Newt Watch

Matt Lewis interviews Newt Gingrich, who says he will decide whether or not to run by October 21. The catch? He will run if he can raise $30 million in three weeks. Given that Obama rocked the world when he raised $32.5 million in the entire second quarter, this possibility seems about as likely as Ron Paul endorsing Giuliani.

While Gingrich was sure to avoid taking specific shots at the other candidates, if you read between the lines, he clearly seemed less than enthused about Fred Thompson. Newt said of the GOP field “some of them thought they would announce on Leno and Letterman,” while he would announce in a one hour speech on C-Span. Also, asked specifically about how Thompson has performed, Gingrich shifted into saying that people kept coming up to him in Mackinac urging him to run.