A Thursday announcement from Newt Gingrich? Well, yes and no

The Wall Street Journal and the Des Moines Register are saying Newt Gingrich will announce in Georgia on Thursday that he’s taking the first step – an exploratory committee – toward a Republican campaign for president in 2012.

The Gingrich campaign issued a formal denial a few minutes ago from Rick Tyler, a Gingrich spokesman. But the protest may be less than meets the eye:

Over the past 48 hours, there has been much speculation in the press about former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s intentions with respect to a presidential candidacy. The attached article from the Des Moines Register which contains a significantly inaccurate statement is indicative of that speculation.

Speaker Gingrich’s long-standing visit to Georgia on Thursday has been on his schedule for months. As a senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, Gingrich will participate in the Annual AEI World Forum. He accepted that invitation last spring.

His plans for being in Georgia also include an event for his American Solutions organization. As a regular part of his travel schedule in his role as general chairman, Speaker Gingrich holds meetings with potential supporters and concerned citizens to raise the resources necessary to fund American Solutions’ mission and its important projects like Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less and Jobs Here, Jobs Now, Jobs First.

Gingrich will also visit the State Capitol in Atlanta to discuss with Gov. Nathan Deal the American Solutions “Replace not Reform” project. As part of the project, he will ask the governor to establish a “Tenth Amendment Team” within the governor’s office that focuses on defending Georgia’s 10th Amendment rights under the Constitution.

Gingrich is not travelling to Georgia to announce that he will form “an exploratory committee” as stated in the Des Moines Register. To be clear, while Speaker Gingrich is in Georgia on Thursday, he will NOT announce the formation of an exploratory committee.

One suspects that a possible conflict has been detected between’s Gingrich’s private affairs, involving American Solutions, and his public aspirations. Bottom line, reporters on Thursday will ask Gingrich whether he’s entering an exploratory phase of a presidential campaign. What he answers is his business.

Tyler, the Gingrich spokesman, specifically cited this specific article:

Republican Newt Gingrich plans to announce Thursday he is taking the first formal step toward running for president in 2012, the former U.S. House speaker’s senior political adviser told The Des Moines Register Tuesday.

Gingrich is expected to report during a public appearance with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal at his home state’s Capitol in Atlanta that he is forming a federal exploratory committee, said Joe Gaylord, a Des Moines native who has been Gingrich’s top strategist for 20 years.

“It is exactly that, an exploratory committee,” Gaylord said in an interview. Gingrich would be the first better-known Republican in the gathering field to take the step.

“But you can’t say that this is tantamount to an announcement of candidacy,” Gaylord added. “It is the announcement of an exploratory committee that says, ‘is it really feasible for me to do this, and let me check this out in the next six or seven weeks, because I want to find out if it’s real before I do it.’ ”

Gaylord said the development will allow Gingrich, who has said he would announce his plans in the coming days, to raise money, conduct polling and hire staff to be dispatched to early nominating states, including Iowa.

Iowa’s precinct caucuses are expected to start the 2012 Republican presidential nominating sequence in less than a year.

GOP caucus campaign strategists have said Gingrich’s announcement could accelerate the Iowa activity of others weighing 2012 bids.

“I would be surprised if he didn’t do it. I think he really wants to,” Gaylord said about a full-fledged Gingrich presidential campaign. “So, he’s got to be able to do that in a legal fashion. And the law calls for setting up an exploratory committee for doing that.”

Gingrich is planning to make his 10th visit to Iowa as a 2012 presidential prospect next week, when he and other prospective Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak at a candidate forum in Waukee.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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22 comments Add your comment

Silent Jay

March 1st, 2011
10:26 pm

I can’t believe I’m first. What a great honor.

I’d like to thank the little people behind the camera. And my parents. Rest assured this trust will be well kept.


March 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

I would love for Newt to run! He is a real brilliant guy, unlike that fake type supposed brilliance whose utter ineptitude and marxist inferior ideology has led to stagflation over say, the last 25 months!..

R.I.P Courtney. We all miss you, babygirl but I know deep in my soul you are now a beautiful angel.


March 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

President Obama will be elected to a second term. Save your money Newt.


March 1st, 2011
10:41 pm

@hsgrad..possibly he will, but at least he won’t have the house or senate..Dems couldn’t hold the senate with 23 seats up vs 10 (only 2 competitive) for the gop, when you consider North dakota, Nebraska, and Virginia are already solidly in the gop column with the dem senators in those seats stepping down in red states.

A neutered obama is not such a bad outcome..I like gridlock. The government that governs least, governs best.


March 1st, 2011
10:47 pm

Stagflation over the last 25 months.plus all inherited from previous 96 months.Newt could not win Georgia.

Just saying..

March 1st, 2011
11:14 pm

Not only will this President win a second term, but, staying on their present course, Republicans’ 2016 chances grow dimmer by the day.

Travis McGee

March 1st, 2011
11:40 pm

Newt will definitely announce and make a run because he has quite a war chest. I can’t imagine why anyone would finance this guy’s activities, but apparently there are plenty who are willing to overlook his foibles and moral lapses and send him their money.

