05/15/2011 11:35 am ET | Updated Jul 15, 2011

Newt Gingrich Assesses GOP Primary Field Ahead Of 2012 (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he is very serious about seeking the presidency, but he's laughing off any suggestion that he could end up with the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination next year.

The Georgia Republican told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning that going for the No. 2 spot isn't on his mind, and he scoffs at any suggestion that this could happen.

Gingrich said in response to accepting the vice presidential spot on the ticket, "Can you imagine any presidential nominee who picked me to be the vice presidential candidate?" He said he doesn't think he'll be spending "long hours" worrying about it.

Gingrich also indicated that the idea of taking the second spot on the ticket, in his words, "strikes me as implausible."


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