Thompson bid makes Gingrich run unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says if fellow southerner Fred Thompson runs for president, then he may not.

The former Republican congressman has at times offered conflicting hints about his presidential plans. In May, Gingrich called a run for the White House "a great possibility." A month later, he said the odds were "4-to-1" against running.

Today, Gingrich said he's "always said it was unlikely" that he'd run. But he says he'll hold off on a final decision until October.

In a related development, a former top aide to Gingrich, Rich Galen, will become a top adviser to Thompson. Thompson is expected to officially enter the presidential race in September.

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