Gin­grich waits

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

For­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich says he’ll wait un­til next Septem­ber to of­fi­cially an­nounce whether he in­tends to un­der­take a bid for the White House in 2008. When asked why he’s wait­ing so long to de­cide, Mr. Gin­grich, Ge­or­gia Repub­li­can, said that he’s go­ing to wait and see if the other lead­ing Repub­li­can con­tenders have a lock on the nom­i­na­tion be­fore he makes an an­nounce­ment.

“Rom­ney’s had a good year. He’s emerg­ing as a se­ri­ous player,” Mr. Gin­grich told “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert. “[For­mer New York Mayor Ru­dolph W.] Gi­u­liani is wildly pop­u­lar for na­tional se­cu­rity rea­sons. John McCain has built a base from years of hard work. If one of them seals it off by La­bor Day, my an­nounc­ing now wouldn’t make any dif­fer­ence any­way. If none of the three hav­ing from now to La­bor Day can seal it off, the first real vote is in 2008. And there’s plenty of time in the age of television and e-mail be­tween La­bor Day and 2008.”

When asked to rate the list of pos­si­ble 2008 Demo­cratic can­di­dates, Mr. Gin­grich said he be­lieves Sen. Hil­lary Clin­ton, New York Demo­crat, is the front-run­ner. He said the list of other Demo­cratic con­tenders, in or­der, in­cludes Illi­nois Sen. Barack Obama, for­mer North Carolina Sen. John Ed­wards and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore.

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