Will Gingrich Run in 2016? 'It's Not A No,' He Says

By Susan Jones | March 7, 2013 | 6:33 AM EST

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announces that he is suspending his presidential campaign, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNSNews.com) - It's never too early to think about the next presidential race, unless you ask someone who may be running.

"I'm sort of curious whether or not you have any interest to run again," Fox News's Greta Van Susteren asked Republican Newt Gingrich Wednesday night.

"Ask me that in January of 2015," the former House speaker responded.

"So it's not -- it's not a no?" Van Susteren pressed.

"It's not a no," Gingrich replied.

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On another topic, Gingrich said he’s proud of Sen. Rand Paul for engaging in an old-fashioned filibuster, in which Paul blasted the Obama administration’s drone policy.

“I'm proud of Rand Paul,” Gingrich said. “I'm proud of him for standing up for the rights of the Americans and the Constitution. I'm proud of him for pushing the Senate and actually having a genuine filibuster, which is the right of a senator. And I'm proud of him for getting all of us, as you are tonight, to pay some attention.

"This is a serious question. We've evolved into a world where the president of the United States basically signs off on killing people on a remarkable frequency, and the question is whether or not that could, A, ever be applied domestically, and B, whether it could be applied to Americans unless they're active enemy combatants.”

Gingrich said Congress should pass a law barring drone attacks on American citizens: “We don't want to give anybody power to kill an American citizen without due process of law,” he said.

“I think that a lot of senators are watching tonight in amazement. I don't remember -- you may know, I don't remember the last time there was a genuine filibuster. This is a very healthy thing…I commend him (Rand Paul) for this level of leadership.”

On the political gamesmanship in Washington, Gingrich described President Obama’s sequester strategy as “maximum pain for political gain.”

“I think he's been caught in it. I think it's hurt his popularity dramatically,” Gringrich said.

The most amazing thing, Gringrich said, is the president’s decision to shut down White House tours: “I mean, here you have a president who spends over $900,000 of your money going on a golf vacation. You have a president who keeps all sorts of people and staff at high prices at the White House. And they're telling the American people, the one thing we're going to cut is your tour?”

Gringrich said if the White House would reveal how much it costs to keep the tours running, “We will raise the money to enable the White House tours to continue, period. I have no doubt about this. Because it's just silly! Of all the things you could cut in the White House...”

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