He also mentioned as possible contenders governors Mitch Daniels from Indiana, Haley Barbour from Mississippi, Rick Perry from Texas and Bobby Jindal from Louisiana, as well as South Dakota Sen. John Thune.  (Interesting that Romney was not included in the mix).

Some in the blogosphere are contending that Newt is full of himself for mentioning his possible candidicy among the top tier, and others are claiming he has no chance because of the Scozzofava flap.  While Newt wouldn’t be my first choice, I don’t see any problem with him mentioning himself.  He is considering a run, he was asked the question, and any objective news source would consider him a top tier candidate.

As far as whether or not he has a shot in a GOP primary with his baggage, I thought that McCain didn’t have a chance to win the GOP nomination in 2008, and we all saw how that turned out.  Elections are funny things and they take place in context, not in a vacuum.  Suppose that Palin decides not to run, and the field basically includes Pawlenty, Huckabee, Gingrich, and Romney.  Pawlenty doesn’t excite anyone, Romney has his own baggage with RomneyCare, Huckabee is a wacko, so that leaves Gingrich, who would likely get the vote of the establishment as well as those of us who can’t stand the other candidate.  Gingrich’s chances are completely dependent on the field, the campaign, and the circumstances at the time of the primaries, and history proves that it is foolish to discount anyone.  Who would have thought that the 2008 campaign would have been between Obama and McCain?

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