ABC News: Newt Gingrich to announce exploratory by Friday

From The Note this morning:

After months of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, ABC News has learned that Newt Gingrich has decided to form a presidential exploratory committee and that he’ll make it official before the end of the week, according to sources close to the former House Speaker.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports that Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler would only say that the former Speaker has firmed up the timeline for an announcement on whether or not to form an exploratory committee, but close confidantes of Gingrich say he has already made up his mind.

The timing makes sense. The announcement would give Gingrich a weekend of exposure before a Monday appearance in Iowa before the state chapter of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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SpaceyG on Twitter

March 1st, 2011
9:35 am

They should wait until Abramoff gets out of jail.

SpaceyG on Twitter

March 1st, 2011
9:37 am

Oh wait! Casino Jack got out of the pokey in December. It’s so nice that he’ll have some clients again now.

gm

March 1st, 2011
9:42 am

Wow, just want we need in Washington another hypocrite:
When will these old buzzards like Newt retire? This old hypocrite is 2 generations removed from you voters, Obama is not perfect but at least he is in tune with younger generation. this old dog wants to take us back to 1959.

Bill

March 1st, 2011
9:44 am

I can’t stand the black president we have now

findog

March 1st, 2011
9:45 am

This is one problem with our election finance system the supreme nine should have fixed in their united ruling.
Exploratory?
Newt has been in exploratory mode since he taught history at West Georgia; the charade that things change when one “announces” is the silliest thing they have done post Watergate.

Bob

March 1st, 2011
9:48 am

As one Republican I wish NEWT would go away he is a liar, cheat, and all about Newt…. He only cares about himself or his women or flavor of the Day.. Newt go away you hack…

Travis McGee

March 1st, 2011
9:52 am

Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff were flat-out caught flam-flamming Native Americans. One went to jail and the other continues to fleece the sheep.

It’s almost like the Christian Right leaves their brains at the door when it comes to embracing these demagogues. And, so it goes. . . .

BABY SAY

March 1st, 2011
10:05 am

BABY SAY NUTE HAV CHANC IF HE CAN WIND DA PRIMURRY.

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SpaceyG on Twitter

March 1st, 2011
10:05 am

As someone on Twitter said, *Just another Newt publicity stunt.* Cue the clown cars.

TLamar

March 1st, 2011
10:06 am

He has to be kidding that he may consider a run for the President. I truly hope he does and all of his dirty laundry will be exposed to the world. It will show how he left sick wife#1 for wife#2 and how he was cheating with wife#3 on wife#2. I can’t wait for all the press and the women groups to tear him apart for all of cheating ways. This is going to be interesting really interesting. Then we can all laugh when he pulls out of the Presidential race; however, I’m sure there will be some that will defend his cheating ways and call it a mis-step in judgement on Newt’s part.

Mike

March 1st, 2011
10:08 am

Go Newt! Go online and watch Newt discuss issues, he actually thinks before he talks and is very respected by anyone willing to think and learn from others, even James Carville has shown a respect for Newts analytical ability. If people would think on their own and analyze problems we would be a lot better off as a country. Most of us are like Sheep who want to follow the pundit on TV that will tell us what to think, who to hate, etc. etc. His presence in the race will raise the level of discussion ten fold and he will make the politicians look like fools. GO NEWT!!

SpaceyG on Twitter

March 1st, 2011
10:11 am

In all fairness (the thought of which on this blog kinda makes me spew coffee at the keyboard… just thinking about *fair* here) Reed never personally fleeced any Native Americans. (He just wanted Abramoff’s gold dust to rub off on him, somehow, someway. Most any kinda way would have been fine by him. Reed surely wasn’t very picky about who he thought to be the cool kids in Washington. Dude had gold dust in his eyeballs, but I diverge…) But Casino Jack sure did some mighty righteous fleecing! He’ll be back at his game in no time flat, no doubt. And I for one am looking forward to that show. Part Deux.

bart

March 1st, 2011
10:12 am

The Republican Party is in deep trouble when a serial adulterer, a hypocrite, and an egomaniac like Gingrich is a candidate for President.

Travis McGee

March 1st, 2011
10:13 am

Someone has suggested you could give ol’ Newt an enema and send him home in a cigar box.

Bill Orvis White

March 1st, 2011
10:14 am

I welcome Speaker Gingrich into the fold. He’s a pro-life fiscal conservative who will say a lot of important things in the 2012 presidential race. However, I’m still sending checks to the Honorable Herman Cain. Although, I think Speaker Gingrich and Mr. Cain would be one of my dream tickets.
Amen,
Bill

DW

March 1st, 2011
10:15 am

@TRAVIS thats some funny sh!t right there! lol

Kyle

March 1st, 2011
10:18 am

Newt is the man. He tells it like it is and knows his facts. He would blow your Community Organizer out of the water. There wouldn’t be enough Teleprompters to save him. It would be nice to have a President with Georgia connections that actually had some sense, American loyalty and knew who the enemies of this Country were both here and abroad.

