Run, Newt, Run
WALLACE: You've been flirting with the idea of running for president for months. And this week you said you want to see if you can get pledges of $30 million before deciding. How is that going to work?
GINGRICH: Well, I've said all along for the last year, I'm going to focus — I personally am focusing totally on doing American Solutions, having the workshops on Thursday and Saturday, reaching out across the whole country on a totally bipartisan basis.
Next Monday, Randy Evans, who's been my friend and adviser for many, many years, will hold a press briefing. Randy will spend the next three weeks checking with people around the country.
If he reports back that, in fact, we think the resources are there for a real race — remember, Governor Romney has been very successful legitimately as a businessman. He can write a $100 million check.
I mean, there's no point in getting into a fight with a guy who can drown you unless you at least have enough resources for a vote.
And so if we have enough resources, then close to that we'll face a very big decision in late October. If there aren't enough resources, I'm not for doing unrealistic things.
If you check in with me, Randy, I'm all for a Newt candidacy. There's plenty of room in the G.O.P. field for the white Alan Keyes. In fact, I'll pledge a considerable amount to a Gingrich candidacy. In a Newt's wedding vows sort of way, to be sure, but a pledge is a pledge.