March 4th, 2010
07:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich schedules trip to Iowa

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is mulling a presidential bid.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is mulling a presidential bid.

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the latest potential presidential candidate to schedule a springtime sojourn to Iowa.

The Des Moines-based Polk County Republican Party announced Thursday that Gingrich will be the guest speaker at the group's annual Robb Kelley Victory Club Dinner, named in honor of a late Republican activist. Tickets to the May 26th fundraiser are $75 a piece.

John Bloom, chairman of the Polk County GOP, touted Gingrich as "a dominant figure in conservative politics" in a statement announcing the fundraiser.

"Newt certainly hasn't ruled out a run and Iowa is an important political state for 2010," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN. "I know he has his mind focused on 2010, and he will be doing what he can to help the party."

Gingrich has flirted with a presidential bid in the past and has said that he and his wife will make a final decision about a presidential bid sometime in early 2011. Gingrich visited New Hampshire, another key presidential nominating state, in January.

Other potential 2012 candidates heading to Iowa in the coming weeks and months include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
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  1. Michele

    "he and his wife" Which wife is that, Mr. Conservative? Number three, I believe? It is amazing that Republicans can state their values with a straight face. The Dems sin too, but at least we aren't out there thumping the Bible and proclaiming our deep devotion to Jesus Christ, all the while cheating on our wives, lying about Obama, lying about the health care bill, and scaring people about their Social Security benefits. No, we care about people, as Jesus taught, and we forgive, as he taught, and we prefer talking to bombing. Sorry if that makes you so upset you have to lie to get back your majority. It won't work! And Gingrich will never get near the White House.

    March 4, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Linda in Seattle

    He's a cold, cold-hearted man. No thanks.

    March 4, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Sam

    As a native Iowan, I wish Gingrich would keep his ethically challenged ass in Georgia or Washington where he belongs. He has no chance of being elected dog catcher in 2012, let alone President of the United States. Like Sarah Palin, he has nothing useful to add to the political debate and became irrelevant years ago. Unfortunately his hubris keeps him from realizing this simple but uncontrovertable fact.

    March 4, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. ej in Tacoma

    Won't Gingrich and Palin make a jolly good team. If this is what the Republicans have to offer they'll lose in another landslide.
    E.J in Tacoma

    March 4, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. SC-Pub "no" more

    GOP...please...please...please elect this idiot...please!

    March 4, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Give 'Em Hell Newt !

    It's time to move the Democrats out, and the Republicans in. Meanwhile, Obama might as well get a head start on his memoirs – "My Failed, One Term Presidency".

    March 4, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  7. Keeth in California

    You wish, Newt. It's a lost cause.

    March 4, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. Felonious Monk

    The only contract with america this guy seems to have is to destroy america.

    Republicans want to eliminate programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    Can anyone out there explain to me why a little socialism is bad? And if you say you don't want to pay someone else's medical bills, what happens when you can't pay yours? Should they take away your house and home?

    Republicans want Americans in debt for life, and to pass that debt on to their kids.

    Down with Conservatives, they are Un-American.

    March 4, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Sue

    Keep getting the word out Gingrich---we must vote out as many Democrats as possible in 2010--so that Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the loony left liberal Democrats-- lose all power and control.

    CNN: Where is the article about the Dem Rep from Massachusetts--Delahunt-–deciding to "resign/not run for reelection"--so that he can spend more time with his family"???

    I have not seen the article, did I miss it????

    I will do your job for you........Go to the Boston Herald, you will find the information/article there.

    March 4, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  10. acfaber291

    go away. name from the past.

    March 4, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Repugnants are Taliban

    Keep this bum right where he is, out of Iowa, as an Iowan I can tell you we do not need the likes of this repugnant imbecile here, he is worthless and unwanted. Where do morons like this get the idea we want to put up with thier stupidity and ignorance. He could not run for dog catcher let alone President, this is another loser moron like Sarah Make Up with NO Brains, neither of which we need in an intelligent state like Iowa, we have enough problems keeping the riff raff out of the state as it is without idiots like this drawing them in.

    March 4, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Jefe

    Don't bother Newt, you can't win. Who is going to vote for you? Extreme Right Bush Neoconservatives? Oops...You missed the mark (by QUITE a bit) when it comes to family values. Seriously...do you really want to be the straw that broke the camel's back (of your party?) It doesn't make sense for Republicans to put up a can't-win candidate, when they have a chance at actually winning.

    March 4, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Squigman

    It's like the never ending nightmare. I hope I wake up, and mostof these people just go away. Please go away, disappear. It would do the country good if you did.

    March 4, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. crook

    Just another hypocrite crook who was voted out of office by his own party and paid heavy penalty for ethical violations.

    March 4, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. old_newt

    Newt is one candidate to watch out for! 2012 is a great opportunity for him to work on his 4th wife/mistress! :)

    March 4, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    Our country desperately needs another Civil War. That way I may legally slaughter as many of you useless conservatives as possible. As a disabled veteran, I did not sustain a catastrophic injury in 1991 in defense of our nation only to make it a safe-haven for an even worse enemy to our country, the GOP. I want them all extinct, I will give them no mercy, and no quarter. The GOP is an enemy of America. Granted, I'm smart enough to know not to fire the first shot, but that doesn't mean I don't have 2500 rounds of ammo to participate when the firing starts. If my words scare you, blame the Right for instilling so much hate in me because of their lies and absolute disregard for regular Americans. .

    March 5, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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