November 8th, 2010
08:49 AM ET
12 years ago

New Gingrich book early step towards presidential bid?

Washington (CNN) – A new book co-authored by Newt Gingrich goes on sale Monday, and the timing and topic of the book, as well as some of the locations on the ensuing book tour, are raising eyebrows as the former House Speaker considers a possible bid for the White House.

The book, titled "Valley Forge," focuses on one of the most desperate moments in America's struggle for independence: The winter of 1777, when George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, hunkered down in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to survive a brutally cold and challenging winter.

The book, co-written with Bill Forstchen, appears to also be a pitch to the powerful conservative Tea Party movement.

"Tuesday's historic elections are a reminder that power in America belongs to 'We the People'. As we prepare for change going forward, it is inspiring to reflect back on the first American heroes who helped fight for that power," said Gingrich late last week, in an e-mail to supporters.

The book's release comes as the possible contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination start gearing up and officially launch bids for the White House. One traditional way for presidential hopefuls to garner attention is to release books. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who may also be considering a White House run, releases her second book later this month.

Next week, Gingrich's book tour takes him to three stops in Iowa: Des Moines, Aimes, and Cedar Rapids. Iowa plays a larger role in the race for the White House, as its caucuses kick off the presidential primary season. Gingrich's swing through Iowa will be his eight over the past year and a half.

Next month the former House Speaker makes a high profile visit to South Carolina, another important early voting state in the presidential primary calendar. According to a GOP source, Gingrich keynotes the Spartanburg Republican Party's Bronze Elephant Dinner on December 16.

Gingrich, who over the past year has become a very vocal critic of President Barack Obama, has said that any decision on making a bid for the GOP presidential nomination would come next February or March.

CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. kenneth fusilier

    Too radical. I won't be reading it. And as for as being president he has 1% chance. Sarah palin have a 1/half% chance

    November 8, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Ken, AZ

    And, the sad fact is that most republican supporters would vote for him, even knowing about his low morals and blemished character. It seems that morals and intelligence (Palin, Angle, O'Donnell, Bachmann, Brewer, et. al) are negatives to republicans. After all, David Vitter was re-elected after admitting to frequenting whores.

    November 8, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Lynn

    A man with no moral character thinks he can teach us a thing or two about leading our Country. What a putz, this should be fun. Can't wait for his dirty laundry being aired in public.

    November 8, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Gingrich is NOT electable.

    November 8, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Marcus

    Honestly conservatives, check the guy's credentials and what he managed to achieve...
    Just do it.
    While I am definitely NOT a supporter of conservatives ideas, I like to have that I can respect 'on the other side', there are plenty of folks that have way more bigger 'moral' and 'ethic' credentials than him!!!

    November 8, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Shravan Amin

    Time and time again politicians bring out emotion to convey their message. Using words such as 'freedom,' 'free markets,' 'heroes,' 'evil doers,' etc. These references are irrelevant and unnecessary. For a short period of time they work, until everyone snaps out of it. It's going to happen again with the Tea Party Movement. I just wish more Americans would be more preemptive and not get caught up in the wave.

    This is exactly why the Rally to Restore Sanity was so important. Let's use reason, logic, and science as a driving force behind political and economic decisions, not emotion. That's the key to restoring America's brilliance.

    November 8, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Clwyd

    Is the book about history or the history of his infidelity? Newt is such a hypocrite, but then aren't all repulsive republicans?

    November 8, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. chris24

    I could beat newt gingrich for president and
    i'm not qualified, either.

    November 8, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Emerson

    This hyprocrite has a better chance of being elected Miss America than being elected President. He knows that he has too much baggage, all he wants to do is sell books and make money and say bizarre things from the sidelines. By the way Newt, why didn't you stick it out as Speaker when you were brought up on ethics charges? Wouldn't that have been like sticking out at Valley Forge when the chips were down? No, that would have taken characte and courager, things you know nothing of.