Normal

March 1st, 2011
10:18 am

Well, that ought to be good for a laugh…

Last Man Standing

March 1st, 2011
10:19 am

bart:

“The Republican Party is in deep trouble when a serial adulterer, a hypocrite, and an egomaniac like Gingrich is a candidate for President.”

What say you about Slick Willie? There was plenty of dirt on him when he ran the first time – and it was out in the public. Did you have the same thing to say about the democrat party then?

You people are suckers

March 1st, 2011
10:21 am

Walter Jones is a Republican shill. He’s spent the last few months blowing smoke up the spot on Sam Olens where the sun don’t shine.

Anyone who thinks Olens and his Republican friends in the legislature are going to “fix” our sunshine laws is insane. Go look at his record in Cobb! He and his buddy David Hankerson spent years violating the law that requires a publicly available record be kept of Hankerson’s actions.

Travis McGee

March 1st, 2011
10:25 am

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich: Ebony and Ivory! What a duet.

Someone has said, that after the announcement of the Exploratory Committee, ol’ Newt’s going on Dancing with the Stars.

Rule .303

March 1st, 2011
10:25 am

Enough already with the Gingrich postings. This guy is worse than Brett Favre…

ARRRRRGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TLamar

March 1st, 2011
10:26 am

Bill, is the reason you can’t stand the black president is because, he is a Black Man who is the President of the United States of America?

SpaceyG on Twitter

March 1st, 2011
10:28 am

Dear You People Are Suckers. Good comment, but wrong blog post/topic! Please copy and paste where it belongs.

Chrome Gouda

March 1st, 2011
10:29 am

Newt, of course, is a paid commentator for Fox news, so he will have that network as a mouthpiece. Newt can articulate some well-reasoned thoughts occasionally, and I respect his intelligence, but the ex-wives issue alone will probably sink him. I’d rather President Obama face off against Palin, who will make a much easier opponent, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Newt is too polarizing to be elected President, so I would welcome his entry into the race.

Georgia on my mind

March 1st, 2011
10:33 am

I would like to see Herman Cain run against Obama. I am done with politicians who claim to want to fix things. We need a business man who loves American and wants to see us a a super power again. If some of you dont think Herman Cain is capable of running this country and fixing problems then you dont listen or dont know his background. And yes, Herman Cain is black so its not about race here is it?

Tw Clabby

March 1st, 2011
10:33 am

Wonder if all the ex wives, girlfriends will appear in Iowa at the slimy Ralph Reed event?
Then he could really launch himself as the right wing, morals candidate!
Cannot believe anyone writing here could actually support this self-loving windbag.

reebok

March 1st, 2011
10:33 am

this should be hilarious…the thinnest-skinned politician in the world, who has always gotten by on bluster and bullying, is going to have to suck up to the tea party, glenn beck and oxycodone addict/billionaire rush limbaugh…newt will pull a charlie-sheen sized meltdown within 2 weeks.

George W Bush

March 1st, 2011
10:38 am

I cannot wait… Newt please SAVE America from these bleeding-heart, government is the answer, mindless nut-cases we have in office now….

fergie

March 1st, 2011
10:39 am

He is not fit to run for president. The way he treated his wife will long be remembered. I can say with a very high degree of confidence – he won’t be getting a lot of women votes.

Travis McGee

March 1st, 2011
10:40 am

Fox news may have to show reruns if all their paid Republican contributors throw their hats in the ring.

pcBobby

March 1st, 2011
10:40 am

There is no doubt that this tragic cartoon figure is a brilliant man, but at the same time, he’s an embarrassment to Georgia. Yes he’s barely spent time here in recent years, but with this presidential run, he will set up shop here claiming to be a Georgian again. He’s a joke who will only ruin the eventual GOP presidential nominee. This only guarantees Obama’s re-election.

Jared

March 1st, 2011
10:45 am

Strange Bedfellows! Newt Gingrich forms exploratory committee before traveling to speak in Iowa at Ralph Reed’s “Faith & Freedom Coalition.”

Cheats on wife while she’s dying of cancer, marries mistress while divorcing dying wife, then cheats on that wife w/new mistress, now running for President!

Perhaps, if elected, he’ll hire someone who cheats on their taxes to oversee the IRS? Oh, wait, that’s already been done!

PR

March 1st, 2011
10:48 am

Just one more repugnicat dirt bag running under the ASS-umption that they can make things better with more lies,

gadawgs

March 1st, 2011
10:50 am

Newt is a hypocrite. If he is the best that the GOP has to offer then the conservatives are in a heap of trouble.

Common sense

March 1st, 2011
10:50 am

Newt “President”, Newt seems to be suffering from some delusional affliction.

Chess

March 1st, 2011
10:54 am

I have not read one comment from a right wing supporter that is logical.

