Update at 1:59 p.m.: Newt Gingrich at press conference, asked if he’s going to run for president in ‘12:
“We have today established a website, newtexplore2012.com. We’ll look at this very seriously. We will very methodically lay out a framework of what we’ll do next.”
And then the man walked out. No exploratory committee. Just exploring.
In the end, Gingrich told the three dozen or so reporters assembled no more than he said on a radio program two hours earlier. For the cable TV outlets that went live for the event, especially, the event was anti-climactic.
The eyes of Gingrich-watchers next go to a Friday evening appearance the U.S. House speaker has scheduled on Fox News — now his ex-employer — with his friend Sean Hannity.
But make no mistake. The guy’s running.
Update at 1:35 p.m.: Newt and Calista Gingrich are in the state Capitol. The Gingrich advance team is shaking hands with press, and handing out info about Gingrich’s “Tenth Amendment Project,” an operation of his American Solutions organization.
Original: Newt Gingrich’s first confirmation of his 2012 presidential aspirations came soon after he hit the ground in Georgia this morning, with an interview on Martha Zoller’s radio show at on FM103.7 WXKT.
Listen to the interview here. Here’s what Gingrich said about his run:
“Calista and I promised, as you know, for well over a year that we would make a decision in late February or early March. And we have kept our promise. We will have a website up later on today. People can go to it today. It’s newtexplore2012.com.
“And it’s an effort to reach out to folks and say, ‘We really want to get back to being a country of American exceptionalism, and we really want to create jobs competing with Germany and China and India, and we really want to shrink government, get power out of Washington and balance the federal budget. And we really want to have a stronger, national and homeland security so we’re safer.
“Lots of folks are going to have to decide that that’s a project they want to be engaged in. Calista and I are prepared to see if there are enough folks who want to get this country back on the right track. It’s a great challenge, but it’s one we both take very, very seriously. Both as citizens and behalf of our grandchildren and all the young people in America.”
We just checked the website. It hasn’t been activated yet.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider