Gingrich 'much more inclined to run' in 2012

Monday, December 6, 2010; A03

During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said he is "much more inclined to run" for president in 2012 than not run.

He has been hinting for months that he may seek the presidency - although he has a history of making a lot of noise about running before deciding against it, as he did before the 2008 election.

On Sunday, Gingrich said that, after speaking with friends and colleagues, he is "more inclined to think it is doable." But he said he will not make a decision until the "end of February, beginning of March."

Asked to analyze the field of likely GOP contenders, Gingrich described former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as a "phenomenon in her own right." He said that "structurally," former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is the front-runner, while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee leads the pack in terms of popularity.

He described himself as "competitive."

- Matt DeLong

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