Washington (CNN) – Any time a possible 2012 GOP presidential contender goes to Iowa, we pay attention. So we'll pay attention Tuesday when a book tour brings former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the Hawkeye state.
The book, titled "Valley Forge," focuses on one of the most desperate moments in America's struggle for independence: The winter of 1777, when George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, hunkered down in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to survive a brutally cold and challenging winter.
The book, co-written with Bill Forstchen, appears to also be a pitch to the powerful conservative Tea Party movement.
"Tuesday's historic elections are a reminder that power in America belongs to 'We the People'. As we prepare for change going forward, it is inspiring to reflect back on the first American heroes who helped fight for that power," said Gingrich earlier this month, in an e-mail to supporters.
The book's release comes as the possible contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination start gearing up and officially launch bids for the White House. One traditional way for presidential hopefuls to garner attention is to release books. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who may also be considering a White House run, releases her second book later this month.
Gingrich's book tour takes him to three stops in Iowa Tuesday and Wednesday: West Des Moines, Aimes, and Cedar Rapids. Gingrich is also scheduled to speak at an event Tuesday night on the Iowa State University campus at an event co-sponsored by the College Republicans and the Committee on Lectures.
Iowa plays a large role in the race for the White House, as its caucuses kick off the presidential primary season. Gingrich's swing through Iowa will be his eighth over the past year and a half.
Next month, the former House Speaker makes a high profile visit to South Carolina, another important early voting state in the presidential primary calendar. According to a GOP source, Gingrich keynotes the Spartanburg Republican Party's Bronze Elephant Dinner on December 16.
Gingrich, who over the past year has become a very vocal critic of President Barack Obama, has said that any decision on making a bid for the GOP presidential nomination would come next February or March.
- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report
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