Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas): "I'm in your camp. I would hope you would at least consider staying in Congress . . . and not totally getting out. We're going to need you and your vision. I'm just really saddened by this."
Gingrich: "I'm willing to lead, but I'm not willing to preside over people who are cannibals. My only fear would be that if I tried to stay, it would just overshadow whoever my successor is."
Barton: "We could end up losing that seat [Gingrich's 6th Congressional District seat]."
Gingrich: "Trust me, that district will elect a Republican. I may need your help on a job resume. . . . I'll stay through the end of the year. The new team has to have the opportunity to be a new team. I think [wife] Marianne and I will probably take six months off and go collect dinosaurs or something."
Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): "I understand your interest in not being in Congress and I respect that." (Portman then asked for advice on a replacement.)