“There are circumstances where I will run,” Gingrich told a news conference before a speech at the University of Mobile.
I guess it should come as no surpise the former Speaker is considering an ’08 run. After all, he wrote “Winning The Future: A 21st Century Contract with America” and traveled to both Iowa and New Hampshire recently, but I think this is the first time he’s indicated a Presidential bid is possible.
There is some anecdotal evidence to suggest Newt might do well in a Republican primary:
a) He made it to the Final 4 in Survey St. Louis’ “Presidential March Madness” earlier this year.
b) Newt finished 3rd with 14.3% in Patrick Ruffini’s August Straw Poll.
Obviously online polls are not scientific, but I do think they suggest that Newt might pull a respectable margin should he decide to run. Additionally, having Newt in a GOP primary might force the other candidates to talk about “big” issues, as Newt will certainly campaign on the ideas advanced in “Winning the Future.