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|Newt Gingrich readies presidential bid?|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|March 03, 2011 15:58|
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.
Gingrich was the Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999, until he resigned in the wake of Republican congressional losses. He later admitted to having an affair with House staffer Callista Bisek during the Monica Lewinsky scandal involving President Bill Clinton. He and Bisek are now married. The marriage is Gingrich’s third.
Since stepping down, Gingrich has been a contributor for the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel. Several Fox News contributors have also been linked with a presidential bid, including former governors Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.
Recently, Gingrich has spoken out against the repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy and has suggested President Obama be impeached over his administration's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
Top photo: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is a possible contender for the White House in 2012. (via Facebook)
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