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. AC

    Gingrich NOT!

    May 9, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Kathy

    Yea I remember you Newt. I DONT suffer from short term memory loss like some do. Hypocrite. Like we need more "cheats" like this one. UH, NO!

    May 9, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Tired of the nonsense

    GSMITH said " We are now getting great Republicans in the race."

    Uh, given the fact that the terms "great" and "republicans" are a contradiction in terms as well as being an oxymoron, exactly what are you expecting from the group of republican losers who only speak in buzz words to a sonambulant public that think the earth is flat, the moon is made of green cheese, artificial sweeteners were safe, there were WMDs in Iraq and Anna Nicole married for love.... (to quote a movie)?

    Until the republican party realizes that their mouthpieces have a collective I.Q. of maybe 12, then the republicans are on a spiral trip through the porcelain goddess' pipes.

    May 9, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. skypilot53

    The guy has a lot of baggage......and has always come across to me as deceptive. I hope he does not run......he is a distraction to more viable candidates.

    May 9, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. AMZ

    Great this looks like yet again the election is going to be shaping up with a large portion or voters are going to be forced to decide between a bunch of bad choices that will continue bad policies which in turn will continue to carry our country in the wrong direction. Whether a D or an R behind thier name they are completely out of touch with the greater majority of Americans. Maybe that is the problem they are all D's or R's first and Americans last.

    May 9, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Sarah Palin does not speak for me in Ohio

    So much for Republican family values. The conservatives are making a laughing stock of this country. They are starting that
    'I am an American patriot and you are not." Have not noticed a lot of job creation but a lot of social issues – like women's reproductive rights- union busting, cuts in education, ignorance of environmental issues, This cannot be our future. The Republicans are taking us backwards and not forward, I prefer to plan for 2100 and not 1850. We need to encourage intelligent education, clean energy, zero population growth, and individual responsibility. Every time I see a conservative gathering, I see mass hysteria and no active thought process. Times were when a twice divorced, lying candidate would drop out of a race and not enter it. Sad day. (Has anyone else noticed this weeks catchword of the right – exceptionalism?

    May 9, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Michael in Houston

    Fine. You bring it Newt. I promise you that this Nation will send you back to the slimey hole you crawled out of. Your hypocrisy and your idea of family values will NEVER be forgotten. Your a pathetic small man

    May 9, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. sue

    Good! THis helps Obama's chances of re-election even more! Bring on a few more nut cases to run against him!

    May 9, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Just when I thought it could not get any funnier.

    May 9, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Duke13

    President of what Country? For Newt to get elected it would have to be a Country that didn't know him.

    May 9, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. C. Howe Yulikit

    And the GOP race has just gotten that much funnier! Loads of comedic material to mine with Gingrich. Should be good for a laugh until he drops out in 4 months.

    May 9, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Mark Couvillion

    Gingrigh proposes AMNESTY for illegal aliens. YES, THAT IS WHAT I CALL IT. Any candidtate that can not get this right will not get my vote. Hopefully the GOP will realize this.

    May 9, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. NoMore

    This is an April fools joke right?

    May 9, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Soren

    I wish somebody with a brain would tell the old, currupt, lying fool, that he never has a chance to get elected to
    anything. He should just go away and hide and never talk to anybody about politics again.

    May 9, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. CANative

    What is really pathetic is according to Numbers UsA NOT ONE Republican candidate has a score higher than D on immigration reform. If they aren't willing to REALLY do the job and fix things they ought to stay home... but then again they are ALL politicians... Repubs and Dems and only want the power and don't really care about America.

    May 9, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Absit Invidia

    Oh we have to put up with this "has been" moron spouting off his big mouth, everyone knows he's wasting his time & our money...still the GOP will suffer from this which is fine by me.

    May 9, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    @ GSMITH

    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.

    Well, you may not like the guy but I respect that you referred to him as President Obama. We can disagree but let us not be disagreeable, eh? Have a great day! :o)

    May 9, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. bilrib1

    I'm a democrat. I supported President Obama in 2008. I plan at least at this point to support him in 2012. I would consider another candidate that I could trust. Or one that didn't look so natural in a brown shirt. Like I said I'm not totally opposed to a reasonable Republican candidate just because of their party affiliation,but newt is not the one. Show us a moderate Republican if there is one. As of now I'll stick with President Obama.

    May 9, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Gail Hennessey

    He really must be egotistical to believe he has any chance with his personal and political baggage(ethical violations led to his leaving the Congress)! A hypocrite and pompous attention grabber who likes to manipulate the truth to his FOX listeners.

    May 9, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Joan

    Probably many Democrats are very happy to hear this and also hope that Trump, Romney, Palin, Bachmann and their friends also run. It will be a very entertaining primary race and will showcase the true Repubican platforms and values. Contrast this to an intelligent, capable President who kept the country from a depression, has passed many, many bills to help the middle class, has given the US some needed credibility around the world and just eliminated one of the most hated men on the planet. Since more jobs were added last month than in a few years and the price of gas is going down, the Republicans must be getting a tad worried. Add to that poor Boehner is trying to pacify the Tea Party who don't want the dept ceiling lifted, want Medicare dismantled and want to cut all kinds of needed social programmes. He's between a rock and a hard place. He was good at criticizing for the last couple of years but is finding it very hard when it comes to really doing something.

    May 9, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Seth

    LMAO... yeah right.

    May 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. The Choobs

    Running for the GOP workin' for a living. How do I sign up?

    May 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Dara

    All I have to say about this article is "LOL"

    Keep em coming. It just gets more and more laughable with every ridiculous candidate.

    May 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Gingrich is just another old political retread from another era with worn out ideas and slogans.

    May 9, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Stacey

    Aha, haha! ROTFLMAO! This man is totally delusional. What a joke!

    May 9, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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