(CNN) - A close political adviser to Newt Gingrich says he expects the former House speaker to make a bid for 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The comments by Joe Gaylord to the Des Moines Register Tuesday came as Gingrich told the newspaper that he is making personal arrangements that would free him up to launch a campaign for the White House.
"I would be very surprised if he doesn't run," said Gaylord. "Does he want to run? You bet. Does he think he can figure out a way to do that? Yes. But he's got to go through all the processes to make sure he can do it financially."
Gingrich told the newspaper that he expects to make a campaign decision by February, which he has said in the past. But he also told the Des Moines Register that he is figuring out how to arrange his business and public policy organizations, if he decides to mount a bid for the White House.
"Callista and I run a series of small businesses," said Gingrich, referring to his wife. "To really tackle this seriously, you have to consider what are you going to do with them."
Gaylord said such arrangements would be out of practical consideration for Gingrich's family, employees, and for adhering to federal campaign law.
Gingrich and Gaylord's comments came as the former House speaker was in Iowa for a book tour.
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.
Gingrich's book tour took him to two stops in Iowa Tuesday: West Des Moines, Aimes. Gingrich also spoke Tuesday night at the Iowa State University campus at an event co-sponsored by the College Republicans and the Committee on Lectures. Wednesday Gingrich is scheduled to sign books in Cedar Rapids.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
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