Former United States Speaker of the House and current political analyst Newt Gingrich told the Associated Press (AP) on Monday that he is seriously considering a presidential run in 2012.
Gingrich, who said he will decide early next year whether he will run for the GOP presidential nomination, is currently campaigning for several Republican challengers in an effort to help his party retake Congress this November.
The former speaker also took the opportunity to blast President Barack Obama, who he believes to be a one-term commander-in-chief.
"I think he will replace Jimmy Carter as the worst president of modern times," Gingrich told the news source.
"He is a disaster," he added. "His principles are fundamentally wrong. The people he appoints are more radical than he is and less competent."
Whether or not he wins his party’s nomination, Gingrich predicted that Americans will turn against Obama in 2012 and vote in the Republican challenger.
Furthermore, Gingrich noted that Obama shows no signs of moving away from the far left and toward a more moderate stance.
Meanwhile, a recent Des Moines Register poll indicates that Iowa residents would be more likely to vote for potential Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin than Gingrich. The next presidential nomination process will begin with the Iowa caucus.