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. jpmichigan

    Obama will have a run of his life, in the next election. American people have seen him , for what he really is and that ain't good!

    August 9, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. D.

    I’m not sure I want to vote republican or democrat anymore.
    Both (the republicans and the democrats) are so established that individuals in either party can afford to do a terrible job with no significant consequences to either party; this terrifies me.

    August 9, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. deminthesouth

    My first question to him at his next news conference would be how many affairs he has had in his life and when the last one ended (if indeed it was not still going on).

    August 9, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Phil Muse

    How can anyone seriously regard Newt Gingrich as a presidential candidate, with the skeletons in his closet? Remember the 1997 reprimand for ethics violations by an overwhelming vote of the House of Representatives, the first time in history they had reprimanded a Speaker? The Ethics Committee in fact described his "intentional or ... reckless" disregard of House rules. That did not even include the scandal of a long-standing affair Gingrich had in the 90's with the woman who was later to become his third wife – while he was still married to wife # 2. And this all occurred while he was beating the impeachment drums for Bill Clinton over the Lewinsky Affair! He has not changed in the intervening years. He has only become more cunning and vicious.

    August 9, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Sagebrush Shorty

    If he ran for President he would get my vote. He is smarter and more patriotic than 99.99% of the politically correct idiots we have now.

    August 9, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The simple fact is Newt Gingrich is just not a likeable personality, and personality does, to some degree, matter. A grouch like him just doesn't appeal to a lot of voters, even if his policies resonate (which they don't).

    August 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Ellid

    Gingrich is an idiot if he thinks he has a chance. He's not religious enough for the Dominionists, not fanatical enough for the Tea Party, and the rest of the country hasn't forgotten that he's a serial adulterer who shut down the government for no discernible reason.

    He should save his money and give it to some of the people who've lost their jobs and their savings thanks to Republican monetary policies.

    August 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Blkman

    good, but what on earth are you going to do about America's problems now? What is your plan? WHY on earth should anyone believe you?

    August 9, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Lynn

    Typical Republican has-been. Loves the spot light,regardless of what that light picks up. Gingrich's personal life has been disgusting, so he thinks he can run the country. No different than Palin, a lousy mother, but her desire for center stage has only masked her true selfishness.

    August 9, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. I wouldn't vote for him if he paid me

    This is NOT what America needs, look at him NASSY looking, no thanks. You talk about RACE this man will start a race war within the US. NO THANKS.

    August 9, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Ben in Texas

    Don't mistake "presidential buzz" for the buzzer indicating "Wrong Answer". In the case of Newtie, it's time to get the hook and jerk him off the campaign stage.

    I know the Repugnants don't have anything to offer in the way of new ideas, or anyone who can excite people as a candidate. But Newtie vies with Palin for bottom of the heap. If the Party of No is reduced to offering Newtie as their presidential product, I will be extremely surprised, and not a little grateful, since beating him will be a slam dunk.

    I doubt that Newtie even believes slightly that he has a chance at the Oval Office. He pulls this crap just like Sarah does, in order to appear relevant and get stories about him into the news. It's what passes for political power. In reality, it's all show.

    August 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. women against Ging Rich

    This man has proven himself to a distance, cold, heartless womanizing [ he hankers for the young ones] cad who dwells in infidelity.

    This scourge of manhood?? abandoned two wives at the perilous times of their illnesses to pursue other skirts. His lust for the flesh superseded any summit he endeavored to conquer.

    Yet has the gall to condemn this administration as if he is the purist and anointed one to lead our nation.

    Lets not forget gingrich and his FAILED 'contract with America' folly as the dictator -esq GOP bestowed their home rule on us-
    as well as the bunglings of idoit bush that regulated our country to its knees resulting in a bloated deficit and our hugh debt to China.

    August 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Gerterschnitz

    GO NEWT! You're head and shoulders above the charlatan in the white house now!

    August 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Jilli

    Gingrich has more baggage than Samsonite. He's not getting anywhere near the white house now or ever. In normal circles, Gingrich would be considered a disgrace, but not in the land of the republicans. Much like vitter and ensign.

    August 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Dr. Empirical

    You mean Newt "Resigned-in-Disgrace" Gingrich?

    Newt "Serial Philanderer" Gingrich?

    Newt "Government Orphanages" Gingrich?

    Yeah, he'll make a great candidate!

    August 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. R. Maines

    I'd love to see Newt run for president. He is one of the most intelligent politicians in country today and would set the country on a course for prosperity instead of establishing a class of society dependent of the government for subsistance.

    August 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Michael Sheridan

    That's some GOP field for 2012, when a guy with multiple House ethics violations and a history of serial adultery is considered to be one of the top contenders for the Presidential nomination. But I guess anybody looks serious when you put them next to Palin....

    August 9, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Leroy

    Too bad Gingrich is a neoconservative instead of an old school conservative, coupled with his brand of social conservatism which imposes his version of religious morality through law and you have a man who will bring us back into the dark ages. What we need is a fiscal conservative who can bring the economy back on track and a social libertarian who will not meddle into peoples personal lives.

    August 9, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. bill

    He doesn't stand a snowballs chance in hell. He might as well quit already. This is the best the Republicans can do?

    August 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Jess C

    Just what we really don't need, a recycled old hack with nothing new to offer. Do we get to re-expose his poor moral judgment all over again? Don't the Repubs. have anything new to bring to the table? That's right, no they don't.

    August 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Ben Ben

    I wonder if his wife who had cancer and who he cheated on will vote for him?

    August 9, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Dave

    Like this lecherous gasbag has any prayer of getting the nomination of the Jesus Party. Dream on, Newt!

    August 9, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. Jeff in TX

    Wow, here we go again. Would love to see the media resurrect Gingrich's sordid past. What a joke!

    August 9, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. TTBALA


    When will you have time to be president and take care of this nation, when you have to change wives every few years, serve them divorce papers in the hospital.

    August 9, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    So NEWT goes to the fair....eats some corndogs and looks at the pigs....and THAT means he's in high gear to run for President CNN?? Wasnt he kicked out of Congress in disgrace just a short while ago??

    August 9, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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