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Gingrich to Decide This Month on Presidential Bid

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Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Newt Gingrich, former Republican House Speaker, said he may decide this month whether he will set up a committee to explore running against President Barack Obama in 2012.

Gingrich, a Georgian who led the “Republican Revolution” in 1994, when the party gained 52 House seats, spoke on ABC’s “This Week” program today.

“I’ll probably make a decision by the end of this month about whether or not to set up an exploratory committee,” Gingrich said.

Almost a dozen Republicans weighing a bid against Obama blamed the President for stifling job creation and weakening the economy during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that ended yesterday in Washington with an unscientific presidential straw poll.

Texas Republican Representative Ron Paul, who has run for president as a Libertarian Party candidate, received 30 percent of the tally, followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The poll results showed that 3,742 of the more than 11,000 conference attendees voted.

“I’ve never seen a more wide-open race for a Republican nomination,” House Speaker John Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program today. “We’re going to need someone who can paint a vision of the future that takes into consideration that we need a smaller, less costly and more accountable government in Washington.”

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said on the “Fox News Sunday” program today that he’s “very serious” about considering a presidential candidacy and may make his decision by April.

To contact the reporter on this story: Katarzyna Klimasinska in Washington at kklimasinska@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net

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