Just got off the phone with Rick Tyler, spokesman for Newt Gingrich.
I’d called to see why the former U.S. House speaker was passing on the first GOP debate of presidential candidates on Thursday – in Greenville, S.C., and broadcast on Fox News.
Entry requirements required a declaration of candidacy that Gingrich was not prepared to make, Tyler said. “We decided to stick to our time line.”
And what is that time line? Tyler wouldn’t say much, but Gingrich is scheduled to speak to Georgia Republicans at their state meeting on Friday, May 13. “By the time Newt speaks to the Georgia convention, he’ll be a candidate,” Tyler said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider