July 12th, 2010
10:29 AM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich back in Iowa

Newt Gingrich will lead a workshop on Monday for GOP candidates in Iowa.

Newt Gingrich will lead a workshop on Monday for GOP candidates in Iowa.

(CNN) - Call him Professor Newt Gingrich.

The former House speaker and possible 2012 Republican presidential hopeful is scheduled to lead a workshop Monday for GOP candidates running this year for the Iowa legislature.

At a news conference prior to the workshop, Gingrich said "every Republican's focus should be on '10. It will set the stage for '12"

While in Des Moines, Gingrich also attended a fundraiser for Brad Zaun, the Republican candidate for Iowa's third Congressional district.

Anytime a possible GOP White House hopeful spends time in Iowa, it raises eyebrows, since the state's caucuses traditionally kick off the presidential primary season.

Gingrich was last in Iowa in late May, to promote his new book, "To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine."

According to a poll of Iowa Republicans released last month, 56 percent said they have a favorable opinion of Gingrich. One in three said they hold an unfavorable view.

Those numbers put Gingrich at the top of the list, along with former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Gingrich was also in South Carolina, another state that votes early in the primary season, on Friday, to help fundraise for state Republicans. He says he will make a decision about a possible presidential run early next year.

UPDATE: Gingrich, at the news conference, said he would probably announce in February or March of next whether he'll make a bid for the White House. He also told reporter he'll be back in Iowa at least two or three more this year to help Republican candidates.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich • Polls
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Not the right person for a Presidential candidate.

    July 12, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Shucks

    Gingrich as president would be like resurrecting Ronald Reagan from the grave.

    July 12, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Steve, New York City

    While it is likely that Gingrich and I have some significant differences on a policy-level, this guy strikes me as smart – and even more important, it also seems apparent to me that he says and does things because he truly cares about America's future – and not because he wants to take stupid partisan swipes (which both sides, and the so-called Tea Party, seem to be obsessed with these days).

    Gingrich at least deserves to be heard!

    July 12, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Debbie from Arizona

    Please, just say no. I had more than enough of this man the last time around.

    July 12, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. snow

    Boy, I hope Newt does run, he is intelligent and concise. nobummer is not a match in a debate with Newt because Newt has more facts and figures in his head about the history of this country and its politicans than nobummer can put to teleprompter. Newt also in a debate would have no problem correcting distortions and out right lies that nobummer tells.

    July 12, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These republican morons have nothing better to do than get book deals and spew their radical positions. Those radical positions are what got this country into the predicament we are in. Newt, I don't want your "contract," or anyone of your conservative colleagues contracts either.

    July 12, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Bracing

    Gingrich is smart and has experience which would be a major upgrade over the rookie we have in office now. We will see how long the country will want the "secular socialist agenda" of Obama as Newt has stated.

    July 12, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Ben in Texas

    The tentative course titles for Gingrich's workshop:

    Lying 101
    Improving Government with Blind Obstructionism 666

    (and my favorite:)

    No, really, cutting taxes on the rich will fix the economy and won't contribute to the rapid decline of the middle class. Seriously. 420

    July 12, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Mr. Gingrich's values are right for America.
    Unfortunately, it may be too late for America to avoid a decades-long economic experiment identical to that of the USSR.

    July 12, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |