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Gingrich Open to Return to Speakership

What year is it? Newt Gingrich is considering becoming House Speaker again if the current crop of Republicans are interested in his services.

During an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday, Gingrich expressed his interest in the position, but only if his party wants him.

“If you were to say to me 218 have called you up and given you their pledge, obviously no citizen could ever turn down that kind of challenge,” Gingrich said, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

Gingrich compared his return to that of George Washington coming out of retirement.

“This is why George Washington came out of retirement — because there are moments you can’t avoid,” Gingrich said.

The Hill reports:

Despite his willingness to take the House’s top job, Gingrich downplayed his chances, saying he would face many of the same obstacles as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who abruptly dropped out of the race for Speaker on Thursday.

“Remember the McCarthy problem — it’s not getting a majority of the conference, it’s getting 218 votes,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich said he’s more likely to serve as a consultant to the House GOP than as its Speaker. He said it would “be more practical” to sit down with the GOP conference “and try to help them think this through.”

“I think this is a conference-wide problem,” said Gingrich, who served as the Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999 but resigned from his position and from Congress over an ethics violation.

He was instrumental in the Republican wave that took back the House for the first time in 40 years.

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