“You sound as if you think about running for president as a last resort, not as a first resort?” Wallace asked.
“Exactly,” Gingrich answered. “I mean, nobody’s ever said it quite that way, but you’re right.”
Gingrich said he first hoped to influence the presidential race by providing candidates in both parties with his “solutions” to problems such as health care, energy, education, national security and immigration.
“If, in that process, it becomes necessary to run, then I’ll run,” Gingrich said.
“Last resort, not first resort?” Wallace repeated.
“Last resort,” Gingrich replied.