1, 2011 - 9:00 p.m.
Clarification: Purpose of Gingrich Visit to Georgia
the past 48 hours, there has been much speculation in the press about
former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s intentions with respect to
a presidential candidacy. The attached article from the Des
Register which contains a significantly inaccurate statement is
indicative of that speculation.
Gingrich’s long-standing visit to Georgia on Thursday has been on his
schedule for months. As a senior fellow of the American
Institute, Gingrich will participate in the Annual AEI World
accepted that invitation last spring.
plans for being in Georgia also include an event for his American
Solutions organization. As a regular part of his travel schedule
his role as general chairman, Speaker Gingrich holds meetings with
potential supporters and concerned citizens to raise the resources
necessary to fund American Solutions’ mission and its important
projects like Drill Here, Drill Now,
Pay Less and Jobs Here, Jobs
Now, Jobs First.
will also visit the State Capitol in Atlanta to discuss with Gov.
Nathan Deal the American Solutions “Replace not Reform” project.
part of the project, he will ask the governor to establish a “Tenth
Amendment Team” within the governor’s office that focuses on defending
Georgia’s 10th Amendment rights under the Constitution.
is not travelling to Georgia to announce that he will form “an
exploratory committee” as stated in the Des Moines Register. To
clear, while Speaker Gingrich is in Georgia on Thursday, he will NOT
announce the formation of an exploratory committee.
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Register exclusive: Gingrich to
announce presidential exploration, top adviser says.
Newt Gingrich plans to announce Thursday he is taking the first formal
step toward running for president in 2012, the former U.S. House
speaker’s senior political adviser told The Des Moines Register Tuesday.
is expected to report during a public appearance with Georgia Gov.
Nathan Deal at his home state’s Capitol in Atlanta that he is forming a
federal exploratory committee, said Joe Gaylord, a Des Moines native
who has been Gingrich’s top strategist for 20 years.
is exactly that, an exploratory committee,” Gaylord said in an
interview. Gingrich would be the first better-known Republican in the
gathering field to take the step.
you can’t say that this is tantamount to an announcement of candidacy,”
Gaylord added. “It is the announcement of an exploratory committee that
says, ‘is it really feasible for me to do this, and let me check this
out in the next six or seven weeks, because I want to find out if it’s
real before I do it.’ ”
said the development will allow Gingrich, who has said he would
announce his plans in the coming days, to raise money, conduct polling
and hire staff to be dispatched to early nominating states, including
Iowa’s precinct caucuses are expected to start the 2012 Republican
presidential nominating sequence in less than a year.
caucus campaign strategists have said Gingrich’s announcement could
accelerate the Iowa activity of others weighing 2012 bids.
would be surprised if he didn’t do it. I think he really wants to,”
Gaylord said about a full-fledged Gingrich presidential campaign. “So,
he’s got to be able to do that in a legal fashion. And the law calls
for setting up an exploratory committee for doing that.”
is planning to make his 10th visit to Iowa as a 2012 presidential
prospect next week, when he and other prospective Republican
presidential candidates are scheduled to speak at a candidate forum in
Newt Gingrich Agenda
Thursday, March 3, 2011
2:30 pm - Meet with Governor Nathan Deal regarding American Solutions
"Replace not Reform” 10th Amendment Project.
4:00 pm - American Solutions gathering for potential supporters and
6:00 pm - Participate in a panel as part of the AEI World Forum.
Press Secretary and Spokesman
Speaker Newt Gingrich