Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump could be GOP nominee

In a roundtable discussion with political reporters and analysts on ABC’s “This Week,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich said what others may be thinking.

Gingrich told guest host Martha Raddatz that Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman, real estate mogul and novice politician, could, in fact, become the Republican presidential nominee.

RADDATZ: Could he be the nominee?

GINGRICH: Yes.

RADDATZ: You think — you have to know he could be the nominee?

GINGRICH: Absolutely. I don’t think he — I think he also could be the president.

RADDATZ: How does he do it?

GINGRICH: Well, first of all, if you’re ahead everywhere and you — and your lead is increasing, as it is in Iowa…

RADDATZ: Among the Republicans.

GINGRICH: Among Republicans, which started with the nominee. First, you have to become the nominee. I think you might be surprised…

Gingrich, a once-powerful Republican who represented a district in Georgia, is now a political commentator on CNN. And the former GOP insider and one-time presidential candidate has not been shy about sharing his predictions for the 2016 general election.

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