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. rdepontb

    Poor Newt. First he visits his dying, cancer-patient wife at her deathbed-with his new girlfriend. Now he's trying to visit his dying, out-of-ideas Party at its deathbed-and he comes, again, with no flowers.

    August 9, 2010 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Cynicor

    The correct title here is "Disgraced Former Speaker Newt Gingrich." Thanks.

    August 9, 2010 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  3. ed fl

    Keep an eye on your vunerable young woman. One half of the GOP alley cats is in town The other one is Guilliani won't be to far Behind. Both of them are over the hill but can sway youngsters with their [they think] suave line of how great they are.If Iowa is have as great as they try to make America think they will run these Dudes out of town.

    August 9, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Jim S

    isnt this the same man who when speaker of the house said Bill Clinton should be impeached for an affair with a 22 year old staff member
    while at the time he was having an affair with and fathered a child to a 19 year old staff member

    August 9, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. guy from NM

    Just what we would need, another retread

    August 9, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. nathan

    Makes sense. Theres no credible candidate on their side for 12. Romney is yesterdays news, Pawlenty is a yawn, Scott Brown is way too soon and Palin is a running joke. Obama is a lock.

    August 9, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  7. Ken in NC

    Newt Gingrich says he is "finally serious" about running for the White House. Well I am "finally serious" about sending down a detour route to some other white house maybe in Ga. or Va. and if the house he approaches is not white, I will have it painted white for him.

    August 9, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    It's going to be sweet watching Gingrich humiliate Obama in a presidential debate.

    Or will he be debating Hillary?

    August 9, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Alex

    I hope he runs. He's an easy target for the Democrats.

    August 9, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. vincent

    Is this the same Gingrich that visit his wife in the hospital dying to ask for a divorce? Just listen to the Party! Will you fix this economy? No. Will you take care of our Country? NO! Should we vote for you in the next election? Hell NO!

    August 9, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  11. Brent

    Newt thinks we should run our country with the same level of "freedom" as Saudi Arabia. What other parts of The Constitution is he willing to ignore?

    August 9, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. Gil

    I hope that this does not mean we will be seeing and hearing more from this right wing nut case. He isn't as extreme as the teabuggers, but where he gets it from remains a unknown. I think he makes it all up, just like the liars at FOX

    August 9, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I still haven't heard the Newtster retract his statements he made on Fixed News regarding Sharon Sherrod.

    August 9, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  14. Hot Dog

    This guy is out dated politically. All you have to do is look at his marital and politically track records and see that he is a loser. Much like George W. Bush, never served in the military and every thing he touched failed.

    August 9, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  15. Duke

    About time, we need someone with some sense to run & has a chance, he should of run aginst O but would proably have lost as most of US was voting for CHANGE & they got it

    August 9, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  16. Navybill

    Hmmm. Interesting notion. Of course both sides of the aisle will have something to say about this, but they can candidly admit this guy is smart, savvy and has the interests of the country foremost. Worthwhile watching, folks.

    August 9, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. Butch

    Was'nt Gingrich run out of office in the 90's for his contract on America?Vote for Newt and the destruction of the middle class. Remember be afraid, be afraid, be afraid. Republicans the party of obstruction, fear ,racism, and corparate welfare.Just what America needs another politician that represents the top 2% of Americans.I would'nt believe Gingrich if he said it was a sunny day I'd go look for myself he is not to be trusted!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  18. fideauxdon

    Will serious GOP "Family Values" voters back a serial adulterer for President?
    Only if they think that he can win.

    August 9, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. sharon

    I have to believe that the American voters do not have a short memory about this jerk. Didn't we already go down the road with this adultererThis is the man that was louder than the rest against President Clinton when he was doing the same thing. Do you people remember this man was Speaker of the House and had to step down. I haven't heard too much out of his mouth that is true so far. People PLEASE PLEASE do not buy into whatr he is selling. I would rather see Sarah Palion as President than him and that well could be her strategy. The Republicans will never nominate Mitt Romney as their candidate because he is Mormon and does not fit the WASP profile. The voters would never accept Jeb Bush as their memories are not that short – the name alone. It is going to get sooooooooooooo ugly with these people running. It really scares me.

    August 9, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. Frozone

    Thank God for Newt, defending the sanctity of his fourth marriage against Prop 8.

    August 9, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  21. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Don't forget America, this is a man who walked away in disgrace over 10 years ago after he admitted using tax exempt monies inappropriately. This was a man who held up the government not once but twice over the budget. A budget from a President who had the lowest deficit in the past 30 years. There was a reason why he walked away in disgrace. For God sakes even Mark Sanford voted to fine him $300,000 to pay for the cost of the investigation, that Newt admitted to lying about and costing the House and Senate countless hours and millions of dollars. And quite frankly, it is unbelievable that any news organization(not counting fox as they are the national enquirer of news) would give this man the time of day. He was a joke then and now he is an even bigger joke. He should be laughed off any news show, but they keep letting him lie. Republicans if this is the best you is sad.

    August 9, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. Terry from West Texas

    Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are the only two leading Republicans with an above average IQ. Newt seems a bit unstable to me and his ideas are out there on the whacko fringe. The problem with Newt is that what he says he is going to do is never even remotely similar to what he actually does. Like most Conservatives, he never says what he thinks and never does what he says he will do.

    I prefer the more stupid version of Conservatism espoused by Reagan and Bush: cut taxes, increase spending, and bankrupt the nation. Those principles I can understand and fight against.

    Newt is a Conservative black box. I can see Newt becoming President for Life or Supreme Leader. We have no idea what his mind will come up with – and neither does he.

    August 9, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  23. Keith in Austin

    A Gingrich presidency looks pretty appealing in light of the mess our current leadership has gotten us in!

    August 9, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. Putnam Green

    Yawn. Newt who? The guy who got chased out of his own party in the 1990s and is on to his 3rd wife. Must be a slow news day at CNN.

    August 9, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  25. Terry - Indiana

    Newt Gingrich is nothing more than a continuation of the old guard of politics in Washington. I bought into, and voted for the Contract with America in 1994, and the Republicans, along with Bill Clinton, created a surplus that was quickly erased when Bush Tax Cuts and two wars drained the Treasury. The problem with Washington is quite simple, Washington is a good old boys club, and nothing gets done. Both sides of the aisle argue over what is wrong on the jobs front, but neither side is willing to admit what went wrong, or how to correct for it. Every member, of both the House and Senate, is owned in part, or in whole, by Corporate America. We need term limits, and we need new, young blood in Washington. I would not support Newt Gingrich, or any other politician who is not willing to force Corporate America to bring the jobs home. Washington gave General Motors billions, and GM sent $1.5 Billion Dollars to Germany to save a German Auto Plant. This action came while GM was closing Saturn. The stimulus should have been used to create new opportunities, not save old, out-dated companies and failed leadership.

    August 9, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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