November 16th, 2010
09:28 AM ET
12 years ago

Book tour brings Gingrich to Iowa

Washington (CNN) – Any time a possible 2012 GOP presidential contender goes to Iowa, we pay attention. So we'll pay attention Tuesday when a book tour brings former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the Hawkeye state.

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 earlier this month, 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.

Gingrich's book tour takes him to three stops in Iowa Tuesday and Wednesday: West Des Moines, Aimes, and Cedar Rapids. Gingrich is also scheduled to speak at an event Tuesday night on the Iowa State University campus at an event co-sponsored by the College Republicans and the Committee on Lectures.

Iowa plays a large 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 eighth 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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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He's going to run for president in 2012. These are places to get his face and name out there.

    November 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Russ

    And how the hell is this book relevant to what's going on in this country today? And this guy wants to be President? Sorry Newt, there is no comparison between then and now. Try again!!

    November 16, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. SayWhat

    Why is that I get the feeling that if Newt had been at Valley Forge he would have been one of the first to find somewhere else to be, probably someplace where he could better feather his own nest.

    November 16, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Gingrich, Hukabee, Palin, and Romney ... Not one of them with an ounce of courage or principle, let alone the respect and dedication needed to govern and unite all the fractions within our Nations populace. I suspect the next two years will be just as bad as the past 10 years have been. If not worse ...

    November 16, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "Tuesday's historic elections are a reminder that power in America belongs to 'We the People'

    Whatever! The elections are a horrifying reminder that We the People dont have a voice anymore in our democracy. That We the People don't run anything in this country. That We the People have been sold out by the corporate fascist republican party.

    November 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. LouAz

    CNN, you left out that his book is a NOVEL. It is his imagination that is in this book.
    History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there – George Santayana

    November 16, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. W L Jones

    There something about South Carolina and Phildelphia ,most all Republican go to before anouncing running for president,,Similarism is alive and well in America. Said enough.

    November 16, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There are too many so-called politicians "hunkering down" writing books instead of hunkering down to help Americans get jobs; it is they who profit from books. People write your own book entitled "Hunkering Down on Politicians" to work for you.

    November 16, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    It is really disgusting that in a so-called free country, our choice for the presidency is restricted to those few who win approval in a small number of states. No one state should be more important than the others.

    November 16, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |