Gingrich Not Ruling Out White House Run in 2016
May 1, 2013
Newt Gingrich said he isn’t ruling out another run for the White House in 2016.
The former speaker of the U.S House of Representatives who captured South Carolina’s GOP primary in 2012 said before a speaking engagement in Florence on Wednesday he hadn’t given another run a the party’s nomination much thought but said he would consider another campaign.
“We haven’t ruled it out,” Gingrich said. “It’s not something we’re focused on right now.”
The speaker, who won the Republican primary with more than 40-percent of the vote last January said he is currently paying off campaign debt from the 2012 endeavor. Gingrich holds the dubious honor of being the first Republican winner of the Palmetto State’s “First in the South” primary not to obtain the party’s nomination for president, something he told the crowd at the Floyd Conference Center on the campus of Carolinas Hospital System on Wednesday made him feel “like a failure.”
However, he acknowledged that a lot can happen between now and 2015, when the next presidential race will be in full swing.
“It’s certainly something that we’re going to keep our powder dry and see how the next two years evolve,” he said.
Gingrich, who turns 70 this June, would make history in the event of a successful 2016 presidential run. The former Georgia congressman would be the oldest president ever sworn in to office, at 73 years 217 days old on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. Ronald Reagan is currently the oldest president ever inaugurated. He was 69 years and 349 days old when he took office on January 20, 1981.
Gingrich was in Florence on Wednesday to say “thank you” to local supporters who helped make his primary victory in 2012 possible. Joining him Wednesday was Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), with whom the speaker would be a featured speaker at the South Carolina Energy & Opportunity Forum at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center following the morning event.
Gingrich thanked former congressman John Napier, who served as co-chairman for his South Carolina primary run in 2012, for helping organize the event, as well as Dr. Eddie Floyd, another Gingrich supporter from a year ago.
Pastor Bill Monroe of Florence Baptist Temple, who endorsed Gingrich in the days leading up to the presidential primary last year, gave the invocation prior to the speaker address the crowd of nearly 100 people.