Newt in the Arena of Ideas
He's definitely running, says Fortune's Nina Easton.
And what of his GOP competitors: McCain, Giuliani, and Romney? "Nice people," Gingrich says, "But we're not in the same business. They're running for president. I'm running to change the country."
Newt is a man of big ideas, who generates enthusiastic support among a
large number of conservatives. That fervor is met with an equal degree
of hatred from the left. He also carries around a lot of personal
baggage. But, similar to Giuliani, the personal issues will be disposed
of in the primaries. And whomever emerges to face Mrs. Clinton, with a
sufficient supply of personal issues of her own, the 2008 Presidential
campaign might actually become a true debate of platforms and ideas.