Bill Orvis White

March 1st, 2011
10:54 am

It’s unfair to attack Speaker Gingrich for his past transgressions. He has become a man of faith whereby he re-developed his life to be Christ-centered. What is Christ-centered? A Christ-centered existence is one in which a man reorganizes his priorities to put family and faith first. Speaker Gingrich has cleansed himself of his sins. We cannot say the same for Socialist Democrats like Bubba Clinton or Bawney Frank – both are sinners. Now, before you far left secularists start ranting and raving, hear me out: I love everyone including debaucherists like “President” Clinton and Bawney Frank. But, the fact is that they are sinners for leading unhealthy lifestyles that go against the word of the Lord Almighty.

Folk like Mr. Cain, Governor Romney, Governor Palin, Governor Huckabee or Speaker Gingrich possess those qualities that the Honorable President Ronald Wilson Reagan possessed: true charisma and a dedication to God, Country and Freedom!

I see way too many liberals on here unfairly criticizing Speaker Gingrich and the Honorable Ralph Reed. These are people who are trying to save this once-free nation.

God Bless,
Bill

and I’m not the racist, hate-monger who posted earlier here…. Amen.

Last Man Standing

March 1st, 2011
11:00 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: most of the views expressed here are FAR from the views of mainstream America. You feed off each other and somehow come to believe that your views are the norm when they simply aren’t.

In another note, I see that the democrat mantra is alive and well as far as critics of Obama are concerned. If you disagree with him or disapprove of his actions, you must be a racist. No matter who is nominated, he/she would have to be better than Obama. After all, it wouldn’t take much to be.

GaBlue

March 1st, 2011
11:01 am

Gingrich reminds me of Charlie Sheen.

Frank

March 1st, 2011
11:10 am

And which one of his wives will be First Lady?

findog

March 1st, 2011
11:11 am

Mr. White @ 10:54
The right honorable Newt became a man of faith in wife three’s Catholic Church; not one of the “Christ-centered” Protestant faiths he followed during marriages one and two, which begs the question of when did the Apostolic Church start allowing double annulments?
Last man @ 11
And your view (fed from td) would be one of the farthest

Chess

March 1st, 2011
11:13 am

Bill

What is your point?

Grant

March 1st, 2011
11:15 am

Remember when Mr. Gingrich was in Congress and redistricting changed the boundaries of his district? He just moved to the other side of Atlanta where there was another district more favorable to him. When he left Congress, he abandoned Georgia. Which of course, he wasn’t actually ever from anyway. He started out as a Baptist, but now is a Catholic. And he could never make up his mind on which wife or mistress he wanted to stick with. How can someone so indecisive think they are a viable candidate for president? Clearly, this guy is a schmuck and a huckster I (no offence to Mr. Huckabee).

Vance

March 1st, 2011
11:18 am

The trouble with Republican candidates is that they say so many bizarre things, they unwittingly turn themselves into caricatures…For example: Herman Cain (Fred Sanford), Sarah Palin (Ellie Mae Clampett), Mike Huckabee (Gomer Pyle), and Newt Gingrich (Otis the Hobo)…etc

Bill Orvis White

March 1st, 2011
11:21 am

@findog
Speaker Gingrich’s Catholic adoption absolves him of past sin no matter what religion he practiced in the past. Even while he sinned during those years, Speaker Gingrich was doing good works such as the rightful Contract With America. No one in government before or after had such ambitious ideas that are set forth to protect the common citizen. It is a fact that the Contract was Speaker Gingrich carrying out God’s vision for a more perfect union. Just what was “President” Clinton doing during those years. He was carrying out a disgusting affair in the Oval Office. Beyond that, Clinton was expanding government’s role in our lives, weakening our military and once again, he let the jihadits run amok. Many of our problems today can be traced back to the Clinton and Carter years — not the Reagan, Bush I and Bush II years. Socialist-Democrats are not on God’s or America’s sides. They are on the side of big government Communists who throw God and morality out of the window.
It is without a doubt that Republicans like Speaker Gingrich lead with authority and conviction whereas Hussein Obama listens to socialist professors and bed-wetting Communists like Sean Penn.
Amen,
Bill

gadawgs

March 1st, 2011
11:25 am

I do believe he was censured while in office for his transgressions. He is incapable of governing and leading as Newt cares only about Newt. Where was his forgiving heart when he wanted/lead the way to have President Clinton impeached for the very things he was doing while he was in office? I hope when he comes BACK to Georgia for his campaign that he is not welcomed with open arms.

GaBlue

March 1st, 2011
11:32 am

FYI: He never answered a single one of my letters while he was my Congressman. In fact, he didn’t even bother sending his fancy mailers into my neighborhood like he did over in East Cobb. See, some people matter, and some people don’t. Newt understands that, and if y’all do to, then please give generously to Newt’s campaign, and spend ALL your spare time volunteering for it.

Ten Foot Pole

March 1st, 2011
11:40 am

GaBlue – Cynthia McKinney never answered any of my letters either when she was my representative. Maybe it was because of my Eastern European sounding last name?