Newt Gingrich Open to Returning to Speakership
The GOP has been looking for the perfect "unifying" candidate for speaker of the House. How does "Speaker Gingrich" sound?
Newt had not previously expressed any interest, but when pressed by Sean Hannity on his radio show Thursday, Gingrich said he would consider returning to the speakership again if called upon by House Republicans.
"Maybe this is a time for Newt Gingrich to come back with a flurry of ideas and a new contract that would advance a conservative agenda that would help the country solve these horrible problems," Hannity proposed.
"Would you consider, if nominated, being the interim speaker?"
Gingrich initially downplayed the idea, but when pressed, admitted he would consider it if he had the votes.
“If you were to say to me 218 have called you up and given you their pledge, obviously no citizen could ever turn down that kind of challenge,” said Gingrich. "This is why George Washington came out of retirement. There are moments you can't avoid."
National Review's Jonah Goldberg, Fox News' Juan Williams, former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) and U.S. News & World Report's Peter Roff have all thrown Newt's name out there as a possible candidate for speaker in recent days.