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. Dave

    Gingrich will never be president, because he's just too corrupt. I'm glad he's running, though, because if anybody deserves to have the American people reminded of his dirty laundry, it's this cheating-on-his-wife-while-she-had-cancer dirtbag. It will be a pleasure to watch the Republican theocrats drag out the best they can dredge up and watch Obama wipe the walls with 'em.

    August 9, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. David Lambert

    A horse of a different color is nevertheless still a horse. We need fewer political insiders and more people who want to do the peoples work.

    August 9, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. mark

    Oh not again, he was the original author of hyper partisan politics

    August 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Kate

    Newt Gingrich is the only candidate that has a prayer of rallying whatever of the GOP base is left. Because I'm a liberal and I disagree with most of what he says, I hope he loses. For the sake of having an opposing team that is even worth arguing with, who has any sense of reason, who isn't completely blind to the needs of this country, I hope he wins. He is, without question, the lesser of the evils. At least he isn't talking succession and fair tax!!

    August 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Tom C in NY

    Let him run, please! With all of his baggage, he will guarantee an Obama second term.

    August 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Terry - Indiana

    I guess the real questions is, "Does anyone really care?" Gingrich is the same old, very old, Republican who created the Contract with America, and we lost millions of jobs between 1994 and 2008. Where will the jobs come from Mr. Gingrich?

    August 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Susan

    God help us if he's elected to anything higher than dog catcher.

    August 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Dennis

    The first Republican Candidate in decades with any brains,
    Evil brains, but brains.

    August 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. ABM

    Please run so I can vote again you.

    August 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. San Antonio Independent

    Newt was having sex with a staffer while his wife was fighting cancer. He did this while he fanned the fire to roast Bill Clinton. At what point will the "family values" conservatives consider this a moral issue? His political influence all but wrecked the nation. Does the GOP live in some sort of alter-reality, where the sky is a different color and all logic is subject to revision?

    August 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. mike

    this man is wash up what has he done to save america beside his book
    and trying to make money on it has he help the average american by giving back some of his time I have yet to see a republican giving back to there fellow americans all I see is talk and talk is cheap they like to cry the blues because it doesn't step on any toes remember who pays there bills and it isn't the american voter is it this is the same old crap from someone who had plenty of time to prove himself as a person who not racist but he showed his true colors when it came down to Shirley

    August 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. scott p

    Newt is old, tired and wacko like the rest of the republican party. They keep trotting out these 75 year old fascists. Thank goodness they have to go bed soon.

    August 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Dan

    Newt would make a terrific President. And, he would actually do the job, not goof-off all the time like Obama.

    August 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Rose

    Gingrich/Palin 2012 would really heat things up.

    August 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Marco

    Off he goes spreading more lies and fears....

    August 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Brian in MD

    I think Gingrich would be a refreshing choice for POTUS. He was able to control a Republican held congress & house to reduce and control spending during the Clinton years. A refreshing and welcomed change from Obama and Bush Jr.

    August 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Ted

    Does he have any ideas or solutions to the country's ills or will he just be another stooge of the Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA the party of NO that will only complain about what has happened without recognizing or admitting that most of the ills now bearing down upon the country originated under the Bush/Cheney dictatorship?

    August 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Gingrich is one of the few Republicans that know the value of being smart. The problem is that many of the Republicans voting in the primaries are unthinking ideoloigues. That is why many people still favor Palin.

    August 9, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Jackson from Rome, GA

    "Gingrich Move Makes Waves"


    That's a fat joke, isn't it?

    August 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Ray Gorcyca

    I can't help but wonder what is happening to our country. We have the worst president we have ever had, a man who not only has failed repeatedly in domestic and foreign policy, is an accomplished and consistent liar, but worse still has ruined the economic outlook for our country for decades to come and yet it appears he will be reelected because the opposition party can only offer the likes of Newt, Sarah and Mike. Pa-lease!! Surely there are people more qualified to run our country. If not we will be forced to pick from a couple of real losers, again.

    August 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. USA

    Newt is one of the most composed speakers I've seen, always able to articulately answer questions and PROPOSE solutions! I think he could be the best candidate among many GOP hopefuls.

    August 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Rusty Burgoon-Clark

    I suppose he's as good as anybody ELSE the Republicanische Bund has come up with. They're all second or third rate racist, fascist, homophobic ankle-biters. By all means, let's have Gingrich/Palin or Romney/Palin or Palin/Angle (!) ... President Obama can donate the money he can save from not having to campaign to charity.

    August 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Take America Back

    Great! This is the one man who really is mature enough and experienced enough to get our country on the right track. Of course the Liberal Left will throw all types of trash at him......because that's all they can do, they certainly cannot point to any "good" things he has accomplished!
    Go Newt!

    August 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Marvin

    The hypocrisy surrounding this man is enormous. I wonder how the Christians will stomach the sins of this individual. To support him would be to support Bill Clinton. This guy spoke before the Christian Collation and said Bill Clinton was morally bankrupt, but at the same time he was having an affair with his intern. At the same time!!!???

    August 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Eric

    Of course Gingrich won't get any conservative Christian votes, because of course he cheated on his wife and destroyed his family and his marriage in the process. So no sound Christian who supports the sanctity of marriage will vote for him.

    August 9, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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