Gingrich will announce presidential campaign Wednesday
May 9th, 2011
10:56 AM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich will announce presidential campaign Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will announce his presidential campaign on Wednesday, his spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed to CNN. Gingrich, who has been exploring a presidential bid for several months, "will announce on Twitter and Facebook."

His first formal speech as a presidential candidate will be Friday at the Georgia Republican Convention.

Gingrich has been traveling to some of the key early voting states as he has tested the waters trying to appeal to various constituencies of the party.

He has been forced to delay some of his self-imposed deadlines for making decisions about a campaign as he unwinds himself from several of his businesses.

He is in the top tier of prospective candidates but ranks below some of the other contenders. In the latest CNN/Opinion Research Poll taken between April 29 and May 1, 10 percent of Republicans picked Gingrich as their choice for the nomination in 2012, the same percentage as Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ranked higher than Gingrich, although such surveys at this stage usually mostly gauge name recognition.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Tired of the nonsense

    As bad as Bush was, as terrible as Bush was for our country, as destructive as he was to foreign policy and our foreign relations, as much damage as Bush did to America, it could easily pale in comparison to what Gingrich would do if anyone is foolish enough to vote for him - let alone vote him president.

    Hopefully, the Americans who voted for Bush and put us on the Eve of Destruction will have learned their lesson and will NOT do more damage to this country by voting for someone as narcissistic as Gingrich.

    May 9, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Jay

    Wonder when he'll announce his exit from the race? LOL

    May 9, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. emmy skadittle

    this will be a waste of a lot of money

    May 9, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. PalmReader

    "Gingrich, who has been exploring a presidential bid for several months, "will announce on Twitter and Facebook."

    Hoping for a grassroots-style no questions asked, no answers given campaign filled with adoring *fans* bolstering his insatiable ego, is he? Silly,silly Newtie.

    May 9, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |

    George Bush was a great President, Barack Obama is a lousy President. We are now getting great Republicans in the race that will defeat President Obama. The Republican Primaries will show America what a true American and President looks like.

    May 9, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. hannah01

    Terrific! Obama will be able to mop the floor with this joker.While we were not happy with Bill Clinton's infidelity while in office, we don't need this morally corrupt jerk going in.Any man who would leave his wife for his girlfriend while his wife was in a hospital battling cancer shows his entire lack of our poor,our seniors citizens and kids can be counted out when it comes to any laws he has anything to do with. Just like his Republican cronies.

    May 9, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    This is Gingrich's first (or 2nd, or 3rd, etc) broken promise of his campaign. He has changed his announcement deadline more than once. I think this is the first time a specific date has been given, so we will take him at his word that he will actually tell us something meaningful on Wednesday.

    May 9, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Thinkfirstyo

    "The Republican Primaries will show America what a true American and President looks like."

    Key words were in that statement were "looks like"...

    This is why the GOP will fail once again. How about candidates emerging with actual plans and policies rather than rhetoric and fear-mongering?

    May 9, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Irene

    OMG, with all the money those swarms of jerks are planning to spend on their campaigns our country could be half-way to being out of dept, or the universal health care. The money is there, it's just not for all those worthless Joes and Judys.

    May 9, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. FM

    Gingrich for President??????? of all the people! Well come to the field of burning money, wasting time and be sent back home after being rejected!

    May 9, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. cj

    He needs to do as his character did on the SNL skit , bow out now! Save himself some $$ and all of us the grief!

    May 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Hey Newt – would you take the VP slot running with Herman Cain?

    May 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Indy

    Let the tax breaks begin for Newt ! He was already a disgrace to every American as speaker so a promotion is not going to happen for the Newt.

    May 9, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Gravitas?

    Sorry Newt, we will have to pass.

    May 9, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Lincoln Place

    Uh, I think revealing on Monday that someone is going to announce something specific on Wednesday in fact announces it on Monday. This guy is a dangerous 'has been' that I wish was a 'never was!'

    May 9, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Laurie

    An exercise in futility.

    May 9, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Newt Gingrich was the primary reason this country ever had a balanced budget in the 90's even though the MSM gave Clinton all the credit, surprise, surprise. Newt's got a lot of ideas and is highly intelligent. He would destroy Obama in ANY debate. His past might be an issue but since Obama was a former cocaine user I don't see why Newt's past would be an issue.

    May 9, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Politicians are Angels and Teachers are now Devils according to the gospel of GOP Tea Party


    ...if you think Gingrich is what a true American and President looks like, then you must be taking every sophomoric garbage being spewed by Glenn Beck & Rush Limbaugh as bible truths!

    Gingrich is a sooore loser with severe moral ineptitude he is NOT even fit to clean the shoes of president Barack Obama!!!

    Obama/Biden – locked in for 2012


    May 9, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Jaywing

    I'm sure that he will appeal to the far right of the GOP, which with every passing week, with their conspiracy theories, bigots and empty-headed bad haircuts, is looking more extreme and out of touch with reality. No way is the gNewt or any other GOP hopeful is going to be elected to the Whitehouse. The last few weeks has proven none of them can hold a candle compared to Obamawhen it comes ot leadeship, intelligence and class. Independents will swing over to Obama in droves come November 2012, when it becoems obvious the GOP has nothing to offer but tired ideas and a bunch of whining.

    May 9, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. diridi

    this dude is a total waste fellow....I do not know why is on here....

    May 9, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. rusty155

    The Republican Party and the TEA PARTY are becoming the JOKE of America. This man was KICK OUT OF CONGRESS WITH 84 Ethics charges against Him , So tell me want IDIOT going to vote For Him. The Republican Party Is just becoming a big Joke , You have these nuts cases from the TEA PARTY and than you have these Clowns running on the Republican side. I wouldn't trust this guy to walk my dog.

    May 9, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Mikey

    @ GSMITH – Sorry. WRONG. Unless something catistrophic or very strange happens, the man who saved GM and the U.S. auto industry, the man who got Bin Laden, the man who won the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell", the man who ended combat operations in Iraq, and the man who passed healthcare reform and Wall Street reform WILL be re-elected as President of these United States.

    May 9, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Russ

    Hahahahahahaha, what a joke. And did I see a comment above here that finally some great Republicans are getting into the race? Again I say: hahahahahahahaha, what a joke.

    May 9, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. gt

    waste of time....

    May 9, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. beevee

    My advice to Gingrich – you are not a presidential material or you will be one ever. Stop trying for an unreachable goal. Americans know you more than you want them to know to elect you. Sorry.

    May 9, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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