Gingrich to Iowa next Monday
February 28th, 2011
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Gingrich to Iowa next Monday

(CNN) - Add Newt Gingrich to the list of potential Republican presidential candidates who will attend a forum in Iowa next Monday.

And the timing is fascinating, since the former House Speaker is just days away from announcing whether he'll form a presidential exploratory committee, the first formal step in running for the White House.

A senior Gingrich adviser and the head of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a leading social conservative group in the state, which is putting on the event, both confirm the former speaker's attendance.

Gingrich will join former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain, as possible presidential candidates at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Spring Event." Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who is also considering a bid for GOP nomination, will also attend.

"The inclusion of Gingrich widens the field of possible presidential candidates attending and adds more credibility to the event," says Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

By the time of next week's event, Gingrich may have already taken the first formal step towards a candidacy.

"Newt will decide, one way or the other, on whether to move to an exploratory phase of a presidential candidacy this week," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler tells CNN.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. ja

    he must have some money to squander, newt's time to shine has faded

    February 28, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    ginGRINCH thinks he can INCH his way up to the top
    Visiting Iowa umpteen times as one of his stops
    What a waste of money and time being spent
    On a politicians that would NEVER be our President!!

    February 28, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Randy999

    Newt should just sit down and shut up. He's a fraud in every way. All about money in everything he does.

    February 28, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Poor Iowa. Already knee deep in bull manure, and here comes Newt, the main source.

    February 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. TheTeacherThePreacher

    The poster boy for self-delusion. Is he serious?

    February 28, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sarah Palin for President
    Newt Gingrich for Vice President.
    Michael (Weiner) Savage for Secretary of State
    Rush Limbaugh for Communications Director
    Shawn Hannity for Chief Of Staff

    If we're going "tin foil hat," let's go all out.

    February 28, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Hotdog

    This is a pathetic example of a human being. He is going no where politically. He is a big air ballon.

    February 28, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Chumlee

    Newt is a loser – sleeping with another woman while his wife was dying of cancer? Let's do a good dig-up ons
    this fraud!

    February 28, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. buffalogal

    Sorry Newt, but don't bother. You represent much of what has been wrong with the Republican Party for a long time. The only Republicans who would want you at this point are the ones who are too dyed-in-the-wool and toe-the-party-line to realize that the people of today don't want his kind of politics anymore.

    February 28, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Craig

    Gingrich should STAY HOME and not even think of running. He would be very bad for the country.

    February 28, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. diridi

    this guy is a biggest idiot of the Americas....o.k

    February 28, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. usualone

    Newt is all about his own ego. He must have a few "yes men" around him because it seems like no one else wants him in the political arena. He doesn't have the sense to be embarrassed by his behavior, and the past does mean something.

    February 28, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. gary

    How do these people really believe that anyone cares of what they think? Here is someone who was kicked out of congress, cheated on his wifes and now believes that the american public wants him for president. He joins Cheney and Rumsfield as all three of them have and continue to lie to the american public and take no responsibility for their actions, just blameing everything on everyone else. Why does the media continue to give coverage to these worthless individuals who did great harm to this country. These three individuals should be indicated, tried and spend the rest of their worthless lives behind bars. But this will never happen.

    February 28, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. ConservaFascists

    You can't hide from your past Mr. Infidelity. You are not a role model I will like my children looking up to.

    February 28, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. w l jones

    The world event is moving to fast for and old politican to stay on top of everything today. It^s a good thing for Mr Newt to go out to Iowa and look around but keep your visit short younger men are gaining on you. Bless.

    February 28, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Phil from Licking County

    This guy is a slimy loser! Forget Newtie, you have no chance to become our next president, or for that matter the Republican candidate.

    February 28, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    Isn't this the guy that hands out bogus awards in return for cash? Isn't that extortion? And is that all he does to make a living? And why is it that Republicans continually regurgitate their shamed politicians?

    February 28, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |