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.