Newt Gingrich & 2012?

May 9, 2011 by staff 

Newt Gingrich & 2012?Newt Gingrich & 2012?, Newt Gingrich is running for former House Speaker president. The disclosure of its bid on Twitter and Facebook on Monday and urged supporters to tune in to Fox News on Wednesday.

“I’ll be talking about my candidacy for President of the United States,” Gingrich wrote after spending a year or more groups laid the groundwork for GOP presidential nomination. “I’ve been humbled by all the encouragement you gave me to run.”

The move was a surprise, Gingrich has spent months raising money, assembling a campaign team and visit the early primary states. Also quietly opened a campaign headquarters in Atlanta, and has long planned to address the Republican Party convention Friday in Macon Georgia, Georgia Aides say it will be his first speech as a full candidate.

Gingrich, 67, enters a Republican field is far from fully formed, no less than a dozen Republicans are evaluating the offers and only a few have taken steps toward the nomination. It is a crop of candidates that has many in the Republican Party’s desire for more options when choosing the strongest candidate to take on Barack Obama President in 2012.

Besides name recognition chair, Gingrich brings to the race a series of policy ideas, a network of popular support and one year of the political machine in the making. But his personal baggage – he’s on his third marriage – could hinder his chances in their attempt to attract conservatives who form the core of GOP primary voters.

His entry into the race is an attempt to return more than a decade after leaving political office.

The conservative former Georgia congressman came to power after leading the GOP to its first House majority in 40 years, leading the Republican revolution in the 1994 elections and promising to comply with his party “Contract with America.”

Once at the top of the House, challenged first-term Democratic president, Bill Clinton, at every step. A fight between Gingrich and Clinton spending led to closures federal government in 1995 and 1996, Gingrich saw his popularity drop.

He faced accusations of hypocrisy after revelations he had in an affair with a congressional aide, while criticizing Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He divorced his second wife and married the aide, Callista Bisek; she now goes by the name of her husband.

In an interview earlier this year with a Christian broadcaster, Gingrich said his focus on his work contributed to his infidelity and the failure of his two previous marriages.

Ethical questions also followed him as speaker.

Gingrich faced some 84 allegations of ethics, but were mostly destroyed by House Democrats who were in the minority and focused on what critics called his blurring of lines between politics and personal life. All but one of these complaints was dismissed without penalty.

And 300,000 paid for the cost of the final complaint investigation – if college course Gingrich had violated federal tax law – as part of an agreement with the House ethics investigators. Led by Republicans, not the ethics committee reached a conclusion on this allegation. And the IRS cleared the organizations involved in the course of any violations of tax.

He resigned from the House in 1999.

Since then he has traveled the world talking about health issues for foreign affairs, he built a business network for profit and nonprofit companies, and has written a steady stream of books. All this has made him one of the most popular Republicans in the nation, with a loyal audience.

In recent months while preparing for a race, Gingrich has blasted the federal health law and has criticized Obama’s foreign policy Democrat as “no idea.”

The twice-divorced Gingrich has also been working to advance the social conservative base critical to the Republican Party primary, stressing his conversion to Catholicism after marrying Calista.

She works with her husband in the film documentary and has been prominent in campaign appearances in the months since Gingrich made clear he was considering a run.

Although he has lived in Northern Virginia for more than a decade, Gingrich was born in Pennsylvania has been playing to its Georgia roots. He taught at the University of Georgia and was Democrats dominated a member of Congress for a long time in the suburbs of Atlanta, helping to build the Republican Party at that time.

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