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

Gingrich ramps up Iowa activity

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Jason

    That Newt is one b utt ugly man. Peter Pumpkin head looking dork.

    August 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Brad

    Trust me, I'm no fan of Obama, but Newt Gingrich??? Thumbs down, he's old news...........................

    August 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. hangemhi

    Hey Newt, there is a reason why you are not Speaker any guys were not able to live up to your "contract with America"

    August 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. n22

    Left his wife while she was in the hospital with cancer for someone he was having an affair with - what makes anyone think he wouldn't leave the country in a mess for other personal or political affairs?

    August 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. darla

    Yeah scared people from the bond docks need to have their unfounded fear flame more by this consrvablahs. Gingrich is only relevant in places where real it is isolated and secluded from the outside world. And whose memory is as shorter than the shootgun marriage and divorce of Britney Spears and Jason Alexander.

    August 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Tom Dunnigan

    Hallelujah! Newt for President in 2012! Unfortunately, we'll have to wait that long and more damage will be done in the mean time.

    August 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Mallory

    Ugh, please don't run for president.

    August 9, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. scott

    One of the more dangerous people in political life - has been building a network of people - a cadre - just exactly in the way Hitler did in the 1930's. A believer in the Big Lie - a manipulator of those incapable of critical thinking.

    A hypocrite who relentlessly pursued Clinton for sexual indiscretion AT THE SAME TIME he was carrying on an extramarital affair as leader of the House. By retiring before it all broke out in a huge controversy - stayed under the radar of 90% of people who tend to listen to what he says -

    A fatuous promoter of the K-street crowd - basically someone with Bush program but with the shrewdness to pull it all off: an effective demagogue - and a real danger to national liberty.

    August 9, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Steve in Denver

    Does this man have no shame? He was commiting adultery while impeaching Clinton, saying adultery makes you unfit to be president. Hello? Are you now positioning to run for president?

    Gingrich, you have less moral backbone than just about anyone on the national scene.

    August 9, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Bill

    The hyprocritical, bloated buffoon will never be president. Go back to your think-tanks Newt – it's all you know. Come to think of it, has he ever held a real job it a for-profit company? I think not. But he sure thinks he has all the answers.

    August 9, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. anonymous coward

    Does this clown think anyone would actually vote for him? Divorced three times, one time handing papers to a wife in bed with cancer. Pushing to impeach the president while at the same time having an affair with an intern of his own. Does he think Americans are really that stupid? If he manages to win a nomination then some people would deserve him. If you ask me a Gingrich presidency would be disastrous. We are a modern day Rome.

    August 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. tototo

    How can Gingrich run for president?
    He worked so hard to impeach Clinton for having an affair when all the time he was being unfaithful himself!
    I don't think I want a hypocrite for a president.

    August 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. SuperD

    Like him or not, he's got the best ideas, knows the difference between good govt. and bad.

    He articulates the issues better than anyone, he'd win any debate. Would really like to see him run in 2012.

    I know the haters will be out in force on this one, and all they'll do is bring up crap from his personal life. And the hypocrisy is that Clinton and Obama didn't deserve to be president based upon that standard.

    August 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. A keen observer

    What Newt fails to realize is that he is just another angry, old, hypocritical, republican who time has passed. Go away!

    August 9, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Susan Goldstein

    Run Newtie, Run!

    August 9, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Sam I Am

    I used to be a proud Republican. Gingrich is one of the architects of the absymal disaster that is the Republican Party today. If the Republican Party truly wants to recover from the hideous mess they're in, then they should dump any association with Gigrich or others like him like a dirty sock.

    August 9, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Breach

    Any number of candidates including Gingrich would be a huge upgrade over what we have now. With the rank amatuer Obama at the wheel mistakes are consistent and confidence from the American people has plummeted.

    August 9, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Cleve

    Answer me this, is Newt's wife (his third) accompanying him during his "legwork" in Iowa? Or is his first wife? Second wife? As yet unnamed fourth wife? What a waste of time and money on his part to even think he has any chance to be elected President of the United States!! President of the Cheating Husbands Club, yes absolutely!!

    And let me guess, he still oppose same-sex marriage! You betcha!! Watch out America!

    August 9, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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