Edg­ing closer

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For­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich said May 14 there is a very good chance he’ll get into the race for the 2008 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, but he won’t de­cide un­til af­ter Septem­ber.

“I think right now that it is a great pos­si­bil­ity,” Mr. Gin­grich said. “I don’t want to get into all this stuff. I want to fo­cus on what we have to do to make Amer­ica suc­cess­ful.”

Mr. Gin­grich said he plans to hold a work­shop on so­lu­tions fac­ing the coun­try in Septem­ber, af­ter which he’ll make a de­ci­sion on whether to launch a pres­i­den­tial bid, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

He made the com­ments on ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.”

Mr. Gin­grich left Congress when Repub­li­cans lost seats in the 1998 elec­tions af­ter a cam­paign that high­lighted then-Pres­i­dent Clin­ton’s af­fair with Mon­ica Lewin­sky.

Asked about for­mer first lady and Demo­cratic front-run­ner Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s White House prospects, Mr. Gin­grich said:

“I think she has a very good chance of win­ning the pres­i­dency. [. . .] I think un­less Repub­li­cans are as com­mit­ted to very fun­da­men­tal change in Wash­ing­ton that they will al­most cer­tainly lose the elec­tion.”

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