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    http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/09/29/gingrich/index.html Gingrich rules out run for president * Story Highlights * Former House speaker decides against run,
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      Gingrich rules out run for president

      * Story Highlights
      * Former House speaker decides against run,
      spokesman says
      * Gingrich told supporters he'd run if they raised
      $30 million
      * Fundraising effort, first mentioned Thursday,
      never began
      * Gingrich had been hinting for months about
      seeking nomination

      ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Two days after hinting he
      wanted to try for the White House, former House
      Speaker Newt Gingrich decided he would not run for
      president, his spokesman said Saturday.

      Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not seek the
      Republican presidential nomination, his spokesman
      says.

      Rick Tyler said Gingrich realized he couldn't run a
      political action committee -- his American Solutions
      group -- and form an exploratory committee to run for
      president as well.

      "He will continue to bring the American people
      solutions to the challenges America faces through
      American Solutions, not as a candidate for president,"
      Tyler said in a telephone interview.

      Gingrich told supporters in Marietta, Georgia, on
      Thursday that if they pledged at least $30 million to
      his campaign over a three-week period starting Monday,
      he would compete for the Republican nomination.

      Gingrich, 64, has hinted for months that he would join
      the GOP presidential race if he determined no other
      candidate appeared able to take on the Democrats in
      2008.

      His hinting has become louder in recent weeks, with
      his suggestion that Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York
      is destined to be the Democratic nominee and that he
      would be the best Republican to debate her.

      Gingrich said, however, that he has no desire to
      personally raise campaign funds.

      Tyler said the assessment of whether or not Gingrich
      supporters could raise the money never began.
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      Gingrich, first elected to Congress in 1978, became
      the first Republican speaker of the House since 1954
      when he led his party to victory in the 1994
      congressional elections. He resigned suddenly from
      Congress four years after his party lost five House
      seats in the 1998 elections.

      In the nine years since, Gingrich has not sought
      public office, but he has remained vocal as an author
      and speaker for hire.
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