Gingrich cites fundraising spike
October 25th, 2011
06:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich cites fundraising spike

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has raised more money in October than during the previous three months combined, he told reporters Tuesday as he laid out his vision for his campaign's turnaround.

During the previous fundraising quarter that spanned July, August and September, Gingrich raised $800,000.

The presidential hopeful was in New Hampshire to file his paperwork for candidacy in the state's presidential primary. He took questions from reporters after filing, then moved on to hold a second press conference across the street after signing an anti-tax pledge.

He said he was hopeful about his prospects as the race moves forward.

"If we continue to improve at this pace, I think we'll be able to run a full-blown campaign to be totally competitive in terms of advertising and other things, by the time we get to early January," Gingrich said.

The politician and professor attributed his financial bounce to his performances in a series of GOP debates this fall. Debate audiences have enthusiastically applauded Gingrich for chiding both the media and his opponents, accusing them of encouraging discord within the Republican Party. Instead he has urged the other GOP hopefuls to focus their criticism on President Obama.

"There was an unedited opportunity to listen to me and to decide that I had, that I actually represent a campaign of real substance," he said of his role in GOP debates. "Given the press coverage of June, July and August, that was sort of a great surprise to people."

Gingrich had a difficult summer after most of his staff quit en masse, questioning whether the former speaker was fully committed to the White House run.

He came in third nationally among Republican voters in a new CBS/New York Times poll, with 10% support.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • New Hampshire • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Bill in Florida

    If Newt can raise a couple million per quarter, he'll be able to compete with President Obama's fund-raising total in less than 8 years.

    October 25, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    I don't care how many suckers give to his campaign, it will not change the fact that Newzti is a man of low character (served his first wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital for cancer surgery; was having an affair while trying to impeach President Clinton for marital indiscretions; shut down the federal government because he didn't get the seat he wanted on a plane).

    October 25, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Grow up already...

    Wow, Newty! Does your wife know? If she does, it's probably time to start another account at Tiffany's...

    October 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. ED FL

    I guess Newt is hoping to get enough money to pay off his latest wifes penchant for Jewelry,so he can go headhunting again.What an excuse for a man that wants to achieve a higher position in life .Clean up your old act first.

    October 25, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    OMG – it would be a GREAT DAY if ginGRINCH and Cain get the nominee!! it will be a landslide in favor of President Obama in 2012!

    October 25, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. west

    For what?

    October 25, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. otermbachmann

    This colorful salamander is itching to bomb someone.

    October 25, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    Toot your horn at Tiffany's, they must have raised your credit limit!

    October 25, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►He came in third nationally among Republican voters in a new CBS/New York Times poll, with 10% support. ◄

    I guess the GRINCH will be the new "flavor of the week." No wonder he's hanging around Cain; he's trying to get tips on how to become the "flavor of the week." I wonder what flavor the ginGRINCH will be – "Tootie Fruity?"

    Obama 2012

    October 25, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    Indeed, while the pundits have debated mindlessly about whether Romney or Perry or Bachmann or Cain or whoever won the debate, Gingrich, a walking, talking piece of nostalgic 90s kitsch, has outperformed them all during the debates and thus has a corresponding rise in poll numbers. What does this say about the GOP field? Gingrich should be sinking at this point, not rising. The "base" is really just not that into Romney, are they?

    October 25, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Conrack

    There was an unedited opportunity to listen to me and to decide that I had, that I actually represent a campaign of real substance," he said of his role in GOP debates. "

    Yeah, right. Why don't you use your time better by writing some more alternative history – like maybe one where you are a decent person and a statesman.

    October 25, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |