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“In 1997, Rep. Mark Souder, Indiana Republican, wanted to dump Newt Gingrich as speaker of the House. Ten years later, he wants him to run for president — and he might even support him.”

“He’s the best idea guy in either party,” Mr. Souder said. “He should get in the race because I think we need someone who can push issues. … I haven’t made up my mind yet, but shoot, I might back him.”

Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and former House speaker, said Mr. Gingrich should be ready to dive in.

“If he’s going to get in the swimming match, he’d better get in the pool,” the former wrestling coach said in an interview. “I’ve worked with Newt. I think Newt brings good ideas to the process.”

Mr. Gingrich, an author, pundit and leader of his own policy organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, recently told Fox News he’d make up his mind around Sept. 30.

c Contact Jennifer Harper at jharper@washingtontimes.com or 202/636-3085.