Newt Gingrich Sure Looks Like He’s Running

Newt Gingrich has flirted with the idea of running for President before, but this time he actually seems to be laying the groundwork for a campaign:

Washington (CNN) – With his busy travel schedule and penchant for wading into heated national debates, Newt Gingrich has gotten plenty of presidential buzz.

But the former House speaker is doing more than just grabbing headlines: he’s also starting to put in real legwork on the ground in Iowa, giving political insiders there plenty of reasons to believe he’s finally serious about running for the White House.

On Friday, Gingrich will make his sixth visit to the state in recent months to attend the Iowa State Fair, a traditional stomping ground for presidential aspirants.

Gingrich plans to open the day at the Iowa Republican Party booth and sign copies of his book, “To Save America,” an appearance sure to help the state party touch a number of potential voters as they seek to re-capture the governor’s mansion and a handful of House seats.

And according to a GOP source in the state, Gingrich also has a meeting planned at the fair with several GOP donors.

This is all stuff you’d do if you were planning on putting together a Presidential campaign.

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  1. An Interested Party says:

    If he does run, that should certainly put a smile on the president’s face…

  2. grampagravy says:

    Yes, yes, yes, GO NEWT!

  3. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Interested, can you imagine a debate between Newt and the Kid?  The kid without a prompter.  But then Gingrich actually accomplished things when he was Speaker.  His contract with America was fulfilled.  Made Clinton look like a good President.  Obama on the other hand look a bit like Hugo Chavez.  Who ever the GOP nominee is, they will have an easy time of it.  Just listing Obama’s accomplishments will be enough for a victory.  Obama is not as smart as Clinton.  Never been a governor, does not know how to lead.  With a Republican congress and the investigations that will happen because Obama does not recognize the limits of the Constitution.  I look forward to seeing his college transcripts.  Want to bet he registered as a foreign student?  Can you spell IMPEACHMENT.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    With people like you as the opposition, can you spell REELECTION…

  5. Neil Hudelson says:

    Wait…Republicans will have any easy time defeating Obama in 2012, and with Newt as President….Obama will be impeached?
    Zelsarama is getting wackier by the day.

  6. grampagravy says:

    Clearly, the Republicans are trying to sell from an empty wagon this year. 2010 may prove to be the election in which we get proof that it IS possible to underestimate the intelligence of American voters if one simply tries hard enough.