Gingrich admits bungled roll-out
March 8th, 2011
08:41 AM ET
7 years ago

Gingrich admits bungled roll-out

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged his team flubbed the announcement last week that he planned to raise money and explore a bid for the White House in 2012.

"It (the roll-out) led to unfortunate confusion," Gingrich told the Des Moines Register Monday. "I wish we had been a little more structured last week. But I don't take it as a very serious problem."

He added his team does "many, many things, and most of them reasonably well."

At a media appearance at the state capitol in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday, Gingrich said he was taking the first official step toward a presidential bid, with a new website to accompany the exploratory phase. However, the announcement came after the Gingrich team was forced to clarify the Republican's presidential intentions following reports Gingrich planned to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, a step that requires a candidate to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

"We live in an age of 24-7 constant surveillance of really smart people, and every once in a while something ragged will happen to every single campaign," Gingrich said. "And I think the real trick is to relax, live it out and keep moving."

At the event in Atlanta, Gingrich said he is looking at the bid "very seriously" and that he will "very methodically lay out the framework of what we'll do next."

Gingrich appeared Monday night alongside four other potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates at a forum sponsored by Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN the former congressman met with potential donors Monday, adding the team is in Iowa "listening and learning."

He will return to the Hawkeye State at the end of March for the Conservative Principles Conference sponsored by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt's entire political career has been one bungled mess after another. George Wills has him pegged to a tee.

    March 8, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. BM from Bensenville

    There is absolutely NOTHING about this man that will help our country, NOTHING!!!

    March 8, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. NameEllie

    Flubbed is right. Gingrich stays in a constant confused state. This guy is nothingbut a joke, he's not qualified to walk my pet snake!!!

    March 8, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    bungled? yeah that's probably the way he would run this nation. Just another candidate in the weak Republican field. Heck even Rush Limbaugh says this bunch is weak and that is really saying something

    March 8, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |

    Well, no problem....he would not even come close to winning the presidency. Unable to run on family values, he is disliked by a significant percentage of both democrats and republicans, time has come and gone, etc. He should just sit back and plan his next divorce and forget the presidency!

    March 8, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. deuce

    Yeah, let's elect a man President that can't even campaign properly.

    March 8, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Actions speak louder than words ... He'll always be a loser and a jerk in my opinion...

    March 8, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. GI Joe

    We're not rejecting your roll-out, you slimy immoral hypocrit. We're rejecting YOU. We booted you out of government once, does it take a second or third time for you to get the message??

    March 8, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. PTK

    Glad to see that Newt has set the bar high for his staff who do things "reasonably well."

    March 8, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Charlie Ellenburg

    Gringrich,? Palin? No wonder Bachmann looks good, The Republican party had better zero in on Ron Paul if they want to have any chance of all of winning.

    March 8, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. A keen observer

    This is normal for Gingrich. For an intelligent person, he does some exceedingly stupid things. Think back to when he was Speaker of the House. He has ethical and governance issues that resulted in his resigning in disgrace. The problem is that he doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. Just like his philandering; he seems unable to quit. I guess one could say that Newt is a typical republican politician.

    March 8, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. JOhn

    Not even in the race yet and he is already skirting campaign laws. Typical.

    March 8, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. markiejoe

    As long as the GOP Presidential candidates keep appearing before groups called the "Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition," none of them has a prayer of beating Obama.

    March 8, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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