Election time has come and gone, and politicians all over the country are gearing up for their new posts, or getting ready for another term. But there's an ambitious few who are saving their energy for a bigger race—next year's U.S. presidential election. We checked in with one of these presidential hopefuls, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and asked him to take some time out from his busy schedule to answer one of our burning election questions: Which six notable people, living or dead, would he most like to have dinner with, and why?
Here's what Mr. Gingrich had to say:
Thomas Edison: "He was the greatest inventor of all time and had an extraordinarily creative mind for problem solving."
Charles Darwin: "He was the most influential scientist in the modern world, and an extraordinary observer of nature."
The Wright brothers: "Their persistence in pursuing their dream and discovering manned flight is an extraordinary saga that involved repeated failures, but their dogged determination and creativity overcame it."
Winston Churchill: "He was a Renaissance man whose stubbornness, courage and lifetime of preparation saved the democracies from tyranny."
John Ford "He was an extraordinary director, whose great films spanned two generations."
So we let Mr. Gingrich off a little easy: the Wright Brothers can count as two of his six people. What do you think about his choices? Who would you choose? Cast your vote now, on this week's Short List.