It’s like one of his wifes said, he has this delusion that people need to hear what only he can deliver and it doesn’t matter what else he does or how he lifes his life — they need to hear his message and will overlook everything else. And, unfortunately, he may just be right.

And, so it goes. . . . .

R is for Recession

March 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

“She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife.”
- Newt, on his first wife.

Is the third? Or will there be a fourth by that time?

Marianne Gingrich (#2)

March 1st, 2011
11:57 pm

He wanted to talk in person, he said.

“I said, ‘No, we need to talk now.’ ”

He went quiet.

“There’s somebody else, isn’t there?”

She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?

She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. ” ‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.’ ”

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.

He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.

The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”

-Esquire Magazine 2010

Alabama Communist

March 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

Breaking News from the Weed Times!…. A announcement from Newt Gingrich is expected tommorrow on whether he will run in Republican Presidental Primary this coming year. Gringrich who is 67 said he might announce his plans from the Sandy Plains Senior Citizen Center in Cobb County. He said he expected all 3 of his ex and present wives to attended the media event along with his present Staff of free loaders and suck ups. Gringrich said the cornerstone of his campaign will be forcing all drunks and drug addicted people into his new private detention rehib program at government expense that will make Obama Care look like a failure in the Corporate World. He also said that the escape Alien Lizards from Area 51 would be hunted down like the former Communists in the cold war if he becomes President..

Bless his heart

March 2nd, 2011
3:24 am

That there are no announced candidates yet with 10 months to go Iowa should make it quite clear that the Republicans know that election night 2012 isn’t going to be as easy as it was in 2010.

In fact, I don’t see a Republican back in the White House until 2020 or 2024, if then, if they still haven’t learned to expand their base. They have already completely given away the African-American vote.(who use to be reliably Republican since Reconstruction) They are working hard to do the same with the Latino vote, and Asians are already around 70% Democratic.

I don’t see Newt, or any Republican on the horizon that can compete in the fast changing electorate. Blowing off these voters might win you the prairie states and, for a little while longer most of the Confederate states, but that’s it.

Once Texas(already majority-minority, and soon Georgia, Maryland and a couple of other states soon after) turns blue, almost all of the electoral vote-rich states will be blue and the math, even the fuzzy kind, just doesn’t add up for the R’s. With the rise of the Tea Party zealots, and trying to cut SS, along with attempts to take away collective bargaining rights in order to curry favor for billionaires, President Obama will hardly have to campaign.

People actually do want government to work and solve problems, the Dems didn’t do that and lost the House and probably the Senate in 2012. The Republican Congress will once again demonstrate that they cannot govern and look for the Congress to start changing back Democratic in 2014 and 2016 to look much like a repeat of 2008.

Gridlock isn’t a winning prescription when there are still serious issues that must be addressed, some times do call for government to actual govern. These issues can’t be solved with a tax cut or bashing gay people, or otherwise trying to regulate people’s personal business.

Sorry Republicans,unless you change your ways, it looks like capturing the Congress in 2012 might be the peaof your political influence for most, if not the rest, of this century.

Fire Eater

March 2nd, 2011
3:59 am

Newt Gingrich is a neocon who supports open borders, free trade and endless meddling in the affairs of foreign nations.

Holy Cow

March 2nd, 2011
4:26 am

Newt can’t find his long-form birth certificate.

Yankee in Gooberville

March 2nd, 2011
4:51 am

Trisha…sweetie, you wouldn’t know an intelligent position let alone what marxism means if it teabagged you.

Road Scholar

March 2nd, 2011
8:13 am

Now, which wife will Newt have attend the announcement?

Bless his heart: Maryland is already a blue state!


March 2nd, 2011
8:14 am

Please Newt run and if you win the nomination please ask Senator Vitter to be your V.P.
I don’t think family values means what Newt thinks it does.

Booger Fling

March 2nd, 2011
8:16 am

“Speaker Gingrich holds meetings with potential supporters and concerned citizens to raise the resources necessary to fund American Solutions’ mission and its important projects like Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less and Jobs Here, Jobs Now, Jobs First.”

Pay Less..? Pay the middle class less so his rich buddies can Make More. Gingrich is a globalist. You might as well elect Bush again and Newt could care less about the working folks that foot the bills for their tyranny.



March 2nd, 2011
8:31 am

A resent Galloway article on President Jimmy Carter led to a few hundred “haters” posting comments. I’m curious
about the opinions of those people, on Newt Gingrich. Why the silence?

Cotton Pickin' Pundit

March 2nd, 2011
10:50 am

“Gingrich’s private affairs”? You sure do know how to get to the pit of the peach. If a man will lie and cheat on his wives, he’ll lie and cheat anybody. Any poor fool who lets ol’ Newt pull the wool over his eyes ain’t got the sense to come in out of the rain.


March 2nd, 2011
1:58 pm

Atlanta…Imagine if we could buy alcohol on Sunday



March 2nd, 2011
5:19 pm


The day I care about you or your needs, is the day I will care about your opinions..Till then I suggest holding your breath. I’ll get back to ya..maybe..