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Republicans Have A Chance To Change, Newt Gingrich Says

Posted June 28, 2006 6:44 a.m. EDT

— Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that Republicans have a chance to change the way they do business or could suffer some heavy losses in November's election.

Gingrich told WRAL that it it's up to party leaders to prove that they are serious about real change, before the balance of power shifts.

"I think that will be one of the interesting tests of the next few years -- whether we, as Republicans, return to the Reagan Contract-With-America model or whether we in fact, drift off to becoming a more normal political party with incumbantitis and pork-barrel legislation and trying to buy our way back to power without actually performing," Gingrich said.

In Raleigh for a fundraiser for Sen. Fred Smith, Gingrich said he would make a decision within the next 15 months about a possible run for the White House.

Smith is a potential candidate for governor.