Bill Clinton: Gingrich Could Be GOP Nominee in 2012

Friday, 23 Sep 2011 12:10 PM

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Former President Bill Clinton acknowledges that Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are the clear front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination, but he says it’s too early to count out former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

In an exclusive Newsmax interview, Clinton asserts: “If you ask who has the power to get back into the mix, assuming no new people enter — I think Mitch Daniels would have been very competitive, I think Haley Barbour would have appeal, I think the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, would have appeal. But if you assume nobody else gets in, then of those that are there, the question is: Can Speaker Gingrich pull what McCain did last time?

“The one thing that makes it very hard to count him out is he’s always thinking. He’s always got a bunch of new ideas and some of them are pretty good. So a guy that can still use his brain cells and come up with good ideas, you’re never really sure what happens there.

“If it stays between Romney and Perry, I think Perry will have the juice of being perceived as the more conservative one, Romney will have the power of being perceived as perhaps more electable because he’s more moderate.

“I just have this uneasy feeling that politics is not so static that it will be these two guys fighting it out all the way to the end, with nothing unpredictable happening. We just live in a world that’s too unpredictable.”






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