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Newt Gingrich “Much More Inclined To Run Than Not Run” For President

Reported by Ellen - December 5, 2010 -

Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox News Sunday today and, when asked about his plans for 2012, indicated that he’s quite likely to run for president. Gingrich also gave a preview of what kind of platform he’d run on: largesse for the rich, cutbacks for the poor.

Gingrich told host Chris Wallace,

Callista (his wife) and I will make a decision probably at the end of February, beginning of March and I think, you know, we recognize this is an enormous challenge and we think the country is faced with very fundamental choices about our future as a people and as a nation… I think we’re much more inclined to run than not run and I think everything we’ve done over the last year, talking to friends, thinking things through has made us more inclined to believe that it’s doable.

Personally, while I applaud Gingrich for including his wife in the decision, I find it a little creepy that he goes so far as to suggest that she will be part of the ticket - but maybe that’s just me.

But while Mr. and Mrs. Gingrich mull over the candidacy, it’s pretty clear that the kind of candidate he’d (they’d) be has already been decided. As Ian Millhiser at Think Progress noted, Gingrich told Wallace that the very wealthy should decide how long their tax cuts should be extended.

What Republicans ought to do is say to people who create jobs, how many years does the tax code have to be extended for you to make an investment decision? I mean, the goal’s not to have an annual extension of the current tax code, and then have every business in the country trapped, saying, “I don’t know. I want to make a 20 year investment in a factory.” … There is a number, but I would have the business leadership of the country describe the number.

Then, as Think Progress also noted, Gingrich almost immediately talked about cutting back on benefits for those who are struggling. “I have proposed… that we change the entire [unemployment insurance] program into a worker training program and not give anybody money for doing nothing.”

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