March 4th, 2010
07:04 PM ET
5 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
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    Newter has decided that enough time has passed that people will forget. Not a chance!!!

    March 4, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Rupublican party is imploding when you've got people like Liz Cheney calling attorneys in the Justice Department terrorist because they worked for the defendents at Gitmo. Remember former CIA agent Valerie Plame, if not, former Vice President Dick Cheney exposed her which could have gotten this woman killed. If Liz wants the names of all those attorneys, then next she will be asking for names of all CIA, FBI and Special forces names so she can out them just like her father. Liz Cheney is the spawn of the beast.

    March 4, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Newt, Tim, Mittens, and little Richard, in IOWA will help that state live up to the acronym for 'Idiots Out Walking Around'. It is a sad day when these liars, fear mongers, haters of democracy, and neanderthals spread their message to ruin America.

    March 4, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    I've found a BBC channel on tv - they are professional. Not the gossip mongers like on our US stations. Quite refreshing.

    March 4, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Gingrich is just one more incompetent ego maniac considering the run for president. The truth is that he has nothing to offer.

    March 4, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Repugnants are Taliban

    We do not want this Greedy Old Pig here in Iowa, tell the bum to stay home and save us the trouble of escorting his lame behind out of Iowa. We need this idiot like we need Sarah Make Up with No Brains trying to tell us what to do, in other words like ten more holes in our heads, NO WE DO NOT NEED REPUGLIBAN IN IOWA!

    March 4, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Franklin

    Yeh, Newt and Sarah on the R ticket. That'd cinch it for Obama in 2012. Go for it, Newtie!

    March 4, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Adalbert

    Gingrich is just one more incompetent ego maniac considering the run for president. The truth is that he has nothing to offer.

    March 4, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Give it up Newt! Your Contract With America is Expired!!!

    March 4, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. A keen observer

    Newt is just an angry old man who doesn't know when to quit. He will never be elected President so he might as well not bother to run. People remember how he shut down the government to indulge his ego.

    March 4, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. charlotte

    this is so funny.

    March 4, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Benny in ILb

    Why didn't they ram that healthcare mess through when they had the chance??? I need my free pills man!!!!

    March 4, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. ED FL

    Gingrich an over the hill old man is heading to Iowa. Your woman do not have to worry about this over the hill ALLEYCAT, His meow is worse than his bite. He may really be going there because Santorum will be in town, These loser GOP has beens are coming to get some money and free food. Be careful and lock up your woman and kids based on the backgrounds of this group.Get ready the other over the hill alley cat Guilliani will not be to far behynd .

    March 4, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Mickey

    Newt the "Conservative" Republican dinosaur is at it again...give it up, Newt...your party only consists of fearmongers, haters, and bigots.

    The GOP have turned on the american people, just as domestic terrorists do.

    March 4, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Thomas

    OLD GUY! Contract on America .
    Newt is the Highest Paid Lobbyist on K Street.

    March 4, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Brandon

    I never thought about buying a home outside the US before, but if the GOP = Party of Hate takes over, because the American people have short term memories about how we got in this situation aka Bush, then I am buying a home outside the US. Always have a plan B. There are more nut jobs in the GOP, than in the Democrats house. I am thinking about New Zealand or Canada.

    March 4, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    Newt in Iowa thinking he is still relevant? He and Palin should hook up. Both have been convicted of ethics violations and left their office in disgrace. Both are pathological liars. Both are so arrogant, family values and their own families always come last.

    How appropriate the Newt cornnball is the land of corn. He must have gotten lost in the unreachable "Field of Dreams" for delusional Republicans who have no clue how much Americans hate the Republican Party and their dishonorable tactics and constant lies.

    March 4, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Jared S

    His name would be "President Obama" or "Obama." Not, "Mr. Obama."

    Journalism is hard.

    March 4, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Kathleen

    Good for Newt! Thinks he can be President! Just last week Newt said he wanted to write "New Rules" for "Republican Party to follow".
    Help me out here folks, what did he say, and i think he did that years back-once already-and it failed. Wait~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~my memory's
    coming back! Just wait! Maybe you all can help me on this one.

    Great guy, Right? Oh, you say, no. Divorce papers delivered to wife in hospital? Maybe I dreamed this up!

    March 4, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. NC

    He is wasting his time.

    March 4, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. shooter

    Gingrich's political career flat-lined a decade ago when he resigned as speaker of the House under a cloud of dishonor, disgrace and corruption. Gingrich had to pay a $300,000 fine after his colleagues in the House voted to reprimand him for ethics violations. Now he wants to be the next US president, what a crook.

    March 4, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Gilliard

    If this nut gets elected I am leaving this country. We can't be that stupid. can we?

    March 4, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    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.

    Barack Obama is ten times the President than any of these would be. Everyone one who knows this should do everything humanly possible to make sure that he has a senate that can work with him to deliver on his promises.

    What we need most is a Democratic majority that does not let the GOP psych them into believing that 59 to 41 is some sort of minority. George W Bush got a tax cut for his rich buddies and lied his way into a war against a country that never attacked us with a lot less than 59 senators. I obviously agree more with the policies of the Democrats but I can't stand their lack of backbone in standing up to the idiots of the GOP. Why the heck do they think we put them there?

    March 4, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Spamlander

    Let me reminesce about the time Khrushchev visited Iowa and Bob Hope cracked that there'd be a good crop next year (because of what we used to call b.s.)

    March 4, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. m smith

    seems that the repos are so busy campainging that they have no time for health care or anything else that would help the american people. When are thet in Washington to vote on any ledgeslation??? they complaine about the president but I don't see them in town? On the fact that the president is going to be on AMW. I could not believe the crude remarks made about him. tHATS WHY SO MANY INDEPENDENTS HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE REPO PARTY OF No.

    March 4, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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