Newt and Callista Gingrich’s book-signing tour swung through Naples on Sunday and might one day again morph into another turn down the campaign trail.
The former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker said he has not ruled out running for president in 2016 — but first the GOP must take on a “very serious analysis” of what went wrong in 2012, Gingrich said.
“I have no idea at this stage,” Gingrich said, referring to another run for the White House.
In a brief interview, Gingrich said it was time for the Republican Party to look beyond personality excuses for Mitt Romney’s Nov. 6 loss to President Barack Obama and instead “modernize and adapt.”
“Republicans have to stop and take a deep breath,” he said.
He steered clear of specifics, but called for a “practical solution” to immigration and for the two political parties to “slow down and listen to each other.”
As for the coming budget and tax negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1, Gingrich said he distrusts such behind-the-scenes deal making.
“No deal is better than a terrible deal,” Gingrich said.