Gingrich to return to Georgia
February 8th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich to return to Georgia

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will return home to Georgia next week, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The candidate will make a two-day campaign push in familiar territory ahead of the state's Super Tuesday primary on March 6.

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The announcement came the same day his chief opponent, Mitt Romney, is campaigning in the Peach State.

Fresh off his disappointing finish in three contests Tuesday night, the former Georgia congressman made no mention of the GOP race in a 12-minute speech in Cleveland Wednesday morning. Instead, Gingrich largely focused on the economy and the Obama administration.

"Part of our purpose in running is economic, to get us back on the right track. Part of our purpose in running is culture to protect the rights of Americans to worship freely without being dictated to by their government, and part our purpose in running is national security," Gingrich said. "We live in a dangerous world."

In the rust belt state, Gingrich especially hit on the need to boost American manufacturing and pointed to a now-famous Super Bowl commercial.

"While there's some controversy about it, I have to confess, I liked the Clint Eastwood ad," Gingrich said. "I liked the tone of that ad. I like the idea that the world has counted us down before, we are just regrouping."

Gingrich will also travel to California next week to hold a number of fundraising events throughout the state.

- CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Newt Gingrich • Ohio
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Those quotes sound a lot like a preamble to a "I am suspending my campaign" announcement.

    February 8, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. ...and the winner is...!

    the race has just begun and Romney cannot count on his million-dollars negatives...without telling the Nation where he stands......!

    February 8, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    for some reason when I read this the song "the Devil goes down to Georgia" keeps coming to mind.

    February 8, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. ...and the winner is...!

    rudy, rudy "here we go again" Gingrich made it quite clear that he is in for the win and win he will....!

    February 8, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |

    Newt's got to get his mojo back. He's going home to gather his confederates so they can ride on the Massachusetts moderate and the Kenyan socialist Saul Ellinsky liberal.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Jake

    for good!? please? PRETTY PLEASE!?!?!

    February 8, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Moon-man over Gaw-ja. What a fugly sight.

    February 8, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. ja

    he should stay in georgia, egoing, not a chance of winning

    February 8, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    @.... and the winner is .....

    "Gingrich will also travel to California next week to hold a number of fundraising events throughout the state."
    The book tour.

    February 8, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Rsprings

    He needs to stay home.

    February 8, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. AC

    Newt lost when he started trying to out dumb Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann with some of those rediculous rhetoric, now he is a joke along with those 3 they make the GOP irrelevant!

    February 8, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Gee. I thought he lived in Virginia? Georgia? He hasn't "lived" there since before he won his second term in the House.

    February 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Could someone duct tape him to a wall while he's there without access to a microphone? I'm really tired of hearing his self-righteous, condescending, lying self.

    February 8, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    We will vote for Newt on super Tuesday to stop Romney

    February 8, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Data Driven

    "He was in a bind because he was way behind
    And he was willing to make a deal"

    February 8, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. anagram_kid

    I thought he resided in VA as well. Didn’t he live in GA like two wives ago?

    February 8, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. a little sad

    Everyone is talking about how good a day Santorum had (to be fair, he did).

    But has anyone been talking about how BAD a day Gingrich had?

    February 8, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    And stay there!

    February 8, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    Please keep him there, anywhere but here in NVa. We don't need any more of the greedy old pigs (GOPs) of Washington disguised as lobbyists draining our state and local public services while sending their profits out of state – like illegal workers. But worse, most like Halley Bar'boar don’t even try to speak our language.

    Plus Newt has always been just mean and spiteful – and who needs that living under the bridge next door?

    February 8, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Larry in Houston

    he's going back to McClean Virginia

    February 8, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |