Monday, June 12, 2006

Gingrich Considers Presidential Run In 2008

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he may enter the 2008 presidential race if the Republican Party doesn't produce a candidate he likes. In a speech at the Brookings Institution Friday, Gingrich railed against both parties but especially his Republican Party, which he said hasn't stood up since he left office in 1998. The Republican majority in Congress is "failing to deliver" and "neither party currently is where the country is," Gingrich said.He called for the Republican Congress to be more tolerant of dissenting opinion and more vocal in objecting to the executive branch. He noted specifically the Justice Department's handling of an investigation into a Democratic Party congressman, which he considered a strong-arming of the legislative branch. Gingrich said he's thinking of a presidential run because just being a candidate would give his opinions on government more sway. He said he would make an official decision in 2007.