ABC News' Joe Kildea Reports: Newt Gingrich, former Republican House Speaker, called the war on terror "phony" in a speech to a group of young conservatives in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
The potential GOP presidential candidate told attendees of the National Conservative Student Conference that "Weâ€™re about to enter the seventh year of this phony warâ€¦and weâ€™re losing."
Gingrich added, "None of you should believe we are winning this war. There is no evidence that we are winning this war."
Instead of the current strategy to fight terrorism, Gingrich said we should focus on energy independence. "We have to have a national energy strategy, which basically says to the Saudis, 'Weâ€™re not going to rely on you.'"
Gingrich also attacked the current administration and former Republican Congressional leadership in saying "We were in charge for six yearsâ€¦I donâ€™t think you can look and say that was a great success."
In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, Gingrich received 7 percent support for the Republican presidential nomination, putting him fifth, just behind former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney. While speaking to the Aspen Institute on Friday, Gingrich did not rule out an '08 White House run.
"If at some point down the road there is so much pressure for me to run, I will run. But I have zero interest in being one of 12 people given 30 seconds to answer non-questions," he said.
The National Conservative Student Conference is an annual event for college students sponsored by the Young America's Foundation held at Washington's George Washington University.