August 9th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich ramps up Iowa activity

Gingrich is stepping up his activities in Iowa.
Gingrich is stepping up his activities in Iowa.

Washington (CNN) - With his busy travel schedule and penchant for wading into heated national debates, Newt Gingrich has gotten plenty of presidential buzz.

But the former House speaker is doing more than just grabbing headlines: he's also starting to put in real legwork on the ground in Iowa, giving political insiders there plenty of reasons to believe he's finally serious about running for the White House.

On Friday, Gingrich will make his sixth visit to the state in recent months to attend the Iowa State Fair, a traditional stomping ground for presidential aspirants.

Gingrich plans to open the day at the Iowa Republican Party booth and sign copies of his book, "To Save America," an appearance sure to help the state party touch a number of potential voters as they seek to re-capture the governor's mansion and a handful of House seats.

And according to a GOP source in the state, Gingrich also has a meeting planned at the fair with several GOP donors.
After a morning dose of glad-handing and livestock-watching, he is slated to headline two fundraisers: One for Sen. Charles Grassley, who is seeking a sixth term in Washington, and another for the People United for Republican Sisters' Election (PURSE) political action committee, a group formed to assist female GOP candidates.

Gingrich's Friday swing will come on the heels of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's visit to the fair, scheduled for Friday. Another likely 2012 candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, will attend the fair later this month.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. SilverHair

    Just go away.

    August 9, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Old Democrat

    I can sleep easy if this guy and Sarah are your offerings next time around. he he he.

    August 9, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. sandy

    He's probably one of the most corrupt politicians out there and he has the audacity to say he "may run for President". PLEASE, we don't need his kind in the White House.

    August 9, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. CareFree

    This multiple cheater should be considered toxic by all thinking voters. His ethical bankruptcy shows that he is unworthy of anyone's trust, certainly not with our nation's most stressful job. He must be in denial and incapable of self-analysis.

    August 9, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. pc

    no matter what newt does to clean up, wade in or speak to the masses, he will never be able to scrub the taint from his soul over what he has done to harm so many people. both in his personal life and political leaving his dieing wife for another woman, having an affair at the same time he is working hard to impeach president clinton or shuting the government down just to prove he had the power! this man has NO ethics and should never be re-elected for any office. i am from his state and i could write on an on about the evils of this man.

    August 9, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. b

    Oh how we have lowered our standards for our nation's leaders!

    The voter need to remember that Gingrich's political career in congress we ended by his ethics problems.

    They also need to remember that he cheated on his very ill wife.

    Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, no one should be able to overlook such actions on his part, and he should be dismissed from actual contention for this nation's highest office.

    August 9, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Can't we all just get along?

    Gingrich would be a far worse president that Bush ever could have been, and Bush is by far the WORST president this country has ever had. Things were bad under Bush, they got worse over the 8 year nightmare when he stole the Oval Office, but it'll seem like a Campfire Meeting if the American people are stupid enough to ever elect someone like Gingrich.

    August 9, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. HorkusMac

    As a objective political junkie that leans neither right nor left, I used to change the channel when Newt came on TV. Now, I ingest what he says – as I do with all other politicians, regardless of party affiliation. I have come to understand that Gingrich, once very flawed politically, is a very intelligent man who has matured in recent years.

    As Americans, we need to stop polarizing ourselves from thinking ALL Democrats or Republicans are either evil or qualifying for sainthood, and find a middle ground. The Republicans did not run this country into the ground by themselves and neither did the Democrats. There are NO angelic political parties in America today. I encourage all Americans to be objective, view issues with a teachable spirit and jettison this vile hatred we may hold against one party or another.

    America does not prosper when individual voters (take a look at any chat board with all the – depending on the person's viewpoint- character assassinations OR free passes) think that ALL Republicans or Democrats are the second coming of Lucifer or the other way around.

    Prior to this November, take a look at the character and merit of each individual candidate – regardless of political affiliation – and truly invest some time in sorting out the issues at hand – before casting any votes.

    August 9, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Duck Fallas

    Headline: "Gigrich Move Makes Waves."

    That's disgusting.

    August 9, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. RN

    This man gave us a "contract on America" that did nothing for us. He was one of the worst political hacks we have seen, using smear tactics to destroy good people. He has shown himself to be a hypocrite and bigot with only the interests of the elite in mind. He is not interested in working for this country. He is interested in having power and enriching himself.

    August 9, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Mark Jeffery Koch

    It amazes me that anyone would consider voting for this man. He told his first wife he wanted a divorce when she was in the hospital suffering from cancer, and cheated on his second wife. In a country of three hundred million people can we not do better than choose people like this to lead our country??

    Do we not have any standards of decency left anymore when we elect the man or woman we want to be our President?

    August 9, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Marge

    Hey is the serial adulter going to run on a family "values" platform. You know, divorcing is wife while she was in the hospital with cancer. Then dropping that one for a 27 year old staffer of his.

    Or maybe he could add "honesty". Like scamming all these people out of money for a so called college and then sticking it in his pocket. They reason he resigned from the HOuse. Or does he think people have forgotten all this. Gee if he thinks he can run for president, he must have. But then republicans don't care what you are as long as you say you are a republican they've vote for DILLINGER.

    August 9, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. w l jones

    Now wonder our national debt is so high all these has been politican running around the country spending tax-payer write of money when it should be going into the government general budjet. Bless.

    August 9, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Church of Realism

    Newt Gingrich stands less of a chance of getting elected than Sarah Palin does.

    August 9, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. tag

    go newt! you would be the best president this country has ever had since ronald reagon. you have my vote. we need to take america back for the real people of this country. i just hope you are not a basketball player!

    August 9, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Blaum

    This is a very smart man.... he could be a threat come 2012...

    August 9, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. LOVESIRONY

    Wow, Iowa's state fair has the best clowns!

    August 9, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. SkiDoc

    Give it a shot, Newt! If you have it in you to take on the "socialist horde" then go for it. Talk about "take back America" – Gingrich in the White House would certainly further that hope.

    August 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. independent

    The man has an ego the size of Iowa.

    August 9, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. Jo Ann

    Sure do dread putting up with his mouth till the election.

    August 9, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. JonDie

    Instead of continually basking in the lime light as a professional gadfly, why doesn't grifter Gingrich actually get a job and provide some useful service to someone?

    August 9, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. Rob

    I'm glad Newt could pull himself off his staffers long enough to show up in Iowa.

    August 9, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. tim

    Somehow I tend NOT to trust and endorse anyone who has been married 4 times... and in EVERY case was guilty of cheating on the existing spouse.

    Can you say....NO MORALS.

    And when did Gingrich become some kind of right wing intellectual? check out his record- loaded with multiple gaffes. The right wing really needs to set the bar higher...Newt? Palin? You guys are embarrassing.

    Can't you all join the Aryan nation and move to Idaho? Better yet–Alaska!!

    August 9, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Robert

    Don't people remenber that Gingrich was removed from the speakership for violating the same type of ethics rules that he so doggedly pursued former Speaker Jim Wright for? Also the family values of leaving an ill wife when she was battling cancer and in the hospital, and who married one of his school teachers. Affair with a former intern, and the list goes on and on. What a two faced dispicable human!

    August 9, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. Buster

    I do not know if Newt is electable but he is by far the most intelligent politican in our life time. nobama would not want to debate this man because Newt has would tear him up with facts and figures and nobama would not be allowed to use his teleprompter. Without a teleprompter, nobama sounds more like an elementary school student reciting his homework.

    August 9, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
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