September 9th, 2010
09:48 AM ET
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Gingrich Iowa visit could spark more 2012 talk

 Newt Gingrich’s visit to Iowa could spark more speculation about a possible 2012 presidential run.

Newt Gingrich’s visit to Iowa could spark more speculation about a possible 2012 presidential run.

(CNN) - A day long visit by Newt Gingrich to Iowa may ignite more talk about a possible Gingrich run for the White House.

The former House Speaker and possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful is scheduled to take part in four events in the state Thursday, according to a Gingrich spokesman. Those events include campaigning for Iowa Republican state senate candidates and speaking at a lunch held by the Team Iowa PAC, a political action committee which supports GOP candidates in the state. Gingrich is also scheduled to speak to the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC and hold an American Solutions business leader roundtable.

Thursday's visit to Iowa will be Gingrich's seventh this election cycle. His last appearance in the state, earlier in August, included a stop at the Iowa State Fair, something on the must-do list for anyone serious about running for the White House.

Gingrich has said that any decision on making a bid for the GOP presidential nomination would come next February or March. Until then, he says he's focused on helping Republicans win big this November. In Iowa, the GOP hopes to take back the governor's office and control the state legislature.

Gingrich's stop in Iowa comes just eight days before Sarah Palin makes a high profile appearance. The Republican Party of Iowa says that former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee will deliver the keynote address at the party's annual Ronald Reagan dinner on September 17.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Run Newt Run
    Have Sarah as your co presidential partner and ask Pat Buchanan to be Vice President in charge of race relations.

    September 9, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. stevetall

    Yeah, it'll spark more 2012 talk... Mainly, it will spark more 2012 talk such as, "How could anyone be so short on memory that they might forget what a screwball this guy was, is, and will be?"

    That's all we need, America. One more chump trying to lead without concern for the opinions of half of Americans. Don't forget that it was this pin-head who lead us around in the 80s with his 'holier than thou' attitude while destroying our economy in favor of the filthy rich.

    September 9, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Sandy Carey

    This guy is a freak and old news. Don't make the mistake of giving him any credence.

    September 9, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. gt

    no way,, he cant even keep a wife very long,, how could he run a country...

    September 9, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Lynn

    And a good running mate would be Sarah Palin. What a team. Guarantee win for the Democrats. The first a low scum in his personal life and the other just a money grabbing bobble head.

    September 9, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. darla

    I'm sorry to say but the media including Cnn is now guilty of helping to fire the Republican propaganda machine in the name of ratings . All I heard so far in this site is how sweet smelling the Republican are they can do no wrong. there is no credit or unbiased message about the Democrats
    work and even Obama's accomplishment. So if this media network collectively and successfully reinstate the Republican back to power they should pray that they be successful because if not the media will all share the blame for the consequence of it.

    September 9, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Big Ed

    Newt for President? NO THANKS!

    September 9, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. RAG

    More talk about his declining mental state? His tragicomic outbursts in regard to the Islamic Community Center in lower Manhattan are demonstrable signs of dementia. For pity's sake, can't his family get a court order to take this hollow shell of a man out of the public spotlight before he does something truly awful like defecate on himself or run for President?

    September 9, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. jean2009

    Exactly why he is the money behind the tea party movement. This crook couldn't care less about working Americans it is all about taking care of the ultra wealthy.

    September 9, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Another far right conservative out to divide up the voter base of the Republican Party.
    \One who has already abandoned his political plans once rather than be run out.
    One who praises family values and then cheats on not one but two consecutive wives with his employees.
    Not to mention, telling one he wanted a divorce while she was in the hospital fighting for her life against cancer.
    Not to forget that he was the architect of some of the moxst damaging smear and borderline libel campaigns against members of his own party in the primaries.
    Let the carnage begin.

    September 9, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Living in America

    Would someone please tell me what has Newt done but sit back collect checks and enjoy the perks from the same government he constantly complains about. He hasn't passed not one law or bill that will benefit anybody. President please. Now you are talking about someone who's ego is as big as the BP oil spill. He hasn't govern anything but his mistresses. Wow Newt France will love you. BYE

    September 9, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. malcolm in St Louis

    He keeps a high profile just to keep his speaking fees high.

    He knows he hasn't got a chance of being President. But it feeds his ego when he runs.

    Without the public's attention he would wither and die.

    There's an idea.......ignore him!

    September 9, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. geecee

    Regardless of where Gingrich goes or what he says, he is the wrong man for the job of President. Married 3 times, inciting hatred of other religions and ethnicities, stirring up trouble and obstructing America's progress because he doesn't want the Democrats to win on anything, even if it hurts Americans. These negative policies do not make him Presidential material by any means.

    September 9, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. NC Ex-Pub

    I can't think of a better gift that the GOP could give the Dems in 2012 then Newt the lout!

    September 9, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Shucks

    He has about as much chance as Palin. Can't wait until 2012 for the republican sluggfest to begin. It will be better than any reality TV programming could ever imagine.

    September 9, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    In a battle of wits with Gingrich, Obama would be unarmed.

    September 9, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. g

    look what happened to the country the last time he had power, i guess there are a few middle class,good tax paying jobs,left to get rid of why do republicans hate the middle class

    September 9, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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