In news that we already knew before it was news, former Speaker of the House and perennial divorcee Newt Gingrich has officially dropped his bid to become the next president of the United States.
Gingrich made the announcement at a Wednesday press conference.
In a video concession posted on the internet Tuesday by the Gingrich campaign, Newt thanked supporters for fueling his long-shot candidacy and called his bid “a terrific campaign.”
Newt Gingrich's victory in South Carolina surprised many in the media, myself included, because we assumed that the GOP electorate would not be able to look beyond the former Speaker of the House's ethical probes, his forced banishment from House of Representatives and the fact that he's had more than one marriage end because of an affair.
Boy, was I wrong. Not only did Newt storm ahead in one of evangelical America's strongholds, he's leading the polls in the next primary contest, a decidedly less religiously-driven Florida.
How has Gingrich managed to make the GOP's voters forget (or choose to ignore) his sordid past?
In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcast Network, Gingrich says his appeal is all about redemption.
Former Speaker of the House, serial divorcer and former Georgia resident Newt Gingrich announced today that he is considering a run at the White House in 2012, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Gingrich has set up a website, www.newtexplore2012.com, in an effort to judge interest in his possible candidacy and has begun to register supporters.
“We are excited about exploring whether there is sufficient support for my potential candidacy for president of this exceptional country,” the website reads.
Gingrich also expressed an interest in running for the presidency in the past, though he never fielded a primary campaign. Gingrich has been considered a probable candidate in 2012 since the 2008 general election.