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Gingrich Says He's `Inclined' to Run for President, May Decide in February

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he’s leaning toward running for president in 2012 and may decide as soon as February.

“We’re much more inclined to run than not run,” Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday” today. “Everything we’ve done over the last year, talking to friends, thinking things through, has made us more inclined to believe that it’s doable.”

Gingrich, 67, said Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is “probably the front-runner” in the race for the Republican presidential nomination while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is ahead “in popularity.” He called former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin “a phenomenon in her own right.”

Gingrich, a Georgian who led the “Republican Revolution” in 1994, when the party gained 52 House seats, said he’ll probably decide in late February or early March whether to run.

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