May 11 - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich makes it official Wednesday-- he will be a candidate for President in 2012. Jon Decker reports.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich makes it official Wednesday-- he will be a candidate for President in 2012. The 67-year-old conservative Republican will outline his candidacy on Twitter and Facebook and then embark on a campaign swing through Iowa later this week. Gingrich, who led a conservative resurgence in the mid-1990s, is known within Republican circles as a politician who brings a lot of ideas to the table. But with his two divorces, his candidacy could be a hard-sell among Christian conservatives. When asked about his marital infidelity on Christian Broadcast Network's the Brody File, Gingrich appeared to say his philandering was done out of patriotism. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEWT GINGRICH- REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SAYING: "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate." The White House does not see Gingrich as a threat to President Obama's re-election effort. A Reuters/Ipsos poll in March found he was viewed favorably by 35 percent of voters and unfavorably by 38 percent-- numbers which immediately pose a challenge to Gingrich as he seeks the 2012 Republican nomination. Jon Decker, Reuters.