Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) reaffirmed on Wednesday that he is a possible 2012 presidential candidate.

Gingrich listed himself among "seven or eight possible candidates at this stage" according to multiple media outlets, including CNN


"I think I'm probably on a list of seven or eight possible candidates at this stage," Gingrich told reporters in North Carolina. "We have a lot of people around the country who would like to have somebody who represents a commitment to replace the current failed programs and to develop a set of solutions that are practical and workable."

Gingrich's name has perpetually been mentioned as a contender for the nation's highest office since the beginning of the 2008 election cycle.

Critics say that the leader of the 1994 Republican Revolution will not run because of his tumultuous personal life; he has been married three times and engaged in an extramarital affair during Bill Clinton's impeachment.

The other Republican contenders on Gingrich's list?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also, sitting Govs. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.), Mitch Daniels (Ind.), Haley Barbour (Miss.)i, Rick Perry (Texas) and Bobby Jindal (La.)

Gingrich also tabbed Republican Sen. John Thune (S.D.) as a potential candidate. 

The former Speaker has said he will make his decision on whether or not to run in Feb. 2011, after this year's midterm elections.