John Kerry, Newt Gingrich, John Edwards Discuss Presidential Bids

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 20, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 20
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Senator John Kerry and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich both discussed possible presidential bids over the weekend. Kerry said a gaffe he committed won’t haunt a 2008 comeback and Gingrich indicated he won’t make a decision until late next year about running.

Kerry, a pro-abortion Massachusetts senator, appeared on the "Fox News Sunday" program and most of the questions he answered were focused on his botched joke in which he is accused of insulting American troops.

Asked whether the joke would affect a potential presidential bid in 2008, Kerry said, "The voters will decide that in the future."

He indicated he’s not "given up the thought" of running in 2008.

"Not in the least. I’m looking at it in the same way. The people that I have talked to across the country are — my team is confident and strong. I don’t know what I’ll do" Kerry said.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich also appeared on the Fox News program on Sunday and appeared to indicate he wouldn’t make a decision about running for president until late next year. He was asked if he would start an exploratory committee soon.

"No. We have a program called American Solutions we’re working on. And in September of next year, I’ll be glad to come back and talk with you about running for president" Gingrich said.

"We have lots of time for personal ambition," he said. "And I think an awful lot of this early energy is wasted."

That would put the pro-life former Georgia lawmaker well behind the curve compared with other candidates who are already working overtime now to raise funds and build campaign organizations.

Further hinting he may not run for president, Gingrich cited two other candidates he thought are filling a "vacuum" of conservative Republican presidential candidates running in 2008.

"Governor Mitt Romney is working very hard to fill that vacuum, and may well succeed," Gingrich said and added that "Senator McCain would like to find a way to fill that vacuum and is working very hard at it."

Meanwhile, pro-abortion former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards told the Associated Press that pro-abortion Illinois Sen. Barack Obama should run for president in 2008.

"I hope he runs. I think he should run," Edwards told AP.

Of his own possible presidential bid, the former nominee for vice president said he hasn’t made up his mind about a 2008 candidacy and said other entrants such as Obama wouldn’t affect his decision.