    November 8, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It definately sounds like he is making the run for it. I just hope that can be more of a pragmatist rather than an ideologue. I have a hard time believing that he would be anything but. He is smart though.

    November 8, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Ben in Texas

    I can't imagine a more loathsome candidate, unless it is Sarah Failin'.

    November 8, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Lucas Breen

    Thank you Newt for nominating yourself for President. I am sure after a soul-searching conversation with yourself in the mirror, you became convinced that you were the only person who could lead this country. You already have your own vote, so you only need another 40 million or so, and WOW, you are in the in the White House.

    I am sure many others, in addition to yourself, are praying that you will run. Unfortunately, they won't be voting in the GOP primaries since they are all Democrats.

    November 8, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. PalmReader

    While Gingrich is a pro at dis-information and mud slinging, there is no way he will ever be President. Shutting down the Government by inflicting one law suit after another against Clinton was a mistake, much in the same way MSNBC mistakenly tried to shut down Olbermann. Americans want and deserve truth. While Olbermann IS opinionated, he has facts to back up his opinions. CNN would do well to learn this and either throw away GOPers talking points or put the hard questions to GOPers, forcing them to back up their talking points. While AC has attempted to bring more honesty into the conversation, others continue to let the facts slide, preferring to cave in to the GOPers double talk. Gingrich delights in deceit and innuendo. Not a good character trait for a man attempting to become president.

    November 8, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. NoOne

    Hunker down, Newt. That is just what we need. Really good ideas of how to survive a winter in Pennsylvania in the 1770s.
    Political leadership for the 2st Century. You betcha !

    November 8, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Bill from GA

    Until the last election, I would have given Newt's chances of winning the presidency near to zero. However, with American voters rejecting the party which, in little more than one year, turned job losses of 750,000 per month into job gains and turned the GDP from minus 6.5% to plus 5% in one year, anything is possible.

    Go, Newt. Drag America down into your toilet. Fox "News" will be glad to help. Spread your lies about how the dems ruined America. The mainstream news will present no barrier to your propaganda. "The Stimulus didn't work!" We're worse off than when Obama took Office!" "Cutting taxes will increase revenue!" Go, Newt!!

    November 8, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. curtther

    Hes only their to spead lies and be a thorn in Obamas side. Repub hit man. He has no chance

    November 8, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. jeff, alabama

    Newt, you probably were at
    Valley Forge in 1777.
    Take some advice from a
    Republican who puts his
    country before his party......
    Let new blood run for our
    party. Palin and McCain would
    have won. But guys
    had to put the fossil on top of
    our ticket.
    You did good in your day.
    Enjoy your retirement and don't
    try to be a Brett Farve.

    November 8, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    palin and newt 2012 GOP presidential nomination all the way

    November 8, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |

    You may not agree with Newt's politics, but he's the smartest man in the room. A historian may be just what America needs so we don't repeat the mistakes from the past.

    November 8, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Jeff

    Ok – I like Newt and I understand what is going on with liberal left wing media outlets like CNN. They are gently lulling Newt into a false sense of entitlement and into declaring for 2012 an intention to run for President. But anyone who knows Newt's record regarding his adultury, book deal that almost resulted in criminal charges and various other skeletons – should recognize that 'they' just want him to declare so 'they' can rip into him. Newt is much more powerful as a King Maker in the Republican Party.

    November 8, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I find Newt's book to be very disturbing and dangerous as he references "reflect back on the first American heroes who helped fight for that power". First of all, there was slavery during the era Newt is talking about and most important we have American heroes fighting and losing their lives everyday in war as they fight for all Americans.

    November 8, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. j

    Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac and he`s drawn towards it like a moth to the flame. And there is untold wealth to be gained in politics, too.

    November 8, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Only in america and only as a Republican, can you leave politics discredited and then plan a run for the Presidency. The scary thing is it worked for Nixon!

    November 8, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |