Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives for a 2012 presidential exploratory committee fundraising event in Atlanta on april 13, 2011. A spokesman for Gingrich says the former House speaker will announce Wednesday he is running for president.
Newt Gingrich is running for president. The former House speaker disclosed his bid on Twitter and Facebook on Monday and urged followers to tune into Fox News on Wednesday.
“I will be on to talk about my run for president of the United States,” Gingrich wrote after spending a year or more publicly laying the groundwork for a GOP presidential candidacy. “I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run.”
Gingrich, 67, enters a Republican field that’s far from fully formed; no less than a dozen Republicans are weighing bids and only a few have taken steps toward candidacies. It’s a crop of candidates that has many in the Republican Party yearning for more options as they seek the strongest candidate to take on President Barack Obama in 2012.
Besides high name recognition, Gingrich brings to the race a slew of policy ideas, a network of grass-roots support and a political machine years in the making. But his personal baggage – he’s on his third marriage – could hinder his chances as he seeks to woo conservatives who make up the core of the GOP primary electorate.
The personal baggage will sink Gingrich and I doubt he makes it past the Florida primary election.